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Bandwidth between 2.2 to 2.5 GHz to be de-licensed

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Pramod Mahajan, Union minister, Communication and IT has announced that the

government has decided to de-license the bandwidth between 2.2 and 2.5 GHz. For

major IT companies that use bandwidth for high data transfers, the announcement

made by the minister comes as a major shot in the arm.

According to him, this would enable major IT companies and educational

institutions to establish wireless LAN and enable several computer networks to

access the Internet through a single modem.

Mahajan was speaking at the inauguration of the five-acre Symbiosis campus at

Hinjewadi. Referring to the NASSCOM-Mckinsey report that promises a major

upswing in India’s fortunes in the coming years, Mahajan pointed out that

while IT was two percent of the GDP, it would grow to seven percent by 2008.

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The NASSCOM report states that the ‘industry continues to be on track to

achieve the goals’, but the domestic market will grow slower than earlier

projections. Moreover, the mix of services will be slightly different from the

earlier projections, he maintained.

Mahajan said that software exports would account for $ 50 billion and offer

direct employment to at least 40 lakh people and called for quality training to

tackle this issue. “ If we do not produce quality, we will lose our

competitive edge,” he cautioned.

He also pointed out that the IT revolution would not succeed without adequate

power and connectivity.

Cyber News Service

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