Spice Gets Licenses

Indian mobile operator Spice Communications has received licenses to provide national and international long distance services

May 18, 2007

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), the emerging leader in Asian communications with operations in nine Asian countries, announced today that its associate company in India, Spice Communications Limited (Spice), has received the nod to provide National and International Long Distance (NLD / ILD) services.

The NLD / ILD licences were obtained from the Department of Telecom (DoT) on 11 May 2007. Spice had in August 2006 applied for both licences. Its application for licences in 20 circles for a pan-Indian presence remains pending.

“We are delighted with this piece of news,” said Yusof Annuar Yaacob, Chief Executive Officer of TM International Sdn Bhd. TM has a 49 percent stake in Spice through TMI India Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TM's international investment holding company, TM International Sdn Bhd.

Spice, which commenced operations in 1997 as a cellular services provider in the states of Punjab and Karnataka in India, is required to pay the licence fee and deposit of USD10 million within 30 days of attaining the licence.

Yusof explained that Spice plans to launch international long distance services by the second quarter of 2007, leveraging on TM’s international points of presence (POPs) – to distribute its traffic to the rest of the world. Spice will utilise its ILD gateway and its existing two NLD POPs to distribute traffic to all over India.

“Spice plans to ride on TM’s ILD infrastructure to tap into the ILD market. As part of the bigger TM family and because of its relationship with TM, Spice has access to TM’s infrastructure, apart from access to TM’s management and operations expertise,” Yusof added.

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