3G in india


Third generation (3G) services combine high speed mobile access with Internet Protocol (IP)-based services.

³Now, these two technologies are converging to create third generation mobile services.´

A radio communications technology that will create a "bit pipe" for providing mobile access to internet-based services. ³3G is designed to deliver´
‡ A wide range of market-focused applications. ‡ Long-term market-driven creativity, an innovative value chain and real user benefits, driving genuine market demand. ‡ Advanced, lightweight, easy-to-use terminals with intuitive interfaces · Instant, real-time multimedia communications. ‡ Global mobility and roaming. ‡ A wide range of vendors and operators, offering choice, competition and affordability. ‡ High-speed e-mail and Internet access.




3G prices will be a windfall for operators
‡ The reserve price for 3G is Rs 3,500 crore. ‡ Bids are expected to be in the range of $1.4 to $1.6 billion. ‡ With a total population of 1.2 billion; a 3G price per pop of $1.16 to $1.41 or an average of roughly Rs 70 for each operator. ‡ Long-term 20-year licenses. ‡ Global average of $29 (Rs 1,363) per pop across 13 countries (see chart).



150 119.09 No. of operator 100 92.78 Population(Mn) Price per Pop in $ 50 4.95 0 16.67 11.05 5.78

35.2831.28 13.34 0.17 1.24 4.13 12.46


What, if 3G ?
‡ Firstly, competition among bidders is restricted only to the existing operators. ‡ Secondly, the real beneficiaries of 3G are usually mobile broadband and data markets. ‡ Thirdly, 3G handsets will be more expensive than 2G handsets used for voice/SMS, at least initially. ‡ Fourthly, global experience of 3G penetration has been no different from the expectations in India.


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