The Indian Telecom network capacity is a function of multiple parameters like spectrum allocation, number of sites (base stations), number of components on each site (no. of antennae, their frequency range, TRxs, etc). Theoretical calculations also require assumptions on busy hour usage – which may differ for regions and services. Increasingly, the choice of technology (2G/3G/4G, etc.) also plays a role in determining the Continue reading Indian Telecom Network Capacity Doubles in 2 Years
The Indian Telecom Regulator’s Spectrum sharing guidelines, if accepted by the DoT, is positive for the incumbent operators. If used effectively, spectrum sharing can serve as a cost-efficient mechanism to enhance mobile network capacity and quality. For example, 5 MHz of paired spectrum (in GSM) can be used to carry 33 Erlang of traffic, while 10 MHz can carry 139 Erlang (numbers, as per TRAI). Low size of spectrum blocks (only 5 MHz each) in the 2100 MHz band has been one of the issues highlighted by several operators. Now, operators who hold 3G spectrum in a circle can pool their spectrum to improve data throughput and improve quality. Continue reading TRAI’s Spectrum Sharing Guidelines Favor Incumbents for Enhancing Mobile Network
The recent Spectrum Auction has brought much-needed clarity on the Spectrum Roadmap for Telecom Sector in India. Mobile operators have made significant investments in spectrum in Feb-14 auctions. To monetize this spectrum better, the operators need to increase their footprint geographically and ensure that their network is data-ready. Encouragingly, data growth has also picked up over the last one year in a meaningful manner. We note that telecom operators have installed 3G base stations on only 25% of their leased towers and Bharti Infratel generates only 10% incremental Continue reading Mobile Broadband Growth – Boon for Bharti Infratel
Now that we have a clear Spectrum Policy (Auction is the only way), Mergers & Acquisition is something that will come in the limelight along with interconnect fees as the new Government takes over. In this backdrop, incumbent Vodafone is already exploring Merger / Acquisition with Tata DoCoMo which is strategically the best fit in the new entrants. Continue reading Tata DoCoMo a Strategic Fit for Merger / Acquisition by Vodafone
Dr Rahul Khullar, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), met some institutional investors and analysts, to share the regulator’s views on Indian telecom sector post the recent round of spectrum auctions. The regulator took credit of the recently concluded auction by saying Average spectrum holding of telecom operators in India was the lowest globally before the Feb 2014 auctions.
Improving spectrum supply and sector consolidation will increase average spectrum holding and enhance customer experience. The following round of auctions Continue reading TRAI on more 3G & 800MHz Spectrum Auction, Roadmap for Sector