Tata Teleservices (TTSL), today launched 3G mobile services across nine circles in India thus enabling subscribers to access high speed internet and video telephony in these telecom circles.
The company, which has Japan's DoCoMo as partner, has become the first private telecom firm to launch 3G mobile services in the country.
State owned BSNL and MTNL had launched the services over a year ago.
Tatas had bagged 3G spectrum in nine circles including Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh (including Chhatisgarh), Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP (West), Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra in the recently conducted 3G spectrum auction.
Tata DoCoMo's 3G network, set up with the NTT DoCoMo's assistance, supports high-speed internet access with speeds of up to 21.1 Mbps. The services would be available on commercial basis from tomorrow mid-night, that is 5 November morning on the day of Diwali.
TTSL MD Anil Sardana said, ''We have been able to complete the ramp-up of our network to support 3G services due to the superb 3G-ready network we created at the time of our 2G launch itself, last year. Our 3G roll out across all nine circles will be completed this year itself.''
Ryuji Yamada, resident and CEO of NTT DoCoMo, said, ''After nearly a decade of success in providing 3G service in Japan, we are delighted to have lent our technical and business knowhow to TTSL, our strategic global partner.