India on Edge Over 3G

NEW DELHI, India -- Convergence India 2007 -- Where's the spectrum?

That's the big question in the wireless industry here, as India's tremendous appetite for mobile bandwidth is starting to strain its wireless networks. A further 6.7 million new subscribers were added in January this year to take the country's total to nearly 149 million, according to research house TelecomWatch , yet there is still no sign of valuable new mobile spectrum arriving.

Months after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) made recommendations about how India should approach the allocation of 3G licenses, the country's mobile operators, and their equipment suppliers, are still waiting for a decision to emerge from the Department of Telecommunications .

In late 2006, the TRAI made detailed suggestions to the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) about the 3G spectrum that should be made available, and how the licenses should be awarded. (See India Prepares for 3G Rollout.)

A decision from the DOT was expected by the end of March, but no one here is expecting anything to happen soon.

Read the rest of the story at Unstrung.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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