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India may get 4G, Reliance in talks with telecos

With the end of the truce, finally big brother Mukesh Ambani's (RIL) enters the Tele area with the acquisition of Infotel who almost won 22 circles in the BWA auction conducted for almost $ 1 Billion.

The 20 MHz, contiguous, pan-India spectrum secured by RIL through this stake is an extremely valuable resource, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, RIL, told shareholders in Mumbai.

"With this, Reliance can now offer fourth generation wireless Infocomm services across the nation," he said, adding that to build this the company would look at partnerships at various levels.

In all, RIL has pegged its total investment at about $5 billion in the telecom sector.

"We will collaborate with strategic partners, such as service providers, infrastructure providers, device makers and other participants in the ecosystem," he said.

With the BWA spectrum, the operators have different options for offering wireless broadband services using different technologies like Wimax or LTE (Long Term Evolution) and both are compatible with the next generation 4G mobile services.

This is an opportunity for RIL to claim leadership in a new frontier of the knowledge economy, by creating end-to-end solutions that address the entire infocomm value chain, Ambani said at the 36th Annual General Meeting of the RIL.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently started the consultation process for the 4G services and is yet to come out with its recommendations.

Src: [profit.ndtv]

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