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DoT mulling MVNO model

DoT mulling MVNO model

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is con­sidering the introduction of a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model to set up a wireless broadband network in rural areas. This can be used by multiple operators. The project would be funded through DoT's universal service obligation fund (USOF). Currently, the USOF has a total corpus of Rs 15,000 crore and the annual contribution of telecom operators stand at about Rs 6,000 crore. Through the MVNO mo­del, an operator would be able to offer services using spe­ctrum/infrastructure of other tel­ecom service providers. MVNO does not own spectrum/network, but can enter into commercial arrangements with telecom ser­vice providers. Currently, MVNOs are not allowed under the government policy.

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