According to a top business official, state-owned telecom company BSNL will begin rolling out a 4G network from November to August next year.
According to the India Mobile Congress, the company will now expand around 1.25 lakh 4G mobile facilities in 18 months.
"The first roll out (of the planned 4G network) should take place in November," Purwar said.
The company is in discussions with a state-run IT company, a state-run telecom research and development organization, to develop indigenous 4G technology in the network.
Purwar claims that the 4G network of companies that is purchasing will be upgraded to 5G through software updates.
Purwar said the company is on track to deploy 5G as per the deadline of August 15, 2023, set by Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
"The minister has given us a clear path that the August 15, 2023, should be the date when BSNL should be in the 5G domain. We are now working in the direction which we have received. We should be capable of accomplishing it (the target timeline," Purwar said.
All telecom operators should look at digital inclusiveness and connect the unconnected with digital technologies, while talking about revenue dynamics.
"There should be a network investment for everyone to get a good service and roll out faster." Purwar said that unless operators have adequate resources, many individuals will not be able to make the investment in the network.
Indien has one of the lowest average earnings per user (ARPU), and there is a need to look at if it is sustainable.
"Telecom operators are well-positioned to appoint other sources, but we must also look at the fact that India has the lowest ARPU in the world. Will this level of ARPU be maintained and receive the additional investment? we must balance these things," said Purwar.