News Heading : TRAI wants clarifications on a host of issues before new unified licensing regime kicks in
Post Date : 2012-04-19
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TRAI has sought clarifications on several important issues with respect to the new licensing regime from DoT as part of its recommendations on 'Guidelines for unified license/class license and migration of existing licenses'. Specifically, TRAI has sought DoT's views on some of the following:
8Scope of License for unified license (national level/service area level/district level) and class license.
8Whether voice mail/audiotex/UMS services and radio paging should continue to be under licensing regime
8In the new licensing regime, spectrum has been de-linked from the unified license. In such a scenario, should TRAI be entrusted with the function of granting all types of unified license as is prevalent in majority of the countries in the world?
8Presently, in case of IP- I, there is no restriction on the level of foreign equity in the applicant company. However, in case of unified license, the total foreign equity in the total equity of the licensee is restricted to 74%. DoT has been asked to indicate the maximum time which should be given to the IP-I to comply with the FDI condition of 74% after grant of the unified license.
8At present, the access service licenses, namely BASIC/CMTS/UASL, have restrictions regarding holding of substantial equity by a promoter in more than one access service license in the same service area. However, apart from access service license, this condition is not applicable for any other license. Accordingly, the proposed guidelines remove the restriction on holding of substantial equity in a company having UAS / CMTS/ Basic license in the same service area on migration to unified license and also from the eligibility conditions given in the draft guidelines for Unified License. DoT has been asked to comment on the pros and cons of this proposal.