A few years ago, regulators in Europe raked in a lot of money from selling 3G spectra.
This week, Germany began Europe’s first auction for 4G frequencies. The stakes are high simply because frequencies have become a rare commodity.
India is considered a latecomer in 3G and only now are its spectrum auctions under way. But before that is wrapped up, its leaders are looking ahead to the next level as it “wants to be with the rest of the world in 4G.’’
In the United States, the Spectrum Inventory Bill just got passed and now the telecoms regulator wants to start the process of reclaiming spectrum from broadcasters and others for future roll-out as per its national broadband plan.
The analogue days are long gone and in the digital age, the pace of development of wireless and mobile services has been phenomenal with different standards and technologies being deployed to offer services to users.
Article written by B.K. Sidhu, TheStar