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Editorial Note: Should we be considering international wireless regulation? It seems every country (don't get me started on the USA) has issues with special interests and political issues in dealing with their information technology. Would that hurt or help the situation?

Analysts have reason to believe that the long awaited Indian 3G spectrum auction may take place sooner rather than later, although its expected impact on competition and technology is thought to be vastly overstated.

Industry analyst Ovum said this week that most of the contentious issues blocking the auction have been resolved and is cautiously optimistic about the release of spectrum in coming months.

The auction of 3G spectrum, originally due to take place at the end of 2008, had been continually delayed due to ongoing disputes between the government and the regulator, and pundits had even expected it to be delayed until year end.

However, Ovum warns that the government still has to make a decision on key issues such as the amount of spectrum to be released and the number of players allowed to participate in bidding.

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