Surely a big deal for Indian Telecom Industry – DoT has now proposed to allow operators using wireless broadband technologies such as WiMax to offer both data and voice services.
While the earlier announced guidelines had specified that spectrum for broadband wireless can be used only for data services, the Telecom Commission in its meeting on August 21 has taken a decision to remove the restriction. – source
- Telecom Commission has also proposed to increase the base price for WiMax spectrum auction (base price which was at 25% of the reserve price for 3G, is to be increased to 50%)
- Operators interested to bid for WiMax spectrum will have to offer a minimum of Rs 1,010 crore for a pan-Indian licence compared to Rs 2,020 crore for 3G players.
- Tata Telecom, Reliance and BSNL are most prepared for WiMAX implementation.
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