Airtel waives off roaming charges

India’s largest telecom company Bharti Airtel Ltd dropped domestic roaming charges, matching rival Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. In a statement, Bharti Airtel said all incoming calls and messages will be free and no premium will be charged on outgoing calls while roaming across India from 1 April. There won’t be any data roaming charges either, the company said in its statement. Home data packs for customers will apply even while they roam across India.

Starting 1 April, even customers on international roaming without a pack will be fully protected from “bill shocks” through an automatic adjustment that is equal to the daily pack for that particular country.

In Barcelona, in a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress, Mittal said most regulators still live in an “analogue world” and urged them to allow consolidation. Large countries only need three service providers while smaller ones could be covered by two carriers, he said.

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