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In another blow to the much-delayed 3G auction process in India, the Economic Times is reporting that the Indian army is now claiming that it cannot release spectrum needed for commercial 3G services in a phased manner as had previously been agreed. The armed forces are in possession of spectrum which is expected to be vacated and then reallocated to successful 3G licencees. However, the defence forces now say that they will only release the frequencies after Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) completes the rollout of all three alternative networks for them. BSNL is due to complete new infrastructure for the Army, Air Force and Navy in 2011. The original agreement between the communications and defence ministries called for a phased vacation of the spectrum by the armed forces; with BSNL expecting to complete the Air Force Network (AFNET) by June this year the communications ministry called for the Air Force spectrum to be vacated by that date. It is understood that a group of ministers (GoM) will now consider the fate of the spectrum, ruling on whether the original phased release will be enforced. Additionally, the GoM will examine the case for funding the INR146 billion (USD3.02 billion) alternative networks, with the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) expected to clear the project’s funding only after it is endorsed by the ministers.
Despite ongoing delays in the auction process for 3G spectrum in India, Mahanagar Nigam Telecom Ltd (MTNL) looks set to become the first operator to launch UMTS services commercially, the Economic Times reports. The state-owned telco has announced that it will launch its next generation services, offered under the Jadoo brand, on 5 February in central Delhi, including the Connaught Place, India Gate, Pragati Madan, Delhi Gate and Minto Road areas. US-based Motorola has been contracted to roll out the new core network. The launch comes after MTNL was allocated 3G spectrum at the end of 2008, giving it a head start over other operators, which are still waiting for the government to finalise 3G policy. Fellow state-run operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd is the only other company that has been given frequencies for 3G services, and is expected to launch commercially in the near future.
Sstate-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is planning to launch WiMAX-based services in the Kerala circle in April this year. Citing comments by Amit Mishra, general manager of marketing for BSNL-Kerala, the report says that the operator will install 450 WiMAX base stations in the first phase of deployment, as it aims to cover all major cities and highways in the region.
BSNL has also reportedly placed orders for 3G equipment in preparation for launching 3G services in the circle. It currently has 2,400 active cellular towers, and will add a further 200 in March 2009 and 1,800 more by December.
Online news portal DNA Money is reporting that state-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is planning to roll out WiMAX services in the city of Ahmedabad by the end of January. BSNL ran trial WiMAX networks in eight cities during 2007, but the operator has indicated it will focus initial deployment of the technology in rural regions. BSNL has said it will spend INR16 billion (USD329.9 million) on the new infrastructure and aims to cover 25,000 villages within a year. Despite the auction process for WiMAX spectrum having not been completed, BSNL has already received spectrum in three circles; Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
India has added a record 8.12 million GSM mobile users in December, according to data from the Cellular Operators’ Association of India. Total GSM mobile users at the end of December numbered 258 million, up 3.25 percent from 249.7 million in November. Bharti Airtel led the growth by adding 2.7 million new users, taking its total base to about 87 million. Vodafone Essar ranked second with an addition of 2 million users, taking its total base to about 60 million. Idea Cellular added close to 1 million subscribers, to take its total base to 38 million. BPL mobile has added close to 65,000 subscribers in December, a decline of about 9,000 users compared to about 74,000 in November. BPL mobile’s total subscriber base reached 1.9 million. Bharat Sanchar Nigam has added 800,000 users, taking its total base to 41 million.
India’s telecom sector has reportedly added 10.35 million mobile subscribers in the month of November, in comparison to 10.42 million in October. The subscriber base of mobile users in India reaches the mark of 336.08 million at the end of November, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in a statement.
Bharti Airtel, country’s leading mobile operator added 2.72 million users in November, totalling its subscriber base to 82.92 million. Followed by Reliance Communications which added 1.76 million users and took its subscriber base to 59.56 million subscribers. Vodafone Essar added 20.60 million users, taking its total number of subscribers to 58.76 million. BSNL’s reported a subscriber base of 44.57 million after adding 700,937 subscribers in November.
State-owned telco Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has officially launched its 3G network in Delhi, India’s Economic Times is reporting. Services will initially be restricted to the main business and political areas of the circle, with a commercial launch expected to follow in January 2009. During what it considers a ‘soft-launch’ the operator will offer free access to the new services in some of the central areas of Delhi. MTNL will offer the services under the ‘Jadoo’ brand name including internet, videoconferencing and gaming. It will invest INR4 billion (USD81.2 million) to roll out its 3G network in Mumbai and Delhi. Fellow state-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is also expected to launch 3G services by the end of December 2008.