India Drops Plans for Mandatory Migration to Unified Licenses
Published on: 8th Dec 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
India's Department of Telecom has agreed to modify the country's unified telecoms license to scrap a clause that the operators said would have forced them to migrate to the new licenses whether they wanted to or not.
Under the scrapped proposal, whenever an existing license expired, the mobile networks would be required to migrate all their licenses to the new unified license.
Under the old proposals, Airtel and Vodafone would have been the first companies required to move all their existing permits to new regime as they have licenses expiring in the first quarter of next year.
The new policy amendment now offers a route to migrating all the licenses, but does not mandate it.
Apart from the relaxation of the forced migration, the new policy no longer imposes the mandatory migration fees on the mobile networks.