Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has announced plans to extend its CDMA network infrastructure, expanding it across 500 towns with an investment of over INR4 billion (USD100 million). It plans to increase coverage and capacity by constructing over 7,000 new base transceiver stations. BSNL has said that the expansion is to provide national roaming necessary for it be able to compete with market rivals, and to allow the network to act as a ‘fall back option’ to cover areas which lack GSM coverage.
Shortly beforehand BSNL placed an order worth USD200 million with vendors Motorola and Nortel for an additional five million GSM lines to be rolled out in southern India. BSNL director, Kuldeep Goyal, said that BSNL is also preparing a tender for 25 million additional GSM lines in the south. Most recent available figures in the GlobalComms database show that BSNL had 3.6 million CDMA fixed wireless customers at the end of May 2007, and 30.3 million GSM mobile subscribers at the end of September 2007.