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Siemens gearing up for India's third generation equipment market

3G POSITIONING: The CFO of Siemens Communication Network (Pvt.) Ltd, J. Meyers-Siepp, with Ralf Haas, Executive President, at the launch of India's first Live 3G Applications in New Delhi on Monday. — Photo: Kamal Narang

3G POSITIONING: The CFO of Siemens Communication Network (Pvt.) Ltd, J. Meyers-Siepp, with Ralf Haas, Executive President, at the launch of India's first Live 3G Applications in New Delhi on Monday. — Photo: Kamal Narang  

The company is in talks with mobile service providers

NEW DELHI: Siemens on Tuesday said it was talking to Indian service providers for selling equipment for third generation (3G) mobile services.

"We have equipment available for commercial deployment and are in talks with Indian mobile service providers for deployment of equipment for third generation mobile services,'' Ralf Haas, Executive President of Siemens Public Communication Networks, said here.

He said: "We have complete 3G portfolio and are ready to bring it to the Indian market as soon as the market allows.''

Mr. Haas said even if the frequency allotted for 3G services did not match the one allotted globally, Siemens could tailor its systems for the Indian market.

Stating that standards for 3G services had been clearly defined, Mr. Hass maintained that India was ready for roll-out of the service although some were of the view that it should be delayed by 2-3 years to allow the cost of 3G equipment and handsets come down.

Mr. Haas admitted that while the voice traffic would remain the key area of focus for Indian service providers, there were segments that could use value added 3G services. He said there was enough money to be made by Indian service providers if they switch over to 3G services. — PTI

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