The leading telecom operator Airtel is all set to sign a pan-India roaming pact with BSNL in order to strengthen their 2G services in the areas where either of them is having a weak or negligible presence. As reported by PTI, Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL said, “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 sign within a month.”
Shrivastava further stated that, the deal is the part of BSNL strategy to spend on building infrastructure and use sharing rules to bring down operational costs besides giving good networks to consumers. He also added, “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.”
The stated owned operator BSNL has made the investment of Rs 4,000 crore in network expansion, which is expected to complete by June this year. On the other hand, Airtel states that its mobile network with 1,42,898 base stations covers an area of 87% of India’s population. However, BSNL covers an area of 72% of country’s population which will further increase after completion of phase 7 network expansion.