MVNO Market Starts Warming Up in India, Singapore-based Plintron Enters with BSNL

MVNO Market Starts Warming Up in India, Singapore-based Plintron Enters with BSNL Image Credit: Plintron

Singapore-based Plintron announced it partnership with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to enable virtual network operator (VNO)-based services in India.

“Plintron today empanelled itself with BSNL and has become the first virtual network enabler (VNE) for enabling the launch of virtual network operators (VNO) in India,” Plintron said in a statement.

Under the partnership, any VNO licence holder will leverage Plintron's technology for providing telecom services in the country using BSNL’s network.

India's Department of Telecommunications approved 61 companies for providing MVNO services last year. Out of the 61 companies, only three companies - Adpay, Japan’s NTT Communications, and Kolkata-based Microtalk Communications - received a pan-India ISP license.

Aerovoyce, a Chennai-based MVNO and a subsidiary of an Indian mobile payments specialist called Adpay, started offering bundled voice and data plans, and value added services like movies and music streaming in April. Aerovoyce also plans to deliver IoT Connectivity/SIMs for all IoT solutions in smart cities, agriculture, automobiles and more areas.

At the same time, Lyca Group which is offering MVNO services in 22 countries globaly announced plans to enter the MVNO market by launching Lyca Mobile service in the country.

Mohan Kumar Sundaram, co-founder and Chairman, Plintron Group
With BSNL’s extensive network and national coverage, along with Plintron’s globally proven VNE platform, we are well positioned to launch VNOs in India in a timely and efficient manner. Together, Plintron and BSNL will provide a head start to all aspiring VNOs in India.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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