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Today, I received an interesting map on email, which displayed state wise 3G spectrum winners. If you look at it closely then you will notice one simply fact about 3G coverage- network fragmentation. As I pointed out in earlier post that no single operator has won PAN India 3G spectrum, the auction has left 3G coverage areas more fragmented. It simply means that you will have to wait longer to get seamless 3G network from one single operator. What’s way out? If TRAI’s M&A recommendations are accepted then we will likely to see Vodafone/Airtel buying mid-size operators like Aircel/Idea to go for PAN India 3G spectrum. That sounds more reasonable than buying PAN India 3G spectrum; especially for operators like Airtel.

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  1. What’s way out ?
    Recall the days when operators didn’t have PAN India presence and were in sharing agreement with each other. Those days will be back w.r.t 3G.

  2. Actually roaming agreements among operators is history in 2G as some of them are having PAN India coverage. Those, who don’t have, will obviously continue with existing roaming (pre/postpaid) tie-ups.
    Basically roaming tie-ups in 3G will be there but unless there’s something radical M&A, operators will be reluctant to go for it. Reason: If we don’t have 3G in some state, we have 2G. Users will continue to get coverage after all.

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    This workshop is on 16th June in Mumbai and we just have two days for registration. So just wanted to know if any one knows more about this workshop or has attended any such workshop before.

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  5. I will be buying the Samsung Galaxy SII shortly and am not sure which service provider to take for the 3g services in Mumbai. I have short listed it to Vodafone or Reliance. But still unsure which would be the better one out of all of the service providers. as i travel to Goa and Delhi regularly. What do you guys think???

  6. I have iPhone 3GS, I would like to connect to 3G network. I will be traveling in Karnataka and Andra Pradesh. Is it possible to connect to the 3G network in both states without roaming charges ?

  7. I have nokia c5-03, i would like to connect to 3G network in kerala. so just wanted to know wherever available in kerala?

  8. I purchased the new samsung galaxy tab2 but became confused that from which service provider will I take 3g connection. But I became surprised to know that there is no airtel 3g in Orissa

    1. Hi Ashpak,

      As far as my knowledge goes, Airtel has 3G Spectrum in K’taka. Why don’t you check it with local Airtel outlet?

  9. Hi,

    Thanks for the informative maps but I would like to know if 3g coverage is there exactly near my house depending on which I would like to buy the 3g usb dongle for Internet.

    Kindly let me if there is any option to find out the 3g coverage in a certain locality


  10. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thanks, However I am experiencing issues with your RSS.
    I don’t understand the reason why I cannot subscribe to it.
    Is there anyone else getting the same RSS issues? Anyhbody whho knows the answer can you kindly respond?

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