BSNL signs four international roaming agreements
New Delhi: State-run telecom operator BSNL has signed four international roaming agreements in May with service providers in Bahrain, Guinea and Saudi Arabia.
"We already have presence in these countries. The agreement is to strengthen our presence there and provide more choice for customers," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director RK Upadhyay told PTI.
The company provides international roaming service to its post-paid service users.
Under the new agreement, BSNL has partnered with Orange in Guinea for GSM roaming services.
The company has extended agreement with Viva in Bahrain, Orange in Guinea (for mobile Internet services) and Mobily (Etisalat) in Saudi Arabia for mobile Internet services.
"Our customers can choose the operators manually and select best rates offered by our partner in which they are roaming. We don't force customers to latch on to any operator automatically. If there are savings, we share it with customers. We have uploaded rates and there comparison on our website for greater transparency," Upadhyay said.
In Bahrain, BSNL has agreement with Batelco and Zain for international roaming services. In Guinea Republic, the company has partnered with Cellcom and Areeba apart from Orange and with Saudi Telecom and MTC in Saudi Arabia.