BSNL widens Wimax coverage

NEW DELHI: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has deployed 348 base stations in the urban areas of Kerala Circle, 335 base stations in urban areas of Punjab Circle, 25 base stations in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra each, and 33 base stations in Gujarat Circle to provide WiMax Services with franchises model of revenue sharing.
In the rural phase project one, BSNL has deployed 827 base stations using WiMax (wireless broadband technology) to cover 1000 Rural Block HQ of the country.

Approximately 10279 Rural CSCs and 14591 village panchayats have coverage through the Rural Project.

BSNL and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) were assigned one block of 20 MHz spectrum for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) in 2008. 
Meanwhile, the Government auctioned two blocks of spectrum each of 20 MHz, for BWA to private companies in 2010 through e-auction, earning total revenue of Rs 385.43 billion.

All successful bidders are required to meet the specified roll-out obligation for BWA spectrum within five years of the effective date.

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