Definitive 3G roadmap due ‘soon’, says Comms Minister

25 May 2006

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is expected to outline its roadmap for the country’s introduction of 3G services, the Times of India reports. Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran said that the TRAI will provide recommendations on UMTS spectrum ‘soon’. The regulator will address a wide range of issues regarding the rollout of UMTS services, including the licence fee for 3G concessions, he added. Maran said the Indian military is expected to vacate 45MHz of spectrum in the IMT-2000 2GHz band over the next few months, paving the way for the reallocation of the frequency.

India’s progress in preparing for the launch of 3G services has been slow. After numerous delays, the TRAI released a set of spectrum policy recommendations in May 2005. Its plans included awarding 2×5MHz in the 2GHz band by the end of 2006 to any existing 2G operator wishing to launch 3G services without charging a licence fee. It proposed enforcing a strict timeframe of two years for operators to launch a 3G network upon receipt of the spectrum. However, shortly afterwards the Department of Telecommunications put the plan in doubt when it called for the auctioning of UMTS concessions to generate extra state revenue.



Subscribe to CommsUpdate to get the day’s top telecom headlines delivered to your email.

Subscribe to CommsUpdate



Filter CommsUpdate by the following categories or use the search.


Visit our help page information on performing advanced searches, including how to restrict the results by country or company.


CommsUpdate is an outstanding advertising venue for companies seeking to reach:

  • International carriers
  • Wholesale service providers
  • Equipment and software vendors
  • Telecom investors
  • Regulators

Learn more about advertising on CommsUpdate.