Operators agree to provide link to RCom GSM

Operators agree to provide link to RCom GSM
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Aug 20 2008. 12 27 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Aug 20 2008. 12 27 PM IST
New Delhi: Ahead of the deadline of Trai’s direction to give interconnection to RCom GSM network, five operators, including Idea Cellular, MTNL and Tata Communication have agreed to provide link of their network to the Anil Ambani group company.
According to sources, Idea Cellular has agreed to provide interconnection to RCom thereby not becoming a part of COAI’s likely petition against Trai’s directive on the same.
Besides, other operators to provide interconnectivity to RCom GSM network are Aircel and Spice Communication.
The other PSU BSNL, which has also been directed by Trai, is in negotiation with RCom.
“We are in a dialogue with them (RCom). There has been no conclusion yet on the outcome of our talks on a agreeable interconnection arrangement,” BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal had said yesterday.
So now, it is Bharti and Vodafone, who are yet to consider giving interconnectivity to RCom.
However, the latest position could influence COAI’s decision to challenge the TRAI’s order although it could not be confirmed whether COAI would change its position or not.
On 14 August, telecom regulator Trai had directed GSM players Idea Cellular, BPL, Vodafone Essar and Bharti Airtel to interconnect with RCom by 21 August. Aircel, Spice, Idea are members of COAI.
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First Published: Wed, Aug 20 2008. 12 27 PM IST