BSNL obtains the project to upgrade 2G mobile sites to 4G in the affected areas of Naxal

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will upgrade 2G mobile sites to 4G in the affected areas of Naxal. The overall cost of the project will be Rs 2,426 crore, Union Minister Anurag Thakur confirmed on Wednesday. According to a PTI report, the cabinet approved BSNL to take care of 2G to 4G mobile sites in the affected areas of Naxal in ten different states.

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a project worth Rs 2,426 crore has been approved by cabinet to upgrade 2,542 2G mobile sites to 4G, Thakur said.

BSNL will deploy solutions developed by indigenous people

BSNL will deploy locally developed solutions including core network, radio network and telecommunications equipment for upgrading 2G sites to 4G. All 2,542 sites will be upgraded and managed by BSNL, Thakur confirmed.

These are the following states where BSNL will be working in the affected areas of Naxal – Chhattisgarh (971 mobile sites), Andhra Pradesh (346 mobile sites), Bihar (16 mobile sites), Madhya Pradesh (23 mobile sites), Maharashtra (125 mobile sites ), Jharkhand (450 mobile sites), Odisha (483 mobile sites), Uttar Pradesh (42 mobile sites), West Bengal (33 mobile sites) and Telangana (53 mobile sites).

BSNL will also be upgrading its current 2G/3G sites across India to 4G in the coming months. The public telecommunications operator has so far ordered equipment for 6,000 mobile sites and is waiting for the supplier to complete it.

For those unaware, BSNL had worked with TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) and C-DoT (Centre for Telematics Development) to develop an indigenous 4G solution for its networks. The government did not allow BSNL to go ahead with a foreign supplier for the deployment of 4G. This is why the public telecommunications company took a long time as none of the Indian technology companies had the experience in manufacturing basic 4G network equipment and other related solutions. In August 2022, we might see BSNL’s 4G networks in some parts of the country.