MTNL soft-launches 3G

12 Dec 2008

State-owned telco Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has officially launched its 3G network in Delhi, India’s Economic Times is reporting. Services will initially be restricted to the main business and political areas of the circle, with a commercial launch expected to follow in January 2009. During what it considers a ‘soft-launch’ the operator will offer free access to the new services in some of the central areas of Delhi. MTNL will offer the services under the ‘Jadoo’ brand name including internet, videoconferencing and gaming. It will invest INR4 billion (USD81.2 million) to roll out its 3G network in Mumbai and Delhi. Fellow state-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is also expected to launch 3G services by the end of December 2008.