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3G launch in India early next year, report says

Posted: 16 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:communication? 3g?

India will launch 3G technology for mobile phone services early next year, according to a Press Trust of India news report from Chennai Monday (Aug. 15), quoting Dayanidhi Maranthe, minister for communications and information technology.

Maranthe was quoted as saying the planned launch of 3G services will allow mobile phone users to download data at between 2.5- and 3-Mbits/s and help provide videoconferencing and telemedicine facilities.

The government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. will begin launching 3G services in January 2006, while private mobile phone services firms will also launch these services at around the same time, the report quoted Maran as saying.

Both the government-owned firms have already invited tenders for supply of 3G equipment, while private firms expect at least a couple of pilot 3G projects to be launched around the year-end.

Meanwhile, India's delayed spectrum policy is likely to be announced later this month, according to reports. The policy is expected to contain details of whether or not licensing fees will be charged for offering 3G services, how much will be charged and what other frequency bands will be de-licensed.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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