Wednesday, September 1, 2010

3G in India may not be affordable for many


The Indian Government is all set to allocate the 3G spectrum to successful bidders from tomorrow, and we can now hope to get faster mobile internet services sometime soon, but not without a premium.

Sanjay Kapoor, CEO Bharti Airtel, India and South Asia, has indicated that India will not be getting the unlimited 3G data plans that consumers in most of the western countries enjoy. He elaborates that the potential of these unlimited plans to clog the networks and spectrum constraints, are the primary reasons why these services will have high costs. He goes on to say that although India has cheaper voice call rate compared to other countries, the data rates will be relatively higer. 

Sanjay says that users can get reasonable pricing if they use the 3G service in small packets, or adopt a sachet approach as opposed to heavy downloading, which he says is true even for the current 2G platform.

Sanjay also says that if the government sticks to the september deadline for allocation of the spectrum, we could see 3G services in some parts of the country by the end of the year.

Read the entire article by Economic Times here.

I think I will go for the wait-watch-adopt strategy rather than being one of the early adopters of the 3G services.

Source - Economic Times

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