BSNL in talks with Vi for 4G Intra Circle Roaming pacts

BSNL in talks with Vi over 4G intra-circle roaming pacts

In this news, we discuss the BSNL in talks with Vi for 4G Intra Circle Roaming pacts.

Government telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is said to be in talks with Vodafone India, which was recently renamed Vi for Intra-Circle Roaming Pacts (ICR). Vi, in exchange, would have requested 10,000 kilometers of fiber connectivity. At present, the two telecom operators are considering integrating the ICR plans in two circles, particularly in Rajasthan. According to reports, nationwide arrangements for CI pacts will be made in the same way.

Regarding the development of the deployment of 4G, the Empowered Technology The group’s chief scientific adviser (ETG), K Vijay Raghavan, is expected to discuss BSNL’s plans to deploy 4G services, including the tender, sources told the Business Line. The ETG was previously scheduled to meet on November 20 and 23.

PK Purwar, president and CEO of BSNL, who would also attend the meeting, will seek a proof of concept (POC) on the viability of 4G from the ETG. ETG was established in India to advise the ministry on new technologies and sourcing strategy with indigenous means and methods for some key technologies.

An internal DoT committee noted that for BSNL’s next tender for more than 50,000 4G sites that BSNL shift its focus and expense away from 2G and 3G, and use national equipment providers to roll out 4G-only radio and backbone. BSNL opposed suggestions saying it generates 60% of its revenue from 2G. BSNL is looking to upgrade 49,300 existing Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) to support 4G.

BSNL plans to provide its mobile and fixed services to users in Delhi and Mumbai. BSN hopes to generate revenue from customers in metropolitan cities as it could start its services from January 1. Currently, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) is the government provider of mobile and fixed services in Delhi and Mumbai. Pricing details are unclear at this time, but the subscription and top-up plans could likely end up being the same as what MTNL is currently charging.

Earlier this month, the Communications Ministry made it mandatory for all ministries, government departments and the central public sector to use the BSNL and MTNL networks for internet, broadband, landline and leased connectivity.

Government telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is reportedly in talks with Vodafone India, which was recently renamed Vi for or Intra Circle Roaming (ICR) pacts.

News Highlights:

  • According to a report, BSNL is in talks with Vi for intra-circle roaming pacts (ICR).
  • Vi, in exchange, would have requested 10,000 kilometers of fiber connectivity.
  • BSNL plans to provide its mobile and fixed services to users in Delhi and Mumbai from January 1.

Source: twitter.com/indiatoday

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