The state-owned telecom player BSNL gets an extension of Unified License for 20 years by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). This comes as a BIG relief to ailing BSNL.
The Union Cabinet has approved the extension of BSNL’s unified license as the latter submitted a bank guarantee worth 250 crores. Though the license has been approved with effect from 29 Feb 29 2020, the agreement was signed on December 10th.
2G, 3G & 4G Services Across 20 Telecom Circles:
The DoT has mentioned that the license will be valid for 20 years unless revoked for reasons specified elsewhere in the document. With this issuance, the state-run BSNL will be able to provide 2G, 3G and 4G services across 20 Telecom circles.
As such the BSNL will get the required permission to offer telecom services across the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz spectrum bands. This will span all the telecom services including voice telephony, national long distance, international long distance, very small aperture terminal (VSAT), and the Public Mobile Radio Trunking Services (PMRTS).
BSNL-MTNL Merger: A Delayed Imperative
Moreover, the BSNL has also received permissions to offer telecom services in Mumbai metropolitan and Delhi-national capital region (NCR).
Thus, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) BSNL would manage the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) network in both Delhi and Mumbai metropolitan areas. This new development would facilitate a complete merger of the two PSU’s in the telecom sector.
The extension of Unified License is really good news for BSNL as it can now cater its services across the nation without any hiccups. It’s to be noted that BSNL is the only telecom operator to offer services in the remotest parts of the country without any thinking about profit margins.
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