India's National Telecom backbone Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) launched its 3G GSM mobile and High Speed Wireless Internet services (Data services) in Panaji, Mapusa, Margao, Vasco and Ponda in the state of Goa.
BSNL 3G services was inaugurated by state Chief Minister Mr. Digambar Kamat and Mr. Sripad Naik, MP, North Goa by making the first 3G video call to each other in the presence of Mr Aloke Kaul, Chief General Manager, BSNL Maharashtra Goa Circle, Mr. Mohan Lal GM BSNL-Pune and Mr. G.R Ravi GM, BSNL-Goa in a grand launching ceremony.
Speaking on the launch of 3G services in Goa, Mr Aloke Kaul said "Goa is the third major place to get the next generation 3G connectivity in the circle after Pune and Nasik. BSNL 3G Services will provide High quality multimedia features like video calling, high speed Internet browsing up to 3.6 Mbps through Mobile phone/Data Cards (modem) and also subscribers can enjoy Live Mobile TV & VoIP services on 3G Compatible mobile phone."
The existing BSNL 2G Prepaid customers can recharge with a Special tariff Voucher (STV) of Rs.21 or just send SMS, ‘ACT3G’ to 53733 following which Rs.21 will deducted from their balance and they will be migrated to 3G for a period of 30 days. These migrated customers can experience Video Calling, High Speed Internet, Mobile TV etc at 3G charges while retaining their 2G Voice Plan.
BSNL 2G Postpaid customers have to pay additional Rs.25 only per month to avail 3G services over and above their 2G services. The existing 2G Postpaid customers can also send SMS, ‘ACT3G’ to 53733. They can also approach customer service centers to subscribe 3G services .