Notes on Indian equities, sectors and economy

Spectrum Congestion in 2G telephony

Posted by fairval on December 30, 2009

Spectrum Congestion in Indian mobile telephony

 This is a chart from a recent ICRA report on 3G telephony. This shows subscribers per megahertz of spectrum in key mobile circles. What is interesting to note is that atleast the top 3 players are above the permissible limit of congestion.  No wonder prepaid subsribers find it hard to get through at peak hours. Telecom companies deny this, but user feedback seems to suggest that telecom companies discriminate in connecting calls for pre-pard (low ARPU) users and post paid (high ARPU) users. Try calling at peak hours from 2 phones: one pre-paid, and one post-paid, to know the difference.

This suggests that 3G licenses may get rapidly sold out, since that is one way of getting additional spectrum


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