New Delhi: State-run telecom firm Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Ltd (MTNL), which offers services in Delhi and Mumbai, will soon launch free roaming scheme, allowing customers to receive calls at no extra cost while travelling across the country.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (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 N.K. Yadav told PTI 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. Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during 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.

Moreover, MTNL has also increased minimum broadband speed to 2 Mbps and is offering free broadband for one month to its landline customers.