So when will 3G eventually come to India?

20 May

The auction of 3G spectrum is now over and you are already dreaming about lightning fast browsing speeds, video streaming and even video calling on your phone, right? Well, hold your horses, lest you want to taste disappointment as 3G services won’t be launched anytime sooner than the last quarter of 2010!

All that has happened so far is the spectrum auction. Carriers have not yet paid for the spectrum that they have won. They have 10 days to make the entire payment but still they will receive spectrum only in September, which is the time the government hopes that it will be able to vacate paired 3G spectrum for the winners.

Even if we assume that these carriers get 3G spectrum in September, they will have to build and roll-out their networks to enable the 3G network, which could take anywhere between three to six months. Given the many ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’, it is very unlikely for us, the consumers, to be able to experience 3G anytime before the end of 2010 and probably even early 2011.

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