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RCOM inks intra-circle pacts with other telcos to offer pan-India 3G roaming

Reliance Communications (RCOM) has signed strategic Inter-circle partnerships with other telcos to offer pan-India 3G roaming service for its new and existing subscribers. While the company declined to name its partner telcos citing confidentiality clauses, several reports suggest that RCOM has tied up with Tata Teleservices (TTSL) and Aircel for this initiative. This partnership will allow RCOM to offer 3G roaming services outside the telco's own 13 3G circles. These include regions like Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, UP-East, UP-West, Gujarat and Maharashtra among others. The deal period or the terms of the partnership were not disclosed. RCOM currently offers 3G in 13 circles including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir. RCOM CEO (Consumer Business) Gurdeep Singh hopes that this move will improve its postpaid and corporate customer marketshare in the country. 3G ICR partnerships: Note that this partnership is different from the previous 3G intra-circle partnerships like the Airtel, Vodafone & Idea one and Aircel-Tata Docomo one, which DoT (Department of Telecommunication) had termed as illegal in December 2011. An RCOM spokesperson told Medianama that this is just a roaming partnership which has been allowed by DoT and it has no intention to sell its services to customers outside its own 3G circles, unlike in the previous partnerships where the telcos had started offering 3G services to their customers in circles where it didn't have any 3G spectrum. For instance, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea had started offering 3G services in all 22 circles, despite having secured spectrum only in 13, 9…

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