(By Preethi J & Nikhil Pahwa) Update: December 5th 2009 - A TRAI representative, responding to a question from MediaNama on the delay in launch of MVNO services in India, clarified that the DoT has only accepted the TRAI recommendations. It has not issued detailed guidelines. This means that MVNOs have not been given the go-ahead in India, and the policy is in a state of limbo. Our apologies for the misinterpretation of the TRAI document. Earlier: India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has now permitted mobile virtual network operators to launch their services in India. The DoT accepted regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) recommendations sent six months ago in a curt press release issued yesterday. There are, apparently, some issues, that the DoT is awaiting a response to - following which they will issue detailed guidelines. The Telegraph reports that this could be in the next 10 to 15 days. The decision has opened the gates to India's telecom market, allowing foreign and Indian firms to set up telcos almost instantly without needing to buy costly spectrum. MVNOs can buy air time from other licensed operators now. Low Barrier To Entry New entrants who have been granted licences only for a few circles can now buy coverage in other circles using the MVNO model, rolling out services faster. As per the TRAI guidelines, for a pan-India license, companies were supposed to pay Rs. 70 crores. With Inter and Intra Circle roaming allowed, we wonder if some of the…
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