British telecoms operator BT Group has won licences to operate fixed telephone lines in India, it announced today.

'BT has been granted international long distance and national long distance licences by the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India', a statement released by the company said.

'These licences enable BT's newly-formed joint venture company,  BT Telecom India Pvt, to offer services for the first time directly to multisite corporate customers in the Indian market,' the statement added.

Andy Green, chief executive of BT Global Services, said it would  allow BT to establish and manage its own operations in India.