EJL Wireless Research Forecasts 2010 India Wireless Cap Ex Spending to Decline by 0.7% to USD $9.7 Billion

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Aircel and Reliance Cap Ex Growth Offsets Decline from BSNL, Tata and Vodafone

India wireless capital expenditure spending is forecasted to decrease slightly by 0.7% in 2010 after declining 22.2% in 2009, according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research titled “India Cap Ex Analysis 2009-2012.”

“The spending levels for wireless capital expenditures vary drastically between the new entrants and the top players by USD $1billion. We forecast that the decline in 2010 is primarily due to the delays in the 3G spectrum auction that are currently expected to be completed before the end of May 2010,” says founder and President, Earl Lum.

“Due to the continuous delays by the Indian Government and the DoT, operators cut back on spending in 2009. Unfortunately, even if the industry experiences a snap back in demand, the wireless ecosystem will need some time to ramp up production. With nearly half of 2010 over, we believe that the increase in cap ex spending will spill over into 2011,” says Lum. GSM/W-CDMA remains the region’s dominant technology as CDMA cap ex spending dropped to below 30% in 2009.

The report includes detailed analysis for 15 mobile operators in India across all 23 telecom circles including: Aircel, Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Etisalat Telecom, HFCL Infotel, Idea Cellular, Loop Telecom, MTNL, Reliance Communications, Sistema Shyam, S Tel, Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Videocon Mobile and Vodafone Essar. The report is currently available for purchase and information can be downloaded at http://www.ejlwireless.com.

About EJL Wireless Research

EJL Wireless Research provides proprietary, accurate and cutting-edge market analysis and consulting services on the wireless technology ecosystem. The firm focuses its research on all vertical elements of the wireless ecosystem including mobile subscribers, mobile operators, mobile handsets, mobile infrastructure and mobile content. In addition, the firm provides analysis across horizontal technology suppliers including RF semiconductor materials, RF semiconductor/components, subsystems and OEMs. Our goal is to provide our clients with mission critical market analysis and information.

EJL Wireless Research is managed by Earl Lum. Mr. Lum has 18 years of experience within the wireless industry including 8 years as an Equity Research Analyst on Wall Street covering the global wireless industry. The company is headquartered in Salem, NH USA. For more information about EJL Wireless Research, please visit the company’s website at http://www.ejlwireless.com.


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