India

BSNL scraps WiMAX tender

The BSNL WiMAX tender has been cancelled. According to telecoms.com sources, India’s state-owned fixed and mobile operator is now looking at putting in place new terms and conditions for another tender.

BSNL stalls on naming WiMAX franchisee

Despite announcing more than three months ago it was on the verge of naming another WiMAX rollout partner, BSNL, a state-owned fixed and mobile operator in India, appears to be no nearer to making a decision.

WiMAX subs in India to top 13m by 2013

Despite the repeated delays in the BWA and 3G spectrum auctions in India, analysts at market research firms Maravedis and Tonse Telecom expect a ‘reasonable user base’ of 3G and WiMAX subscribers to be established over the next five years.

MVNOs pave way for Indian mobile boom

Last week’s decision by the Indian regulator to allow MVNOs to operate in the country will pave the way for carriers without a 3G licence to offer more advanced services.

BSNL draws up WiMAX supplier shortlist

BSNL, a state-owned fixed and mobile operator in India, has reportedly drawn up a short list of three suppliers for mobile WiMAX rollout: Huawei, Telsima and Alvarion. According to the India’s Business Standard, BSNL will announce its winner, or winners, next week.

India’s state-owned players kick-start 3G

MTNL, meanwhile, has begun 3G in central New Delhi with the stated aim of attracting 200,000 to the service within two years. State-owned BSNL and MTNL have each announced 3G service launches this week. BTNL has rolled out 3G services in an additional 11 cities following on from the launch of its first 3G service […]

India rejects spectrum price hike proposal

WiMAX supporters may well have breathed a sight of relief this week as India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) rejected a proposal by the finance ministry to double the reserve price for a pan-Indian WiMAX licence. If the proposal had been accepted, bidding for a pan-Indian WiMAX licence in the 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz frequency bands would […]

India faces further delays in 3G licensing

India’s telecoms industry looks to be facing yet more delays in the licensing of spectrum for 3G and WiMAX services. Having already put the spectrum auctions off until this year, because of the government’s failure to clear the relevant radio spectrum in all circles, or operating regions, new delays are anticipated in the wake of […]

Vodafone faces $2bn Indian tax bill

The world’s biggest operator in terms of revenue, Vodafone, looks to have lost its fight against the Mumbai High Court and now faces the reality of a $2bn tax bill. The bill is based on capital gains tax resulting from Voda’s $11.7bn acquisition of a 67 per cent stake in Indian GSM carrier Hutchison-Essar in […]

DoCoMo spends $2.7bn on Indian takeaway

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo struck a deal Wednesday to acquire 26 per cent of India’s sixth largest cellco, Tata Teleservices, for $2.7bn. In addition, DoCoMo said it also expects to make a further offer for up to 20 per cent of the outstanding common shares of Tata Teleservices Maharashtra. The move will give DoCoMo, which […]

Telenor moves into India as profits slide

Norwegian carrier Telenor said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy 60 per cent of Indian mobile licensee Unitech Wireless, for just over $1bn. Mobile start up Unitech has spectrum licences for all 22 telecom circles, and plans to launch services mid 2009. The attraction of the Indian telecoms market is no secret. The country […]

India delays 3G, WiMAX licensing until next year

India’s much anticipated auctions for 3G and WiMAX licences look to have been delayed further and may now not take place until next year. The hold up appears to be a result of the government failing to clear the relevant radio spectrum in nine circles, or operating regions, out of India’s total of 22. In […]

WiMAX benefits from Indian summer

After a summer of regulatory wrangling, WiMAX supporters can claim significant progress in India. Some obstacles, however, still remain. When India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) finally announced on 1st August 2008 its guidelines for the country’s upcoming BWA (broadband wireless access) and 3G spectrum auctions, there was much for WiMAX supporters to cheer about. For […]

Cable & Wireless taps Indian partner in BSNL

UK-based carrier Cable & Wireless said Monday that its Indian operation has signed an asset sharing agreement with Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). Under the memorandum of understanding, both companies will share their networks and other telecom infrastructure, allowing BSNL to expand its global network and giving C&W a better foothold in India. […]

Indian WiMAX winners can offer voice, says DoT

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has proposed that winners in the upcoming licence auctions for broadband wireless access (BWA) – read mobile WiMAX – will be able to offer voice as well as data services. But the dispensation comes at a price. Instead of calculating the BWA licence reserve price at 25 per cent of […]

Bright Idea to control Spice

Indian operator Idea Cellular has announced plans to acquire a sizeable stake in rival operator Spice Communications for around $509m and merge the two companies. Under the deal, Idea will snap up 40.8 per cent of Spice and will also make an offer for an additional 20 per cent. Altogether, the deal could cost $800m. […]

India to issue WiMAX and 3G guidelines in June

The Indian government is to issue guidelines on the auction of 3G and WiMAX network licences next month, according to telecom minister Andimuthu Raja. Speaking at a recent industry conference in Delhi, Raja said the licence conditions would allow for foreign participation. Under Indian law, up to 74 per cent of an Indian company can […]

Passage to India

The Tata Group is India’s largest conglomerate, with 98 businesses in everything from trucks to tea. Last year, its revenues equated to about 3.2 per cent of India’s GDP. Now it is throwing its weight behind WiMAX.

Vodafone creates Indian network sharing company

Vodafone’s newly acquired Indian mobile unit, Vodafone Essar, has teamed up with two rival GSM carriers to set up a shared network infrastructure in the country. Bharti Infratel and Idea Cellular have both agreed to set up an independent tower company with the Big V, providing passive infrastructure services in India to all operators in […]

Nokia Siemens may be cut out of monster Indian deal

Nokia Siemens Networks’ share of one of the world’s biggest GSM contracts is in danger after the Finnish-German venture reportedly refused to budge on price. Reports coming out of India today, indicate that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), which is in the process of awarding a $2bn plus tender for around 22 million GSM lines, […]

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