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State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and second biggest private telecom operator Vodafone have signed a countrywide 2G intra-circle roaming agreement to improve services to their respective customers.

The agreement is set to further expand Vodafone's 2G network with a focus on rural areas and strengthen BSNL's network reach in urban areas. While Vodafone India, fully-owned subsidiary of the UK's Vodafone Group Plc, has over 1,37,000 towers across the country to support over 199 million customers, BSNL has more than 1,14,000 tower to support its user base of 89.52 million customers.

"Vodafone and BSNL today signed a 2G intra-circle roaming agreement to use each other's assets and network strength across the country. This strategic partnering will lead to improved connectivity and enhance the customer experience overall," Vodafone said in a release.

"We want our hundreds of million customers to consistently enjoy a superior network experience and remain confidently connected, at all times, for all their voice and data needs," Sunil Sood, MD and CEO of Vodafone India, was quoted saying by PTI.