Vodafone and Reliance Communications may sign 3G and 2G intra-circle roaming (ICR) agreements across five circles, including Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha. ET Telecom reports that the telcos are also in talks to share 3G spectrum in Delhi and Mumbai in order to reduce operational expenses and improve service quality. Sources said,
Reliance Communications and Vodafone have in-principle agreed to sign 3G intra-circle roaming agreements with fallback on 2G network in five service areas. The deal is expected to be finalised within a week.”
This deal will enable RCom to continue its 2G services using Vodafone’s spectrum in Bihar, West Bengal and Assam. Also, though the 3G intra-circle agreement has been held valid by telecom tribunal TDSAT, DoT has challenged it. RCom is also finalising a spectrum-sharing deal with Reliance Jio for its 800 MHz spectrum.