Telecom firms gearing up for 3G telephony

Telecom firms gearing up for 3G telephonyReliance Communications and Bharti Airtel have announced plans to introduce third generation (3G) phone services in some selected circles in the country, including Jammu and Kashmir.

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications was the first to announce that it was all set to launch the 3G service in Jammu and Kashmir, a sensitive border state that has more than four million mobile phone subscribers.


Bharti Airtel, the largest operator, also announced the roll-out of these services in south Karnataka, including high-speed data services, internet access, broadband, Live TV, video-calling and a host of other multimedia applications.

Aditya Birla group company Idea Cellular also said it will be launching its 3G services in the 11 circles it has won the spectrum in the next few months.

‘Preparatory work for 3G rollout is on track, and Idea will, in the next few months, launch 3G services in the 11 service areas where it won the 3G spectrum,’ the company said in a statement.

Tata DoCoMo, among the private telecom companies and the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Ltd (MTNL) have already launched 3G services in the country.

These 3G services offer features such as video-calling, mobile TV, video streaming and applications access at superfast internet speeds on a wide variety of both mobile phones and personal computing devices.

‘Demonstrating 3G capabilities in Jammu is an integral part of our ‘Vision 2015’ plan of creating a ‘wirefree India’ built on the concept of ‘affordable 3G for all’ platform,’ said Atta-ul-Haque, circle head for Reliance Communications in Jammu and Kashmir.

Airtel said it will be extending 3G services in all the 23 circles across the country in partnership with other operators where it does not have its own licence, covering some 1,500 cities.

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