Monday, 1 June 2009

MVNOs to be given green light to launch – India

The Indian Telecommunications Commission (ITC) has announced that it has agreed to allow the launch of MVNOs throughout India.

The ITC has made it known that the Indian Government will issue a full set of rules and guidelines in due course, outlining specific details about how the MVNO market will be governed and regulated.

It is expected that the ITC will place restrictions on the way MVNOs will be allowed to operate, with an MVNO being forced to ally with one MNO partner in an area of operations, preventing them from partnering with another MNO for that area. However, MNOs will be allowed to sign contracts and offer network services to more than one MVNO.

The licences granted to MVNOs are expected to be given for a 20 year period.