MTNL to start ILD service in 05, expects licence in Dec

New Delhi, Nov 28 | Updated: Nov 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
MTNL will start its own International Long Distance services in early 2005 for which the PSU has written to the department of telecom to grant it licence.

We plan to offer ILD services early next year. I have already written to the DoT for a licence from the current LoI status and hope to get it soon. We expect to sign the licensing agreement with DoT next month, CMD, MTNL, RSP Sinha, told PTI.

While BSNL was given an ILD licence two years ago, MTNL is at present a letter of intent (LoI) holder for such licence. It is gearing up to start its own ILD services next year and has already signed the licensing agreement with DOT.

At present, both the PSUs use VSNLs network infrastructure to offer ILD services.

MTNL has also invited bids for its global tender for ILD traffic interception and monitoring system for such service in Delhi and Mumbai. The size of the tender is approximately Rs 8 crore.

The PSU proposes to set up LIM system for its ILD services at the switching facilities in Delhi and Mumbai. The LIM system will fulfill the licence conditions of ILD issued by the government regarding requirements of law enforcement agencies for call interception and monitoring.

The monitoring centres will be in Delhi and Mumbai.

The ILD segment is going see intense competition with BSNL and MTNL joining Reliance, Bharti, Data Access. ILD telecom service is already a highly price-sensitive and commoditised market.