Staff Reporter

Facility in all districts by February 10

53 towers erected for the purpose

KOTTAYAM: The town will take its place on the 3G map of the country on Tuesday. According to BSNL authorities, Kottayam is the eighth town to come under the 3G spectrum in the State, Kannur being the first. By February 10, 3G facility will be available in all district headquarters. The services will be inaugurated by Jose K. Mani MP at a special function.

According to authorities, BSNL has made an initial special offer for customers. The offer will be valid for two months within which period, one has to register for it. The offer period is one year. During the period, the rate for voice call and video call will be 30 paise per minute; 50 paise per minute for STD and 70 paise per minute for other services. After the offer period the rate for voice call will be Re.1 a minute and Rs.1.50 a minute for video call. With the price of 3G cell phones coming down, the authorities are expecting healthy reception for the service.

Initially, the facility will be available in Kottayam town and adjoining areas where the BSNL authorities have readied 53 towers. The following areas will be covered under the 3G spectrum: Kottayam Town, Ettumanur, Kumarakom, Kottayam Government Medical College, Caritas Hospital, Chingavanom, Chengalam, Kanjikkuzhy, Punnathura, Panachikad, Kanakari, Panambalam, Puthanangadi, Eravinalloor, Samkranthi, Kalathipady, Nattassery, Athirampuzha, Moolavattom, Kudamaloor, Pallom, Nattakom, Aymanom and Kunnappally.

The Boat Jetty area, Vadavathur, Puthanangadi, Manganam, Eranjal, Ammancherry and Peroor will come under the service shortly.