BSNL and Vodafone Sign 2G Intra-Circle Roaming Pact to use each other’s assets and network strength across the country

Vodafone and BSNL, today signed a 2G intra-circle roaming agreement to use each other’s assets and network strength across the country. This strategic partnering will lead to improved connectivity and enhance the customer experience overall.


The agreement will help Vodafone expand its 2G network further, especially in rural areas and strengthens BSNL’s network reach in urban areas. Vodafone India has over 137,000 towers across the country and BSNL over 114,000.

Speaking about this strategic partnering, Mr. Sunil Sood, MD & CEO, Vodafone India, said, “We want our hundreds of million customers to consistently enjoy a superior network experience and remain confidently connected, at all times, for all their voice and data needs. We made significant investments to expand, enhance and upgrade our network, making Vodafone SuperNet™ our best network ever, world-class and future-fit. This partnering with BSNL will further strengthen the reach of our network especially in the hinterland of the country and surrounding rural areas.”

Mr. Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman & Managing Director, BSNL said, “We continue to expand our network across the country with more sites and sharing infrastructure with other telecom service providers. This partnering with Vodafone will help us make our network coverage better, especially in urban areas, enabling our customers to have a better experience of our services.”

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Sahil Shah
September 26, 2016 3:37 pm 3:37 PM

Is this implemented? If yes then is any BSNL customer able to latch on Vodafone’s network and vice versa?

September 12, 2016 11:39 am 11:39 AM
I suspect this will free up Vodafone to invest in 4G by withdrawing opex and capex from maintaining 2G voice coverage. The basic fallback voice coverage via 2G will now take place through BSNL where are not have enough customers for Vodafone to justify having their own or rented towers and upgrading the cell tower to 4G + fiber backhaul. This is what Jio *could* have done to allow a national footprint for basic voice and phase 1 launch of 4G in areas that provide 70% of telco subscribers. But, how would such a hypothetical scenario work? The strategy could… Read more »
September 13, 2016 12:08 am 12:08 AM

Jio and Rcom have planned this for years. Wait and watch….

Tamilselvan,b bengaluru
September 12, 2016 10:57 am 10:57 AM

What about incoming calls while national roaming in bsnl network? It’s give a free incomming when log in to the Vodafone network????

September 12, 2016 11:08 pm 11:08 PM

Here’s how it will work: BSNL and Vodafone can both broadcast their carriers from each others towers and frequency bands. When this happens, you may be a Vodafone user and when on BSNL network your carrier will still show up as Vodafone. All your existing plans and packs will work as usual, so yes, if your plan says free incoming roaming, you will get that.