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Department of Telecommunications extends BSNL’s telecom license for 20 years

Department of Telecommunications extends BSNL’s telecom license for 20 years

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has extended the validity of State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited's (BSNL) Unified Access Service License (UASL) by another 20 years, enabling the telecom operator to continue offering services across the country. The license was granted with retrospective effect from February 29, 2020. Following the permit's issuance, BSNL will provide mobile (2G, 3G, and 4G), fixed-line, satellite, and other communication services.

BSNL's license, which was awarded in 2000 for 20 years and got Government approvals for rolling out of services in 2002, had expired in February this year. While the operator continued to provide services without a license, it sought an immediate extension for another two years. However, BSNL is yet to be allocated 4G spectrum, without which the PSU would find it challenging to offer quality services and retain high-value customers.

Under the licensing agreement, BSNL can also continue to provide National Long Distance, International Long Distance, very-small-aperture terminal (VSat), and the Public Mobile Radio Trunking Services service. The public sector unit had been using 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum and had sought the same bands across all its circles. While the frequency allocated could not be immediately confirmed, sources said that BSNL is believed to have been permitted to use the same bands.

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