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MTNL launches Mumbai 3G network, reveals network deal with Alcatel-Lucent (India)

State-owned Indian telco Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has announced a deal with French-US hardware vendor Alcatel-Lucent that will see that latter provide its mobile next generation (NGN) solution. The deployment is a part of a multi-year agreement under which Alcatel-Lucent is providing an end-to-end GSM/EDGE solution to MTNL. Alcatel claims that its NGN product, which is based on a secure, distributed architecture, will allow MTNL to optimize and simplify its mobile network, flexibly address traffic growth, reduce operation costs and simplify network maintenance.

As part of the announcement MTNL announced that its 3G network had been launched in Mumbai, and said it was ready to offer service to both residential and enterprise customers. MTNL was the first operator to launch commercial 3G services in India in February 2009; the telco offers the service under the ‘Jadoo’ brand and it was initially available only in central areas of Delhi.

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May 15, 2009 at 23:11 Leave a comment

Armed forces 3G spectrum release faces delay (India)

In another blow to the much-delayed 3G auction process in India, the Economic Times is reporting that the Indian army is now claiming that it cannot release spectrum needed for commercial 3G services in a phased manner as had previously been agreed. The armed forces are in possession of spectrum which is expected to be vacated and then reallocated to successful 3G licencees. However, the defence forces now say that they will only release the frequencies after Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) completes the rollout of all three alternative networks for them. BSNL is due to complete new infrastructure for the Army, Air Force and Navy in 2011. The original agreement between the communications and defence ministries called for a phased vacation of the spectrum by the armed forces; with BSNL expecting to complete the Air Force Network (AFNET) by June this year the communications ministry called for the Air Force spectrum to be vacated by that date. It is understood that a group of ministers (GoM) will now consider the fate of the spectrum, ruling on whether the original phased release will be enforced. Additionally, the GoM will examine the case for funding the INR146 billion (USD3.02 billion) alternative networks, with the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) expected to clear the project’s funding only after it is endorsed by the ministers.

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February 9, 2009 at 18:48 Leave a comment

MTNL set for India’s first commercial 3G launch

Despite ongoing delays in the auction process for 3G spectrum in India, Mahanagar Nigam Telecom Ltd (MTNL) looks set to become the first operator to launch UMTS services commercially, the Economic Times reports. The state-owned telco has announced that it will launch its next generation services, offered under the Jadoo brand, on 5 February in central Delhi, including the Connaught Place, India Gate, Pragati Madan, Delhi Gate and Minto Road areas. US-based Motorola has been contracted to roll out the new core network. The launch comes after MTNL was allocated 3G spectrum at the end of 2008, giving it a head start over other operators, which are still waiting for the government to finalise 3G policy. Fellow state-run operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd is the only other company that has been given frequencies for 3G services, and is expected to launch commercially in the near future.

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February 5, 2009 at 18:39 Leave a comment

MTNL 3Q 2008 results reveals drop in net profit, revenue (India)

State-owned Indian telco Mahanagar Telecom Nigam ltd (MTNL) has reported financial results for the three months ended 31 December 2008, revealing a drop in net profit to INR583 million (USD11.9 million) from INR942 million in 2007. The fall has been attributed to the merger of 50% of dearness allowance (DA) with basic pay, leading to staffing costs increasing from INR4.33 billion to INR5.89 billion. Revenue for the operator meanwhile fell by 4.5% to INR11.3 billion. During the quarter MTNL increased its wireless subscribers by 222,079, bringing its total to 3.89 million, while customers taking broadband services from the telco rose by 42,379 to 645,784.

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February 2, 2009 at 17:42 Leave a comment

MTNL to launch Delhi 3G services within ten days (India)

India’s Economic Times is reporting that state-owned telco Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) is preparing to launch 3G services in Delhi in the next ten days. Citing comments made by an MTNL executive the report also indicates that 3G services for Mumbai are likely to begin in the first week of February. MTNL chairman and managing director, R S P Sinha, also noted that the operator had yet to sign any agreements with content providers for 3G products. It is understood that its existing IPTV content providers will offer 3G content initially however.

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January 16, 2009 at 18:37 Leave a comment

MTNL soft-launches 3G (India)

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.

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December 15, 2008 at 14:03 Leave a comment

3G: What’s That?

As the magic of 3G begins to seep into the country, Indian folks will finally get to utilize those fancy-schmancy features on their so called smart phones.

Surely, many of you have burning questions about 3G and everything related to it. So, read on; a few common 3G-related questions have been answered to demystify it for you.

What is 3G?

3G, or 3rd generation mobile telephony, is the generic name for the next generation of mobile networks that will combine wireless mobile technology with high data rate transmission capabilities.

What you’ve been using until now is 2G/2.5G (2nd generation mobile telephony), which offers speeds between 64-144kbps. With the availability of 3G in India, users will be able to enjoy speeds of 144kbps-2mbps on their mobile phones.

What can 3G offer you?

Simply put, 3G will offer mobile phone users faster Internet speeds.

This, in turn, will provide mobile users with higher data transfer rates, with support for a variety of services such as high-resolution video streaming, mobile TV, high-speed interactive gaming, and other multi-media features, in addition to voice, fax, and conventional data services.

If you are an avid surfer of the Internet on your mobile phone with the current 2.5G connection, you must have experienced the irritants of slow browsing speeds and video lag. With 3G, Web pages will load faster, there will be little or no video lagging, and downloads will be faster too!

Utilizing the full potential of 3G, you can turn the mobile phone into a device that bundles infotainment and electronic commerce (e-commerce) services together.

When will you be able to use 3G services?

The state-owned telecom operators have already begun to soft-launch 3G services in the metros. The services (for trial) have already commenced in Delhi, with Chennai and Mumbai in line. The commercial launch will happen in a couple of months’ time – this is when users will be able to subscribe to the data plan(s) offered by the telecom operators.

BSNL has said that it will offer 3G services across the country by mid-2009.

Post mid-2009, we will see private players jumping into the 3G bandwagon. This is when competition will set sail and 3G-penetration across India will really start to materialize.

How much will 3G services cost?

No tariff has been declared by MTNL for its 3G Jadoo services; neither has any governing body given out specifics for the same.

J. Gopalan, MTNL’s (Mumbai) executive director, had said that 3G services will be affordable for the common man . We’ll soon learn whether this is true when the 3G services are commercially launched.

However, rest assured that 3G services are going to cost you more than what you pay for your GPRS connection.

Post the spectrum auctions, depending on the price the private telecom operators are willing to pay to be able to offer 3G services, the tariff scenario will heat up.

How much will 3G-capable phones cost?

Currently, 3G-capable phones available in India cost anywhere between Rs. 7000 to 50,000 (approximately most phones in the upper price range category are 3G capable).

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December 12, 2008 at 16:56 Leave a comment


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