TRAI: virtual network operator license


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Trai seeks new landline service permit at district level

The Telecom Regulator Authority of India (Trai) on Friday recommended the government to issue a new licence in the virtual network operator (VNO) category for landline service at the district level.

Trai has suggested the present licence of VNOs may be amended to enable to allow them use fixed line network of various telecom operators for providing the Electronic Private Automatic Branch Exchange (EPABX) services.

The VNOs are entities authorised to provide telecom services like mobile, landline and internet, but only as a retailer for full-fledged telecom operators such as BSNL, MTNL, Airtel.

The department of telecom (DoT) has already started issuing licence for VNOs. The new set of recommendations from Trai has been issued following reference from the DoT for access service by VNOs at district or service area level.