NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has allowed major carriers, including Bharti Airtel Ltd., to conduct indoor trials of mobile services based on the 3G spectrum so they can test equipment, the telecoms ministry said on Wednesday.
Booming growth in the world’s fastest-growing wireless services market has led to a paucity of spectrum in large cities. Carriers have requested the government to allot fresh frequencies in the 3G and other bands to ease congestion.
Carriers that were given 3G spectrum for tests include state-run telecoms firms Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd., and private firms Bharti Airtel, 30.8 percent owned by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., and Hutchison Essar Ltd., an industry source told Reuters.
India plans to allot spectrum in the 3G band later this year, and has appointed a panel to look into pricing and allocation.