Government owned telecom company MTNL has plans to invest Rs. 400 crores on it’s network to enhance it’s 3G speeds by atleast 6 times at the same time increasing 2G coverage. Currently the state owned company provides it’s services in Delhi NCR and Mumbai. MTNL uses HSDPA technology to provide the subscriber with a download speeds of upto 3.6 mega bits persecond and if company’s claims are anything to go by it plans to increase that speed to 21.1 MBPS.
“We have floated tender for enhancing 2G and 3G coverage in National Capital Region. Under this project, we are working to enhance maximum speed of 3G Internet by six times. The total project is estimated to cost us Rs 400 crore,” MTNL Chairman and Managing Director A K Garg told PTI.
Under this project MTNL plans to install or upgrade 1500 Mobile Base Stations for 2G or voice services and about 2000 cell sites for 3G data services.
“We will have 750 BTS (mobile tower) each in Delhi and Mumbai for 2G coverage and 1,000 nodes for 3G coverage. The only issue that we are facing is availability of locations for installing BTS. We are looking for interest from people who want to get BTSs installed at their premise,” Garg said.
MTNL like BSNL has seen constant erosion in subscriber base in last 4-5 years and these plans look like they want to increase it’s customer base by offering higher download speeds. Nokia, Alcatel Lucent and china based ZTE and Huawie are in the race for this project. MTNL has over 42 lakh subscribers as of date and most of them are 3G enabled. Company’s bad marketing, bad services coupled with mounting employee cost has made it less attractive over a period of time.