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No separate licenses needed for VAS: Trai

No separate licenses needed for VAS: Trai
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First Published: Fri, Feb 13 2009. 04 49 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Feb 13 2009. 04 49 PM IST
By PTI
New Delhi: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) today said no separate category of licence or registration is required for the value added services (VAS), a move that will boost the growth of mobile value-added services industry in the country.
In its ‘Recommendations on growth of value added services and regulatory issues’, Trai said there is need for uniformity in various licences and amendment of various access service licence agreements to pave way for the growth of VAS, particularly in mobile 2G/3G and next generation network environment.
“The authority has not recommended any separate category of licence or registration for value added services,” it added.
The VAS market in India is expected to cross Rs25,000 crore by the year 2009-10 and contribute over 30% of the revenue of the telecom access service providers in the next 5-7 years.
Trai suggested that the definition of VAS be redefined as “value-added services are enhanced services, in the nature of non-core services, which add value to the basic teleservices and bearer services, the core services being standard voice calls, voice/non-voice messages, fax transmission and data transmission.
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First Published: Fri, Feb 13 2009. 04 49 PM IST
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