TTL, BSNL in Infrastructure Sharing Pact

by CXOtoday Staff    Sep 30, 2009

Tata Teleservices Limited (TTL) has signed a passive infrastructure sharing agreement with BSNL. As per the agreement, BSNL will provide TTL its existing sites, including operation and maintenance services, on a shared basis

The agreement (valid for 15 years) will be applicable to both Tata Teleservices and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) (TTML) in all of India’s 22 telecom circles

"This is a moment of pride for us, as we have become the first private telecom operator to enter into such a strategically important agreement with BSNL, one that will allow us to expand our telecom footprint across the country much more quickly," said Madhav Joshi, president (legal and regulatory affairs) of Tata Teleservices Limited.
The agreement comes at a very strategic time for TTL and TTML, as both companies have been aggressively expanding their network presence on the CDMA side with Tata Indicom, while also rolling out GSM services under the TATA DOCOMO brand name.

Under the terms of the agreement, TTSL and TTML will have access to thousands of BSNL towers all across the country.

Earlier this year, BSNL had said it hoped to generate nearly Rs. 1,000 crore in revenue from tower sharing. BSNL has around 40,000 towers across the country.