Oxigen Mulls VNO Services This Year
The company as a VNO will lease bandwidth from different telcos to offer voice as well as data service to its users. Oxigen in this regard has already approached BSNL to set up its VNO operations as soon as possible.
As per the company’s chairman and managing director, Pramod Saxena, Oxigen boasts of a comprehensive distribution network and is already purchasing talk time from numerous telecom operators.
”The recommendations for VNO have just come and we are hopeful to roll out the operations before the end of this year,” said Saxena.
The Department of Telecom (DoT) floated the guidelines for obtaining a VNO license, which has opened the door of new opportunities for companies, operating as retailers for telecom operators. VNOs are considered as the retail channels for network service providers and they will not be permitted to deploy network gears which will interconnect them with the airwaves of other telecom operators.
The company also claims to be in talks with telecom operators in other countries to help them set up their VNO infrastructure and also to garner expertise in running operations as a VNO service provider.
”The company’s focus will be to enable data services in the North East and central part of India and then expanding them to pan India, ” said Oxigen. The new guidelines state that VNOs will be allowed to replicate all the telecom services which are offered by a telecom operator and will have to pay fee to the government.
Oxigen also claims to possess 2 lakh access points across the nation and will provide VAS, bundled financial products and ecommerce services.
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