Reliance Communications to repay short term loans (India)

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Reliance Communications Limited has drawn down first tranche of US$ 665 million from China Development Bank underwritten facility of US$ 1.93 Billion. The facility includes US$1.33 billion for refinancing 3G spectrum fee payment and US$600 million for equipment imports from Chinese Vendors. The drawn down amount will be utilized to refinance company’s short term rupee borrowings resulting in substantial savings …

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Mobile operators in Thailand forge ahead despite 3G setback

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­A new research report has revealed that despite the delayed auctioning of 3G spectrum in Thailand, mobile operators are moving forward with their 3G plans as data services continue to be the main driver of growth. According to sources, operators have moved forward with 3G implementation in two ways: 1) receiving approval to upgrade networks to HSPA, and 2) signing …

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Telstra acquires additional 3G spectrum

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Australia’s Telstra has bought spectrum for 1400 new sites in rural and remote areas of the country. The company has purchased 2.1GHz band spectrum licenses from regulator ACMA in order to add data capacity to its 3G network. According to Telstra COO, Michael Rocca, the extra spectrum is essential to keeping up with transmission demands on the nationwide network. Data carried …

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For buying 3G equipment Vodafone will invest 500 million dollars

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Marten Peters, the chief executive officer of Vodafone Essar stated that the company for procuring electronic equipment for its third generation service will spend in the tune of four hundred to five hundred million dollars before the launch of the same in the first quarter of 2011. The company will arrange for the funds by taking bank loans and offering …

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Indian telcos allowed sharing 3G network

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Spectrum sharing between operators on commercial terms has been allowed by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) which is expected to deeply impact the 3G spectrum auction even in its concluding stages and hold serious implications for the world’s fastest-growing telecom market, India. A comprehensive spectrum-sharing guideline will be introduced by the telecom regulator including spectrum-sharing charges. The regulations …

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Mock auctions for 3G spectrum conducted by DoT (India)

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: A mock auction of 3G spectrum was held by the Indian government. A meeting has also been convened by the government where it will brief the bidders about the aspects of the real auction on Friday. The aim of the mock auction was to familiarize the nine 3G and 11 broadband wireless access (BWA) bidders with the system and …

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India’s 3 telecom biggies to join 3G race

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India’s Telecoms majors including names like Bharti, Reliance and Vodafone have confirmed that they are all set to bid for 3G licenses. According to the reports, Idea Cellular is also expected to submit its application for 3G spectrum very soon. While Bharti and Reliance are seeking spectrum in each of India’s 22 telecom zones, Telenor-backed Uninor might also bid for …

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Should India leapfrog to 4G?

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: While Indian private telecom operators are still waiting to get the license to provide 3G services, a question has creep into Indian telecom sector, should they leapfrog from the existing 2G network to fourth generation (4G) technology and give third generation (3G) a skip? 4G technologies has already been developed and adopted globally but Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is the …

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France to sell of remaining 3G frequencies

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: The two remaining frequencies left to be allocated for the fourth 3G wireless license will be sold by France at a price of EUR120 million (USD168 million). The same amount was paid by Iliad recently for Free Mobile’s 3G operating license. However, price will actually be determined by the regulator Arcep, and not the government. There are three operating …

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India’s Bharti Airtel to expand its base in SAARC countries

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Leading Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel has announced its prospects of expanding its base in various SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries with Bangladesh being the first step towards this direction. The SAARC includes eight countries — India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives. According to Akhil Gupta, the deputy group chief executive officer …

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