Aditya Birla owned Idea Cellular, India’s 3rd largest GSM service provider, is now in partnership with Nepal's Mero Mobile to provide bi-lateral GPRS Roaming service s from 14th August 2009.
Mero Mobile, owned by Spice Nepal Private Ltd. , is the 2nd largest mobile operator of Nepal. This agreement enables subscribers of both operators (IDEA Cellular & Mero Mobile ) to enjoy continued data services while on roaming in either of the two countries.
At present Mero Mobile has commercial roaming partnership with 147 network operators in 63 countries.
Mero users can roam on selected circles of IDEA. The circles are: Delhi, Maharashtra, UP West, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh, Kerala, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, UP East, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab & Karnataka. However Mumbai, Orissa and Bihar & Jharkhand circles are out of agreement.