A $2 billion deal to launch the 4G network of the state-run telecom will soon be finalised between Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). The projected rollout of BSNL’s 4G services includes 100,000 towers or sites.
It is anticipated that the network equipment for BSNL will be produced locally by Tejas Networks, a division of Tata Sons, the organisation that houses TCS. The consortium led by the Tata group will become India’s first in-country provider of telecom network solutions as a result of this deal.
The Union Cabinet approved a Rs 1.64 lakh crore revival package for BSNL in late July, consisting of Rs 43,964 crore in cash support and Rs 1.20 lakh crore in non-financial support. The package includes three main components: improving BSNL services, reducing financial stress, and extending the reach of fibre through a merger with Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL).
According to the telecom ministry, “To improve existing services and provide 4G services, BSNL will be allotted spectrum in 900/1800 MHz band administratively at the cost of Rs 44,993 crore through equity infusion. With this spectrum, BSNL will be able to compete in the market and provide high speed data using their vast network including in rural areas.”