Telecom Roundup: 3G Delayed, 8.1mn GSM subscribers added in Dec, Airtel goes Sri Lanka

8.1mn GSM subscribers were added in the month of December 2008:

  • Airtel: 2.7 million new subscribers
  • Vodafone: 2.1 mn
  • BSNL: 8.7 Lakh
  • Idea Cellular: 1.49mn

Total # of GSM subscribers – 257.8mn.

3G Delayed

As mentioned earlier, the issue regd base price has resulted in delay of 3G auction.

DoT will put in a new schedule for auctioning which officials said would depend on when the cabinet clears the 3G policy. The original date for the auction of spectrum – radio frequencies that enable wireless communications – was January 16.

DoT has sought its legal advisor’s opinion on whether another change in the reserve price requires the regulator’s approval, under section 11 of the Trai Act, before being presented to the cabinet committee of economic affairs for final clearance. Depending on the legal advice, the matter could then be referred to the law ministry for further consultation. – source

Airtel goes Sri Lanka

Airtel has launched it’s operations in Sri Lanka (3G and 2.5G) – the company is planning to invest $200mn in the ops.

it has entered into a three-year managed network deal with Huawei, partnered with IBM to manage its comprehensive IT infrastructure and application requirements, and selected iSmart Timex as its customer care partner.

source: 1,2

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