Mobile operators to share infrastructure

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 14 March 2006, 08:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: In a move that would bring down set-up costs, cellular operators today agreed to share infrastructure.

This was decided during a meeting between the telecom service providers and the Communication and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran.

The infrastructure sharing would begin in Delhi and then in Mumbai, after which the model will be replicated in other parts of the country.

A working group under a Joint Secretary in the Department of Telecom will work out the modalities of the infrastructure sharing.

"A working group will be formed in the next two weeks to work out the modalities on infrastructure sharing. The group will be headed by a joint secretary in the Department of Telecom and would have officials of the service providers as members," Mr Maran said after the meeting.

Telecom industry captains including Sunil Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Tele-Ventures, Asim Ghosh, Managing Director of Hutchison India, Sanjeev Aga, President of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and Director of Idea Cellular, D. Singh, Vice-President of Reliance Infocomm, and senior executives from BSNL and MTNL were present at the meeting.

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