Reliance Communications in Favor of Free Roaming Across The Country

Mobile TowerAnil Ambani’s Reliance Communications has come out in favor of the proposed abolition of nationwide roaming charges, according to reports.

RCom told India’s telecom regulator that free roaming across the country will not have significant negative impact on revenues of telcos as it will expand the market and create new revenues.

The view is contradictory to what rival telecom players Bharti Airtel and Vodafone have told the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India which wants to ban roaming charges collected by operators from subscribers.

“The growth of business would be rewarding for service providers as can be seen and confirmed from international experience,” said Rcom. (Via)

Reliance Communications had earlier come out in support of the Government’s free roaming initiative.

In February, Gurdeep Singh, President & CEO of Wireless Business at Reliance Communications told reporters that the company was eagerly waiting for the National Telecom Policy to come into effect.

Under the National Telecom Policy, the government wants to do away with roaming charges and implement what it calls “one nation, one rate.” Operators were given a deadline of March 2013 to implement free roaming. However, based on their protests, the deadline was extended to October 2013.

Most telecom operators have opposed the government’s move saying that they will lose a significant portion of their revenues if roaming was abolished.