BSNL to expand 3G reach in Orissa by year’s end

9 Nov 2009

State-owned Indian telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is aiming to expand the coverage of its 3G mobile services in the Orissa circle by the end of 2009, Indian news source the Economic Times says, citing comments from a senior executive at the operator. Having inaugurated 3G services in the region in March 2009, coverage is currently available in 33 urban centres, offering a range of products including high speed mobile broadband. BSNL’s general manager for the Orissa circle, AN Ray, said that the telco planned to launch in several new towns and cities across the state before end-2009, including Paradip, Keonjhar, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Rayagada, Boudh and Phulbani. The range of services on offer is also expected to expand, with Ray noting: ‘Over a period of time, other features like mobile banking and mobile commerce will be added’; all new services will be made available to both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers.