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Qualcomm secures Indian spectrum

US chip maker and wireless specialist plans LTE deployment in key regions of India

The US chip maker has big ambitions for India after winning spectrum suitable for LTE.
The US chip maker has big ambitions for India after winning spectrum suitable for LTE.

Qualcomm, a US wireless technology specialist, has won broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band in four telecom circles in India, for $1.04 billion.

Qualcomm was one of 11 bidders participating in the BWA auction and won spectrum for Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala, which will allow the company to deploy LTE services and also offer capacity to other operators.

Kanwalinder Singh, president of Qualcomm India and South Asia, said: "Our bidding objective was to secure an enabling role in the continued success of Indian operators with 3G and beyond.

"With its ecosystem partners, Qualcomm will now foster the deployment of LTE, so Indian consumers can enjoy the benefits of 3G now and 3G plus LTE in the future."

In April, Qualcomm said that it intended to partner with Indian companies to launch broadband services using TD-LTE technology, if it won the required the spectrum.