Bharti Airtel, on Thursday launched 3G services in Delhi. The company became the fourth player to offer 3G services in Delhi.
The government-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) was the first 3G service provider in the metro. It is offering services for more than one year. Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications (RCOM) are the other two players to offer the services.
Third generation or 3G services allows the customers to access high speed data applications such as mobile TV, video calls, broadband and video capabilities on social networks.
Bharti Airtel has already launched 3G services in seven cities — Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Mysore, Manipal, Udipi and Jaipur. By march 2011, it will launch operations in all 13 circles.
“Today, with just over a month since our rollout began, our 3G network covers around half a million customers and has 4,500 sites which is available across seven cities,” said Atul Bindal, president (mobile services) of Bharti Airtel.
“We are definitely witnessing the tipping point of non-voice and data explosion in this country and will be bringing the Airtel 3G advantage pan-India soon as promised,” said Bindal.
The company is offering services at a price that is affordable to all. A wide range of live and on-demand TV channels as well as shows would be available on its 3G Mobile TV at R40 for 20 minutes per week, said the company.
Bharti Airtel had got 3G spectrum in 13 out of the 22 telecom circles for R12,295 crore through auction process held last year.