Virgin Mobile’s operations given thumbs up by DoT

27 Aug 2008

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given the all clear to Virgin Mobile’s operations in India, reiterating that it does not consider the company’s services that of a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Indian news source The Economic Times is reporting. The DoT previously ruled that Virgin could only be considered a franchisee of Tata Teleservices in March 2008, a decision supported by the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI); GSM operators, led by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), contended that Virgin was offering a full range of mobile services in the same manner as a full licence holder. It is understood the latest ruling comes after consideration of Virgin’s advertisements, tariffs and services on 20 August.