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India eases sharing rules for wireless operators

India on Tuesday allowed telecoms operators to share transmission systems, radio access networks and antennae and simplified the approval process for building mobile towers.But radio spectrum, or air waves used for wireless networks, cannot be shared.

Telecoms operators in India were earlier permitted to share only passive infrastructure such as mobile towers, buildings and power backup facilities.

Sharing infrastructure reduces the operating costs and capital expenditure of wireless telecoms operators, allowing them to maintain margins in a competitive market that has call rates as low as 1 U.S. cent a minute.

“The guidelines are aimed to reducing the input costs on telecom access providers… (and to aid) reduced tariff and increased tele-density in rural areas,” the telecoms ministry said in a statement.

Read the full stroy in Reuters here.

1 Comment to India eases sharing rules for wireless operators

  1. Scott Gostyla's Gravatar Scott Gostyla
    April 2, 2008 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if increasing the ability for competition to move in on your territory is universally good for the market. I’m not opposed to it. But I do wonder sometimes.

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