Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) is in advanced stage of talks with state-run telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to use latter’s network and infrastructure largely for voice operations across all 22 telecom circles under an arrangement called intra-circle roaming.
The BSNL has fixed its charges for voice roaming pact at 25 paise per minute for any telecom operator who wants to enter into intra-circle roaming pact with it. This means out of its realisation per call on a per minute basis, Jio will have to share 25 paise per minute with BSNL.
BSNL CMD Anupam Srivastava confirmed that while talks are one the deal has not been finalised as yet. Apart from fixed charges at 25 paise per minute for voice, BSNL has fixed 25 paise per megabyte for data and 5 paise per sms for any telecom operator to share its network.
The BSNL CMD told FE that they would not be able to cut down its tariff for sharing network with other operators.
“We have put across an affordable tariff for other telcos where they can get the services of our network. In no way the tariff structure be altered. In case of voice, we have kept it at 25 paise per minute for other operators of which 11-12 paise would be termination charges,” he said.
RJIL in late December last year started beta-testing its network by issuing sims to its employees is looking at mainly a VoLTE (voice over Long Term Evolution) -based 4G rollout.
In a VoLTE, voice calls would pass over a 4G LTE data network, instead of the circuit-switched 2G or 3G networks which are commonly used. The VoLTE technology allows voice to become just like another app that rides on a LTE data network and is a technology for delivering high-speed broadband services called 4G.