So Who's Pals With Qualcomm?

9:40 AM -- Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) is keeping further details of its TD-LTE plans in India secret, having declined to provide additional information (beyond what it stated in its press release) about its planned participation in the upcoming auction of 2.3GHz spectrum. (See Qualcomm Unveils LTE Plans for India.)

What is known, though, is that Qualcomm will need local network operator partners if it is successful in the BWA (broadband wireless access) auction and is awarded spectrum.

And according to Light Reading Asia's contacts, talks with Indian carriers are already under way.

So who might that partner, or those partners, be?

Early speculation suggests that Reliance Communications Ltd. might work with Qualcomm on TD-LTE, as the two companies have worked closely before, while Reliance developed its CDMA services in India.

Another name in the frame is Vodafone India -- a less obvious choice, but there's talk that the operator has been planning TD-LTE trials in India for some time, and that might make it a natural choice for Qualcomm.

In addition, Vodafone Essar's parent company, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), is one of the three main carriers, along with China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL) and major U.S. mobile operator Verizon Wireless , that have been pushing for the development of converged technology devices that incorporate both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE technology.

— Gagandeep Kaur, India Editor, Light Reading

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