New Delhi, BSNL is all set to launch free roaming, starting today, which will allow all its mobile customers across the country to receive incoming calls at no cost while traveling to any other part of the country.
Announcing the launch of the service, which would be the first by any telecom operator in the country, BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava said, “BSNL mobile customers will not need to carry multiple SIMs and handsets during roaming. They are free to talk as long as they want without worrying of any charges during incoming calls.“In fact, it is like a dream of ‘One Nation One Number’ coming true,” Shrivastava said in a statement issued here. One June 2, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had announced that the telco would be launching free roaming scheme from June 15.
The company also clarified that it has not received any communication from sectoral regulator TRAI regarding launching the roaming scheme.“We have not received any such communication from TRAI. BSNL has announced this scheme with the consent of Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad who himself had announced it in a press conference held on June 2. TRAI has no objection to it,” Shrivastava said.
BSNL had a mobile subscriber base of 7.72 crore as of March-end. Shrivastava also mentioned about some major initiatives recently taken for the benefit of customers which include free night calling facility to BSNL landline customers from 9 pm to 7 am to any number of any operator across the country. The scheme is getting overwhelming response, he said.