It has been a long wait from the users of public owned BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) for 4G networks, and finally, it seems like the wait will be over soon. According to reports, BSNL is all set to introduce its 4G mobile services in India by the 1st of March 2020.
From long, this telecom operator has been waiting for the green flag from DoT (Department of Telecom) in order to release its own network on the latest technology platform available in India (4G) as the private run telecoms like Vodafone Idea and Airtel have already been running with 4G in India since a long time.
The development of this case was mentioned in a Hindu Business Line report, wherein the sources said that BSNL seeks the 4G spectrum to be released from DoT so the telecom company can commence its commercial operations in the country.
In the past, there were reports that the public owner telecom company would be sold to the highest bidder, however, Modi government has been trying to recapitalise BSNL.
According to the above mentioned report, BSNL is also ready to pay the salaries to its employees for December 2019, and is likely to be dispersed in the days to come. Having said this, it will be a big question that only time can answer whether the company (BSNL) has what it takes to compete with some of the biggest players in the industry like Reliance Jio, and Bharti Airtel.
By reviving BSNL and offering the 4G spectrum, the government can boost their funds which are stuck with Airtel and Vodafone Idea, who, according to Supreme Court of India, will have to pay off their dues by end of this week on AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenues).
At this moment in time, it is still unknown of the price at which 4G spectrum will be sold to BSNL as that will be the major factor for deciding the plans and charges that a user will have to pay to use BSNL’s 4G mobile services. Additionally, the question also remains if BSNL will get enough network range so that it can offer the 4G service on pan India level?