Sunday, 24 May 2009

DoT set to issue guidelines for MVNOs – India

The Department of Telecom is expected to issue guidelines for MVNOs on 28 May. According to a senior official, the department has finalised the guidelines after the mutual consent of DoT and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) over their previous dispute.

TRAI had its reservations about allowing MVNOs to tie-up with more than one operator in an area for their services. The recommendations, submitted to the department on 12 March, stated that an “MVNO cannot have any spectrum allotment. The payment of spectrum charges by (an) MVNO should not establish any right at a later date. This aspect may be legally examined.”

However, the department has reviewed the recommendations and has agreed to make the required modifications in the previous regulations submitted by DoT.