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Unformatted text preview: “The Rise of Network Sharing”, Oliver Wyman,, Page 2 India 2012: Telecom growth continues 15 As networks expand, big operators will aim to acquire the smaller players. Currently, there are seven or eight wireless operators (four to five GSM and three CDMA operators) in each of the Telecom circles. But with five more operators rolling out their networks, customers will be able to choose among 12 or more operators by early 2010. However, M&A activity could lower the number of operators to five to seven by 2012. By then, the internet and mobile entertainment will also begin to make an impact. As of June 2008, there were about 76 million subscribers who accessed the internet over their wireless phones.20 This is likely to rise to approximately 196 million21 by 2012 - positioning India among the leading wireless internet markets. This is, in part, likely to be aided by rollout of 3G and WiMax services. 20 16 Telecom Services Performance Indicators, April-June 2008, TRAI, 7 October 2008, Page 23 21 CII-Ernst & Young analysis India 2012: Telecom growth continues New growth areas for 2012 Data revolution to be fuelled by 3G and WiMax In August 2008, the government announced the auction guidelines for both 3G and WiMax. In September 2008, it followed up with amendments on certain issues based on queries and requests from the industry. As per latest industry information, the WiMax auction is expected to occur on 10 January 2009 and 3G auction will take place on 9 February 2009. The detailed information memorandum is expected on 8 December 2008. 3G and WiMax services are expected to commence by latter half of 2009. Key focus areas relating to 3G and WiMax • While there is significant interest between the incumbents and the new players, interest from new international entrants may be muted, in part because of the global economic outlook. The prospect of paying the UAS license fee without any guarantee on the timeline for getting the 2G spectrum, coupled with the advantages that incumbents enjoy...
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