Telecom Dept. Releases Guidelines For Grant Of Unified Licenses
One of the key features of National Telecom Policy released last year was to achieve One “One Nation – One License” across range of telecom services. In line with that, earlier this year, the center made an announcement in regards to offering Unified Licenses to operators.
Today, Telecom department released guidelines that sheds more light on how unified licenses will be granted and what is covered under it.
The most important aspect of Unified License is that now allocation of spectrum is completely delinked from the licenses and it will have a separate process if a operator wishes to apply.
An operator can apply for Unified License for any one or more services listed below:
- Unified License (All Services)
- Access Service (Service Area-wise)
- Internet Service (Category-A with All India jurisdiction)
- Internet Service ( Category-B with jurisdiction in a Service Area)
- Internet Service ( Category-C with jurisdiction in a Secondary Switching Area)
- National Long Distance (NLD) Service
- International Long Distance (ILD) Service
- Global Mobile Personal Communication by Satellite (GMPCS) Service
- Public Mobile Radio Trunking Service (PMRTS)Service
- Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Closed User Group (CUG) Service
- INSAT MSS-Reporting (MSS-R) Service.
- Resale of International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC) Service
Here are some of the key guidelines pursuant to acquiring Unified License:
- Unified License will be issues on non-exclusive basis i.e: without any restriction on number of entrants for provision of any service in a service area.
- A single company can have only one unified license
- At the time of applying for UL, the applicant has to apply for atleast one of the 12 services listed above.
- The foreign holding in the company applying for UL should be as prescribed by the FDI policy
- The company applying for UL should have minimum paid up capital and net-worth as given the chart below. The requirement under this license for the combined minimum Net worth and paid-up equity shall be limited to a maximum of Rs. 25 Crore
The company will need to pay a one-time non-refundable entry fee for authorization of each service and service area. The total amount of Entry fee shall be subject to a maximum of Rs. 15 Crore.
Full UL Guideline Document