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Finally, BSNL has launched 4G series in Kerala on Thursday. The state-run telecom operator stated that the 4G services will be initially available only in five spots in the state's Idukki district. The operator will expand the 4G services to the other cities in the state in the near future. This is just a soft launch of the 4G services, hinting that the company has used the existing spectrum in order to generate the 4G network.
BSNL subscribers in these regions where the 4G service was introduced can avail the high-speed connectivity with their existing 3G U SIMs 256K modules. The operator has confirmed that the service will be rolled out to the other districts of Kerala by the end of this year. P T Mathew, BSNL Chief General Manager stated that the wider rollout of the 4G services is in progress.
Undoubtedly, the 4G services will render higher data speeds that lead to a better user experience. Moreover, BSNL has rolled out the service after a considerable wait. Following the rollout of the 4G services in Kerala, a Twitter user @nagellatrinath has tweeted the first 4G speed test of the BSNL 4G network. The screenshot posted by the Twitter user shows that the download speed of the network is 25.20 Mbps and the upload speed is 5.36 Mbps.
Given that the company has assured that it will roll out the 4G services in Kerala by the year end, we are skeptical if the 4G services will be rolled out to the other regions in the country soon as there is a shortage of spectrum for the operator. Once BSNL purchases new spectrum, the operator can definitely expand the service to the other parts of the country.
At the launch event of 4G services in Kerala, the officials of BSNL announced the tie-up of the operator with T-Mobile in order to provide international roaming service in the US. BSNL previously teamed up with N-Cell, a Nepalese telecom operator to provide roaming services in the country.
Lately, BSNL came up with a new plan priced at Rs. 1,595 for the postpaid users. This plan offers benefits such as unlimited calls both to BSNL and other networks without any FUP limit. Also, the users can make voice calls to landline numbers for free using this plan. The plan comes with free 250 SMS per billing cycle.