Sunday, July 6, 2008


I'm an avid tech enthusiast, and I try to keep a track of the arrival of a number of technology solutions in India. In that respect, I have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the 3G services of the mobile telephony in India for a long time now. But with current political and economic tensions, and the absence of Dayanidhi Maran in the Ministry, I have little hopes that 3G will materialise anytime soon.

The attraction to 3G is because of these:
1. 3G is bigger, better and faster than 2G

2. 3G operates in a wider range of frequency spectrum.
So it will help ease the spectrum crunch faced by operators particularly in the metros. This way they will be able to sustain the aggressive growth that has taken place.

3. 3G has four to five times higher voice capacity, which means we can get far more cost effective voice services.
That could translate to cheaper call rates!! yippee!!

4. 3G will open up a whole new range of services and applications that can be handled through the mobile device. This in
turn will increase the span of the telecom industry, with new businesses that will feed these services.

The Indian mobile telephone industry is fast maturing, and will evolve into a lucrative 3G market. We need to get our act together and quickly usher in the new technology, before another new technology renders this one obsolete.

The important reason behind the 3G launch reaching a stalemate is the spectrum crunch in the domestic segment. So the government is trying to increase this range by turning to other users of the frequency spectrum: the defence forces and space research. The thrust is on the defence forces to vacate a part of their spectrum.

For 3G to become a success and to achieve extremely high rates of penetration, it will require the government to prioritise technological infrastructure development. And licensing fees will have to be reduced. Secondly, the allotment of the frequencies to the service providers will have to be handled properly, so that they pass on the benefit to the end customer. 3G services must be positioned, priced and marketed in such a way that they cater to the needs of the so called tier 2 cities and lower down. People from these areas are going to propel the country's growth in the days to come.

What do you think?