Tuesday, 23 December 2008

DoT to announce MVNO policy before 3G auction – India

The Department of Telecom (DoT) expects to release MVNO policy by January 5, 2009, which is also the date for the commencement of the 3G spectrum auction. Commenting on the development, J S Deepak, Joint Secretary of DoT, said: “We are hoping to come out with the policy on MVNO before the end of January 5, which is the deadline for the application of 3G spectrum”. He added that a sub-committee of DoT is working on the policy.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the Indian telecom regulator, defines an MVNO entity as: “An MVNO licensee is an entity that does not have an assignment of spectrum for Access Services (2G/3G/BWA) but can provide wireless (mobile) Access Services to customers by sharing the spectrum of the Access Provider”. However, mobile operators have requested TRAI to change the definition as it conveys a sense of ownership/co-ownership (spectrum sharing), which is not the case with an MVNO.