BSNL 4G and 5G Launch Timeline Confirmed

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is now ready to launch the BSNL 4G soon. According to earlier rumours, equipment procurement concerns will compel BSNL to push out the country’s 4G launch to 2023. However, according to a PTI story citing BSNL CMD P K Purwar, the state-run telco would begin rolling out 4G in November 2022. On August 15, 2023, the telco would also introduce 5G services. This will be BSNL’s first 4G rollout, the report claims (using homegrown technology).

To assist BSNL in quickly deploying domestic 4G, a consortium chaired by the C-DoT (Centre for Development of Telematics) and containing TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) is collaborating with the state-run telco. Regarding 5G, the CMD recently confirmed what telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had mentioned regarding the launch date of BSNL’s 5G service, which is August 15, 2023.

Purwar was giving a speech at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022, which was taking place in New Delhi at Pragati Maidan. He also discussed the necessity to link those without an internet connection with digital technology and digital inclusivity. According to the article, Purwar discussed India’s low average revenue per user (ARPU) and if it was sustainable.

As soon as the telco is able to introduce 4G services, BSNL’s ARPU should increase. The domestic 5G core has already been made available in the nation by C-DoT. Thus, assuming the pilot tests are successful, BSNL could introduce 5G.

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