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DoT receives 70 applications from 60 companies for MVNO license; Lowdown


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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.

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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

Jaipur

Kolkata Ghaziabad

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

Gurgaon

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

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