HFCL launches mobile phone service in Punjab

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Chandigarh, Sep 21 (UNI) HFCL Infotel Limited, fixed line phone and broadband service provider, today launched its mobile phone service on CDMA platform under the brand name 'Ping' for Punjab and Chandigarh region at an investment of about Rs 100 crore.

''For the first time in India, Ping offers per second pulse rate which means subscribers will pay exactly for the time they talk and not at per minute pulse rate where the user ends up paying even for the duration not actually used,'' Chief Executive Office of the company Surendra Lunia, told mediapersons here.

The company also launched SIM based two colour mobile phones, priced at Rs 999 each with free 6,000 minutes of on-net calls along with a free Ping tune for one month.

The mobile, procured from ZTE and Huawei is packed with features like speaker phone, a large phone book and voice recording facility.

Mr Lunia said the service would be available in 150 towns and 5,000 villages of Punjab and Chandigarh. It company would invest Rs 20 crore more to extend the service to 5,000 more villages in the state in next one year, he added.

He said the company at present has licence for providing telecom services in the Punjab circle and has applied to the ministry of Telecommunication for rest of the 21 circles in the country for mobile phone services.

''As soon as the Central government announces its spectrum policy, the company will introduce its mobile telephony in other states. It may also tap the capital market to garner the funds required for expansion'',he added.

UNI

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