Once the 2G to 3G conversion project is over, 4G services will be rolled out in phases, says a BSNL official

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Krishna Telecom District is in advanced stage of converting over 250 2G mobile communication towers (called sites) in the rural areas into 3G by early next year having completed the exercise in Vijayawada city recently.

Once the 2G to 3G conversion project is over within a few months, 4G services will be rolled out in phases, according to a BSNL official.

The district has a total of 318 2G sites, including 65 in the city.

Their conversion to 3G technology has been taken up with equipment supplied by ZTE India, the Indian subsidiary of Chinese multinational ZTE Corporation.

Number of 3G sites is 75, comprising 60 in Vijayawada city and the remaining in towns like Machilipatnam.

Quality improvement

The conversion of 2G sites to 3G helps BSNL in improving the quality of its services due to higher speeds and better bandwidth.

Besides, it can expand value-added services like video-calling, mobile television, and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television).

The difference between 2G and 3G technology is felt by the mobile users in the way they can download data and browse Internet on the mobile phones at far higher speeds than with 2G and gain faster access to data and applications.

The district has nearly 6.75 lakh pre and post-paid mobile phone connections.

Their service quality is bound to improve with 3G technology as even the basic services like voice communication and messages (text, picture, and multimedia) will rise to that of global standards.

For smart phone users, the 3G technology will be a richer experience, bringing a whole lot of features on to their screens with ease.