BSNL and C&W sign MoU for network sharing and expansion; BSNL to offer roaming agreements with private operators

16 Sep 2008

Indian news source Business Standard is reporting that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Cable & Wireless (C&W) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for sharing of networks and other telecoms infrastructure; the agreement will see C&W offer support to BSNL for expansion of the latter’s global network, while the Indian operator will allow C&W to leverage its extensive Indian infrastructure. As part of the announcement BSNL said that it plans to invest USD10 billion on network expansion over the next three years.

In related news, BSNL has also announced that it will share its network with private telecom operators for roaming agreements; the first operator to ink such a deal will be new operator Swan Telecom. While all private operators already have roaming agreements in place with each other, this represents the first time that the state-owned telco has opened its network for such a deal.