Aircel has announced having joined the 3G brigade with the launch of its third-generation mobile services in Chennai from yesterday.
The telecom company said it will roll out its 3G services in 11 circles (not including Punjab and West Bengal) in the next one week. The remaining two telecom circles will be covered by mid-March.
Aircel had won the 3G spectrum in 13 circles and BWA spectrum in eight circles. It is also said to be in talks with other operators to launch 3G services in the circles where it did not win the spectrum.
The data plans launched by the company have the base rate at 3paise per 10KB. Further, Aircel is offering 75MB, 150MB, 350MB and 1024MB data packages at Rs132, Rs252, Rs502 and Rs802 respectively, and 3G Dongle plans for high speed connectivity.
Both pre-paid and post-paid users can avail Aircel's 3G plans through its outlets. The company has also set up a specialised 3G data call centre.
''Our commitment to the market is underlined by the investment of over $8 billion we have made already and a further $3 billion we plan to spend in the next three years,'' said Sandip Das the Group CEO of Maxis.
Aircel is a joint venture between Maxis Communications Berhad, a leading regional telecom group headquartered in Malaysia and the Apollo Hospitals Group.
The company said its revenues grew by 44 per cent in 2009 and its incremental revenue market share grew by 19 per cent in 2010.