BSNL, MTNL to offer free roaming

BSNL, MTNL to offer free roaming

BSNL, MTNL to offer free roaming

BSNL and MTNL customers soon can look forward to get free roaming service across the country.

“Both firms are jointly working to offer free roaming service to their mobile customers across the country where the consumer need not pay any fees,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director R K Upadhyay said here on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters after signing an MoU with MTNL to share their networks and joint service offering schemes to corporate customers, he said: “Both companies are working on mechanism to reduce charges levied on customers when they are on roaming and to gradually waive it.

“In the NCR (National Capital Region), leaving Delhi, where BSNL customers is on roaming, he is not charged for roaming. We would like to enlarge that area individually on pan-India basis so that mobile customer does not pay any fees for roaming,” he said.

Currently MTNL and BSNL do not impose roaming charges for mobile internet services on each others customers. MTNL CMD A K Garg said that both companies will work to have similar arrangement for phone calls as well.

“We have made certain packages in pre-paid services where it (roaming) is allowed on payment of small amount. Once this system works properly, we will work out to have similar situation for voice also,” Garg said.

Under the agreement signed on Tuesday, both state-run firms have agreed to share their IT and other infrastructure like buildings, ducts, mobile towers.

BSNL expects to increase its revenue from enterprise segment by 15 to 20 per cent following this agreement.

MTNL operates from Mumbai and Delhi while BSNL offers pan India services except these two metros. Both companies so far have not been able to offer pan India services to their customers like their private rivals due to geographical restrictions.
With the MoU, now the companies can offer services to their customers like any other private telecom firms across the country.