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Top Indian Operators Set Out Broadband Agenda

Senior operator executives from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) , Reliance Communications Ltd. , and India's Department of Telecommunications are to deliver keynote speeches at the Mobile Broadband Summit 2010 to be held in India this month.

The two one-day conferences, which will look at the potential for wireless broadband deployment and services following the recent 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum auctions, will take place in New Delhi on Wednesday, July 7, and in Mumbai on Friday, July 9. (See India's BWA Auction Ends in $8.2B Drama and India's 3G Auction Ends, Raises $14.6B.)

The New Delhi conference will feature presentations from P.J. Thomas, secretary of the DoT and chairman of the government's Telecom Commission, and Kuldeep Goyal, chairman and managing director of state-owned carrier BSNL.

The Mumbai event will feature a keynote address from Syed Safawi, CEO, Wireless Business, at Reliance Communications, India's second largest mobile operator. (See India's Mobile Market Hits 617M.)

Both events also include presentations by leading analysts from the Light Reading Communications Group. Heavy Reading analysts Berge Ayvazian and Gabriel Brown will focus on network technology, applications development, and business model developments, while Pyramid Research VP of Research Gabriela Baez will discuss the various mobile broadband growth strategies that could be adopted by India's service providers.

In addition, various panel discussions hosted by the analysts, and focusing on such topics as mobile backhaul, 3G, WiMax, and LTE, will involve representatives from Aircel Ltd. , Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL), Idea Cellular Ltd. , Loop Telecom Pvt. Ltd. , and Tata Teleservices Ltd.

Speakers from Aviat Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: AVNW), BelAir Networks Inc. , BroadHop Inc. , Celtro Inc. , Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN), ECI Telecom Ltd. , Orckit Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: ORCT) (Orckit-Corrigent), and Tejas Networks India Ltd. will participate in the events, contributing to panel discussions and making presentations on technology and market developments.

Each day will also include an address from Dr. C.S. Rao, chairman of the WiMAX Forum , India.

The events come at a critical turning point for the Indian telecom sector, as the country's wireless network operators consider their short-, medium-, and long-term strategies as either 2G or 3G players in a highly competitive market that's set to see further dramatic change in the coming few years.

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— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading


Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to the Mobile Broadband Summit 2010, an exclusive and intensive overview of how wireless services can be enhanced to improve ARPU, ROI, and churn and what the underlying technologies are that can help this to happen. To be staged in New Delhi, July 7, and Mumbai, July 9, for more information, or to register, click here.


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