Voda & BSNL Shake their Hands for 2G Intra-Circle Roaming Agreement
Vodafone and BSNL announced a 2G intra-circle roaming agreement (ICR) which is designed to extend their network support and to reduce call drops. The agreement considered as a move to enhance rural coverage of Vodafone and to provide a better network of BSNL in urban localities.
State-run BSNL regained its 5th position in the count of its mobile subscribers back in June. The firm nearly has 1, 14,000 towers across India focusing a broad reach in rural areas, while Vodafone India has more than 1, 37,000 carrier towers.
An estimate is that both the companies will be benefited with the better coverage with the availability of additional towers. Eventually, this will also reduce the chances of call drop.
“The agreement will enhance coverage for both Vodafone and BSNL customers. Next month, we will jointly provide seamless connectivity at the BRICS summit, which is to held in Goa” Says, BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava. “This partnership with Vodafone will help us make our network coverage better, especially in urban areas.”
Now, the pact allows Vodafone to inflate its 2G network mainly in rural areas and reinforce reach of BSNL network in urban areas.
Vodafone has made a major Investment to enhance, expand and upgrade their network which makes Vodafone SuperNet a world-class and future fit network.
“This partnership with BSNL will further strengthen the reach of our network, especially in the hinterland and surround rural areas,” says, Vodafone India MD and CEO Sunil Sood
In addition to this, the agreement will also support Vodafone coverage in Tamil Nadu where it lagged back in 900MHz spectrum which it used for 2G services in an auction held in 2015.