Reliance Communications Ltd has tied up with Aircel to provide roaming free services to its customers. After the deal Reliance’s 2G GSM customers can enjoy hassle-free service in roaming without paying anything.
According to the deal the two companies will offer the 2G ICR advantage to its customers in some key circles, with the agreement being periodically expanded.
Reliance is in talks with other partners to extend this privilege to its customers.
“We are already in advanced stages of talks with several operators across the country to put these agreements in place,” Gurdeep Singh, President and Chief Executive Officer (Wireless),Reliance Communications, said.
Once in place, RCOM’s 2G GSM customers will be able to roam seamlessly on all partner networks, free of any additional cost.
“All agreements with existing telecom operators are likely to be completed by the end of the second quarter of the ongoing financial year,” RCOM said in a statement.
“This agreement will expand RCOM’s network footprint at no upfront cost—a ‘pay as you use’ model—and improve both service quality and operational efficiencies,” Mr. Singh added.
Aircel has welcomed the move as it will be cost effective for both companies and they can focus on other areas to expand .
“The telecom industry is at a stage where players are faced with high operational costs, be it energy, infrastructure, sales or distribution.Given this dynamic nature of the industry, it is inevitable for operators to consider such arrangements with each other to offer continued and seamless mobile services to customers,” Aircel Chief Operating Officer Kaizad Heerjee told reporters.