India networks speed up to bridge digital divide

With more 3G services India enters a new era of high-speed connectivity, which analysts say will play a crucial role in bridging the country's digital divide.

Amid its celebration of the Festival of Lights next week, India will also welcome the launch of more 3G services as it moves toward a new era of high-speed connectivity, which analysts say will play a crucial role in bridging the country's digital divide.

The Indian telecom market is expected to see more operators rolling out 3G and broadband wireless access (BWA) services over the next six to nine months. Today, only state-owned operators--Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL)--offer 3G services.

Come Nov. 5, however, as the Indian community celebrates Diwali, the country's first private operator--Tata Teleservices--will launch its 3G services in nine services areas. Bharti Airtel, India's largest mobile services provider, also plans to launch its services in 13 circles before the close of 2010. Vodafone Essar will do likewise in nine circles between January and March next year.

For more on this story, read Next-gen networks to bridge India's digital divide on CNET News.

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