Vodafone Essar to roll-out 3G services by this fiscal end

Vodafone Essar to roll-out 3G services by this fiscal end

Mumbai:Telecom operator Vodafone Essar on Wednesday said it plans to roll-out 3G services in a phased manner in India, by the end of current fiscal.

“We have a 3G-ready network, currently in optimisation, which we will be launching very quickly," Vodafone Essar director -- Enterprise and Carrier Business -- Naveen Chopra said.

Trials for the service, which will be launched by March, are currently underway. The roll-out will be on a city-wise and not pan-India or state-wise, Chopra said.

The operator had recently launched fixed line data and voice services for enterprise customers or mobile corporate customers and is eyeing to double its revenue from the service in five-years, he said.

“Currently it is in the region of 8-10%. And it should be doubling (in five-years)," he said.

The firm has the capability of servicing enterprise customers for fixed line, Chopra said, adding “we have over 95,000 km of optical fiber and a 3G-ready network."

The company in collaboration with IT major Wipro has also built a state-of-the art network operation centre in Pune to service fixed line customers.

“Wipro will be managing both end-to-end services of both managing the fixed line network as well as understanding our customers, right from provisioning line network as they come out on fixed line services and then monitoring their performances as well ground support, etc," Chopra said.