BT has been awarded international long-distance (ILD) and national long distance (NLD) licences by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The concessions enable the British telco’s newly-formed joint venture company, BT Telecom India, to offer services directly to multi-site corporate customers in the domestic market for the first time. BT plans to provide virtual private network-based (VPN) services using technologies such as internet protocol-based multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) and ATM. ‘This is fantastic news, allowing BT to establish and manage our own operations in India. It is also great news for our multinational customers doing business in India and our Indian customers wanting to access a BT-managed network which is connected to BT’s comprehensive global network across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America,’ effused BT Chief Executive Officer (Global Services) Andy Green. The company announced growth plans for its India operations in September 2006, predicting that its revenues there will be USD250 million by 2009.