Reliance Industries Ltd's telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm is one of the companies that have applied for Unified Licence, Department of Telecom Secretary M F Farooqui confirmed.
Holders of the Unified Licence will be able to offer all services under a single permit by paying an extra fee. In other words, carriers will not have to apply for different licences for offering different services.
Confirming the submission of Reliance Jio Infocomm's application for Unified Licence, Farooqui said, "Reliance Jio has applied for Unified Licence. .there are a few others who have applied."
However, the Telecom Secretary didn't mention the names of other players that applied for Unified Licence.
Reliance Jio Infocomm, which currently owns broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum, will be able to offer mobile telephony services by paying an extra fee of Rs 1,658.57 crore for getting Unified Licence.
The government introduced Unified Licence regime earlier a bid to free carriers from restrictions on use of technology for services and let them reap advantages like spectrum sharing and full Internet telephony under a single policy.