India’s Reliance Communications on Monday launched third-generation (3G) mobile phone services in four cities, and said it will cover 13 telecoms zones by March next year.
RCom launched GSM services in December 2008, becoming the first telecom operator to offer mobile services on both CDMA and GSM platforms.
The company currently holds 3G licences in the telecom circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Punjab, Maharasthra, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Northeast, Jammu and Kashmir, Orissa and Assam.
Part of the $13.6 billion Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group, Reliance Communications says it ranks among the world’s top four telecom companies in terms of subscribers in a single country with a customer base of over 124 million.
The pricing of 3G mobile broadband data
1. It will start from Rs 100 for 100 MB to up to Rs 2,100 for 21 GB per month, the company said.
2. The small validity data packs for prepaid will cost Rs 20 for 25 MB 1-day pack and Rs 98 for 125 MB 1-week pack.
3. The 3G mobile TV pricing will be 15 news channels viewing for Rs 150, 15 kids channels for Rs 150, five devotional channels for Rs 100 and mega pack of 75 channels for Rs 250 per month.
4. It also offers post-paid bundles starting from 50 MB data for 199 to 5 GB data for Rs 2,499 per month, which includes 6,000 voice minutes and 6,000 SMS’s.
5. The prepaid bundles include 200 MB data for Rs 299 and 500 MB data for Rs 699 for 30 day validity, the company said.
Reliance Comm has won rights in an auction in 2010 to provide the premium services in 13 of the country’s 22 telecom zones.