Mobile Broadband in India

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50 Years of Growth, Innovation and Leadership

Frost & Sullivan Whitepaper On
Mobile Broadband in India –
The Next Telecom Revolution

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Introduction ......................................................................................................... 3 2. Why Mobile Broadband? ...................................................................................... 4 2.1 Advantage Mobile Broadband ...................................................................... 5 2.2 Availability Of Affordable Devices .............................................................. 5 2.3 Government Efforts To Increase Broadband Penetration ......................... 6 2.4 Social Impact ................................................................................................ 6 3. Market Potential For Mobile Broadband .......................................................... 7 4. Infrastructure Requirements ............................................................................... 8 4.1 Radio Access Network ................................................................................ 8 4.2 Backhaul Network ......................................................................................... 9 5. Growth Of Ancillary Segments ............................................................................ 9 6. Strategic Recommendations............................................................................... 10 6.1 Recommendations To Operators ............................................................... 10 6.2 Recommendations To The Government And Other Regulatory Bodies 11 6.3 Recommendation to Other Key Ecosystem Participants ......................... 11 7. Conclusion........................................................................................................... 12

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INTRODUCTION
India is home to over 900 million mobile subscribers and is the second-largest telecom industry in the world. The Indian telecom industry has witnessed staggering and relentless growth over the past decade. Contribution of the telecom sector to the overall GDP grew from 1.5 to 3 percent between 2005 and 2010. It has become the third-largest sector in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), accounting for more than 8 percent of cumulative FDI inflows during the period. Mobility has revolutionized the way we communicate, stay connected, and do business. Increasing penetration of mobile and Internet services and proliferation of utility services like e-governance, mobile education, health, and banking have actively helped bridge the divide between rural and urban India.

As demonstrated in Chart 1, Frost & Sullivan predicts that by 2017, the number of subscribers will reach 1,366.4 million at a CAGR of 8.9 percent, and the penetration is expected to reach 105 percent. Also, several people use multiple SIM cards in the country, thus the actual number of subscribers is likely to reach 908.6 million by 2017. Wireless telecom is expected to be a $50.5 Billion industry by 2017. Chart 1: Mobile Subscriber Forecast in India, 2010•2017

Source: Frost & Sullivan
If the first phase of the telecom revolution was about voice connectivity, the next, which is about to begin, would be driven by data transfer. Despite the impetus given by the Government and other key stakeholders to push broadband penetration in the country, overall, it continues to be negligible. Factors like poor fiber connectivity, availability of affordable smart devices, next-generation network rollouts, inexpensive spectrum, and cost-effectiveness of wireless technology as an access medium make mobile broadband the perfect solution for the broadband connectivity woes that exist in India.

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WHY MOBILE BROADBAND
Frost & Sullivan defines mobile broadband as high-speed Internet access for portable devices wherein connectivity is provided by wireless technologies such as Wideband Code Division...
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