AirTel Roaming For Prepaids In South India

Bangalore: | Updated: Jul 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
The company claims that the service, spanning across the five southern circles of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chennai and Kerala, is the largest roaming network in the country both geographical area wise and subscriber wise.

Bharti Group, whose brand is AirTel, had launched its cellular service in the Tamil Nadu and Kerala circles only three weeks back. The new service is being offered at no extra cost, and all the existing pre-paid subscribers of AirTel would be brought under the new facility. The pre-paid roaming is being provided on a Camel Phase 2 technology from Ericsson, which is on a common IN platform making the Southern states compatible for regional roaming.

“Our next endeavour is to connect our networks in the Southern circles with the netwroks in the Northern circles. This may not take much time because the Northern circles are also on the Camel Phase 2 platform as,” said Bharti Mobile Limited CEO (south central region) Jagdish Kini.

On Wednesday Bharti had announced a similar roaming facility in the Western circles of the country. AirTel, according to Mr Kini, will instantly add 15,000 new subscribers in Karnataka alone with the launch of the new service.

“The Western circle networks of AirTel are on the Siemens Platform, and hence they will not be compatible with Ericsson. We are working on a software which will enable both the platforms to talk and that would help us take the roaming facility to all our networks,” Mr Kini said.

“We will launch our new services for the post paid subscribers in a month’s time. We need to get clearance from the Telecom Regulatory Authority Of InDia (Trai) for this. Also, to launch the new service we need to upgrade our existing billing system, the migration for which has already started,” Mr Kini said.

He also said that AirTel would be launched in Gujarat in another 10-15 days. With the rollout in Gujarat, Bharti would have launched its service in all the sixteen circles for which the Group has entered into licence agreements with the DoT.