BSNL has so far been offering 3G network Image: Thinkstock
State-run telecom operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is reportedly planning to launch 4G services in order to compete against private players like Airtel, Jio, Vodafone and others.
According to several online reports, BSNL may offer 4G Universal SIMs (USIM) for as low as Rs 20, and Mobile Number Portability (MNP) services will also be available for users looking to swap operators.
BSNL started testing the 4G services in Kerala this February but is expected to provide 4G connectivity on a pan-India scale. Existing users will need to upgrade their existing SIMs to 4G USIM cards for a nominal fee in order to use the 4G services.
Airtel was the first to start 4G services in India with Bangalore in February 2014. Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Jio soon followed suit. But BSNL is still running on 3G network, which was launched back in 2009.
Despite lagging behind, BSNL has been able to keep pace with its competitors in terms of growth by offering lucrative and affordable plans.