3G auction skewed in favor of CDMA

Two professors from MDI, Gurgaon assert that the rules behind the 3G auction do not foster fair competition between CDMA and GSM technologies. The last I heard, the 3G spectrum will be auctioned off some time at the end of 2007 or early 2008.

The ramifications for the end-consumer are deep. Due to the lack of competition, operators won’t be incentivized to market innovative pricing schemes in favor of growth over price-hoarding.

Economic Times – “TRAI must try again“.

What is 3G? (Wikipedia).

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4 Comments on “3G auction skewed in favor of CDMA”

  1. Rish says:

    3G war was over long time back. Qualcomm won in 2004. Cingular’s 3G network in WCDMA, T-Mobile is moving in that direction too. Verizon and Sprint were always CDMA. Europe has a similar story to tell. What exactly are these profs complaining about?

  2. Santosh says:

    Rish,

    in response to your comment – Arun Sarin, CEO Vodafone says that he plans to get steer clear of CDMA!

    Here is the article:
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/I_drew_flak_for_investing_in_Bharti_Sarin/articleshow/1614608.cms

    – Santosh

  3. Santosh says:

    Here is more on why CDMA isn’t being considered in emerging markets:
    http://gigaom.com/2007/02/14/cdma-is-like-spaghetti-vodafone-ceo/

  4. mar00ned says:

    There is a lot of emphasis on UMTS as far as the providers in Europe are concerned.