BSNL 4G VoLTE Service Live in Certain Circles, Subscribers Can Now Experience HD Voice Calls


  • BSNL 4G services are also live in most areas of Kerala

  • The telco is using 2,100MHz airwaves for the 4G network

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the state-owned telecom operator was in trouble for the past two years as the data tariff war intensified in the Indian telecom sector. The main reason why BSNL was left behind other telecom operators was that the telco did not have a robust 4G network which could match up to the level of competition. However, later BSNL started taking steps regarding the expansion of its 4G network and was pilot testing its services in the Idukki district of Kerala. Gujarat was also a territory earmarked as the pilot testing for the BSNL 4G network. Now BSNL had announced that its VoLTE services are live in Gujarat and some other circles where it’s testing the 4G services. Currently, BSNL is using the 3G airwaves to relay its 4G network, and the telco was allocated 2,100MHz spectrum back in October 2018 for testing its 4G services.

BSNL Giving Free 2GB of Bonus Data on 4G SIM Upgrade

To spread the word about its newly launched 4G service, BSNL had started providing free data to the subscribers who were updating to BSNL 4G SIM. BSNL had announced back in January, that subscribers in Chennai circle who are upgrading to 4G SIM would get free bonus data. With the new SIM purchase and upgrade to 4G SIM, BSNL was providing 2GB free data to its subscribers. As per the previous announcements by BSNL, the services were to go live in Gandhidham and Anjar town of Gujarat, where 3G services were to be kept at hold while maintaining the 2G network running alongside the new 4G services.

A few subscribers of BSNL in Gujarat received an SMS on their phones regarding the activation of 4G services along with VoLTE. Finally, after the period of pilot testing and 4G deployment on 3G airwaves, subscribers of BSNL in Gujarat will be able to experience high-speed internet which was reported to be as high as 20 Mbps during the testing period back in 2018.

BSNL Expanding 4G Reach to Other Parts of India

It is worth noting that BSNL has been on the task of testing its 4G services from quite some time now. The main reason behind BSNL’s widening losses has also been because of its lack of 4G network. The Tutela report of India’s telecom networks also noted the same thing and notified that the BSNL 4G network was not dense and only present in selected locations. Now the telecom operator is eyeing the commercial launch of BSNL 4G in the coming months. The start of the VoLTE service in Gujarat is already the hint towards the BSNL 4G commercial launch. Back in October 2018, the first BSNL 4G tower was commissioned in Nunna (in Vijayawada). BSNL services were also live in rural Nagpur region and Bhiwapur.

Right now, BSNL is asked to submit survival strategy to the government, post which it’ll receive 4G airwaves to launch full-fledged high-speed internet services in the country.

Inputs: Anjan Bala

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