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    BSNL in talks with Vi for 4G Intra Circle Roaming pacts

    Government-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is reportedly in talks with Vodafone India which has just been renamed Vi for Intra Circle Roaming (ICR) pacts. In return, Vi would have required 10,000 kilometers of fiber connectivity. As of now, the two telecom companies are looking to bring ICR plans into two circles, especially in Rajasthan. According to reports, nationwide agreements for ICR pacts will be implemented in a similar way.

    As for the development of the launch of 4G, Empowered Technology The group’s chief science advisor (ETG), K Vijay Raghavan, is expected to discuss BSNL’s plans to roll out 4G services, including bidding, sources told Business Line. The ETG was first scheduled to meet on November 20 and 23.

    BSNL Chairman and CEO PK Purwar, who will also attend the meeting, will seek a Proof of Concept (POC) on the viability of 4G from the ETG. The ETG was established in India to advise the ministry on new technologies and procurement strategies with local modalities and methods for selected key technologies.

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    An internal DoT committee noted that for BSNL’s upcoming tender for over 50,000 4G sites that BSNL diverts its focus and spending away from 2G and 3G and uses domestic equipment suppliers to deploy 4G-only radio and core network. BSNL opposed the suggestions saying it generates 60% of its revenue from 2G. BSNL is looking to upgrade the existing 49,300 base transceiver stations (BTS) to support 4G.

    BSNL plans to provide its mobile and fixed services to users in Delhi and Mumbai. BSN hopes to generate revenue from metropolitan city customers as it could start services from January 1st. Currently, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) is the government’s provider of mobile and fixed services in Delhi and Mumbai. The details of the rate are unclear at the moment, but the subscription and top-up plans may end up being the same as what MTNL charges right now.

    Earlier this month, the Ministry of Communications made it mandatory for all ministries, government departments and the central public sector to mandatorily use BSNL and MTNL networks for Internet, broadband, landline and leased line connectivity.

    Government-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is reportedly in talks with Vodafone India which has just been rebranded as Vi for pacts or Intra Circle Roaming (ICR).

    News Underline:

    • According to a report, BSNL is in talks with Vi for Intra Circle Roaming (ICR) agreements.
    • In return, Vi would have required 10,000 kilometers of fiber connectivity.
    • BSNL plans to provide its mobile and fixed services to users in Delhi and Mumbai starting January 1st.
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