Governor makes the first call; service will cover 29 cities and towns
Governor urges medical practitioners and students in rural areas to utilise the service
BSNL asked to evolve a fool proof mechanism so that the service is not misused
HYDERABAD: Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan on Wednesday launched the 3G mobile services of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) covering 29 cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh.
Amid applause, Governor made a video phone to Chief General Manager, AP telecom circle M. N. Sudhindra Kumar marking the launch of the next generation mobile service.
The Governor also watched live television news coverage on the mobile phone as the awe struck audience applauded to welcome the new service.
The new service gives very high download speed of up to 2 Mbps that enables much richer multi-media experience.
The service allows video phone calling, fast uploads and downloads, mobile television, video conferencing, full track music and faster video downloads.
Mr. Narasimhan said high bandwidth could trigger a revolution in telemedicine where the remote rural patients could get expert opinion from the tertiary hospitals situated in urban areas thus reducing the cost of access to medicine.
He wanted medical practitioners in rural areas to switch to 3G mobile service for improved health care to the patients.
He felt that the 3G services can become handy for the educational institutions in the rural areas, where the students could benefit from the lectures of expert teachers given from urban centre.
He also opined that high bandwidth could change the rural employment landscape with possibility of rural call centres becoming a distinct reality.
However, he had a word of caution for the BSNL officials stating that fool-proof mechanism should be evolved to prevent misuse of the advanced technology by anti-national elements.
The Chief General Manager said as on date, there were 41 lakh 2G lines in the State. As part of present expansion plan, the total capacity addition of 22.35 lakh lines have been planned out of which 19 lakh will for 2G services and 3.35 lakh for 3G services.
The mobile services are planned with 1120 sites.
Principal General Manager Rajeev Agrawal spoke.