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Indian Regulator Wants Speedy Allocation of 3G Licenses

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a paper calling for the speedy allocation of radio spectrum for 3G and WiMAX services in the country. The TRAI reports that the Indian Government announced Broadband Policy in 2004 and made certain projections for broadband subscribers' growth. It was expected that broadband growth rate would be stepped up. However, it is observed that the growth of broadband in the country is slow and below expected level.

The TRAI has therfore been holding a public consultation since last September on how to boost broadband services in the country and today published its recommendations.

The regulator concluded that the government should expedite decision on TRAI's recommendations regarding mechanism and pricing of Spectrum for 3G and Broadband Wireless Access. Also, spectrum for 3G and WiMAX should be made available at the earliest to boost the deployment of broadband using these technologies.

The regulator also recomended that the landline operators be permitted to seek franchise deals to speed the deployment of their networks into rural areas and also that cable TV operators should be permitted to offer broadband internet services.

The Universal Service Obligation (USO) fund should also be tapped to provide a subsidy for providing broadband services through satellite in remote and hilly areas.

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