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MTNL Floats 3G Roaming Tender For Two Partners Each In Delhi & Mumbai

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At the end of the 3G Auctions, one concern we had was around the state of Uttar Pradesh: that because the circle was split into two, what would happen when a consumer crossed from one half of the state to the other. The solution: roaming agreements. Public sector telecom operator MTNL has floated a tender for allowing customers of other telecom operators providing 3G services the opportunity to roam on 3G networks in Delhi and Mumbai. Download the tender document here. Meanwhile, the Financial Express reports that RIL is in talks with MTNL for a franchise agreement, though RIL had denied any such move. MTNL had previously shortlisted Virgin Mobile and the Spice Group as potential franchise partners for 3G, a tender which was subsequently cancelled. Details Of 3G Roaming Agreement MTNL is seeking to initially enter into an agreement with two operators/bidders each in Delhi and Mumbai. Remember that the two metro cities of Delhi and Mumbai accounted for the highest winning bids in both the 3G and Broadband Wireless Access auctions, and MTNL, having been allocated spectrum a year and a half in advance, is expected to pay the full amount to the Indian government. MTNL is looking to make Rs. 50 crore per year as annual minimum fixed charges, and Rs. 20 crore per year as the minimum annual commitment for outgoing calls, priced at 80% of prevailing MTNL rates in the city. MTNL says that while initially they'll allow roaming for two operators, eventually, they'll look…

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