India’s Telecoms Minister Kapil Sibal (pictured) has outlined a number of new policies he hopes to include in the country’s forthcoming new telecoms regulatory bill. The biggest overhaul is expected to concern the current merger and acquisition rules in the telecoms sector, which currently do not allow one company to hold 10 percent or more in two competing operators in a single service zone.
Dow Jones Newswires reports that Indian operators Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone are close to signing a long-mooted 3G network sharing deal.
The Economic Times reports that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is set to publish a consultation paper on value added services in the country, in order to “see how to bring VAS into the active mainstream.”
Leading mobile operators in India and Bangladesh are mulling a range of new pricing models in order to support their new mobile broadband networks.
Private equity group Providence Equity Partners has taken a 20 percent stake in Aditya Birla Telecom (ABTL) – a wholly-owned subsidiary of India’s Idea Cellular – for US$640 million. ABTL owns a mobile license for the Bihar service area and will hold a 16 percent stake in Indus Towers, the company’s tower subsidiary which is co-owned by Vodafone Essar and Bharti Airtel.