Recap 2009: 3G In India

The much awaited 3G services on our mobile phones became the most annoying fact after all the delays, as they just kept us hanging on. The Great Indian 3G Saga has come a full circle this year and that ray of hope still appears somewhere in all the darkness that it’s hype had created. Let us take a look at how it all went right from the beginning of Y2K9.Before we could get some positive news,...
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3G Auction Delayed AGAIN!!

Here are the pointers, as we have condemned any more analysis on the farcical 3G Saga and their phoney hoped-for calendar! January 14 ain’t happening anymore as DoT and the defence ministry are yet to work out the specific frequencies or sub-bands of the airwaves, which can be assigned to telcos. Airwaves are yet to be emptied by the armed forces for the 25 MHz of 3G spectrum for the auctions.The...
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3G India – 5th International Conference – A First Look Review

The 3G India International Conference kicked off with the speakers and the chairperson lighting the Diya to mark a sanctum start. The first session was based upon the road ahead for telecom landscape in India from the service providers’ point of view majorly highlighting the opportunities for 3G in India. P. Balaji, Ericsson’s Vice President for marketing and strategy in India spoke at the...
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3G Auction Possible On January 14 – The Despair Continues!

At the 3G India 5th International Conference held in Mumbai, gags were cracked about the 3G auction delays and business drivers for 3G in India were also discussed. Later the Department of Telecom (DoT) announced yet another date for the auctions to take place i.e. January 14, two days after which the auction for broadband wireless access (BWA) and CDMA spectrum will be commenced. However in the retooled...
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Pranab Raises A Stink Against Anymore 3G Auction Delays

3G (3rd Generation) which is expected to bring in another telecom revolution in India is still manifestly facing hurdles. After many delays, the auction of 3G spectrum was attired for August-September 2009. Then again it was delayed, and the tentative dates were set at the end of calendar year. Recently, communication minister A Raja said, it might get delayed due to the Christmas holidays, but surely...
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3G Auction Delayed – The Wait Keeps Getting Longer!

The much awaited 3G auction continues becoming one of the most pestering fairy tales ever. The defence ministry has apparently delayed the 3G auction stating that they would be releasing the committed 20 Mhz of spectrum only in June 2010 instead of December this year. WATBlog has tracked all of these changes and delays continuously, no matter how annoying they were. The defence services have asked...
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275 Million 3G Subscribers In India by 2013: Evalueserve

The pesky 3G scenario in India is long evident from the minuscule 3G subscriber count for Public Telcos – MTNL &  BSNL. Their current subscriber count stands at mere 1000 & 5000 subscribers respectively and MTNL is even trying to give away 3G services on franchise basis. A recent study by Evalueserve could provide respite to gloomier 3G situation as it predicts that there would be...
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GSM Shows A Marginal Dip In August Subscriptions

After a brief pick up in the GSM subscribers in the month of July, August showed just a marginal dip over the previous months. Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) data shows that the total GSM subscriber base in August increased by 9.31 million taking it to 335.45 million. The total net additions in July stood at 9.47 millions. The figures don’t include the data of Reliance Communication...
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Bharti Airtel To launch 3G By October 2010 – The Heat Is On!

We’ve just covered the Empowered Group of Ministers nailing the 3G price at 3,500 cr, and with it, we’ve hopefully seen the last of the ups and downs that symbolised the 3G saga. The eGoM has settled down with final base price of Rs. 3,500 crore for the 3G spectrum. The auction is expected to be done with by November. Now, barely a week has elapsed since then that Bharti Airtel has announced...
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3G Base Price Nailed At Rs 3,500 crore – A Look At How The 3G Saga Was Held Back

Price fixed, price changed. Auction confirmed, auction delayed. Everything settles down, but it gets messed up again. And, again. If you’ve still not figured out what I’m talking about, too bad! There’s only one epic masterpiece which was witnessed in similar fashion – The 3G Saga.Suggestions –Finance and Telecom Industry – Rs 4,040 crore for 3G and Rs 2,020...
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