BSNL to launch 4G services across India in August

The company has rolled out 4G services in Punjab using indigenously developed technology by IT company TCS and state-run telecom research organization C-DoT-led consortium and onboarded around 8 lakh subscribers.

BSNL to launch 4G services across India in August

State-owned BSNL plans to launch 4G services using indigenous technology in August, in line with India's "Atmanirbhar" policy, officials say.

The telecom operator officials have promptly operated a peak speed of 40-45 megabits per second in the 4G network which has been rolled out in the premium spectrum band of 700 megahertz (Mhz) as well as in the 2,100 Mhz band during the pilot phase.

The company has rolled out 4G services in Punjab using indigenously developed technology by IT company TCS and state-run telecom research organization C-DoT-led consortium and onboarded around 8 lakh subscribers.

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The core network is a vital component of a telecommunication network that consists of network hardware, devices, and software. It provides essential services such as aggregation, call control, switching, authentication, charging, and gateway functionality. A recent paper by the telecom regulator Trai has explained the core network as a part of the network that performs these crucial functions.

TCS, Tejas Networks, and government-owned ITI have bagged orders worth about Rs 19,000 crore from BSNL for deploying 4G network which is upgradable to 5G.

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BSNL is in the process of deploying 1.12 lakh towers for 4G and 5G services across India. "The company has installed over 9,000 towers for 4G service across the country, out of which more than 6,000 are active in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, UP West, and Haryana Circle. BSNL has been selling 4G capable SIM only for the last 4-5 years. Only those customers who have older SIMs will need to get new SIMs to experience the service," a BSNL official said.

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