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Airtel, Vodafone, RCOM Step Up Demand For 2G, Ignore 3G

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Four days into what’s shaping up to be India’s largest spectrum auction, the order of battle is clear. Top telcos are determined to hold on to 2G spectrum that’s back on sale at the end of licence terms, likely ignoring 3G despite operators having raised a clamour for it before the auction began. Meanwhile, the CDMA band has seen surprising, albeit limited, interest.

A top government official told ET that while there is still “demand for the 2G spectrum in the 900 MHz band”, some airwaves in the 2G bands of 1800 MHz and 800 MHz (the latter traditionally used for CDMA), apart from the 3G band of 2100 MHz “could go unsold”. This contention was backed by a wide range of executives and analysts that ET spoke to in an exercise aimed at getting a clear look behind the scenes of an auction that could transform the industry. Original post at ET Telecom

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