BSNL wants 4G spectrum by giving shares to government

New Delhi: Before the launch of its 4G services, the public sector BSNL is demanding 5 MHz spectrum in the 2100 MHz band and wants to pay the government as an additional equity offering.

Sources say that acquisition of additional spectrum in the 2100 MHz band for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is critical for launching 4G services across the country through LTE. The Board of Directors of BSNL approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) on December 21, which included the issue of spectrum required for capital expenditure as well as the need for introduction of 4G service at all-India level.

The company currently has 5 MHz spectrum in 2100 Mhz, which is enough for the introduction of 4G services. But for the expansion of this service across the country, it will need an additional 5 MHz spectrum. BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastav said to the board that the board has approved the DPR which will be sent to the government.

He said that under the proposal, the company is seeking spectrum in 2100 Mhz of all circles besides Rajasthan, which has a total cost of about Rs 9600 crores. The company wants that it should be allowed to pay half of this amount in the form of equity (issuing additional shares to the government).

 Srivastava said about the 4G project that we only want financial help from the government for the spectrum. BSNL has 10 million subscribers and it is hoped that the proposed LTE-based 4G services will give its customers strong support.

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