BSNL to invest USD500 million in CDMA

14 Jan 2008

While the likes of Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Tata are racing to add national GSM-based services to their existing CDMA portfolio, BSNL is reported to be doing the reverse, by planning the launch of CDMA networks across all major Indian cities. ‘After our application for a full-fledged CDMA mobility licence is approved, we plan to roll out CDMA services in all major cities and towns. The initial investment will be about USD500 million,’ BSNL managing director Kuldeep Goyal was reported in the local press as saying. BSNL has submitted a request to the government seeking permission to provide CDMA-based wireless services under its existing CMTS (cellular mobile telephony service) licence covering 21 service areas. According to Mr Goyal, BSNL will be in a position to roll out CDMA services as soon as the approvals come through. ‘We already have the requisite start-up spectrum in place,’ he said. BSNL is using the same clause in the modified UASL (unified access service licence) that allows service providers to offer services on both GSM and CDMA platforms, which Tata and RCOM have availed of to make their GSM forays.