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Telecom | ZTE: new norms in India won’t hurt business

Telecom | ZTE: new norms in India won’t hurt business

Hong Kong: China’s second biggest maker of telecommunications gear ZTE Corp. said the Indian government’s plan to consider new guidelines on equipment purchases by carriers to address security concerns won’t significantly affect the Chinese company’s business. ZTE’s products don’t pose a security threat, chairman Hou Weigui said on Wednesday.

Indian carriers should do security audits and avoid over-dependence on any one supplier, secretary of the department of telecommunications Siddhartha Behura said on Tuesday.

Shenzhen, south China-based ZTE is a supplier to firms such as Reliance Communications Ltd and Aircel Ltd.

3G subscribers likely to exceed GSM users by ’11

New Delhi: Global mobile telephone subscribers using third-generation, or 3G technology, will exceed those using the so-called GSM standard by 2011, chairman and chief executive of Qualcomm Inc. Paul Jacobs said in New Delhi on Wednesday.

About 25% of devices used in India will be smartphones by 2013, he said at an event in the Capital.

— Bloomberg


Bharti expects spectrum auction in 90 days

New Delhi: The Union government may hold the auction to sell rights to phone companies to offer third generation, or 3G, mobile services in 90 days, Bharti Airtel Ltd chief executive officer Manoj Kohli said.

Separately, Kohli also said that the company plans to launch the service by October 2010. “If everything goes well on time with regard to spectrum auction, by February or March we will have spectrum allocation. By next Diwali (2010), we will have commercial launch of 3G services in India," Kohli said.

The government has fixed Rs3,500 crore as the base price for pan-India 3G spectrum and the auction for the same is expected to be completed by November.

— Bloomberg and PTI


MTNL gets bids from Virgin, Spice for 3G

New Delhi: State-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) on Wednesday got bid from two companies to operate as franchisees of the company in Delhi and Mumbai, a company official has said.

“We have got bid from Virgin Group and B.K. Modi-led Spice group’s Mobisoc. Today was the last day for submitting the bids and the winners would be announced in two to three days," the official said.

MTNL would select one franchisee for each of the two metros. The company had called for bids after its 3G services failed to make a dent in the market.

The company, which launched its 3G services last year, has so far been able to register less than 1,000 subscribers under the 3G service.

— Newswire18


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