3G Launches in India

India is finally getting 3G cellular service from Tata DoCoMo, which launches November 5, when Diwali (festival of lights) is celebrated in India, reports Light Reading.

It will be the first privately owned mobile operator to join state-owned carriers Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) in the 3G services market.

Tata’s “3G Life” service will launch in all nine circles (service areas) where it has 3G spectrum — Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP (West), Punjab, Haryana, and Maharashtra.

“We will cover 51 percent of Indian towns with a population of over a million and 60 percent of towns that have over half-a-million people,” says Anil Sardana, managing director of Tata Teleservices.

Tata DoCoMo launched its GSM services just over a year ago. The operator, is working with Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei on its 3G rollout, and says its HSPA+ network will support mobile broadband speeds of up to 21.1 Mbit/s.

The recent 3G and 4G auctions in India are beginning to kick in. Other private operators that are set to launch their services during the coming months include See Bharti, Vodafone, Aircel and Reliance.

India’s top mobile firm, Bharti Airtel, No. 2 Reliance Communications, Vodafone, Tata Teleservices, and Idea Cellular spent a combined $23 billion for licenses in recent 3G and 4G spectrum auctions (auction results) in the world’s fastest-growing cellular market.

The Indian telecommunications industry includes some 706 Million telephone (landlines and mobile) subscribers with 670 Million mobile phone connections as of Aug 2010. Virtually none are yet 3G. it is projected that India will have 1.2 billion mobile subscribers by 2013.

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