Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the largest mobile chipset developer of the world for CDMA technology, is planning to bid for upcoming broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in India. The auction is likely to take place in 2011.  Ministry of Telecommunication of the Indian Government is exploring several options to auction the available spectrum for next-generation high-speed 3G networks.

Growing market traction of 3G wireless devices in India is likely to spur growth at Qualcomm. At present, India has more than 150 million CDMA wireless subscribers; out of which half a million are 3G subscribers.

Currently, Reliance Communications and Tata DoCoMo, a joint venture between Tata Communications Ltd. (TCL) and NTT DoCoMo (DCM) are the two main CDMA service providers in India.

India is also likely to become the first country to deploy the Open Market Handset (OMH) policy for the CDMA mobile industry. A long-standing problem of the CDMA industry is the lack of variety of handsets to be selected by end users. OMH policy is aimed at solving this issue. After the implementation of this policy, consumers will have access to a large range of handsets and better choice in buying devices.
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