The Union government has released licence guidelines for Virtual Network Operators (VNO). “After considering the recommendations of TRAI on VNO, the government has decided to grant Unified Licence VNO (UL VNO),” the telecom department said in a statement.
“VNOs shall also be allowed to create their own service deliver platforms in respect of customer service, billing and value added service,” the statement quoting the guidelines added.
“A one-time non-refundable entry fee for authorization of each service and service area shall be payable before signing of licence agreement and thereafter for each additional authorization. The total amount of entry fee shall be subject to a maximum of Rs 7.5 crore,” the guideline said regarding the entry fee.
Clearing the way for the entry of telecom service retailers, inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission in March approved long-pending proposal on virtual network operators, which will offer voice and data services under their own brands without owning network or spectrum.