BSNL takes B'lore to 3G

BSNL takes B'lore to 3G

BSNL takes B'lore to 3G

 Union Communication and IT Minister  A Raja and Home Minister V S Acharya displaying the 3G  mobile phones at the launch of the BSNL 3G mobile services in Bangalore on Friday. dh Photo

The long awaited service will be launched in 31 cities progressively across Karnataka in the next few months.

Speaking at the launch of the services, Raja said the mobile number portability (MNP), which has been delayed for several months, will come into effect from the first week of May in Chennai and Bangalore. “We had not received security clearances for the devices we had imported, but that matter will be resolved soon and the service will be introduced in the first week of May,” he promised.

Speaking on the joint efforts of the Government and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to lower the tariff, he said in three months’ time, mobile customers could expect a price of 25 paise per minute for any call in India and 10 paise per minute for a call in the local network.

He also mentioned India’s mobile phone population would touch 600 million in the next two months, far earlier than the 2012 deadline envisaged in the National Telecom Policy.

BSNL is offering several pre-paid and post-paid 3G plans with competitive tariffs. The costs, according to BSNL officials, for 3G services works out to 30 paise per minute for voice and video calls and Re 1 per MB for data download. For post paid services customers have to pay an additional charge of Rs 25 to avail 3G services.

BSNL is planning a capacity addition of 19.34 lakh lines, out of which 17 lakh lines are for 2G services and 2.34 lakh services are for 3G. Of the Rs 880 crore outlay for this, Rs 200 crore will be for 3G services.

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