CITC is considering awarding three MVNO licenses. An MVNO is defined as a mobile services provider that does not has frequency assignments or own a network infrastructure including wireless access networks, transmission facilities etc. but rather buys mobile services in bulk (wholesale) from a facility-based mobile services provider, re-packages the services and sells them under its own brand name to end users. In so doing, an MVNO provides a complete portfolio of mobile services including customer support and value added services.
Mobile services provision by MVNOs has proven advantageous in other countries, bolstering competition to provide better quality services at more favorable prices. MVNOs can focus on service provision without being pre-occupied with building and operating their own network infrastructures. Moreover, additional competing service providers means more choice for customers, better utilization of facility based providers' networks, increased sales and better service coverage.
In determining the appropriate course of action, CITC is considering the experience of other countries in introducing MVNOs into their markets. CITC will conduct a public consultation on its proposed approach and announce through its official website and the media the outcome of its studies and investigations.