BSNL launches commercial 4G in areas of rural Chennai

1 Apr 2019

Indian state-owned provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched a commercial 4G service in areas of Kancheepuram, in Chennai circle, the Economic Times reports. The network uses the operator’s 3G spectrum and is currently limited in coverage to eight small towns and villages, previously served only by BSNL’s 2G network. ‘The 4G services will be extended to about 200 places in other rural areas of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Tiruthani and Chengalpet in a month’s time,’ a senior BSNL official was quoted as saying. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, BSNL and sister company Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) have requested additional spectrum from the government to launch 4G services nationwide, as part of a recovery plan to help the duo keep pace with their privately-owned competitors. The regulator is currently considering whether the pair – as government-owned entities – are exempt from rules that require resources such as spectrum to be allocated through a public auction.