Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has invited tenders for offering 4G LTE services in 14 circles where BSNL has spare bandwidth. BSNL controls 20MHz in the 2.5GHz frequency band and already offers WiMAX services in these zones.
BSNL has divided 14 circles into 6 zones and has invited tenders for these zones on a non-exclusive, revenue-sharing franchise model. The minimum revenue share that the telco expect is 50% and no party can control more than 3 zones. The deadline for the tender is 28 June.
BSNL claims that they’re doing this in a bid to offer better services to their consumers and also because many companies expressed interest.
“There were interests from companies to roll out 4G services on behalf of BSNL. The private firms will sell the services while using BSNL network. The model will help to reduce capex and increase subscribers,” said the operator.