Once promoters of telecom start-ups commit that development and manufacturing will happen in India, fund will bear full costs through equity infusion.
In a presentation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seen by ET, DoT said it expects to “secure Cabinet approval for the proposed BSNL-MTNL merger by June 30 next year”.
State governments must "contribute by not levying any RoW charges toward optic fibre rollout" as they will be leveraging NOFN to launch multiple government services themselves, said DoT in an internal note.
MTNL has proposed the formation of a separate 50:50 joint venture with BSNL for jointly delivering citizen services across India at a flat rate of Rs 25 per transaction.
Local value-addition is the degree of localisation that will go into a piece of imported telecom gear using local people and inputs before it is tagged ‘Made in India’.
To ensure local screening starts from next April, DoT is trying to reach out to foreign agencies to invest in such labs in India.
The new rule will apply to all access service providers, including telcos that have migrated to unified licences, according to an internal DoT note reviewed by ET.
Backing the telecom department’s decision to use GPON, Garg said that alternate technologies such as WDM-PON are not yet available commercially.
DoT decides to hold back financial guarantee until the company clears dues linked on ISP licence, though arrears are yet to be finalised.
Bharti Hexacom runs cellular services in Rajasthan & Northeast & has 19.5 million customers, with more than 62,500 additions last month.
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