Verizon India Gets Virtual Network Operator License From DoT

Verizon India, the Indian unit of US telecom operator Verizon has been granted Unified License (UL) for virtual network operator by the Department of Telecommunications or DoT. The operator got the VNO license as an ISP or internet service provider, the company said in a statement.

The VNO license allows Verizon to re-sell internet services from other telecommunication service providers in India. Verizon primarily serves to the enterprises, and with the new license as a VNO, the operator can now offer a full suite of its managed network services. Its managed network services include Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Virtual Network Service (VNS) bundles – with internet connectivity directly sourced from local providers.

“We are grateful to the Department of Telecommunications for the license 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. A robust virtual network is the backbone of any business transformation and the proliferation of virtual networks will further help India achieve its goal of a Digital India by enhancing connectivity across the country,” commented Robert Le Busque, Managing Director of Verizon’s Australia, New Zealand and India.

In India Verizon also holds license to offer NLD (national long distance), ILD (international long distance) and ISP services to its enterprise customers.

A virtual network operator is an operator who does not own or build any network but relies on other service providers’ telecom network to offer its own solutions. Typically, a VNO does not offer the traditional telecom services like voice calls and internet services to end users. They provide customised solutions to their enterprise customers.

India opened up the resale of its telecom services market through the introduction of VNO’s in 2016.  VNO’s are service delivery operators, who rely on the network and support of local infrastructure providers for telecom services to end users  and customers.

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