3G services launched in city

ITS READY: Port Chairman Ajeya Kallam looks at the image of Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Beela Satyanarayana on his mobile screen at the launch of 3G services of BSNL in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. B   | Photo Credit: — Photo: C.V.SUBRAHMANYAM

Staff Reporter

Andhra University Vice-Chancellor makes first call to VPT chief

VISAKHAPATNAM: BSNL customers, who opt for 3 G facility, can hereafter watch their near and dear ones as they talk to them on their mobiles. The users at both ends should be 3 G-enabled to make the video calls.

Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Beela Satyanarayana made the first video call to Visakhapatnam Port Trust Chairman Ajeya Kallam at a function organised to launch 3 G services of BSNL at the VUDA Children's Theatre on Wednesday. Addressing the gathering, Prof. Satyanarayana said a new chapter began in communication technology with the launch of the 3 G services. He recalled that the first generation services were launched way back in 1980 followed by the second generation in 1991. Stating that the fourth generation mobile services were already launched in Chicago, he hoped that BSNL would be the first service provider to launch 4 G services in India in the near future.

“We have all been waiting for 3 G facilities for a long time and now it has become a reality,” said Mr. Ajeya Kallam. He felt that public sector organisations like BSNL have an edge over their counterparts in the private sector due to infrastructure advantages and transparency in services.

He said the concept of ‘doora drushti' that was found in the ‘Puranas', has come true now. Mobile Internet would offer a great advantage to the business community. He, however, cautioned against misuse of the technological advances. Telecom District General Manager P. Nagaraju said the department has 4,000 new high memory SIMS to provide 3 G services to mobile customers. This apart, the existing SIMS can be upgraded to 3 G.

He said there were 56 cell towers in the city and 23 new ones would be erected in the next three months to provide 3 G services in all corners of the city.