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The Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued letters of intent to 60 companies wishing to launch VNO services. The DoT had earlier approved entry of VNOs in India in March. Some companies have applied for licenses in multiple cities taking the total number of applications to 70 across 11 different telecom circles.

The development was first reported in late September, and that time it was not clear which all companies had applied for a license. The DoT has now made the list public. The telecom department has further sub-classified circles into cities or sub-districts in some circles. Surprisingly, Bangalore circle received no applications.

Following is a lowdown of the classification:

Gujarat circle received 22 application and was further sub-classified into: Bhavnagar, Surat, Ahmedabad Vadodra, and Rajkot.
Delhi Circle received a total of 8 application and was sub-classified as Central Delhi, Shahadara district of Delhi, and Noida under the NCR region.
Mumbai circle had no sub-classification and it received 12 applications.
Uttar Pradesh circle received 11 applications and was classified which came from Merrut, Agra, Ghaziabad, Jhansi, Lucknow, Allahabad, Gorakpur, and Kanpur.
Haryana circle had 4 applications from locations including Sonipat, Gurgaon, and Faridabad.
Uttarakhand circle had 2 application from Rudrapur and Naintal.
Punjab circle has 1 application from Mohali; Maharashtra circle had 1 application from Pune; Rajasthan circle had 1 application from Jaipur; and Tamil Nadu circle also had 1 application from Chennai.

Some companies made more than one application in multipolar cities and circles. These include:

Mumbai based Best Telenet Services made 7 different applications in cities including Mohali, Mumbai, Surat, Ahmedabad, Noida, Gurgaon and Knapur.
Lucknow based Richa Telecom made 6 different applications in cities including Mumbai (2 applications), Jhansi, Lucknow, Allahabad and Gorakhpur.
Delhi based DPS Telecom made 3 different applications in cities like Noida, Shahadara district of Delhi, and Gurgaon.

Entry Fee, Bank Guarantee and Guidelines

A company can acquire a MVNO in India under the Unified License agreement, with an entry fee of Rs 7.5 Crore for players looking to offer ‘all services’ including internet, and voice. MVNOs who want to offer their services on a pan-India basis will have to shell out Rs 15 lakh as entry fee, and up to Rs 1.25 crore for both nation and international long distance telecom license. Companies will also have to deposit a bank guarantee of Rs 1 lakh, valid for one year from the date of deposition.

While laying guidelines for MVNOs, the DoT said that a VNO can tie up with as many telecom operators it wanted, but only one operator per access service type. An access service can be classified as (i) data, (ii) voice into National Long Distance (NLD) and International Long Distance (ILD). This means one service provider for data, one for NLD, one for ILD etc. However, during a DoT event last month, an official mentioned that VNOs are now allowed to take data services from multiple operator’s instead of just one operator. A lowdown of the 8-point guideline can be read here.

List of the applications

SI. No.Name of CompanyService Name of the DistrictStatus
1Sanchar Tele network BhavnagarAccess ServiceBhavnagarLol issued on 28.09.2016
2Ritz Communication SuratAccess ServiceSurat (Gujrat)Lol issued on 28.09.2016
3Popular Networks Pvt. Telephone Exchange, MumbaiAccess ServiceMumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
4Talk Free Communications MumbaiAccess ServiceMumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
5M.M Telecommunication Network MumbaiAccess ServiceMumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
6Shiva Telecom, DelhiAccess Servicecentral DelhiLol issued on 28.09.2016
7A.C. Telecom Ahmedabad, GujaratAccess ServiceAhmedabadLol issued on 28.09.2016
8Deepak lnfocomm AhmedabadAccess ServiceAhmedabadLol issued on 28.09.2016
9Shree Navkar Trade-corn Pvt. Ltd.Access ServiceVadodaraLol issued on 28.09.2016
10Suvidha Telecom RajkotAccess ServiceRajkotLol issued on 28.09.2016
11Samvad Telecom MumbaiAccess ServiceMumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
12Jaydeep Telecom RajkotAccess ServiceRajkotLol issued on 28.09.2016
13Shree Navkar Trade Corn Pvt. Ltd. AhmedabadAccess ServiceAhmedabadLol issued on 28.09.2016
14Quick TelnetAccess ServiceMumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
15Shive Tele System Kalupur AhmedabadAccess ServiceAhmedabadLol issued on 28.09.2016
16Online Telecom Chandni Chowk, DelhiAccess ServiceCentral DelhiLol issued on 28.09.2016
17Smart Telecom Pvt. Ltd. KolkataAccess ServiceKolkataLol issued on 28.09.2016
18Shubham Business Centre, MumbaiAccess ServiceMumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
19Shree Krishna Communication, AhmedabadAccess ServiceAhmedabadLol issued on 28.09.2016
20N-TelAccess ServiceCentral DelhiLol issued on 28.09.2016
21Gigantice Network Solution, New DelhiAccess ServiceSonipatLol issued on 28.09.2016
22DPS Telecom (OPC) Pvt. Ltd. DelhiAccess ServiceNoidaLol issued on 28.09.2016
23DPS Telecom (OPC) Pvt. Ltd. DelhiAccess ServiceShahadara district of DehiLol issued on 28.09.2016
24DPS Telecom (OPC) Pvt. Ltd.Access ServiceGurgaonLol issued on 28.09.2016

 

25Narmada Telecommunications, DelhiAccess ServiceCentral DelhiLol issued on 28.09.2016
26Saya Telecommunication Pvt. Ltd. Meerut, UPAccess ServiceMerrutLol issued on 28.09.2016
27Delhi Sanchar Sewa Pvt. Ltd. ChandniChowk, DelhiAccess ServiceCentral DelhiLol issued on 28.09.2016
28Powernet communication Pvt. Ltd. Dwarka, New DelhiAccess ServiceSouth West Delhi,Lol issued on 28.09.2016
29P. Telecom KanpurAccess ServiceKanpur,Lol issued on 28.09.2016
30Kansan Communications Pvt. Ltd. MumbaiAccess ServiceMumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
31Ambica Telecom Service, AhmedabadAccess ServiceAhmedabadLol issued on 28.09.2016
32Sandeep Telecom AhmedabadAccess ServiceAhmedabadLol issued on 28.09.2016
33G TEL Communication SuratAccess ServiceSurat

Jaipur

Kolkata Ghaziabad

Lol issued on 28.09.2016
34Shree Chintamani Telecom Naysari, GujaratAccess ServiceNaysariLol issued on 28.09.2016
35S. S. Telecom SuratAccess ServiceSuratLol issued on 28.09.2016
36RatnaTelenet SuratAccess ServiceSuratLol issued on 28.09.2016
37Mahabali Technologies VadodaraAccess ServiceVadodaraLol issued on 28.09.2016
38HIS Communication SuratAccess ServiceSuratLol issued on 28.09.2016
39Ruchi Communication SuratAccess ServiceSuratLol issued on 28.09.2016
40AIMR Communication AgraAccess ServiceAgraLol issued on 28.09.2016
41Verma Sanchar Seva (P) Ltd.Access ServiceAgraLol issued on 28.09.2016
42BI RITZ Telenet SuratAccess ServiceSuratLol issued on 28.09.2016
43Hua Telecom AgraAccess ServiceAgraLol issued on 28.09.2016
44Best Telnet Service Pvt. Ltd. MumbaiAccess ServiceMohali (Chandigarh)Lol issued on 28.09.2016
45Best Telnet Service Pvt. Ltd. MumbaiAccess ServiceLol issued on 28.09.2016
46Bombay Bullion Communication Zaveri Bazar, MumbaiAccess ServicePuneLol issued on 28.09.2016
47Richa Telecom LucknowAccess ServicemumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
48Richa Telecom LucknowAccess ServiceJhansiLol issued on 28.09.2016

 

49Richa Telecom LucknowAccess ServiceLucknowLol issued on 28.09.2016
50Richa Telecom LucknowAccess ServiceAllahabadLol issued on 28.09.2016
51AXN Telecom FaridabadAccess ServiceMeerutLol issued on 28.09.2016
52Amity Hua Electronics RudrapurAccess ServiceFaridabadLol issued on 28.09.2016
53S.T.M. Telecom SuratAccess ServiceRudrapur, NainitalLol issued on 28.09.2016
54Best Telenet Services Pvt. Ltd. MumbaiAccess ServiceSurat Ahmedabad Noida

Gurgaon

Lol issued on 28.09.2016
55Beta Intercom Network M urn baiAccess ServiceMumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
56Richa Telecom LucknowAccess ServiceMumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
57Richa Telecom LucknowAccess ServiceGorakhpurLol issued on 28.09.2016
58Best Telenet Services Pvt. Ltd. MumbaiAccess ServiceKanpurLol issued on 28.09.2016
59Swastik Communications ThaneAccess ServiceChennaiLol issued on 28.09.2016
60Riddhi Telecommunications BhavnagarAccess ServiceMumbaiLol issued on 28.09.2016