Modi government extends BSNL unified license for 20 years, takes Rs 250-crore BG, Telecom News, ET Telecom

NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has extended the Unified License (UL) for the next 20 years to the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited after the latter has submitted a Bank Guarantee (BG) worth Rs 250 million .

On December 10, the department signed an agreement with BSNL, saying that the “license will be valid for a period of 20 years from the effective date of this license, unless revoked for reasons specified elsewhere in the document. “.

The license has been approved with effect from February 29, 2020. The state telecommunications company has been offering services on an ad-hoc basis since then, while renewal has become one of the many contentious issues among the company. state telecommunications and the Department.

The license was granted considering the entry fee, license fee and due compliance with the terms and conditions by the licensee, according to the agreement document.

BSNL has also received a permit to provide telephony services in the Delhi and Mumbai regions.

“We are now able to offer services in the National Capital of Delhi (NCR) region as well as the Mumbai metropolitan area,” PK Purwar, president of BSNL confirmed to ETTelecom.

Now, BSNL would manage the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) network in two metropolitan areas following operational synergy between the two telecommunications companies before a full merger between them that was approved by the cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2019..

The license has been extended to continue national services such as voice telephony, national long distance (NLD), international long distance (ISD), very small aperture terminal (VSAT), and radio link public services services. mobile (PMRTS).

“The license agrees and is unequivocally committed to fully comply with all the terms and conditions stipulated in this license agreement and without any deviation or reservation of any kind,” adds the document of the agreement between the two.

The unified license has been provided on a non-exclusive basis and additional licenses can be issued in any service area without entry conditions.

However, the troubled telecoms operator has been demanding the license renewal before its expiration date in February.

Following the issuance of the license, telecommunications company BSNL could provide seamless 2G, 3G and 4G services in 20 telecommunications circles in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz spectrum bands.