BSNL to sign first ICR with Aircel; says Jio deal talks still on

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the state-run telecom service provider, is close to sign its first intra-circle roaming (ICR) agreement with mobile services company Aircel, even as it explores options to sign similar deals with all other telcos to increase revenues.


According to media reports, BSNL chairman and managing director (CMD) Anupam Srivastava said that the exchange of documents has been done, and both the companies’ legal departments are looking into it.

He said that the being a government entity, BSNL needs to look for ICR agreement with all operators. “We have a rate for ICR and if any operator is interested it can come to us and operate on that particular rate,” he said.

BSNL’s rate is 25 paise per call per minute, 3 paise for SMS and 25 paise per megabyte (MB) for data., according to Srivastava, who said that just Aircel accepted and moved ahead with the rates, while a number of telcos that responded to BSNL rates initially backed out later.

BSNL is still talking to Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio for an agreement to share 69-70,000 towers across the country. The agreement is stuck due to interoperability issue arising from difference in their network technology. Reliance Jio’s 4G network is deployed by Korean major Samsung, while BSNL uses network technologies from a number of vendors like Ericson, Nokia, Alcatel, ZTE, Huawei.

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Jio can use BSNL’s 2G and 3G networks, but tests on ongoing to ascertain if the latter can use Jio’s 4G services. Srivastava said that BSNL is currently testing out networks to sort out some interoperability issues.

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January 17, 2016 3:57 pm 3:57 PM

Reliance and aircel icr agreeement discontinued after 1 month bcz JIO use reliance 2g,3g .so aircel deal with bsnl expect south india

January 17, 2016 1:51 am 1:51 AM

2.5 months for 01st April 2016 !!!

The above news may be a pre April fool prank as tt ia getting ready for that.

January 16, 2016 10:50 pm 10:50 PM

LOL, m very sure these pacts and agreements wont get implemented as we have been hearing news of BSNL airtel 2G ICRA from feb 2015, it never happened. and BSNL chose an operator who is limited to a few circles ? In HARYANA there is no aircel network and service of BSNL in haryana is really really pathetic. 2G net stays unresponsive and 3G can only be used only if you stand next to the tower. BSNL Haryana circle needs urgent ICRA of 2G and 3G as well with any private operator.

Sutripta Roy
January 18, 2016 4:17 pm 4:17 PM

@KK…….Aircel is not in few circles… Yes… this is true that they are not providing PAN INDIA network though they have licences… but Aircel is active in 19 circles right now… 18 circles fully active and 1 circle is partially(kerala)… and they have good coverage in some places also… I think this ICR will help both operators.