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According to the most recent information, BSNL intends to install 200 4G towers every day and upgrade to 5G via software updates.

BSNL Plans to Deploy 200 4G Towers Daily After Successful Field Tests

After a full-fledged commercial launch of its next-generation services in 2023–2024, BSNL anticipates a 20% increase in income. For the installation of additional towers and the transition to 4G and 5G technology, the Indian government allotted Rs 52,937 crore to BSNL in the Union Budget 2023–24.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • After three months of field testing using an in-house designed stack, BSNL expects to install 200 4G mobile towers every day.
  • The 4G equipment from BSNL will be upgraded to 5G, simply needing a software update.
  • The empowered group of ministers (EGoM) has not yet been consulted by DoT about the deployment of 1 lakh 4G sites by the state-controlled telecom provider.

After three months of field trials utilising a locally created stack, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the state-controlled telecom provider in India, expects to roll out 200 4G mobile towers every day. According to a report by ET Telecom citing telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnav, the corporation has already deployed 135 sites, and the remaining ones would be online soon. The 4G equipment from BSNL will be upgraded to 5G, only needing a software update. The deployment of 1 lakh 4G sites by the state-controlled telecom carrier, however, has not yet been approved by the empowered group of ministers (EGoM), according to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The business would be permitted to release a purchase order (PO) to Mumbai-based Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) after the EGoM approves.

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After a full-fledged commercial launch of its next-generation services in 2023–2024, BSNL anticipates a 20% increase in income. For the installation of additional towers and the transition to 4G and 5G technology, the Indian government allotted Rs 52,937 crore to BSNL in the Union Budget 2023–24. Following a Rs 69,000 crore rescue plan in 2019, the Union Cabinet approved a Rs 1.64 lakh crore revival package for BSNL and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) in July of last year.

In order to evaluate its in-house telecom stack architecture for a 4G network with 10 million simultaneous phone calls, BSNL conducted testing last year. The continuous live testing is based on actual clients in a real-world setting. By August, the business intends to have quickly deployed next-generation telecom sites.

Rival private companies in India have already begun deploying their 5G networks, notably Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel. Following the proof of concept (PoC) in Chandigarh and Gurugram, TCS and the government-run ITI Limited filed their bids to deploy BSNL’s next-generation network across four zones throughout the country. While the supply of radio equipment is anticipated to be finished over an 18–24-month timeframe, the Tata Group firm intended to furnish core equipment within a year of obtaining the purchase order (PO).

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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