This means that the subscribers of overseas operators will also be charged on similar lines if they roam on Bharti's network in India.
Bharti Airtel's move to lift roaming charges comes in the wake of vigorous competition in the telecom sector after the entry of Reliance Industries Reliance Jio.
Mukesh Ambani last week announced that Jio will begin charging for data services from April but will give steep discounts for a year to over 100 million customers who have come on board within six months of its launch.
In its ongoing feud with new comer, Reliance Jio, the telecom has been gearing up to offer incoming calls and SMSes on national roaming free of cost, the report quoted sources familiar with the matter.
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Sunil Bharti Mittal, the chairman of the GSMA and founder and chairman of India-based Bharti Enterprises told an MWC audience here that he is committed to end such onerous charges, something he has taken steps to do at Bharti Airtel, the groups' flagship company. Previously, there used to be some booster packs for making the incoming roaming calls free for postpaid users and prepaid users, there should be a minimum balance to receive a call, and that's going to change now. This will be applicable from April 1, 2017. "Even post the exhaustion of pack benefits, customers will continue to enjoy extremely attractive rates". The move will help India's biggest phone company to encourage subscribers to use its global roaming packs.
"There will be no additional data charges on national roaming". Airtel has also dropped call charges by up to 90 percent, which makes it as low as ₹3/minute. While outgoing calls will be free from any premium, no roaming charges will apply to voice and data services on its network.
So from 1 April, those not a one-day pack will find that the bill is automatically adjusted. This pack will be activated the moment the customer's spends reach the limit for the one-day pack for that particular country.
"Airtel mobile customers will be able to carry their numbers across India and the world and stay connected all the time without having to worry about high call/data charges".