Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Soon MTNL subscribers to get free roaming

GOOD news for MTNL subscribers! The state-owned telecom operator will soon launch free roaming scheme, allowing customers to receive calls at no extra cost while traveling across the country.
BSNL already has such a scheme in place.
At present, MTNL customers have to pay roaming charges for incoming calls when they go outside of Delhi and Mumbai.
MTNL chairman and managing director NK Yadav told a news agency that the scheme...
will be announced soon and they are finalising the dates.
The government under National Telecom Policy 2012 has set a goal to achieve free roaming gradually.
Earlier, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a meeting of consultative committee attached to the Ministry of Communication and IT informed Members of Parliament (MPs) that MTNL is planning to launch free roaming soon. MTNL offers services in Delhi and Mumbai, the state-run telecom firm
MTNL has also increased minimum broadband speed to two mega bit per second (Mbps) and is offering free broadband for one month to its landline customers.
As per Trai data, India saw a growth in mobile subscribers in August. The growth in was led by telecom major Bharti Airtel with net subscriber addition of 1.312 million in August. BSNL added 812,000, and MTNL 18,132.
Back in August, Nokia Networks ended the deadlock over supply of equipment to upgrade state-owned MTNL's network by accepting 'security' clauses put forth by the PSU major.
MTNL on last week reported narrowing of standalone net loss to Rs 730.44 crore for the fiscal second quarter that ended on September 30, 2015.
MTNL had registered a net loss of Rs 834.22 crore for the corresponding period a year ago.
Net revenue from operations declined 7.46 per cent to Rs 787.21 crore as against Rs 850.72 crore a year ago.
MTNL said it has closed down its CDMA business in Delhi and it has not carried any impairment test on value of the fixed assets till the end of reported quarter.
"Due to recurring losses incurred by the company and uncertainty in the achievement of projections made by the company, we were unable to comment on the provisions, if any, required in respect of impairment of carrying value of the fixed assets and its consequential impact on loss for the quarter," MTNL said.
The Department of Telecom has issued revised demand notice as one-time spectrum charges for its excess spectrum holding for both GSM and CDMA services amounting to Rs 3,205.71 crore compared with Rs 3,315.15 crore.
The company has surrendered part of its CDMA spectrum holding which was used by government in auctions that concluded in March.

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