The state-owned Indian operator BSNL has stated that it aims to begin its 4G offering by March next year.
Chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava has asserted that the operator will price its 4G services to compete with its rival Reliance Jio Infocomm. He added that the firm would also align its 3G tariffs with its competitors by the end of 2015.
BSNL’s rival operators are rapidly deploying their 4G networks to meet the growing demand for data services in India. Bharti Airtel is expanding its coverage from 45 cities and towns to a further 296 urban settlements. Meanwhile number two Vodafone India is aiming to launch 4G in 5 cities before year-end.
With a relatively small market share of 8%, BSNL is aiming to launch ahead of Reliance Jio, which has delayed its 4G launch until the end of the year. The state operator currently holds 2.5GHz of spectrum in 15 of India’s 22 telecom circles.