Airtel, BSNL to sign pan-India intra-circle roaming pact
Telecom operators Airtel and BSNL are likely to sign a pan-India roaming pact within a month to strengthen their 2G mobile services in areas where either of them is having a weak or negligible presence.
“We are soon going to sign a pan-India intra-circle roaming agreement with Airtel with a focus to strengthen coverage in rural areas. Commercials are being worked out. This is most likely to signed within a month,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said. When contacted, Airtel did not comment on the matter. Shrivastava said the deal is a part of the BSNL strategy to spend carefully on building infrastructure and use sharing rules to bring down operational cost besides providing good network to consumers. “We have made ‘co-opetition’ (co-operative competition) as one of the key strategies. Under this we are looking at opportunity where we can co-operate with other players to expand our business,” he said.
BSNL has invested about Rs 4,000 crore in the latest network expansion (phase 7). It is expected to be completed by June 2015.