RCOM to cordon off CDMA for dongle services

27 Nov 2013

Dual technology provider Reliance Communications (RCOM) plans to dedicate its CDMA business to dongle-based (USB modem) wireless data services, whilst its GSM operations will be directed towards mobile voice and internet services. The Business Standard quotes a spokesperson for the firm as saying that the move will leave spectrum free to meet the growing demand for data: ‘The CDMA business is not a laggard and we aren’t phasing it out. Its technology is well suited for high speed internet. So, in time, we plan to make CDMA exclusive for dongles.’ RCOM claims to represent around half of India’s dongle market, and anticipates maintaining that position. ‘We expect our sales in the dongles business to be in sync with the growth in the Indian market of PCs, laptops and smart TVs,’ the spokesperson added.