Aircel launches Delhi operations, pledges $10-bn investment (Lead)

March 18th, 2009 - 10:23 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Aircel, a joint venture between between Malaysia’s Maxis Communications and Apollo Hospital Wednesday launched its GSM mobile services in Delhi and said it will invest $10 billion for rolling out services in the country’s 23 telecom circles.
“We have earmarked a total of $10 billion for complete roll-out of services. About $5 billion have been spent so far,” Aircel chief operating officer Gurdeep Singh said.

The company will move to (eastern and western) Uttar Pradesh for the next launch of its services, followed by the Maharashtra circle.

Asked about bidding for third generation (3G) radio spectrum, Aircel director Sandip Das said: “We are also prepared as we already have 3G services in Malaysia.”

Aircel has come up with attractive plans to cater to the needs of professionals, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the youth.

“To address the needs of SMEs and professionals, we will offer a user-friendly recharge scheme that will enable them make calls and send messages absolutely free of cost across our local network and make STD calls at 50 paise from one Aircel to another,” Singh said.

In addition, the subscribers will be able to avail free incoming calls while roaming on Aircel networks. They can make local calls to other networks at 50 paise and long distance calls at Re.1, he added.

The company will also launch ‘Youth of Delhi’ plan that will offer services like unlimited song change, free talk time for local calls at night, group messaging at 1 paisa, group calling at 25 paise and calls to the US and Canada at Rs.2 per minute.

Aircel has opened 25 exclusive stores in the city and an equal number of self-help kiosks.

The telecom major, which has a subscriber base of over 17 million, is now present in 14 circles across the country - Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kerala, Kolkata, Assam, Bihar, Chennai, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, north-east, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

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