Vodafone, BSNL ink 2G intra-circle roaming pact

12 September 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Vodafone and BSNL have signed a pan-Indian 2G intra-circle roaming pact, which will see both firms access and utilise each other’s assets and networks.

The strategic partnership will lead to improved connectivity and enhance the overall customer experience. Vodafone India has over 137,000 towers across the country and BSNL over 114,000. Vodafone said the agreement will expand its 2G network, particularly in rural areas and strengthens BSNL’s network reach in urban areas.

“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,” said Sunil Sood, MD and CEO of Vodafone India.

“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.”

Anupam Shrivastava, chairman and managing director of BSNL, added: “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.”