State-run BSNL will install around 28,000 new mobile base stations across the country to replace all 2G sites with 3G and roll out 4G services at select locations by end 2017-18.

“Under the phase-8 expansion, we are replacing all 2G base stations and old equipment with modern base stations which can provide 3G and 4G services. At select locations, we are planning to start 4G services. We expect to complete phase-8 by FY18,” BSNL chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava told PTI.

BSNL plans to occupy all its 3G spectrum for 4G services with European firms Nokia and Ericsson and Chinese telecom equipment firm ZTE as a part of its future project. ”Nokia has emerged as the lowest bidder (L1) in financial bids and ZTE is second runner up (L2). Evaluation is going in. We expect to finalise the vendor in April,” Shrivastava said.

The lowest qualified bidder will get the contract to replace equipment in West and South zone of the country. “L2 bidder will be given East and North if it accepts to supply equipment at L1 rates,” Shrivastava said.

Although, there is no confirmed date to initiate the service as there are still many pending kinds of stuff from both side to enhance 4G services across the country. BSNL users may get extra benefits of this project.