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11 March 2021

BSNL launches Prepaid International Roaming Service in Australia, Hong Kong and Tanzania

BSNL has announced the launch of Prepaid International Roaming Services in Australia, Hon Kong and Tanzania for its prepaid mobile customers in Kerala Circle.

BSNL launches Prepaid International Roaming Service in Australia, Hong Kong and Tanzania

Now, BSNL prepaid mobile customers can avail services via partner network operators - M/s OPTUS (AUSOP) of Australia, & M/s HUTCHISON (HKGH3) of Hong Kong & M/s TIGO (TZAMB) of Tanzania. BSNL customers visiting these countries can enjoy international roaming facility on their existing prepaid mobile numbers through these partner networks.

Latest BSNL Prepaid International Roaming Countries List

(As on 11-03-2021)

Sl No Country Partner Network
1 Afghanistan M/s Etisalat
2 Armenia M/s Veon
3 Australia M/s Optus
4 Austria M/s Hutchison
5 Azerbaijan M/s Backcell
M/s Azercell
6 Bahrain M/s Viva
7 Bangladesh M/s Grameenphone
8 Belarus M/s Velcom
9 Belgium M/s Telnet
10 BHUTAN M/s B-Mobile
12 British Virgin Islands  M/s CCT
13 Brunei M/s Progresif
14 Canada M/s Bell  Mobility
M/s Freedom
15 Czech Republic M/s T Mobile
16 Denmark M/s H13G
17 Egypt M/s Orange
M/s Etisalat
18 Finland M/s DNA
M/s Elisa
19 France M/s Bouyges
M/s Orange
20 Germany M/s Telephonica
M/s Telekom
M/s Deutchland
21 Greece M/s Wind Hellas
22 Hongkong M/s HKT
M/s Hutchison
23 Iceland M/s Nova
M/s Vodafone
24 ISRAEL M/s Pelephone
M/s Hot Mobile
25 Italy M/s Telecom (ITASI)
26 Indonesia M/s Indosat
27 Japan M/s NTT Docomo
28 Kazakhastan M/s MTS(Tele2)
29 Kuwait M/s Zain
M/s Ooredoo
30 Luxembourg M/s Post-Luxembourg
31 Macau M/S Hutchinson
32 Malaysia M/s DIGI
M/s Maxis
M/s U-Mobile
33 Maldives M/s Dhiraagu
34 Mauritius M/s MTML
35 Montenegro M/s MTEL
36 Myanmar M/s MPT
M/s Ooredoo
37 New Zealand M/s Spark (NZLTM)
38 Nepal M/s N Cell
39 Oman M/s Omantel
40 Poland M/s P4
41 Puerto Rico M/s Claro
42 Qatar M/s Ooredoo
43 Russia M/s VimpelCom
44 Saudi Arabia M/s Zain
M/s Etisalat
45 Singapore M/s StarHub
M/s M1
46 Slovenia M/s Telemach
47 Spain M/s Xfera Movils
48 Sri Lanka M/s Diolog Axiata
M/s Mobitel
49 Sweden M/s HI3G
50 Switzerland M/s Swisscom
51 Taiwan M/s Chunghwa
52 Tanzania M/s Tigo
53 Thailand M/s TRINET
54 Turkey M/s Turkcell
M/s Avea
55 UAE M/s Etisalat
M/s DU
56 Uganda M/s Uganda Telecom
57 UK M/s Hutchison 3G
58 Ukraine M/s Vodafone
M/s TriMob
58 USA M/s T Mobile
60 Vietnam M/s Viettel
M/s Vinaphone

As on date (11-03-2021), BSNL's Prepaid International Roaming service is available for 83 networks in 60 countries. BSNL is also providing Postpaid International Roaming service for 476 networks in 195 countries. If you are planning to visit any of the above countries, you can simply use your existing BSNL Prepaid Mobile number. Now let us check the steps to activate BSNL International Roaming facility on your  BSNL Prepaid Mobile number.

How to Activate BSNL's Prepaid International Roaming ?
Customers can activate BSNL's Prepaid International Roaming facility on their existing number in just two steps.

Step 1. Replace SIM Card
Customers may replace their existing SIM card with BSNL Prepaid International Roaming enabled SIM cards from nearest Customer service centers. Customers are requested to submit a copy of ID proof or Aadhar card to get international roaming enabled Dual IMSI SIM card.

Step 2. Recharge International Roaming STV
After getting new SIM card which is enabled with International Roaming, the facility can be activated with BSNL's International Roaming STVs - either STV 58 or 168. IR STV 58 offers 30 days validity whereas IR STV 168 offers 90 days validity. After the expiry, a customer may recharge with any of these two IR STVs to get continued International Roaming Service on your BSNL prepaid mobile number. This STV can be activated on any of the existing BSNL Prepaid Mobile Plans.

BSNL Prepaid International Roaming  - To Do List
  • Restart your phone, once you land abroad.
  • Manually search and select the network operator.
  • Keep the 'Mobile Data' off when not in use.
  • IR STV 58 has 30 days validity whereas IR STV 168 has 90 days validity.
  • Please remember to redo any of these two STVs for extension of International Roaming facility.
  • Check for tariff related information.( -> Prepaid -> Tariffs and coverage -> Choose the visiting country -> Select operator -> Select currency -> click ok )
  • All International services except Incoming SMS are chargeable.
  • Use a Quadband supporting phone if you are travelling to USA.
  • Use a 3G supporting phone if you are travelling to Japan.
  • If you encounter any difficulties while roaming abroad, Call / Whatsapp / SMS to +919446087621 / +919447087621 for assistance (for Kerala customers).
  • Customers can also book their complaint at Or Call +919434024365.
BSNL also provides Data Roaming facility across the world. Roaming in Foreign operator's mobile network requires a compatible Handset which is capable of working in frequency bands used by the networks in the country visited. Customers are advised not to use data services while in international roaming as the data charges are very high.

Dear readers, please share your views and opinions about BSNL's Prepaid International Roaming facility via comments with us.

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