State-run Indian telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) says it will launch a pilot IPTV service in the city of Pune on the country’s Independence Day on 15 August. It says it will expand IPTV to other regions, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore, dependent on the commercial success of the service. BSNL’s sister company MTNL plans to launch its own commercial IPTV services in Delhi and Mumbai in the next few months.
In a separate but related story, MTNL has launched its first CDMA2000 1x cellular mobile services in Delhi. The network, built by Huawei Technologies, offers connections at speeds of up to 115kbps. The service is initially available to contract customers only and the cellco is offering new users unlimited free calls to a designated MTNL landline number for a year.