Govt clears hurdles, soon 3G services in India

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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New Delhi, Sep 2: The private mobile operators will start the 3G service soon in India as the government allocated air waves to them after making certain amends to the licence terms.

On Wednesday, Sep 1, government announced that the operators are authorised to use the spectrum for a period of 20 years from Sep 1. The government has imposed a roll-out obligation, under which the service providers would have to cover at least 90 per cent of the service areas in the metros within the next five years.

The amended licence conditions allows the companies like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, RCom, Tatas, Idea Cellular, Aircel and S Tel, who won the 3G auction in May 2010, to offer 3G services till the validity of the spectrum even if their telecom licences expire prior to that.

3G allows high-speed mobile broadband access enabling users to download full length movies, make video calls and watch live television programmes.

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