Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Government set to announce MVNO policy in February – India

According to Siddharth Behura, Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), the policy on MVNOs will be announced in February. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a telecom conference, he said: “The policy for MVNO is being worked out and will be in place by next month".

The policy on MVNOs was expected last year, however due to a further delay in the auction of spectrum for 3G telecom services, it was postponed. Regarding the 3G auction, Behura stated that the proposal has been put before the cabinet for approval. However, he refused to confirm whether the 3G auction will take place in the current fiscal year, DoT expects to raise approximately INR 1 trillion (USD 20.48 billion) from the auction of 3G bandwidth and license fees for MVNOs and mobile number portability.