Aircel to launch 3G services before World Cup

Aircel to launch 3G services before World Cup

Bangalore: Mobile services provider Aircel Ltd plans to launch its 3G services commercially before the cricket World Cup scheduled to begin on February 19, Aircel chief operating officer Gurdeep Singh said on Thursday.

They will aim for a multi-city launch across its 13 licence circles, he said.

Aircel also has BWI (Broadband Wireless Internet) licenses for 8 circles, and they were still evaluating two technologies, Wimax and TD/LTE, he said.

“We are poised for a data usage explosion in this country, as broadband can only reach the masses with wireless," he said.

He admitted however that 3G set ownership among customers were still in the low single digit percentage.

Dell India launched two smartphones based on Android and Windows Phone 7 operating systems, with a ‘Dell Stage’ user interface, which it plans to make common across different mobile operating systems. The products were launched with bundled Aircel 2G plans, but the phones were not locked in to Aircel, Dell executive director Mahesh Bhalla said.