Vodafone Essar submits NLD, ISP licence applications

17 Jun 2009

Indian mobile operator Vodafone Essar has applied for a national long-distance (NLD) licence, as well as an internet service provider licence, according to the Economic Times. The cellco has reportedly also approached the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for approval of its two applications. A decision from the FIPB is expected on 19 June, and if successful Vodafone hopes that the NLD licence will enable it to reduce operating costs for carrying subscriber trunk dialling (STD) traffic as it would no longer rely on renting capacity on other operator’s networks. The cellco sees the move as a necessary step in becoming a full service provider, and will compete in the internet sector with rival mobile operators including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and Reliance Communications (RCOM).

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