The private operators have been awarded Licenses under first come first serve policy of the Government under Unified Access Services License (UASL) regime. To increase the number of telecom operators in the country, the Government has issued 122 new UASL in 22 service areas of the country during the year 2008. Now 12 to14 telecom access service providers are licensed in all the 22 service areas in the country. There is no cap on number of access services licenses in a service area. Government envisages induction of telecom operators for 3G (Third Generation) Mobile and BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) Services as per guidelines issued on 1.8.2008. Licenses for provision of National Long Distance, International Long Distance and Internet Services are issued without any restriction on number of operators subject to fulfillment of eligibility conditions.
The Minister of Communications & Information Technology Shri A. Raja speaking in the Lok Sabha yesterday further informed that Government has been issuing UAS License at a pan India fee of INR 1658.5701 crore. Government as a policy has been providing wireless spectrum to the operators based on the subscribers based criteria without any upfront charge and levy annual spectrum usage charges on revenue share basis. The department does not maintain at what price equity has been sold to the foreign companies by the private operators.