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MTNL to tie up with handset makers for offering 3G service

With its 3G service failing to evoke adequate response, state-run MTNL is planning to tie up with handset maker to bundle its 3G mobile services in Delhi and Mumbai.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2009 10:55 IST

With its 3G service failing to evoke adequate response, state-run MTNL is planning to tie up with handset maker to bundle its 3G mobile services in Delhi and Mumbai.

3G services enables high-speed internet, videos and many other value-added services on mobile phone.

An MTNL official said the PSU has floated an expression of interest seeking offers from the handset makers who are willing to bundle their 3G handset with MTNL’s 3G mobile services on non-exclusive basis for the convenience of customers on a single window.

Operators feels the real explosion will happen when 3G handsets are available at below $50 or about Rs 2,500 but with some basic features. At present low-cost 3G handsets are available from leading vendors at Rs 3,000-6,000.

The PSU has also decided to take the franchise route to sell 3G services in Delhi and Mumbai.

This EoI seeks proposals from prospective participants who have resources and infrastructure to acquire, serve and retain customers and provide customer care.