Goa is set to experience the next revolution in cell phone technology in January, 2010.Soon, you will be able to transfer both voice data—a telephone call—and nonvoice data, such as downloading information, exchanging e-mails, and instant messaging all simultaneously.
Not to forget video calls, where you will be able to view the person you talk to on your cell phone. BSNL has scheduled a roll-out of its 3G services in Goa within a month’s time. “Almost 80% of the equipment has arrived in Goa. The installation and testing is in progress. All the equipment is being imported from France and the USA,” says Mohan Lal, general manager, BSNL Mobile Division, Pune.
“All urban and semi-urban areas in Goa will be covered initially, new sites will be added later. Our basic survey of the state is complete and we will use the existing tower network. We’re looking at a launch in January,” Lal said.
3G is the next generation of wireless network technology that provides high speed bandwidth (high data transfer rates) to handheld devices. The high data transfer rates will allow 3G networks to offer multimedia services combining voice and data. The minimum internet speed offered through 3G will be 2 mbps, while the maximum speed will touch 14 mbps, says Hari Narayan Jangir, deputy general manager, BSNL Mobile Division, Pune.
“We will initially test this mobile broadband technology at a speed of 2mbps. Gradually, we will integrate High Speed Downlink Packet Access which will facilitate faster internet speeds at 14 mbps,” he added. For those intending to jump onto the 3G bandwagon, you will have to purchase a USIM (Universal Subscriber Identification Module) card at Rs 59. “A USIM card has a higher memory, while existing SIM cards have some constraints. Interested BSNL users will have to apply for migration from 2G to 3G. They will be able to retain their existing phone numbers with no additional charges for the migration, except for the purchase of the USIM,” Jangir said.
Customers of private telecom operators will have to apply for a new 3G connection, he added. It must be noted here that one will also require a 3G enabled handset to avail 3G services. Meanwhile, BSNL says users will be able to access its 3G network while moving in a vehicle for which one will have to connect the 3G handset to a laptop
or PDA (personal digital assistant) through a data cable, infrared or blue tooth. The telecom behemoth was awarded one block in the 3G spectrum in all telecom circles in India earlier this year.