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Qualcomm Finally Gets BWA Spectrum; Timeline

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has allotted BWA spectrum to Qualcomm enabling the company to offer wireless broadband services in the country, reports The Economic Times. Quoting sources at DoT, the report states that DoT has issued the orders to allocate the BWA spectrum and Qualcomm has confirmed receiving the spectrum assignment letter. However, DoT noted that unlike other companies which has the rights to use this BWA spectrum for the next 20 years, Qualcomm will be allowed to make use of this spectrum only for the next 18.5 years due to a prior 18 month delay on the company's part. DoT-Qualcomm Case Timeline June 2010: Qualcomm had won BWA spectrum in four circles including Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala and Haryana for Rs. 4912.54 crore, with Mumbai being the costliest circle for the company at Rs 2292.95 crore. July 2010: Qualcomm brought in India-based Tulip Telecom and Global Holdings as its LTE rollout partners for $28 million since foreign companies are allowed to own a maximum of 26% in telecom ventures in India. Qualcomm applied for an ISP license to offer Internet services with four partner companies namely Wireless Broadband Business Services (Delhi), Wireless Broadband Business Services, Wireless Broadband Services (Kerala) and Wireless Broadband Business Services (Haryana). December 2010: Qualcomm along with Ericsson had demonstrated LTE TDD at 2.3 GHz in Gurgaon, India. The demo live streamed multiple high definition video feeds to a mobile van in Gurgaon, using Qualcomm chip-set based USB dongles. Jan 2011: India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) had approved Qualcomm's proposal to invest up to Rs. 796.9 Crore in its Indian Broadband Wireless…

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