The third generation (3G) spectrum pre bid conference kicked off in New Delhi on Monday, placing some clarity in the auction process.
The trend clearly shows that metros and larger cities have reached a saturation point and maximum revenues for the telecom sector will come from smaller towns and rural areas in the coming times.
The new service comes in three plans - Rs 499 with 1.3 GB free download, Rs 3999 with 15 GB free download and Rs 5999 with 25 GB free download.
Spokn will be a bridge between public telephone networks and VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services.
The service provider will have a pan India presence by December 2009 after the commencement of its operations in these two circles.
The state run telecom operator has finally joined the price war by offering two new low cost plans for voice and 3G. BSNL subscribers will be charged at one paisa per second for voice calls.
The service provider had earlier introduced this service in 2004 across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa and Pondicherry.
According to TRAI, India reached 509 million telephone subscribers in September, up three per cent from August. The government has pre-achieved its target for 2010.
The company has identified three call patterns based on duration. For short duration calls, it is offering a tariff of one paisa per second.
The Centre has announced a ban on the use of pre paid SIM cards in J&K, quoting security reasons.
A memorandum by the Department of Telecommunications says the auction will be carried out in four stages - invitation, pre-qualification, auction and grant of spectrum.
During the free trial period, the activation charges of Rs 300 will be waived off and customers can make unlimited free local video calls.
Shoppers Stop will have the exclusive rights to manufacture and retail Zoozoo merchandise, such as T-shirts, kids wear, mugs, and bed and bath accessories
The conference of 3G organised in Mumbai focused on the expectation from the implementation of this technology. It is expected that mobile broadband will give 3G a fillip as it is used for surfing the internet and checking email.
The service allows customers to respond to incoming calls with pre-recorded voice messages. It also features SMS based chatting and voice mail on mobile.