New Delhi: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) today extended the deadline for re-verification of subscribers by telecom operators to 31 December 2010, reports PTI.
"The service providers approached DoT in October for extension of time. They stated that creation of infrastructure for re-verification had taken some time," DoT said in a statement.
Now since the re-verification activities are in full swing, the operators need some more time to complete the process, it added.
DoT had asked telecom operators to complete re-verification of its subscribers over a window of one year starting from 1 November 2009 and had fixed 31st October as the deadline.
"After consideration of all relevant aspects and consultation with security agencies, the time limit has been extended till 31 December 2010," it said.
In the wake of security concerns, the telecom ministry has also proposed introducing new subscriber verification norms. One of the proposals states that telecom operators should send SIM cards to subscribers by registered post or through messengers on the rolls of the company.
On average, telecom operators add 10-12 million subscribers every month. In August, operators notched up 18.18 million new subscribers, taking the total number of mobile users in India to 670.60 million, as per the latest data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
New Delhi: Tata Teleservices, which has Japanese firm DoCoMo as a partner, today launched third generation (3G) mobile services in nine circles, enabling subscribers to access high speed Internet and video telephony, reports PTI.
With this, Tata DoCoMo became the first private telecom firm to launch 3G mobile services in the country. Two state owned firms - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) - had launched the services more than a year ago.
Tatas had bagged 3G spectrum in nine circles of Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh (including Chhattisgarh), Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP (West), Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra in the auction held recently.
Tata DoCoMo's 3G network, set up with the assistance of NTT DoCoMo, supports high-speed Internet access with speeds of up to 21.1 Mbps and the services would be available on commercial basis from the mid-night tomorrow, that is November 5 morning on the day of Diwali.
TTSL managing director Anil Sardana said, "We have been able to complete the ramp-up of our network to support 3G services due to the superb 3G-ready network we created at the time of our 2G launch itself, last year. Our 3G roll out across all nine circles will be completed this year itself."
Ryuji Yamada, president and CEO of NTT DoCoMo, said, "After nearly a decade of success in providing 3G service in Japan, we are delighted to have lent our technical and business knowhow to TTSL, our strategic global partner. Going forward, NTT DoCoMo will continue to leverage its mobile expertise and value-added services in markets worldwide through collaboration with partners such as TTSL."
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