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Verizon gets virtual network operator permit

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Telecom firm Verizon India said on Friday it has been awarded a unified licence for virtual network operator (VNO) that will allow it to retail the services of other telcos.

“We are grateful to the Department of Telecommunications for the licence which will allow our customers to speed up their network deployments by allowing us to offer a full end-to-end managed service experience which includes internet connectivity,” Robert Le Busque, Managing Director of Verizon Australia, New Zealand and India, said in a statement.

The Indian arm of the US telecom major already offers national and international long distance (NLD/ILD) services and has an internet services provider (ISP) licence. It also provides services to enterprise customers.

VNOs are entities authorised to provide telecom services like mobile, landline and internet, but only as retailers for full-fledged telecom operators such as BSNL, MTNL and Airtel.

India allowed VNO services in 2016.

Source: The Hindu