"Allocate 4G spectrum to BSNL at earliest to help them to compete against private telecos"

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Sir,


On behalf of BSNL Kerala mobile customers,I write this petition to request you for give the approval to BSNL proposal for allowing 4G airwaves.Later in February 2018,BSNL rolled out 4G services in India.Kerala is the first circle to get the BSNL 4G network in the country.BSNL has a strong base in the Kerala circle,because of its excellent services in the circle.The customers have more trust in BSNL because it is a public sector unit.At present,the state-run telecom company serves over 1.2 crore mobile subscribers in Kerala.BSNL overall has close to 11 crore subscribers across the country on a pan India bases.Out of 11 crore people,the Kerala circle alone has over 1 crore subscribers. BSNL Kerala telecom circle- the most revenue generating unit of state run PSU has registered a net profit of RS 700 crore for the FY 2016-17.Kerala is one of the leading states with regard to mobile data usage with about 25 percent of data usage of BSNL in India.The 4G service will offer higher data speeds leading to a better user experience.


I am a BSNL customer residing in a rural area named Kaithakode(place),Kollam District,Kerala.In the Kaithakode, BSNL have a 3G tower.This place consists many buildings like schools,bank,post office etc.Also a lot of students and working professionals residing in this place.But we have low 3G coverage in this place.We would like to get the 4G services of BSNL for our needs.We requested to the BSNL authorities to include this site in the 4G expansion programme of BSNL.Then they replied that the Kaithakode tower will be considered in the 4G expansion project once the BSNL is allotted with 4G spectrum.So in order to expand the 4G service to the rest of the country,BSNL will require additional spectrum.


The entire subscriber base of BSNL is waiting for the expansion programme of 4G services. With 3G service itself, BSNL is increasing its subscriber market share and with the implementation of BSNL 4G, the telco will also be able to increase its market share alongside its revenues. The state-owned telco -- which competes with private operators like Bharti Airtel,Idea,Vodafone and Jio that already have an established 4G footprint.BSNL is the only operator giving stiff competition to the new entrant Reliance Jio. While all other private operators are loosing their existing customer base, BSNL managed to increase its market share and customer base with several lucrative plans and offers which are better than Raliance Jio.For this, BSNL is seeking additional spectrum, which it wants to fund by offering additional equity to its promoter, the government.


So kindly allocate additional 4G spectrum to BSNL at earliest to help them to compete against private operators.The generous support of individuals like you makes it possible for our public sector unit to exist and to make the BSNL profitable.

Yours faithfully
ANDREWS ALEXANDER



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