Tension Builds in India

9:30 AM -- The coming weeks are going to be critical to the service provider, vendor and regulatory communities in India, where game-changing decisions are about to be made.

  • The vendor community is in a state of high excitement over the initial award of Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) network infrastructure deals as the country's Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) license-holders announce their initial supplier partners. (See NSN Still Engaged With RIL on LTE, Rumor: RIL, Augere Pick LTE Suppliers, India Inches Closer to LTE TDD, Report: 17 Million LTE Users in India by 2016 and A Year On, BWA Still Not In Sight.)

  • India's network operators have some key decisions to make about their packet transport capabilities as the 3G market grows and LTE services look set to add to the country's data traffic volumes. (See Carriers Tackle Key Transport Network Issues.)

  • All parties are waiting with bated breath for the details of the new National Telecom Policy (NTP), which is currently being drafted. The long overdue NTP is due to allow operators to share spectrum, introduce uniform license fees and provide clear network security rules, amongst other things. (See IndiaWatch: NTP May Allow Spectrum Sharing and NTP 2011: More transparency, Better accountability.)

  • Sept. 15 should herald a ruling on whether former Telecom Minister A Raja, along with others who have been questioned in the long-running 2G spectrum scam, will face specific charges. The court's decision-making capabilities are being hampered by a lack of detailed information, however. (See IndiaWatch: TRAI Exasperates CBI and IndiaWatch: India Preps Security Policy.)

  • The country's leading operators are still figuring out the impact of their recent tariff increases. (See Idea MD Justifies Tariff Hike, IndiaWatch: TRAI Questions Tariff Hike, IndiaWatch: TRAI Seeks Details On New Tariffs and Bharti Hikes Its Call Tariffs.)

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    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

  • digits 12/5/2012 | 4:54:49 PM
    re: Tension Builds in India

    the 3G infrastructure market was a total bloodbath, with prices about a third lower than expected. See 

    India's 3G Equipment Market a 'Bloodbath'



    I can't see the LTE market being any less competitive. Alcatel-Lucent is desperate for deals after failing to get any in the 3G market, while NSN is super-keen to make the most of the extra smarts it got on board with the Moto acquisition. ANd then there's Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson.... the margins in round 1 will be close to invisible, I'd expect.

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