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BSNL clears deal with Reliance Jio

The BSNL board has formally approved signing of an intra-circle roaming (ICR) pact with Reliance Jio Infocomm across all 22 circles.

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The BSNL board has formally approved signing of an intra-circle roaming (ICR) pact with Reliance Jio Infocomm across all 22 circles.

A top BSNL official said the two companies will start working on the agreed ICR arrangements and are expected to close the deal in a month’s time.

The official also said the technical aspects of the ICR arrangements could take some more time—another month or two.

BSNL has fixed its charges for voice roaming pact at 25 paise per minute for any telecom operator who wants to enter into an 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.

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.

In case of voice, BSNL has kept it at 25 paise per minute for other operators, of which 11-12 paise would be termination charges.

BSNL is also in talks with other private telcos for ICR agreements to share its passive infrastructure with them.

In ICR agreements, passive infrastructure such as base transceiver stations will be shared among the operators when a subscriber of an operator roams in that circle.

It expects to earn Rs 300-400 crore a year through ICR arrangements from the next financial year.

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