In order to discuss the problem of call drop and intra-circle roaming, BSNL has started talks with five telecom operators, said BSNL Chief Anupam Shrivastava.
“Regarding intra-circle roaming, we are in touch with five private operators — Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone India, Reliance Communications and Uninor. While some of them approached us, we approached the others,” the chairman told IANS in an interview at his office.
However, no concrete plans are being laid out to solve the issues, since the Government’s norms are being awaited. The intra circle roaming pacts help companies optimize their allotted frequency spectrum by sharing the unused spectrum with other operators. For a subscriber, this means better coverage.
To say, while roaming, a subscriber can hook on the network of another provider depending on whose signal is stronger in the location. “With intra-circle roaming agreements, since spectrum is shared, the service quality improves. In addition, it lowers infrastructure costs also. The network management is better. In the end, all this benefits the customer,” Shrivastava said.
“Some tests are going on with all the five companies. After this, we will have to enter into some mutual agreement with them. Within a month or two, we should be in a position to get into some kind of agreement,” he added.
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