BANGALORE, India India's federal
minister for communications and information
technology Dayanidhi Maran has declined to specify whether, how much, and when fees for 3G licenses will be charged.
Talks have been held with both GSM and CDMA-based
service providers and the details are being worked out
by India's Wireless Planning Commission, he said.
He said telecom equipment companies will need to
supply at least $20 billion worth of equipment the next few years to support the telecom connectivity roll-out in India, with the government
set to increase the number of lines from 100 million now
to 500 million over the next few years.
India' expansion program to hike telecom density has prompted large equipment orders to be placed by government-owned companies, such as Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., said Maran.