MTNL is first telco to launch 3G service

Written by Corporate Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 13 2008, 03:40am hrs
Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) on Thursday became the first Indian telecom company to launch third generation (3G) services in the country by the name of Jadoo. The 3G services provides for high speed download of data and images on mobile phones. With this, India joins the league of countries like the US and the Europe, which provide 3G services.

The company expects to go commercial on these services by the end of January. For the first month, we will offer it free of cost and give it to our high-end customers, RSP Sinha, CMD of MTNL, said. The company has launched the services in Delhi and would launch the same in Mumbai a month later. To avail of 3G services, consumers need to buy 3G-enabled handsets, the cost of which would be in the range of Rs 18,000-20,000. However, once the services grow in volume it is expected that even low-end 3G handsets would become available. BSNL is expected to launch its 3G services by next month, while the rest of the country would have to wait for a while since 3G auctions are slated for January-end and it would take some time before companies can launch them.

3G technology and services enable video broadcast and data-intensive services such as stock transactions, e-learning and telemedicine through wireless communications.