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BSNL begins offering free nationwide roaming services on mobile

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NEW DELHI: Free roaming services commenced on the largest public sector mobile operator in the country, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), allowing all its mobile customers to receive incoming calls at no cost from 15 June, 2015.

As BSNL has the largest base in rural and semi-urban areas, this concession will go a long way in promoting the growth of mobile usage.

“Now 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 about any charges during incoming calls. In fact, it is like a dream of ‘One Nation One Number’ coming true,” said BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava.

On 2 June, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had announced that the telco would be launching free roaming scheme from 15 June.

However, BSNL had then said that it had not received any communication from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) regarding the roaming scheme.

BSNL had a mobile subscriber base of 7.72 crore as of March-end.

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