Indian government insists 3G auction on schedule
The Press Trust of India has reported that the country’s telecoms minister is insistent the long-delayed 3G auctions will take place on 14 January. “There is no change in [the] auction schedule,” said Andimuthu Raja.
India to block millions of phones from tomorrow
Cellular News notes that Indian operators are expected to block several million mobile phones tomorrow as a government ban on handsets without a valid IMEI comes into effect.
Report: Indian 3G auction faces fresh delay
TeleGeography, citing India’s Economic Times, reports that the country’s Department of Telecommunications is once again preparing to delay the date for its 3G auction. It is understood that the sale date could be pushed back to mid-February 2009, from a current planned date of 14 January.
Report: Indian 3G spectrum available in June 2010
An Economic Times report notes that bidders successful in the upcoming, and long-delayed, Indian 3G auctions face a further hold-up following revelations that spectrum acquired will only be available to use from June 2010.
India may cut mobile termination charges in 2010
India’s telecoms minister, Andimuthu Raja, has revealed he expects there to be further cuts in mobile termination rates (MTRs) in 2010, Dow Jones reports, notes TeleGeography.
Report: New Indian 3G ops prep 2010 deployment
India’s long-awaited auction of 3G licenses – now scheduled to begin 14 January – will result in the launch of services by the country’s biggest operators in the fourth quarter of next year, according to a new Wireless Intelligence report.
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India publishes official 3G auction schedule
India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has announced that its long-awaited auction of 3G and WiMAX-capable Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum will begin on 14 January next year. The start date is about a month later than anticipated. In a revised memorandum document published late last week, the DoT said the auction will be conducted in four stages.
Twitter launches in Japan and India
The popular microblogging service Twitter yesterday launched a Japan-based mobile version, hoping to penetrate a country where other US social networking sites including Facebook and MySpace have failed to capture much ground, according to an AP report.
MTNL seeks bids for managing tower equipment
The Wall Steet Journal reports that India’s MTNL has sought bids to manage key equipment at its mobile services towers in capital New Delhi and adjoining towns of Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad.