Tata DoCoMO, a joint venture between Tata and Japan’s NTT DoCoMO, is all set to launch its 3G services by Diwali (Nov 5, 2010). As per the official twitter account of DoCoMo, this news is official. The plans and rates are not revealed for fear of being ripped off by other operators.
Tata DoCoMo has paid Rs. 5864.29 crores for spectrum in 9 circles – Maharastra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, UP-West, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. 3G launch will be done in all 9 circles making it the first private operator to come out with an exact date. Airtel, as I blogged earlier today, is testing the waters with the phone compatibility and the pre-orders. The hunch is, Airtel launch would coincide with Tata’s. Though DoCoMO has invented 3G, Airtel discovered telecom in India and they don’t want to be left out on the most important launch.
DoCoMo has collaborations going on even before the launch. It bundled Dell Streak with a free data plan and Olive’s Zipbook with it Photon+. Airtel on the other hand has been mum on the whole thing. It might deal with bigger names like Apple’s iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Just a wild guess though. There’s no word from Vodafone which has spectrum in 9 circles. Vodafone is also one of the operators identified for Windows Phone 7 global launch.
If you are wondering the who’s who of the 3G operations, then here is the chart of who owns spectrum in which circle.
Karnataka circle will have 3 private operators – Airtel, DoCoMo and Aircel. Two of whom has already announced their plans and Aircel will be launching early next year. It is good to be in Bangalore.