Barcelona: Communications minister Dayanidhi Maran, who is attending the 3GSM conference here next week, will use the platform to launch a pan-India Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) initiative by major telecom operators, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).
Maran is expected to highlight the achievements of India’s mobile phone industry, against the checklist of the targets he had set, and promises of support to telecom operators he had made at the last 3GSM held in Singapore.
Operators are optimistic that they will be able to repeat the success of the short message service (SMS) and multi media messaging (MMS) with the MIM service too. MIM, they hope, will replace the internet chat. For such a chat, users need to get hold of a computer and log on to one of the services, while with MIM, the same facility will be available on a mobile handset. But a user will need a web- enabled handset using General Packet Radio Service.