BNSL inaugurates 3G service in Chennai

23 Nov 2009

Indian state-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has launched commercial 3G services in the Chennai circle, according to Chennaionline. The telco has installed 304 base stations across the city, giving it coverage in both the metro area and suburbs, and it is planning to construct a further 240 cell sites within two months of launch. As a means of tempting possible customers to the new service, BSNL has also announced that it will offer an introductory tariff, charging INR0.30 (USD0.006) per minute for local video and audio calls made via a 3G-enabled handset.

In a separate but related story, the Economic Times is reporting that BSNL will set up an additional 1,000 2G mobile towers across the Chennai circle in a bid to enhance coverage and quality.