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India announces 2G auction details, Pakistan to delay 3G auction

The TRAI has released a new consultation paper ahead of the country's 2G reauction

The Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released fresh guidelines ahead of the country’s 2G (re)auction, after the Supreme Court of India cancelled the 122 licences that were awarded in 2008.

The consultation paper follows draft guidelines that were issued last month, and aims to simplify licensing rules, encourage mergers and acquisition and provide greater transparency in the spectrum allocation process.

“The key issues raised in the consultation paper are quantum of spectrum to be auctioned, liberalisation of the spectrum, refarming of spectrum in 800/900MHz bands, structure of auction, spectrum block size, eligibility criteria for participating in the auction, reserve price, roll out obligations, spectrum usage charges and spectrum trading,” said Rajeev Agrawal, secretary at TRAI.

He added that the body is inviting comments on the issues raised in the paper from the stakeholders by March 21, 2012.

Meanwhile, across the border, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has delayed its 3G spectrum auction, which was due to be held on March 29, 2012,  due to “great interest shown by operators through their representatives in World Mobile Congress”.

The PTA said that the delaye will allow operators more time and room to plan.

“The current schedule of Mobile Cellular Auction is under review. Fresh dates will be posted in due course of time,” the body said on its website.

According to the initial plans, the 3G licenses will be valid for 8 to 15 years, with a mandatory $ 31.5m deposit for bidders. – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

European telecoms reform faces delay

The European Commission has said that its proposals to reform of the EU telecoms market are unlikely to gain approval before September or October 2014

The European Commission has said that its proposals to reform of the EU telecoms market are unlikely to gain approval before September or October 2014

Further restrictions on European roaming charges are now likely to be introduced in September or October, rather than July as originally planned. In its initial proposals to reform the EU telecoms market, the European Commission intended to ban incoming call charges for roaming citizens within the region by July 1st 2014.

“We won’t have the sign off from the national governments of the EU member states in July,” an EC spokesman told to “It’ll certainly be in 2014, but it’s much more likely we’ll see it finalised in September and October.”

The spokesman said that the EC is confident that the package will remain intact structurally but admitted that it is likely that there will be some compromises made on its way to gaining approval from EU committees and member state governments.

“It won’t look exactly how we wrote it, but we’re confident that it will stay roughly together the way we wanted it and that we’ll get it finished by October,” he said.

“We’re not too concerned if that’s a little bit delayed, what matters is that we get the final agreement and we’re on track to do that in September.”

The proposals are already fully supported by the EC and in the next stage, they will be sent to the European Parliament, where various committees will examine them and offer suggestions and amendments. Then in April 2014, all 700 MEPs will take a vote on the proposals. The proposals will then be sent on to member state governments.

“The first real step is April when you get the full parliament giving a vote,” said the spokesman. “Then you know exactly what you’re negotiating with with the member states. They will then carry out those negotiations over the two months that follow.”

A qualified majority of member states – 20 out of the 28 – must vote for the proposals for them to gain approval, and the member states will decide between them when the vote will take place. The EC claims this is likely to happen at a meeting in September or October.

Once the proposals are approved, it will officially become EU law, and member states will have to fully implement the proposals.

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Android share surges as Apple loyalists delay upgrades

Samsung's flagship Android device, the Galaxy SIII

The Android smartphone OS has more than 65 per cent of the smartphone market across Europe’s big five countries, up from 42.7 per cent in July 2011, according to the latest data from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech. As the leading Android vendor, Korea’s Samsung has 45 per cent of the European smartphone market, Kantar said.

Android’s success in terms of sales in the 12 weeks to July 8th 2012 reflects the fact that many Apple loyalists are delaying their upgrades in anticipation of the release of the iPhone 5, which is expected to launch in September. Apple’s market share dropped in all of the top five European markets apart from the UK over the course of the year. Britons’ appetite for the iPhone saw Apple’s UK share grow to 22.9 per cent from 20.8 per cent at the same point in 2011.

Apple remains very strong in the US, increasing its market share from 28.7 per cent to 38.2 per cent over the course of the year.

Samsung’s dominance owes much to its multi-tiered smartphone approach, a fact that can get lost amid the noise surrounding high-end flagships like the SIII, according to Kantar’s director of global consumer insight, Dominic Sunnebo.

Meanwhile Research In Motion has seen its share decline in all the markets for which data was released by Kantar apart from France, where its share rose fractionally. RIM’s share in Germany dropped to less than one per cent, from almost four per cent in July 2011.

Smartphone sales by OS, 12 weeks to w/e July 8th, 2012

  UK Germany France Spain Italy USA Australia
Symbian 1.7% 4.1% 2.9% 2.7% 12.8% 0.2% 2.3%
RIM 10.9% 0.7% 9.2% 5.5% 4.9% 3.7% 1.3%
IOS 22.9% 15.3% 14.0% 2.8% 17.2% 38.2% 27.9%
WP 3.5% 4.6% 1.2% 1.2% 4.8% 2.3.% 4.8%
Android 59.5% 71.5% 61.5% 87.1% 54.8% 51.5% 60.5% – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

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