The Economic Times reported that Tata DoCoMo will start the 3G service in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh by Diwali.
"Japan"s NTTDoCoMo has provided technical inputs to make our 3G network world-class. Progressively, NTT will bring various 3G products and services that it offers in Japan, such as i-modeTM, location based services and mobile payment and give our customers a flavor of tomorrow," said Deepak Gulati, Tata DoCoMo executive president, mobility business division.
The 3G service will provide ultra-fast internet, videoconferencing, unlimited downloads, live TV channels, video call etc. Tata DoCoMo is the first telecom service provider in India to announce date of 3G launch. All other leading operators like Airtel, Reliance, Idea and Vodafone also planned to start the 3G service by the end of 2010. Currently state owned BSNL and MTNL are offering 3g service in different parts of the country.
The launch of 3G services in the country will boost sales of 3G enabled mobile phones. Presently leading mobile manufactures like Nokia, Samsung and Micromax have limited number of 3G enabled handsets. In next few months market will see the the rush of 3G handsets from major brands and Desi manufactures.