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DOT Status of UL VNO License as per DoT website on 26.04.2017

Total UL VNO license applied 153
UL VNO Licenses issued 62
Pending UL VNO license Application 91
Authorisations Number Issued
Access Services 2
NLD 2
ILD 2
ISP - CATEGORY "A" 4
VSAT 2
PMRTS 2
INSAT MSS-R 2
GMPCS 1
Resale of IPLC 1
Access Services (Cat - B) 60

Policy Updates

TRAI

• TRAI issued Recommendation on Introducing Virtual Network Operators in Telecom Sector on 1.05.2015

http://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/Recommendations_VNO_01_05_2015.pdf

•TRAI issued Recommendation on proliferations of Broadband Through Public Wi-Fi Networks on 09.03.2017

https://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/WiFi_Recommendation_09032017.pdf

• Consultation Paper on 'Introduction of UL (VNO) for Access Service authorization for category B license with districts of a State as a service area' issued by TRAI on 20.03.2017.

http://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/Consultation_Paper_vno_20032017.pdf

• TRAI issues recommendations on Cat-B Licensing Guidelines on 8th September’2017.

https://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/Recommendations_on_VNO_8092017.pdf

DOT

•Application for UL(VNO) Cat authorization

All existing UL VNO Cat B applicants intimation of new guideliens

•DOT issues amendments in the UL(VNO) License for Internet Telephony vide No:20-573/2017 AS-I Dated 19th June’2018.

http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/2018_07_09%20VNOA%20UL.pdf?download=1

• DOT Guidelines on Cat-B licensing awaited is under approval of DOT as on 24-08-2018 .

• Guidelines for grant of unified license (Virtual Network Operators)

DoT issued VNO guide lines vide No 800-23/2011-VAS(Vol-II) dated 31.5.2016. Applicant can down load the application form the following link and can apply. These guide lines has been issued on the recommendation of TRAI on 06.01.2015.

http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/2016_06_06%20VNO-%20AS-I.pdf?download=1

• License agreement for unified license for UL-VNOs (Virtual Network Operators) copy of UL-VNO license agreement.

UL VNO agreement with Access Service Cat B dt 31.08.2018

• Guidelines for Grant of Unified License (Virtual Network Operators) Category B for Access Service Authorization.

DOT issued guide lines for grant of unified license (Virtual network operators) category B for Access service authorization vide no. 20-507/2016 -As-1 dated 05.07.2016. In addition to guide lines for UL (VNO) following guide lines for UL (VNO) for Access category B. Applicant can down load the application from the following link.

UL VNO guidelines with Access Service Cat B dt 31.08.2018

• Extension of validity of UL-VNO Cat-B Licenses given by DOT ON 10TH Nov’2017 pending issue of revised Cat-B Licensing Guidelines under process in DOT.

http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/2017_11_10%20VNO-AS-I.pdf?download=1

• Guidelines for grant of Unified License (Virtual Network Operators) Category-B for access service authorization-amendment.

DoT issue the amendment for category B for Access service vide no. 20-507/2016 AS-1 dated 30.07.2016. the following link can down load the notification.

http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/2016_07_30%20ULVNO-AS-?download=in/sites/default/files/2016_07_30%20ULVNO-AS-I.pdf?download=1

Issues

• Potential double taxation through charging of License fee (AGR) and spectrum usage charges on both NSO and VNO is being taken up with DOT and necessary License amendment is under process after Telecomm Commission approved the removal of double taxation for UL-VNO Licensees on 11th July’2018.

• National Telecom policy 2018 discussion and consultation is going to start shortly with DOT.

Proposals

VIABILITY GAP FUNDING FOR VNOs for RURAL AND BPL Population In India by leveraging reach of VNOs to the remotest part of India.

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Updates

VNOAI partners Informa UK, and participates in MVNOs Asia 2017 Conference, at Singapore, in Sep 2017

The MVNOs Asia 2017 conference and exhibition was held in Singapore on 26th & 27th September 2017. Mr. Rakesh kumar Upadhyay, the Director General of VNOAI, participated in a panel discussion on “Why is India an attractive Market for MVNOs?” He emphasised his views on how the market has evolved, and how various brands and aspiring MVNOs are taking advantage of the tremendous possibilities afforded by the Indian market. Mr.Upadhyay also gave his views on the regulatory changes introduced in May 2016, which have the potential to reshape the Indian Telecom market.

VNOAI sponsors India Telecom 2016 held in New Delhi

VNOAI participated in the INDIA TELECOM 2016 Summit organized by the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India and FICCI, which was held in New Delhi on Nov1st and 2nd 2016. VNOAI was the “Badge Sponsor” for the event.

Mr. RK Upadhyay, Director General, VNOAI participated in a panel discussion on “Ease-of-Doing Business: NexGen Reforms - What got us here? Will it get us there?” chaired by Mr. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India and moderated by Mr. Ashok Sud, Secretary General, AUSPI.

VNOAI Press Releases

Launch of Virtual Network Operator Services in India

“Feather in the Hat” for VNOAI as India’s first two VNOs launch services with BSNL

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VNOAI welcomes the decision taken by Telecom Commission on 11th July 2018 to remove the cascading taxation on revenue of the VNOs

As a result of the decision, the VNOs will be liable to pay license fee only on the basis of ‘value added’ by them - i.e they will not be required to pay license fee on the cost paid to the parent Host Network Service Operator, for wholesale capacity purchased from them.

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60 companies apply for MVNO licenses in India

telecomasia.net. By: Dylan Bushell-Embling/October 11, 2016

India's Department of Telecom (DoT) has published a list of 60 companies applying for an MVNO license in various cities. The companies have between them applied for 70 state, city or sub-district specific licenses across 11 of India's 22 telecoms circles.

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Smartphones with built-in SIMs? Virtual network operators make it possible

Financial Express. By: Anup Jayaram/NEW DELHI, October 3, 2016 2:40 PM/PRNewswire/

The first of the truly virtual network operators (VNOs) should be in place by January 2017. Mohan Kumar Sundaram, founder chairman of the Virtual Network Operators Association of India (VNOAI), feels that there is a huge opportunity now.

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Virtual Network Operators in India Join to Build a US$ 4 Billion Industry

NEW DELHI, September 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/

Virtual Network Operators Association of India (VNOAI) has been incorporated with the objective of promoting activities geared towards the development of Virtual Network Operators industry, US$ 4 billion business opportunity in India.

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Virtual Network Operators Association in India Launched, VNOs Get a Voice

DELHI, August 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/

Virtual Network Operators Association of India (VNOAI) has been incorporated with the objective of promoting activities geared towards the development of Virtual Network Operators industry, US$ 4 billion business opportunity in India.

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