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Airtel Had Estimated Cost Of LBS Rollout At Rs 4500 Crore For 100 Mtr Accuracy

In a letter dated January 12, 2010, Bharti Airtel had told India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) that it could cost the company as much as Rs 4500 crore to bring location accuracy down to 100 meters, MediaNama has learned. In response to a Right To Information request filed with the DoT, MediaNama has received copies of notices sent out by the department related to improving location accuracy down to 50 meters, and Bharti Airtel's response to the Department. Airtel's letter is the only one we have received - perhaps they're the only ones who responded to that notice. Airtel had said (in January 2010) that they had the capability to measure location accuracy up to 500 meters for urban areas, and 1000 meters in rural areas, and that a location accuracy of below 100 meters would be achievable only with GPS enabled handsets, which is a challenge. It offered the government two solutions: - The upgradation to ECGI, which can offer accuracy up to 300 meters would take a year, since changes would have to be made for 1 lakh BTS sites, and the cost would be Rs 25-30 crores. - An LMU - Location measurement unit module - can be installed in each BTS site, at the cost of $10,000 each, which would be around Rs 4500 crores. The company said it could examine the feasibility of this if Government support in funding the cost of implementation and upgrading the network was available. MediaNama has also received two other…

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