No Roaming Charges for Seemandhra – Telangana Mobile Subscribers Post AP Bifurcation

In a news which can bring smiles to about six crore mobile subscribers in present Andhra Pradesh Telecom circle, it is now confirmed that post State division (on June 2) customers will not have to pay roaming charges. The reason for this is roaming charges are applied on the basis of LSA (License Service Area) and not geographical boundaries. Heads of different telecommunication service providers have spoken in this regard to The Hindu:

BSNL AP CGM, V. Srinivasan:

Roaming comes into effect only when a subscriber goes out of what is defined as the Licence Service Area (LSA) and not the State, geographically-speaking.

Circle Business Head-Mobility (CBH) of Tata Docomo Abhijit Kishore:

It was the license that mattered and that there would be no difference in the perspective of handling the company’s approximately 65.21 lakh subscribers.

CBH of Vodafone, Mandeep Bhatia explained the facts citing how Goa and Maharashtra are two States, but have one telecom circle, as are Chhattisgarh (Madhya Pradesh) and Jharkhand (Bihar). On the other hand, Chennai and Tamil Nadu are two circles, like Kolkata and West Bengal, Mumbai and Maharashtra.

In a similar matter, the CAG has asked the DoT to reply to its draft report wherein it was alleged that Chennai and Tamil Nadu service areas were “hastefully” merged resulting in “undue benefit” of Rs 2,400 crore to Airtel and Aircel. [Economic Times]

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November 29, 2014 10:16 pm 10:16 PM

i purchased MTS Mblaze Ultra Wi-Fi in tamil nadu, now i staying in hyderabad. Now i cant use the MTS because of Roaming. I asked with Customer care they told thats roamin area we need to maintain in main account balance for connecting internet. They charge for that 1Rs/MB, reduction from main balance. So if anybody buy New Modem Connection , ask about Roaming then purchase…

May 25, 2014 12:57 am 12:57 AM

talks for up west n up east circle was also made as they r from 1 state only, but the draft remaind unanswered.

May 25, 2014 12:16 am 12:16 AM

Roaming must be made free all over India according to the concept of roam like home (in Chennai – Tamilnadu, West Bengal – Kolkata, Mumbai – Maharashtra where all the home network booster packs (voice, SMS and data) are valid in the visited network also.