Along with relatively inferior 3G spectrum, high population density in India and relatively less amount of spectrum with each operator is also likely to necessitate higher number of towers. Indian telecom operators own very low amount of 3G spectrum, resulting in a need for higher number of towers due to spectrum scarcity. Telecom operators in India have an average spectrum of 5-6MHz – about only 1/4th of the international average of 22MHz. Low spectrum availability in India is concomitant with high usage. MOUs in India are amongst the highest globally.
For example, MOUs in the UK, Spain, Germany and Italy are around 100-200 minutes, while in India, it is above 300 minutes. Hence, networks are congested. The operators need more towers to provide good quality service.
With 1800MHz Spectrum Won in Spectrum Auction being Technology Neutral, Operators must make the best use of the same and deploy Data Services on the Same. Also Government must Auction another 5MHz in 2100Mhz Band to enhance existing 3G services.
The telecom operators have paid large-sums for acquiring 3G and BWA licenses. We believe they will focus on rolling out 3G / BWA services relatively quickly to start getting returns on their investments. Currently, operators are installing 3G/BWA equipments on their current tenancies, which is called loading. Operators have to pay an amount over and above the standard rates to install these equipments. Loading is likely to be the near-term revenue growth driver for tower companies as 2G-ready sites get upgraded to make them 3G/4G-ready.
However, loading alone would not help to roll out seamless coverage since 3G and 4G spectrum is relatively inferior at 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz. To roll out coverage for these services, telecom operators (more…)
Looks like Hyderabad is the city leading the internet revolution in India. Idea Cellular has introduced WiFi Broadband in Hyderabad at a differential tariff compared to rest of India. And now Airtel has launched 40 Mbps DSL broadband at unbelievable prices.
In line with their data usage and requirements, Airtel customers can now choose from an array of tariff plans.
A. Ultrasonic 3999 offers 200 GB data usage along with 2000 free voice minutes
B. Ultrasonic 3299 offers 100 GB data usage along with 1000 free voice minutes
Customers can also enjoy additional free Value Added Services (VAS) like Parallel Ringing, PC Secure (Anti-Virus software), Unlimited Gaming through Games on Demand, LearnNext – the smartest way to learn maths and science and lots more.
India’s Third Largest Wireless Operator has just a while ago Launched Wi-Fi Broadband Services in 5 Cities – Ahmadabad, Vizag, Pune, Cochin and Hyderabad. Idea has introduced a Wi-Fi Broadband Plan for SmartPhone and Tablet Devices as under
Plan Charges Rs 550
Bundled Data – 3 GB upto 2 Mbps Speed
Validity – 90 Days
Idea Cellular has just a while ago launched WiFi based broadband services in Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Cochin, Vizag and Pune.
Idea WiFi Data Speed- Upto 2 Mbps until you exhaust the Bundled Data. After that Speed Drops to 256 Kbps for the rest of the billing cycle.
Idea WiFi Pre-Paid Broadband Plans – All Plans Valid for 90 Days for Ahmedabad, Cochin, Pune and Vizag
Idea WiFi Six months Validity Pre- Paid Plans
Installation Charges – Rs 500 + Taxes as you will get a WiFi Router.
Idea WiFi Pre-Paid Broadband Plans – All Plans Valid for 90 Days for Hyderabad
Idea WiFi Six months Validity Pre- Paid Plans for Hyderabad Only