3G Connectivity in India: 5 players to be allowed
The long awaited decision to conduct a global auction for the Indian 3G spectrum is finally out with the Communications Minister Andimuthu Raja saying that the licence auction would be held by December and the process would be “fully transparent.” AirTel and Vodafone are expected to be the big players during this auction, which might also see international players like AT&T. Five operators will initially be allowed for each circle. State-run BSNL and MTNL will get one allocation each out of the 22 telecommunications circles in the country. However, the New Delhi and Mumbai circles will only see two to three operators being allowed, Raja said. “The number of operators can go up to 10 in the circles… when more spectrum becomes available,” Raja said, in a move boosting competition. What 3G essentially will essentially mean for the 280 million mobile users in India is better data speeds, enhanced voice quality, video conferencing, video streaming, among other services that need high-speed data connectivity. It would also decongest the networks allowing for lesser call-drops. What it means for the Apple iPhone users? You can now make complete usage of those apps that are bundled with the iPhone 3G. Imagine streaming videos off YouTube without lag on your iPhones. Sounds good? Let the wait begin. [Thanks Abhishek]
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