Friday, 6 March 2009

Nokia and Ericsson deny Indian MVNO entry – India

Nokia and Ericsson have both denied speculation regarding entering the Indian telecoms market as MVNOs. A spokesperson from Ericsson told Total Telecom that “the speculation is completely incorrect”. Further, a spokesperson from Nokia Siemens Networks said: “Nokia is not planning on offering MVNO services in India. We provided input and advice to the TRAI (Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India) to help educate them with our experience of providing services to MVNOs, and that was it.”

The denial came following the news from various local media reports that Ericsson along with Nokia were in contact with Department of Telecommunication (DoT) officials over consolidating their position in the Indian mobile services market. The Financial Chronicle, citing sources, stated that Ericsson briefed government officials about its MVNO plans.