India – Transition to the Unified Authorization Regime Chronology


This practice note presents the chronology of the transition to unified access services licensing in India.  Links to the documents noted in this chronology are set out below.


July 16, 2003 – The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”) releases a consultation paper concerning the possibility of implementing a unified access services licensing (UASL) regime.


October 27, 2003 – Based on its initial public consultation, TRAI issues its recommendations for a UASL regime.  Among other things, TRAI recommends that India should implement a UASL regime in a two-stage process.  During the first stage, basic (fixed) and cellular services would be transitioned to the UASL regime.  The second stage would involve the full transition of all services to the UASL regime.


November 11, 2003 – The Indian Department of Telecommunications (“DOT”) accepts TRAI’s recommendations and publishes Guidelines for the transition to the UASL regime for basic (fixed) and cellular service providers.  DOT also publishes a standard UASL licence. 


November 15, 2003 – The second phase of the transition to a UASL licensing regime begins.  TRAI publishes a preliminary consultation concerning the regulatory framework for the comprehensive UASL regime.


March 2004 – T RAI initiates the main public consultation concerning the regulatory framework for the comprehensive UASL regime.  TRAI publishes a consultation paper on the unified licensing regime and invites comments concerning a wide range of regulatory matters.  Information about international licensing practices and about the submissions received during the preliminary consultation are made available to interested parties.


August 6, 2004 – TRAI releases draft guidelines for the comprehensive UASL regime for public review and comment.




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