My work often takes me to smaller towns and villages of the country and I enjoy exploring these smaller cities. In fact, most of them are not so small anymore. They even remind me of the New Delhi I grew up in, which today stands as a megalopolis.
Like me, anyone who has been travelling to the smaller cities of India would have found 3G connectivity--which was first launched in late 2010--to have improved over the last year.
"It takes around three years for any technology to mature," Rishi Tejpal, principal research analyst, Gartner, told me in a phone interview. Going by Tejpal's statement,. In fact, today one can buy a 3G-enabled phone for around INR 4,000 (US$72).
The growing popularity of 3G in India can also be gauged from the financials of mobile operator Vodafone India. The company reported a three-fold increase in profit for the year ended March 31, 2013, and earned INR 20 billion (US$361 million) from data during the same period. This marks a 50 percent growth when compared with its data-related revenues during the previous financial year.
Now, the Indian arm of Vodafone wants to build a pan-India 3G network and is open to buying airwaves from other mobile operators, according to a news report published in The Economic Times. Vodafone has 3G airwaves in 11 circles and offers nationwide high-end data services through roaming pacts with Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular.
However, it has been.
"The purchase price Vodafone will settle for (3G spectrum) will be based on a commercial negotiation and depends on how desperately they (other telecom companies) are willing to sell," Vodafone India's managing director, Marten Pieters, said in The Economic Times report.