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Five Disruptions in India’s Mobile Industry: 3 – 3G

October 30th, 2009 · 7 Comments

About three-and-a-half- years ago, I had thought 3G was a year away. Amazingly, that is true even as of today!

In India, 3G with its promise of higher speeds and more efficient spectrum utilisation should have been rolled out ages ago. But individual greed was put ahead of national good — it is hard for people in power to make money through auctions!

3G services are already available via BSNL and MTNL, and through the EV-DO services that the CDMA operators have launched. 3G will help with better and cheaper voice, and richer and more varied data services. Each of us will discover our own killer app for the thicker pipes that will be now available. So, it should create interesting opportunities for mobile content and software companies, and give a big boost to the mobile Internet in India.

But, the reality is with we should have been auctioning spectrum for 4G/LTE now. In telecom, we cannot afford to stay a generation behind.

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  • 4 Nadeem // Oct 30, 2009 at 7:49 am

    In theory, at least, the BWA spectrum can be used to deploy LTE (besides WiMAX). However, given the current auction timelines, it’s hard to foresee anyone doing so since LTE hasn’t been commercially deployed anywhere as of now.

  • 5 kasi // Oct 30, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I believe that was government strategy to wait for 4G and then start rather than sticking to old 3G !!! 🙂 … probably now they will await a 5G.


  • 6 Derick Thomas // Oct 30, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I think the Govt is thinking something beyond. They will get a very good money from 3G auction. After 3 years, they will auction 4G spectrum. It is all about money…

  • 7 Satyam Bachani // Oct 30, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Both 4G BWA(20MHz) & 3G(5MHz) are proposed to be auctioned off on Jan 2010!

    Both technologies will co-exist together!!


    Paper above dated 23-10-2009.


    Satyam Bachani

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