MoC won’t be swayed on LLU, says wireless broadband is priority

12 Jul 2006

The Indian government has again dashed the hopes of the country’s alternative broadband operators by reiterating that it will not push for local loop unbundling (LLU) of state-run fixed line networks operated by MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd) and BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd). In 1999 the country’s New Telecoms Policy set out LLU obligations to be applied to BSNL and MTNL, but the measures were never enforced. The Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) have continued to push for LLU, but the Ministry of Communications (MoC) remains resolutely against the implementation of the service. ‘Wireless [broadband] is the way to go and worldwide we have seen unbundling of the local loop has not been successful, so I have stated time and again that there is no need for unbundling,’ Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran told reporters on the sidelines of a telecoms seminar this week.