J S Sarma, Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authory of India (TRAI) said that, TRAI has started consultation for the 4G (fourth generation) telecom services. TRAI would look into the various aspects, including spectrum band to be allotted for 4G service and quantum and modes of allotment to the operators. TRAI will soon issue a consultation paper that would throw various questions for the industry and other stake holders to deliberate culminating into recommendations by the TRAI.
4G aim to provide a wide range of data rates up to ultra-broadband (gigabit-speed) Internet access to mobile as well as stationary users. Ironically, the government of India has not yet completed the process of 3G spectrum auction, which has been delayed by more than three years. Let us hope that, the 4G auction and implementation would move faster and catch up with other countries.The Telecom companies Motorola and Ericsson have already started testing 4G or LTE technology.
Motorola had recently said that they would be approaching the Department of Telecom (DoT) to seek spectrum for testing their equipment. Motorola has become the first telecom vendor to complete throughput up to 70 Mbps. The LTE technology can be offered in 2.1-2.3 MHz spectrum band and the DoT is looking at the availability of this frequency.