BSNL and MTNL to share cell sites

14 Mar 2006

State-run cellcos BSNL and MTNL have announced plans to share cell site infrastructure, according to the Financial Express quoting Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran. The duo will share towers and masts across both GSM and CDMA technologies in a bid to reduce congestion and reduce call drops. Initially the operators will share ownership of new towers, though the scheme will be extended to existing network infrastructure at a later date. The first shared sites will be Delhi, with Mumbai to follow before being extended to the rest of the country, the paper said. BSNL and MTNL plan to spend a combined INR200 billion (USD6.7 billion) to install 60 million new mobile lines within the next three to four years.

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