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India is one of the largest and fastest-growing telecoms markets in the world with a large subscriber base. The sector has been witnessing continuous change in its competitive landscape. The market has been going through a phase of consolidation ever since.


  • TRAI and the government have initiated various measures to speed up the M&A process in the telecoms market.
  • The multispectrum auction has been delayed considerably and is now expected to take place at the end of 2019 or early 2020.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides details on the regulated markets in the India telecoms sector.
  • Offers a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment in the country.

Key questions answered

  • What are the current regulation and telecoms policies in the country?
  • What remedies are imposed at the retail and wholesale levels for fixed and mobile services in the country?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation
  • Current status of market analysis


  • Spectrum policy
  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Roaming obligations
  • MVNO access

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Universal service provider
  • Universal service fund
  • Universal service obligation for broadband


  • Methodology
  • Author