State-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) on Friday became the first operator to launch third generation (3G) mobile service in the city expecting to rope in one lakh customers by March next year.
"Our total investment for the 3G launch in Mumbai is Rs 250 crore and we hope to rope in one lakh customers by March next year. Connections will be available in about a month's time," MTNL's Chairman and Managing Director R S P Sinha told reporters here.
Sinha said that the company has built-up capcity to extend the service to 7.5 lakh subscribers, but due to unavailability of the required specturm, only four lakh customers could be served.
"We will launch the service in South and Central Mumbai currently. This will soon be expanded to other parts of the city, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan and Dombivali," Sinha said, adding that ITI/Alcatel-Lucent India was puting in place the necessary infrastructure.
The 3G service would enable customers to make video calls, view LIVE TV channels on their mobiles, download data from internet at speeds upto 2 mbps and songs among many otehr applications involving high-speed data downloads, he said. MTNL has associated with Nokia which would provide 3G handset plus connection package