India's largest telecom firm Bharti Airtel, has launched its 3G services in Maharashtra and Goa. With this, Airtel customers in the two states in the western region of the country will join the 3-million mobile customers in India that are already on Airtel 3G network with services such as mobile TV, video calls, live streaming of videos and social networking on-the-go.
The services will be made available across all major parts of the region including Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and Goa.
The company will also offer 3G services on the device of the subscriber's choice â€“ mobile handsets, tablets or laptops using USB data cards and provide updates and alerts on their data usage â€“ to help them monitor and control their expenditure on 3G.
Bharti Airtel has 3G licence in 13 circles which include Delhi, Mumbai, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir.
Idea Cellular holds 3G spectrum for 11 circles namely Maharashtra & Goa (except Mumbai), Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, UP (E) and UP (W), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and J & K.
Vodafone had acquired 3G spectrum in 9 circles including Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Haryana, UP (E) and West Bengal.
Last month, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea had struck a deal that will allow them to share their networks with each other through inter and intra-circle roaming agreements to provide 3G services to their respective customers across India.