BSNL has signed multiple tower-sharing pacts with Tata Teleservices, Etisalat DB, Videocon Telecom, Bharti Airtel, Aircel and Reliance Communications and has instructed all circle heads to respond to tower renting re-quests of these companies on a priority basis.
At present, BSNL has some 60,000-odd telecom towers scattered across the country. Since bulk of these are idle, especially in the Category B & C circles, the BSNL leadership sees a potential revenue opportunity in ex-cess of Rs 1000 crore if the company is able to address the demand.
[advt]Under the terms of its tower-sharing MoUs, BSNL will ink service level agreements (SLAs), offering its tower premises, DC power support and antennae fixing slots to the private telcos. Though commercials remain under wraps, BSNL is likely to charge tower rent in the range of Rs 30K-to 35K per month per operator.
A section of BSNL circle heads, however, believe inking tower-sharing pacts may be easier said than done, especially since a sizeable number of BSNL towers assets sit on rented premises.