Aircel Signs Tower-sharing Pact with BSNL

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 01, 2009

Telecom service provider Aircel, which has a licence for pan-India roll-out, has entered into a 10-year deal with Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) for passive infrastructure sharing.

Aircel currently has about 32,000 base stations and a presence in 18 telecom circles. This pact will now give it access to approximately 45,000 BSNL towers across all its circles.

"Leveraging BSNL’s passive infrastructure will help Aircel meet its aggressive network roll-out plans, in addition to reducing operational cost," said Gurdeep Singh, chief operating officer of Aircel.

To extend their presence across smaller towns and rural areas, telcos are looking to save on costs by sourcing infrastructure from independent tower companies. Tata Teleservices yesterday announced a similar deal with BSNL to lease towers for 15 years.

Aircel is a part of Malaysia’s Maxis Communications and has a subscriber base of over 24 million users.

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