With the start of this year, government owned telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has been in news again.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has recently allotted BSNL with fresh liberalized spectrum pan India. This means that the government telco may soon provide its users with 4G services, across the country.
The DoT has invited applicants for spectrum allocation of the same by releasing a notice for ‘Spectrum Auction 2021’ which shall be held in March.
Bands and Spectrum Allocation for BSNL
The Telecom department has put out a spectrum of 2251.25 MHz bandwidth, worth Rs 3,92,332.70 crores, to auction.
The process (auction) shall put forward these frequency bandwidths:
- 700 MHz,
- 800 MHz,
- 900 MHz,
- 1800 MHz,
- 2100 MHz,
- 2300 MHz, and
- 2500 MHz bands
Reliance Jio Could Show Major Participation
The auction process anticipated to start soon could see a major, probably maximum participation from the telco Reliance Jio.
Additionally, the private telcos Airtel and Vi may not show prominent participation in this spectrum allocation auction.
Speaking of BSNL, it has been allotted an additional block of 5 MHz in the 2100 MHz band in 20 telecom circles, including Mumbai, as reported by India Today.
In Rajasthan, an additional block of 5 MHz has been allocated to the 850 MHz band, while in the Delhi circle, a 10 MHz block in the 1800 MHz band has been allotted, with a 20 years validity up to 2040, as reported by Only Tech.
Also, BSNL’s existing 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum will simultaneously be used by the telco, due to the large base of 2G subscribers of BSNL.