Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (Vi) are going to launch 5G service this year itself. But, BSNL is lagging far behind.
Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (Vi) are preparing to launch 5G network service this year. But, BSNL has not been able to launch even 4G service yet. Because of this, this telecom operator has lagged far behind in terms of subscribers despite cheap plans.
According to the previous report, BSNL’s 4G service can be launched on August 15 this year. The company has also made preparations for this. The auction of 5G spectrum is going to happen this month itself. Only private telecom players are participating in this.
Not preparing for 5G yet. It will work only on providing 4G connectivity for now. According to a report, BSNL will initially launch 4G connectivity in collaboration with TCS in those places where the revenue will be high. However, the 4G-ready infrastructure is ready and it will be rolled out across the country.
A report by Financial Express states that BSNL will not participate in the auction but it will give a fixed price in the auction so that whenever it wants to launch 5G service using mid-band spectrum, it can.
It is not that the company is not working hard to take the 5G spectrum. BSNL has demanded that according to the globalized practice, it should also get the spectrum so that the ecosystem is maintained regarding the device.
Let us tell you that only mid-band is being used by telecom operators all over the world for 5G. BSNL should also issue this band so that it is not expensive and difficult for the company to launch 5G service later.
But, for the time being, the company is thinking of focusing on 4G service only. A report in The Hindu states that BSNL will launch 4G service but with built-in 5G capability. If this happens, then the company will launch 4G service on a large scale first.
After this, these towers can be switched to 5G through a simple software update. This means that after the 4G service is fully launched, the company can switch to 5G service by taking reserve spectrum from DoT.