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India goes for MVNOs

The Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that the country’s Department of Telecommunications allow MVNOs to operate in the sub-continent under a new licensing scheme. In a major new policy document, the TRAI lays out a plan to permit interested companies to establish MVNOs, negotiate network leasing agreements with existing mobile network operators and to select from three different available service models.

The MVNO licenses will be issued under conditions very similar to those currently applicable to existing MNOs and with similar eligibility terms including FDI caps and limits on service areas.  This means MVNO licenses will effectively be tied to the operating licence of their MNO partners with the main difference of approach being in the entry fees payable by MVNOs compared to existing MNOs. Read more.

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