Updated below At the India Telecom 2008 Summit today, 3G services were launched with an inaugural video conversation between Telecom Minister A.Raja and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. However, that was just a "soft launch" - 3G infrastructure has not been fully deployed yet, and MTNL sources told MediaNama that the 3G network is present only in a 10 km radius around Central Delhi. According to our sources, the commercial launch of 3G services is planned for the middle of February, though it could also stretch to early March, depending on the infrastructure rollout. MTNL is yet to finalize a tariff plan, and despite repeated prodding, the executives at the MTNL stall did not comment on the tariff. We did get to try out some of the services that have been launched: 1. Video Calling: Not really a killer app, video calling hasn't been successful as a 3G service since not many users would like to see each other. We did take a look at the video call - there's a hint of a lag between the voice and the video, but I, for one, cannot see myself holding a phone in front of me when making a call. It could be useful, as a journalist, to have a video recording feature though. Can do video interviews from anywhere. 2. Mobile TV: At present there are mobile TV services from Aksh Optifibre. These are hosted on a portal, which is accessed via the mobile web. The content is streamed to the…
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