BSNL completes trio of infrastructure sharing agreements

16 Oct 2009

State-owned Indian telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has inked its third infrastructure sharing deal in less than a month, this time with yet-to-launch mobile operator Datacom Solutions. According to Dow Jones the agreement between the two companies will allow Datacom, which is owned by the Videocon Group, to access 42,000 BSNL towers across the country, excluding those in the Delhi and Mumbai regions. Datacom holds a pan-India unified access service licence (UASL) and has received the necessary spectrum to commence services in most circles, with launches in at least four circles by the end of 2009.

BSNL indicated in July 2009 that it expects to generate INR10 billion (USD2.18 billion) within a year by sharing its infrastructure, and has already announced agreements with both Aircel and Tata Teleservices (TTSL).