BSNL’s massive mobile network expansion project.
In the meeting held today, between the CMD BSNL and the Core Committee, the members of the Core Committee enquired about the expansion of BSNL’s mobile networks. In reply to the questions, the CMD BSNL gave the following informations.
(1) BSNL has already added 21,000 BTSs under the phase 7 mobile network expansion. Now, the Management is in the process of procuring another 100% equipments from the same tender. These equipments will be installed in the Northern, Southern and Eastern zones. These equipments will be utilised to replace the outdated 2G equipments, as well as, addition of 3G capacity.
(2) Management has decided to procure another 31 million line mobile equipments under the phase 8 expansion. This expansion will add 27,000 new BTSs of 2G / 3G / 4G technology. All these BTSs will be 4G compatible. The capital expenditure for this expansion is expected to be Rs.5,000 crore, and the expansion will be completed in two years.
(3) BSNL is already having 1,20,000 BTSs. Now the expansion of networks as stated above will greatly improve BSNL’s network coverage and quality of mobile services.