BSNL 4G is offering download speeds above 15Mbps, now present in most of South and West India
BSNL is rapidly expanding its 4G services across the country, especially in South Indian states. The telecom operator has been waiting for the spectrum allocation but that hasn't stopped it from beta testing the network in several states. And so far, the results seem to be positive as a new report suggests that BSNL is actually able to deliver faster 4G speeds in the regions it is present.
The latest report from Telecom Talk talks about the distribution and performance of BSNL's 4G network. The report states that the 4G network is delivering fast download speeds - subscribers in Gujarat are experiencing download speeds above 15Mbps. This is a lot higher than the average download speeds of other network operators.
In other circles, the average 4G speeds are around 6.8Mbps. The network is still in the testing phase and the total number of active 4G subscribers probably won't match with any of the more established networks from other operators so far.
In terms of distribution, BSNL's 4G network is available in most South Indian states along with several states in the west. The operator is currently present in Chhattisgarh, Nagpur, Gujarat, Pune and central Maharashtra, parts of Kerala with good 4G connectivity, a few areas in Odisha, Bihar, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. In the east coast region, BSNL 4G is available in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
BSNL's foray into the 4G segment is highly late. Airtel was one of the first few Indian operators to come up with 4G in selected cities across India. Vodafone and Idea followed with their 4G networks soon after.
However, the major boom in the 4G space happened when Reliance stepped in with its Jio in 2016. Jio also introduced the VoLTE services to the country, after which all the other followed. BSNL's 4G network also supports VoLTE.
A few months ago, BSNL was offering sweet deals for its subscribers to upgrade to 4G from its 3G or 2G services. BSNL customers can upgrade to 4G SIM cards and get 2GB data free. BSNL hasn't released the prices of its 4G recharge plans commercially but expect them to be comparable with those from Airtel, Jio and Vodafone.