India Will Have 150M 3G Connections by 2014

11 thoughts on “India Will Have 150M 3G Connections by 2014”

  1. Om, I did not know that BSNL and MTNL were state owned companies, what is the state doing owning companies which the private sector should be owning and running?. State has really no business being in the mobile platform but these enterprises should be left to the private sector with the state only ensuring that fair trade and telecommunications rules are in place.

  2. Yes, India is behind in the telecom race.
    But 1 billion Indians with mobile phones and connectivity, with 150 million 3G connections by 2014 will certainly have a profound impact on the country and beyond.

    1. Brian

      In 2014 3G will be last generation technology. It would mean that they would be playing catch up on LTE or whatever.

      If it needs to grow up the technology food chain, the company needs to come up with ways to use its big market and then develop products that world would want. You do that when you are using the latest technologies and not yesterday’s products. I have written about this in the past, so won’t repeat for now.

      I am fearful that on 3G they whiffled.

  3. 3G is going to be a game changer for India in the coming years.They are already offering 4G for the Rural India through wimax or LTE the next generation wireless broadband.

  4. The 3G auction did become farcical. It was/is preposterous that you get all these 3G handsets and the technology is not available, and nor is it going to be in the immediate future.

    But as far as LTE is concerned, it seems that TRAI is keen to fix the problems that plagued the 3G process and jumpstart it, because they’re due any day now to release a white paper on it, and the minister of state for ICT recognises the importance of cheap wireless broadband (since wired broadband has really failed to take off in India). It looks like 3G and 4G might happen simultaneously, which would be great for the country.

  5. So private sector cos are gaining market share at the cost of BSNL and MTNL. Great. The BIG difference is that state-owned entities didn’t care about their customers. Private players don’t care about users. Mera Bharat Mahaan!!

  6. @Om Malik: Do you know about the BWA auctions. The rollouts are going to happen simultaneously. So why do you say, that by 2014, “they” would be playing catch up… I don t agree at all.
    The whole idea behind keeping the prices less for BWA was, more penetration of Broadband wireless in India.

  7. Om, I did not know that BSNL and MTNL were state owned companies, what is the state doing owning companies which the private sector should be owning and running?. State has really no business being in the mobile platform but these enterprises should be left to the private sector with the state only ensuring that fair trade and telecommunications rules are in place.

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