MTNL Launches 3G

Posted In India - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Sunday, December 14th, 2008 With 0 Comments

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Live TV, high speed data download and video streaming on mobile phone on Thursday became a reality in India, with state owned MTNL launching the next generation 3G technology-based telecom services in Delhi.

The service was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by receiving a video call from Telecom Minister A Raja. He said that 3G and wireless broadband would bridge the much needed digital divide between the rural and urban India.

For urban India, 3G and wireless broadband will offer convenience of mobility with the rich multimedia content of the internet.

MTNL, a service provider in Delhi and Mumbai, would extend the 3G services in Mumbai by the end of next month. Tariffs would be affordable.

Sinha said that 3G services for MTNL subscribers would be free of cost for the first one month and the services would be launched commercially by January next year.

Raja said that spectrum allocation through the auction process would be completed by January 2009 and hoped that services would be available from all private players by the middle of next year.

Government is expected to allocate 3G spectrum to at least five private players subject to availability of frequency in each circle.