MTNL aims to complete 3G roaming deals within a month

10 Dec 2010

State-owned Indian telco Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) is expected to finalise agreements with operators regarding the sharing of its third-generation network within the next month, Dow Jones Newswires reports. MTNL has reportedly received bids from two private companies to share its 3G infrastructure in the Mumbai and Delhi circles, while it meanwhile holds discussions aimed at gaining access to the 3G networks of its state-run sister company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).

Previously, in September 2010 CommsUpdate had reported that J. Gopal, executive director of MTNL’s operations in the Mumbai circle, had claimed that operators such as Tata Teleservices (TTSL) and Reliance Communications (RCOM) were interested in utilising its network in the region. Mr Gopal noted that any arrangement between his company and an interested party would require an upfront payment of INR1 billion (USD22.2 million) in addition to a revenue share for each subscriber using the network.