Qualcomm mulling vendor option for Indian wireless broadband rollout

20 Aug 2010

US-based Qualcomm is understood to be in talks with a number of telecom equipment vendors over possible supply agreements for the rollout of wireless broadband services in India. According to Reuters, Qualcomm has begun negotiations with companies including Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Huawei for the equipment it needs to launch, with the US outfit hoping to inaugurate commercial services by 2011.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in June 2010 Qualcomm spent INR49.13 billion (USD1.05 billion) on Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licences for four telecom circles: Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala and Haryana, and the operator expects to receive the necessary spectrum for launching services within the next two to three months. Earlier this month Qualcomm revealed that it was divesting a 26% stake in its Indian broadband unit to local firms Global Holdings and Tulip Telecom for an estimated USD58 million.