The government-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) on Thursday launched 3G services commercially in New Delhi’s NDMC area. High speed Internet access, video calling, mobile TV and video surveillance are some of the services being offered by the company to its subscribers.
MTNL’s 3G services are available at a monthly rental of Rs 599. The company is charging Rs 1.80 per minute for video call within the MTNL network. For subscribers on other networks, call charges are Rs 3 per minute.
For data services, subscribers will have to pay a monthly rental of Rs 149 and Rs 5 per MB as usage charges.
“We are targeting about 50,000 subscribers by the end of this year,” said R S P Sinha, chairman and managing director of MTNL.
Though the services are available only in NDMC area of New Delhi at present, the company is looking at rapid expansion. “By the end of this March we will cover the whole of Delhi,” said Sinha. “By March-end the services will be available in Mumbai. Tariff in Mumbai will be on the same lines as that in Delhi.”
He also clarified that these are only promotional tariffs. “Final tariff will depend on the price of spectrum, which will be decided through auction.”
Since MTNL is a PSU, the government has allotted spectrum to the company. However, it will have to match the price at which spectrum is offered to other companies, when the auction happens.