MVNOs a reality in India soon

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 31 January 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) will soon be sharing space with the other telecom operators in the country.

Telecom regulator, Trai is all set to allow virtual networks within India. This would be a lease a lease of life to the plans of global players such as Richard Branson-owned Virgin Telecom, Telekom Malaysia and others who want to enter the Indian market through virtual networks. Reliance Communications is also keen on taking the MVNO route for its GSM foray in some telecom circles says sources.

Mobile Virtual Networks Operators are marketing and branding outfits buy airtime in bulk, say a million minutes, from other operators. They depend on the infrastructure and spectrum belonging to the operators.

Despite repeated demands from global operators, the DoT has so far rejected all mobile virtual network operators’ applications for lack of sufficient telecom infrastructure. Additionally, many international MVNO players with expertise in 3G services have also approached the Indian government asking the DoT take a relook at the issue.

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