BSNL To Add 52,000 Base Stations Including 4G To Expand Network

State run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited or BSNL is planning a massive upgradation of its telecom infrastructure this year. The plan includes the company’s network expansion for its 2G, 3G and 4G services including installing of over 50,000 base transceiver stations or BTS.

As per the plan BSNL will be adding a total of 52,552 BTSs across the country in this fiscal year, said Minister of Telecom Manoj Sinha in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

Of these, there will be 20035 BTSs for 2G, 22517 for 3G and 10,000 BTSs for 4G, Sinha added. These BTSs are to be installed across India corresponding to existing telecom infrastructure in the respective circles.

The network expansion is a part of the state run operator’s VIII.4 GSM project. The company has earmarked an investment of Rs 4300 crore for this project.

Of late BSNL has been putting a lot of effort in revamping its telecom infrastructure, be it for  mobile services, broadband or core network. Besides its own services, the PSU telco is also involved in many government run projects including BharatNet that aims to connect 2,50,000 GPs across the country; connectivity in the LWE (left wing extremists) areas as well as in improving telecom connectivity in the North East corridor.

The operator is also working on the Network for Spectrum project for the defence forces which is being built against the spectrum the armed forces unit vacated to be used by telecom operators.

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