3G Telephony Services coming to India

With the launch of iPhone 3G, the word 3G has attained a new meaning. 3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology. The 3G service not only allows much faster communications but also a wide range of applications such as high-speed net access, video calls, fast music and video downloads, interactive gaming and global positioning over Internet. 3G services were first adopted in Japan and since then followed by 71 countries, but it has not reached India yet. So, using an iPhone 3G in India does not make enough sense as the 3G communication capabilities cannot be put to its full use. To get over this, the following announcement was made….

Indian Communications Minister A. Raja on Friday announced the much awaited guidelines for the Auction of spectrum or airwaves, to launch Third-Generation (3G) mobile phone services in the country. “We may give licenses to up to 10 operators. It depends on the availability of spectrum. Initially, we will have five players. In Delhi and Mumbai, there will be two operators only. The validity of the license will be 20 years.”

State-run Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) that provides telecom services in Delhi and Mumbai and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), which caters to the rest of the country, need not bid for spectrum but have to pay the highest price.

“We welcome the government’s announcement of its 3G policy and believe this will benefit the entire wireless communications ecosystem,” said Kanwalinder Singh, president for India operations of Qualcomm. 3G will bring efficient voice and rich data services to Indian consumers.

A large user base of 286.86 million users in India have been keenly awaiting the launch of 3G services. 3G – Welcome to India!!