Chandigarh : On the auspicious occasion of Lohri, State owned telecom operator (BSNL), today announced the soft launch of high speed 4G services in Punjab circle at Chandigarh.
Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA), BSNL speaking on the occasion, said that BSNL is committed to provide the state of the art services to its customers. BSNL’s 4G will offer lightning speed experience for its customer. BSNL has collaborated with Gemini Communication Ltd as technology partner to roll out the ambitious 4G Network using PointRed’s 4G Technology. These services will be offered to its employees. Services will be available for demonstration for general public.
BSNL’s 4G Network will be able to provide high speed data up to 100Mbps and customers will be able to download large files of the order of 1GB within few seconds which at present take hours. This will play a vital role for Video Camera Surveillance, Traffic management solutions & the Home land security services in India.
He further mentioned about some major initiatives recently taken for the benefit of customers which include free night calling facility to BSNL landline customers from 9 pm to 7 am to any number of any operator across the country & National free roaming to its mobile customers.
2. Sh. R. Vijay Kumar, CMD, Gemini Communication Ltd explained about the technology used for role out of 4G services. He told that customers can avail this service with 4G enabled smartphones such as Apple iPhone-6/6s, Apple iPad, Motorola X Play, Asus, Microsoft etc and many more devices to come. Phones ranging from Rs. 6000 – Rs.90000 are available in the market supporting BSNL’s 4G service.
Sh. R. C. Hooda, Chief General Manager, Punjab Circle said that BSNL has already planned for replacing the age-old existing exchanges with the latest Next Generation Network (NGN) technology. In Phase-I, 11(eleven) exchanges have been replaced with NGN technology in Chandigarh, Jalandhar and Amritsar telecom districts by migrating 50000 subscribers in the new technology. 55 more exchanges will be replaced with NGN in phase-II having 1, 50,000 subscribers. It is worthwhile to mention here that this new technology has advanced features for the users like Fixed Mobile convergence, All India Centrex, MMVC (Multi Media Video Conferencing) etc. which are the demand of the day.
(ii) He further told that Wi-Fi Services are being introduced for providing high speed internet access at convenient public locations in Chandigarh, Amritsar and Patiala hereunder called as Hot Spots. Installation of Hot Spots is under process in these cities. Hot Spot Type-A is applicable for public utility services like Airports, Railway Stations, Universities and their campus etc . Hot Spot Type-B is applicable for personal type of services like Hotels, private owned institutes/ Colleges/ libraries/ Universities and their campuses etc. All major cities of Punjab Circle and Chandigarh will be provided Wi-Fi Services by BSNL under Hot Spot Type-A category.
(iii) BSNL Punjab has installed around 150 towers (2G and 3G) to upgrade its mobile network in FY 2015-16 and installation of 200 (2G and 3G) numbers of towers is in process, likely to be completed by end of March. During FY 2016-17, BSNL Punjab has planned to provide additional 400 (2G and 3G) numbers of towers to improve the mobile coverage which will provide uninterrupted high speed data and voice services to our customers in the rural areas.