RCOM looking to ink 2G ICR deal

23 Oct 2015

Reliance Communications (RCOM) is hoping to sign an intra-circle roaming (ICR) agreement to continue providing 2G services in Bihar, West Bengal and Assam when its current 900MHz concessions in those circles expire in December, the Economic Times cites an unnamed source as saying. According to the source, RCOM has approached Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, regarding potential partnerships.

As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, India’s 3G providers have signed ICR agreements to allow them to provide high speed data services in areas where they do not hold licences. The pacts have been fiercely opposed by the nation’s regulatory authorities, but the practice was deemed valid by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) and its ruling was subsequently upheld by the Supreme Court.