Telekom Malaysia’s (TM’s) Indian subsidiary Spice Communications has been awarded national and international long-distance (NLD/ILD) concessions. In a statement yesterday, TM said the NLD/ILD licences were awarded by the Department of Telecom (DoT) on 11 May. Spice is required to pay the licence fee and deposit of USD10 million within 30 days of attaining the permit. TM International chief executive officer, Yusof Annuar Yaacob, said Spice planned to launch ILD services by the end of June, leveraging TM’s international points of presence (POPs) to distribute its traffic to the rest of the world. He said Spice would utilise TM’s ILD gateway and its existing two NLD POPs to distribute traffic across India.
TM has a 49% stake in Spice through TMI India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TM’s international investment holding company, TM International.