Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Sunday inaugurated the third generation (3G) services of the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), and said the subscribers of the telecom major would be able to make long distance calls for 50 paise per minute from next month under the proposed 'India-Golden 50' scheme.
Karunanidhi, who is recovering after a spinal cord surgery at Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Hospital here, inaugurated the 3G services through video conference and said: "The scheme is similar to the 'One India Plan' launched earlier that enabled people to make a call across the country for Re.1."
He also made a video call to the union IT and Communication minister A. Raja from a mobile phone from his bed.
The 3G services enable subscribers experience video telephony, internet, video on demand, mobile TV and others facilities.
Raja told reporters here that the commercial launch of 3G services in the state will be in April.
BSNL chairman Kuldeep Goyal said subscribers can make calls at 50 paise by paying Rs.375 per month (inclusive of rent and taxes).
The 3G services are available under three plans - Rs.350, Rs.650 and Rs.1,350.
Goyal hoped that at least 5 percent of BSNL's five million subscribers would opt for the new service.
According to him, the company will cover all important Indian cities during the first phase of the 3G service launch, which involves an outlay of Rs.27 billion (Rs.2,700 crore).