Telecom News: 3G Auction to go Online, Airtel Redefines Broadband Speed

3G Auction is scheduled for April 9th and the bidding will happen online on DoT’s website.

From March end to April, DoT expects traffic surge and is putting up the necessary infrastructure to manage the expected traffic [which we sincerely hope doesn’t meet the same fate as CAT’s online saga].

The simultaneous, ascending auction designed by auctioneer N M Rothschild enables competitors to bid from their own computer with only the value of the highest bid and number of bidders in each round for each circle visible to each player. Individual bid values are not available to the bidders. – source

More Players for BWA [WiMAX] vs 3G Auction

11 applicants for auction of BWA spectrum, as opposed to 9 for 3G. All major Telcos have applied for BWA license,

The 9 applicants for 3G are: Bharti, Vodafone-Essar, Tata Teleservices, Etisalat, S Tel, Videocon, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular and Aircel.

The 11 applicants for BWA are: Tikona Digital, Qualcomm, Tata Communications, Vodafone-Essar, Idea Cellular, Bharti Airtel, Aircel, Spice, Augere, HFCL, and Reliance Communications.

[Read: WiMAX Opportunities in India – Time we stop going gaga over 3G?]

Airtel Redefines Broadband Speed

Airtel has announced that it will upgrade all the existing customers from 64,128 and 256 kbps to 512 kbps without any extra charge.

Essentially, the minimum Broadband speed for Airtel subs will be 512 KBPS – it’s time other players start thinking on the same lines.

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