BSNL to pump $500 million in CDMA

Posted on January 14, 2008  /  2 Comments

While the likes of Reliance and Tata are racing to add national GSM-based services to their existing CDMA portfolio, BSNL is doing other way around by planning the launch of CDMA networks across all major Indian cities.  

“After our application for a full-fledged CDMA mobility licence is approved, we plan to roll out CDMA services in all major cities and towns. The initial investment will be about $500 million,” BSNL managing director Kuldeep Goyal said. Read more.

Interestingly, Telus of Canada is spending $500 million to migrate from CDMA to GSM early this year. Calling CDMA technology the “Betamax of wireless” the Toronto Star gives details.


  1. Well im not sure how bsnl is going to sustain their growth with idia opening up telco. They also seem to be a bit late in jumping into the cdma bandwagon. Their GSM service too has limited subscriber base.

    I think AIrtel and relliance would kick them out of cdma and gsm leaving them only with copper

  2. How exactly will two private companies “kick” BSNL out of two sets of assigned frequencies (I guess the commentor means the CDMA and GSM frequencies, not the standards)?