Tag: India
Chinese support would boost 700 MHz across Asia
Apr 05, 2019
by Richard Handford

China appears to be getting closer to releasing the 700 MHz band for mobile use. The benefits of the band for mobile broadband, including rural and in-building coverage, are well documented. Chinese support, as well as making 700 MHz available domestically, would enable neighbouring Hong Kong and Macau to move ahead… Read more...

Future Indian consultation on spectrum for government-owned mobile operators
Mar 27, 2019
by Toby Youell

It is reported that India's independent regulator, TRAI, will hold a consultation on spectrum assignments for two state-owned mobile operators, BSNL and MTNL. The operators, which struggle to make money, are interested in gaining spectrum directly from the government, rather than through an auction. Read more...

Reliance Jio Infocomm – the one-off that can be repeated
Jan 29, 2019
by Richard Handford

The Indian operator is frequently name-checked as a model for successfully breaking into a mobile market with its straight-to-4G, data-only strategy. But Reliance Jio Infocomm looks like a one-off: finding another visionary, billionaire backer like Mukesh Ambani, willing to invest a significant chunk of his capital in spectrum and infrastructure… Read more...

Can regulators be as irrational as the rest of us?
Nov 26, 2018
by Richard Handford

Behavioural economics argues that consumers often reach illogical decisions, rather than always acting in their own interests. They are not the only ones. Perhaps regulators can be guilty of this as well. A paper by James Cooper of George Mason University School of Law and William Kovacic from the George… Read more...

Indian government sends mixed signals to mobile operators
Nov 16, 2018
by Richard Handford

Despite its realisation that spectrum prices must fall, the Modi government’s policies are not always kind to the country’s operators. However, supporters argue the government’s proactive agenda is encouraging the mobile industry as a whole.  Read more...

The 700 MHz band is still unavailable for mobile broadband in many Asian countries
Nov 02, 2018
by Richard Handford

Many countries across the Asia-Pacific region are still waiting to see the benefits of the digital dividend, available through the sought-after 700 MHz band.  Read more...

India: population density map and data
Oct 03, 2018
by Chetan Chauhan-Sims

India's population is widely dispersed across the country, where only a small proportion of the population lives in areas with a low population density (less than 25 people per km2). Almost half of the population live in 'built-up' areas which are widely spread around the country but concentrated mostly in… Read more...

Indonesia demos 5G in Asian Games and targets 2022 for full launch
Aug 10, 2018
by Richard Handford

Indonesia is a huge market but its vast archipelago of islands means satellite is vitally important. The country is currently studying which bands can be used for 5G without compromising its existing services. Read more...

Is the tide turning against auctions?
Jun 29, 2018
by Richard Handford

Will 2018 will be remembered as the year when auctions passed their peak? Or maybe government and regulators are simply learning how to blend financial requirements with other criteria in more creative ways when they award spectrum? India, for example, noted for repeat auctions and eye-watering reserve prices, appears to be… Read more...

New policy document suggests India could change its approach to auctions
May 21, 2018
by Richard Handford

The Indian government wants its National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018 to signal a move away from policies that have resulted in extremely high reserve prices and unsold frequencies in recent years. Read more...