The sale will pave the way for faster data services in
, the biggest economy in the world not to offer 3G nationwide. India India’s number of mobile-phone subscribers has room to triple from more than 440 million, giving Sweden’s Ericsson AB, China’s Huawei Technologies Co. and ’s Nokia Oyj incentive to compete for network-equipment orders. Finland
The third-generation services “will be the next phase of growth,” Nishna Biyani, an analyst at Mumbai-based Prabhudas Lilladher Pvt. said by telephone. Carriers will use the permits for airwaves to initially boost revenue from improved voice services even as they add data and broadband offerings, he said.
The 3G network offers high speed data services and it will give a big boost to Indian companies like Bharti Airtel, currently the number one mobile operator in the country. The carrier will participate in the auction. Reliance Telecom did not say anything about the matter at the moment.