Telecoms firm Aircel has signed a 2G intra-circle roaming agreement with state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd on a pan-India basis.
''This is a first agreement between a state-owned operator and a private telecom player. With this strategic tie-up, both organizations will be able to enhance customer experience, besides utilizing each other's assets and network strength,'' Aircel said in a statement on Monday.
The pact will lead to improved network connectivity as well as quality.
The agreement will help Aircel widen its reach as BSNL has about 1.14 lakh mobile towers across country.
BSNL has second highest number of mobile towers in the country and also premium 900 Mhz spectrum that it is using for 2G services.
With continued investment BSNL expects to have around 1,35,000 mobile towers, the maximum owned by a single company.