You are here: Home » Specials » Metro
Business Standard

India may see 4G rollout next year

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  New Delhi/ Lucknow 

India is likely to witness the rollout of fourth generation (4G) mobile telephony in 2012 even as third generation (3G) service is still gaining ground among mobile subscribers.

Telecom equipment vendors and service providers are currently testing the 4G gear and technology for its eventual rollout in the country.

“The 4G equipment and technology is on trail as service providers hold BWA (broadband wireless access) licenses,” Telecom Commission member (technology) and ex-officio union secretary Chandra Prakash told Business Standard.

Under license terms, if BWA license holders failed to cover 50 per cent of the rural area by 2015, the spectrum could be withdrawn, he said.

4G would provide superior broadband capacity of up to 100 MB compared to 2 MB under 3G.

Earlier, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had released a consultation paper on 4G for high-speed wireless services. Trai had said while 3G system was being deployed in India, many developed economies were focusing on deploying even advanced networks to cater the growing need of data, speed and content delivery.

Key issues in the consultation paper included suitable spectrum band, block size of spectrum to be auctioned, maximum spectrum permitted to bidder, eligibility criteria for bidding, roll out obligations, spectrum usage charges, quality of service parameters and security issues.

Asked if the telecom sector would completely shift to wireless systems, Prakash said while the access network that connects subscribers was already wireless and being improved, the transmission media, which controls core telecom network, would remain wired running on optical fibre cable (OFC).

The Centre is mulling National Telecom Policy 2011, which proposes radical changes in the telecom sector.

Earlier, Prakash addressed a national seminar on ‘Wireless Vision: A Global Perspective & Issues’ organised by the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers. The seminar focused upon mobility services and technology, global trend and the government policies and regulations.

He said under Universal Service Obligation, 150 million broadband connections are targeted in the next three years up from 30 million at present.

The government is aiming to lay 500,000 km of OFC to connect 250,000 panchayats.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Mon, September 26 2011. 00:27 IST