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Chennai may get 3G technology

CellOne subscribers in Chennai could be the first in south India to have a taste of 3G mobile telephony with BSNL Chennai Telephones preparing to roll out next generation communications in February.

A technical team of Chinese 3 G terminal vendor Huawei Technologies is currently engaged in installing the infrastructure to support the first tranche of 1.5 lakh 3G lines that would transform the way mobile users access the web.The projected speeds on the 3G platform are said to be at least 30 times faster than 2G technology.Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi is slated to soft launch 3G services possibly in February first week and the likely dates are being worked out.According to plan, 3G services would initially be available to CellOne subscribers in Chennai before the rollout is extended to other major cities and towns in the State.Meanwhile, reports from Delhi indicate that the auctioning of spectrum has been deferred a few weeks beyond the already revised date of January 30 to enable the Centre to fix a higher reserve price for spectrum bands.Private mobile operators have been demanding a level playing field for launching 3G to negate any early mover advantage that BSNL and MTNL might get.

It is unclear as of now as to how long the telecom department proposes to put the technology on trial before going commercial.The logistics for ringing in 3 G services featuring high-speed data, video and voice transmission involves setting up an additional 1,000 base transceiver station towers. This would go hand-in-hand with the ongoing drive to augment the 2G network through the commissioning of another 2 lakh lines.

January 16, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jayalalitha slamps karunanidhi


All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief Jayalalitha today issued a legal notice to Chief Minister Karunanidhi, after the later held the AIADMK and the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) responsible for brutal violence at the Chennai College.

On Monday, Jayalalitha had threatened to file a defamation suit against Chief Minister Karunanidhi after the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) accused her party of instigating the violence. Jayalalithaa has accused Karunanidhi of indulging in mud-slinging and said he was unfit to work in the post of a Chief Minister.

“A judicial inquiry has been ordered into the November 12 incident. So will Karunanidhi’s comments not influence the Inquiry Commission to give a report, which reflected his opinion?” she said in a statement on Monday.

Jayalalitha has clearly said that if Karunanidhi does not apologise through the media within twenty-four hours of this notice, she will sue him for damages.

Earlier on Sunday, Karunanidhi had accused the AIADMK of instigating the campus brutality at Chennai’s Ambedkar law college.

“It appears as if the opposition has incited the students to indulge in violence so as to seek my resignation. Had the police entered the campus, the headlines in the papers would have been different against police,” Chief Minister Karunanidhi said.

However, Karunanidhi had later clarified that he had made that comment in jest.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment