With motive to reduce rapid conversion of its customer base to other mobile phone service providers, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has pumped in Rs 160 crore to strengthen its mobile service network in the state and ensure trouble-free 3G service on National Highway No. 1 right from Rajpura to border district of Amritsar by December end.
“We are shifting from the existing technology of Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) to Internet Protocol (IP) technology in already existing mobile towers apart from installing 550 (3G) and 670 (2G) more composite mobile network towers in Punjab”, Senior General Manager of BSNL, Sanjeev Kumar Nigam told Hindustan Times revealing that a China based company ZTE has been awarded this project in Punjab.
“Out of total upcoming mobile towers, 46 new composite towers would be installed in Jalandhar circle comprising the districts of Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr only”, he said adding that even more than 200 mobile towers are hired on lease from other mobile infrastructure providers to strengthen 3G service in the state.
Elaborating further on the expansion plan, Nigam said that in the current TDM based technology, there is huge wastage of available mobile network links resulting in network failure and call dropping, but after installation of IP based technology towers capacity of the existing network would be extended by 100 times to provide trouble free mobile service to customers.
“Entire project is expected to be completed by December end and once completed the BSNL would be capable to provide trouble free 3G service to its customers to entire NH- 1 from Rajpura to Amritsar districts in Punjab”, he said adding that in the upcoming network, customer would be enabled to get the internet speed of about 42.2 MBPS against the existing 14.4 MBPS for 3G service.
Earlier only big cities were covered in 3G network, but now the small towns like Goraya, Phagwara, Doraha, Sirhind and Phillaur along with NH are also being covered for 3G network, he said.
Pointed out about the growing incidents of call dropping in the mobile network of BSNL in the city, SGM termed it as teething trouble due to the process of changing the technology. “We have already apprised about the problems of call dropping being faced by the customers to the Chinese company, which is working to resolve it”, he added.
However, he admitted that with the launch of Mobile Number Portability (MNP), BSNL witnessed huge loss in the form of shifting of its mobile customer network, but now the situation has improved.
“As on now, BSNL has customer base of 4.67 lakh of mobile service and 1.7 lakh of landline in Jalandhar circle”, he revealed.