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 Company||Service||Name of the District||Status|
|1||Sanchar Tele network Bhavnagar||Access Service||Bhavnagar||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|2||Ritz Communication Surat||Access Service||Surat (Gujrat)||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|3||Popular Networks Pvt. Telephone Exchange, Mumbai||Access Service||Mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|4||Talk Free Communications Mumbai||Access Service||Mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|5||M.M Telecommunication Network Mumbai||Access Service||Mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|6||Shiva Telecom, Delhi||Access Service||central Delhi||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|7||A.C. Telecom Ahmedabad, Gujarat||Access Service||Ahmedabad||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|8||Deepak lnfocomm Ahmedabad||Access Service||Ahmedabad||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|9||Shree Navkar Trade-corn Pvt. Ltd.||Access Service||Vadodara||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|10||Suvidha Telecom Rajkot||Access Service||Rajkot||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|11||Samvad Telecom Mumbai||Access Service||Mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|12||Jaydeep Telecom Rajkot||Access Service||Rajkot||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|13||Shree Navkar Trade Corn Pvt. Ltd. Ahmedabad||Access Service||Ahmedabad||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|14||Quick Telnet||Access Service||Mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|15||Shive Tele System Kalupur Ahmedabad||Access Service||Ahmedabad||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|16||Online Telecom Chandni Chowk, Delhi||Access Service||Central Delhi||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|17||Smart Telecom Pvt. Ltd. Kolkata||Access Service||Kolkata||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|18||Shubham Business Centre, Mumbai||Access Service||Mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|19||Shree Krishna Communication, Ahmedabad||Access Service||Ahmedabad||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|20||N-Tel||Access Service||Central Delhi||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|21||Gigantice Network Solution, New Delhi||Access Service||Sonipat||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|22||DPS Telecom (OPC) Pvt. Ltd. Delhi||Access Service||Noida||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|23||DPS Telecom (OPC) Pvt. Ltd. Delhi||Access Service||Shahadara district of Dehi||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|24||DPS Telecom (OPC) Pvt. Ltd.||Access Service||Gurgaon||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|25||Narmada Telecommunications, Delhi||Access Service||Central Delhi||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|26||Saya Telecommunication Pvt. Ltd. Meerut, UP||Access Service||Merrut||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|27||Delhi Sanchar Sewa Pvt. Ltd. ChandniChowk, Delhi||Access Service||Central Delhi||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|28||Powernet communication Pvt. Ltd. Dwarka, New Delhi||Access Service||South West Delhi,||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|29||P. Telecom Kanpur||Access Service||Kanpur,||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|30||Kansan Communications Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai||Access Service||Mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|31||Ambica Telecom Service, Ahmedabad||Access Service||Ahmedabad||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|32||Sandeep Telecom Ahmedabad||Access Service||Ahmedabad||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|33||G TEL Communication Surat||Access Service||Surat
|Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|34||Shree Chintamani Telecom Naysari, Gujarat||Access Service||Naysari||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|35||S. S. Telecom Surat||Access Service||Surat||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|36||RatnaTelenet Surat||Access Service||Surat||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|37||Mahabali Technologies Vadodara||Access Service||Vadodara||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|38||HIS Communication Surat||Access Service||Surat||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|39||Ruchi Communication Surat||Access Service||Surat||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|40||AIMR Communication Agra||Access Service||Agra||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|41||Verma Sanchar Seva (P) Ltd.||Access Service||Agra||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|42||BI RITZ Telenet Surat||Access Service||Surat||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|43||Hua Telecom Agra||Access Service||Agra||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|44||Best Telnet Service Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai||Access Service||Mohali (Chandigarh)||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|45||Best Telnet Service Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai||Access Service||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|46||Bombay Bullion Communication Zaveri Bazar, Mumbai||Access Service||Pune||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|47||Richa Telecom Lucknow||Access Service||mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|48||Richa Telecom Lucknow||Access Service||Jhansi||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|49||Richa Telecom Lucknow||Access Service||Lucknow||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|50||Richa Telecom Lucknow||Access Service||Allahabad||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|51||AXN Telecom Faridabad||Access Service||Meerut||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|52||Amity Hua Electronics Rudrapur||Access Service||Faridabad||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|53||S.T.M. Telecom Surat||Access Service||Rudrapur, Nainital||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|54||Best Telenet Services Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai||Access Service||Surat Ahmedabad Noida
|Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|55||Beta Intercom Network M urn bai||Access Service||Mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|56||Richa Telecom Lucknow||Access Service||Mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|57||Richa Telecom Lucknow||Access Service||Gorakhpur||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|58||Best Telenet Services Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai||Access Service||Kanpur||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|59||Swastik Communications Thane||Access Service||Chennai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|
|60||Riddhi Telecommunications Bhavnagar||Access Service||Mumbai||Lol issued on 28.09.2016|