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DOT, India favours WiMAX in 3G frequency band

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The Department of Telecom (DoT), India is likely to support an international proposal to include WiMax in the 3G frequency band.

Most countries are in favour of including the new technology as a 3G technology. GSM operators have a fear that they have to share scarce spectrum in the 3G band with WiMax service providers. The GSM operators have been trying to impress upon DoT to block the international move sponsored by the proponents of WiMax. DoT officials said, the trails are being conducted in the South to check for interference. This acceptance means that WiMAX will be part of the 3G family and spectrum allocation will have to be done accordingly. On the other hand, companies such as Reliance Communication, Motorola, Intel and Nortel are pushing for including Wi-Max in the 3G band.

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