Oxigen, Datawind in talks with Indian telcos to start VNO services by year end

Players like Datawind and Oxigen have kicked off talks with Indian telecom operators to start offering telecom services as a Virtual Network Operator (VNO) before this year end. The move follows the release of licence guidelines for VNOs by the Indian telecom department.


Suneet Singh Tuli, President and CEO DataWind said, “We are already in discussions with key network operators and intend to file our application for a VNO license shortly, with a target launch date before Diwali.”

Digital wallet firm Oxigen, on the other hand, is reportedly in talks with state-run BSNL and other operators to start offering telecom services as a (VNO) by the end of this year.

“…We will go through it and hopefully we will have our VNO operations in place definitely before the end of this year,” Oxigen Chairman and Managing Director Pramod Saxena told wire service PTI.

VNOs are retailers of telecom services who buy bulk minutes and bandwidth from telecom operators and sell them under a different brand. So, a VNO will be an entity providing telecom services like mobile landline and internet but only as retailer for full-fledged telecom operators such as BSNL, MTNL and Airtel etc.

“We commend the government for the progressive action of announcing the VNO policy. Despite significant growth in telecom penetration over the last few years, India still remains a country with almost 500 million without access to telecom services, and almost 1 billion people without internet access,” Tuli said in a statement.

Besides these players, international firms like AT&T and Virgin Mobile have already evinced interest in launching VNO operations in India. The global mobile VNO market at $73.20 billion by 2020, helped by increasing mobile subscribers and demand for data services, according to a report by Grand View Research.

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June 7, 2016 4:07 pm 4:07 PM

It is not that T24 already a VNO How come they begin operations, before a system was in place?

Can someone please explain T24 kind NVO and current one being proposed.

shashikant mane
June 7, 2016 4:23 pm 4:23 PM

T24 operate by using Tata Docomo network under partnership of Future retail(big bazaar-kishore biyani ) and Tata . it almost operate in 22 circles . and u can visit Big Bazaar and Central stores in your cities for using Prepaid connection. T24 is MVNO(mobile virtual network operator) . only T24 is currently in Success as far as Virgin mobile who came in 2009 around in india after closing network in last 2-3 years.

June 7, 2016 1:16 am 1:16 AM

DataWind has an ambitious goal to provide unlimited browsing on 2G network at Rs.99 a year with a target audience in the rural regions where there is still no data penetration. This could surely create waves if it materialises.

Saket Kewate
June 7, 2016 10:50 am 10:50 AM

If u buy data wind tablet, u ll get unlimited 2G for 1 year on reliance GSM.

I know few year back datawaind comes with mini laptops, having Tata cdma Sim and 1year unlimited Internet.

June 7, 2016 6:45 am 6:45 AM

Great for the rural and semi-urban market

June 7, 2016 9:15 am 9:15 AM

That’s cool idea .. it should not be too cheaper , it could be affect their revenues . so it will better to price at rs.200-300 p.year

June 6, 2016 1:42 pm 1:42 PM

So how exactly will it favor us?? They are not bringing any new infrastructure so bandwidth or anything else will not improve. So what’s the point? Can someone explain?

June 6, 2016 2:19 pm 2:19 PM

Why do you need new infrastructure when the current one isn’t even saturated yet? BSNL is in a state of terminal decline & their user base is not growing & therefore all the extra capacity they have will be utilized properly, they get revenue as well. In turn VNOs get cheap access to infrastructure, that would’ve taken billions of dollars in greenfield investment. What you’re proposing is just the reinvention of wheel i.e. absolutely wasteful & totally unnecessary!

June 6, 2016 2:03 pm 2:03 PM

You will get services at lower prices.