BSNL launches 3G trial services; commercial launch expected by year-end

1 Sep 2008

Indian news source Business Standard is reporting that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has begun a pilot launch of 3G services in Pune; granting up to 2,000 existing BSNL contract customers to sign up for the service on a first-come, first-served basis free of charge. Initially the service will only provide video calling facilities, but is expected to expand as the trial progresses.

State-run telecom BSNL has also announced that it will launch commercial 3G services across India by the end of 2008, according to local press. ‘We will be commencing the operations by the end of December starting from North and Eastern parts of the country and then South and West by March, 2009, so that within six months we will be able to roll out the 3G operations,’ said BSNL managing director Kuldeep Goyal, also noting that the operator aims to cover state capitals first, subsequently rolling out services to other major cities and towns.