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Datawind and Future Group in talks with telcos for an MVNO launch: reports

Tablet maker Datawind and retail giant Future Group are currently in discussions with telecom companies for reselling cellular services via the MVNO route, reports ET. Future Group-owned telecom company T24 Mobile had earlier submitted an application with the DoT for an MVNO license, while the report added that T24 has now tied up with Tata Teleservices for launching its MVNO operations. MediaNama has written to Future Group asking for confirmation and will update the story once they respond. Apart from this, a different ET report said that the Toronto stock exchange-listed Datawind would be investing close to Rs 100 crore via FDI route for supporting its MVNO launch. It is also in talks with state-owned telco BSNL for reselling voice and data, the report added. Note that Datawind had earlier confirmed with MediaNama that it has sought application from DoT for an MVNO license. It was one of the 70 companies that sent in an application for the MVNO license. Datawind had also announced plans of launching a 4G smartphone, bundled with data services back in September 2016. It already offers free internet packs through tie-ups with telcos like Reliance Commuincations for its low-cost Akash tablets. In the case of T24, it used to operate telecom services by way of “franchisee agreements” with third parties. This was basically a workaround for an MVNO but re-selling of data now requires a license from the DoT. Big Bazaar used to provide talk-time under T24 as a form of reimbursal to customers for the purchase of goods from their…

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