Today, the mobile phone that we carry with us all the time and talk to others started 25 years ago (31st July 1995). The first phone call in India and the first conversation as a mobile service were held between the X-Telecom Minister Sukhram and West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.
The call was made from Kolkata’s Writers’ Building to Sanchar Bhawan in Delhi. Earlier, former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu had launched the mobile net service of Modi Talestra Company in Calcutta.
According to the Telecom Ministry, as of July 2019, India is the second-largest telecommunications market in the world. According to the records of the ministry, the number of mobile users in India at this time was 116 Crore.
Start of Mobile Era: The first Phone call in India
Let us tell you that a total of eight companies were given licenses by the government to start mobile service in India. Modi Telstra was the first company to launch a mobile service in India. The company named its service MobileNet.
To make this service accessible to the people, the company took the help of Nokia’s mobile set. Later this company served under the name of Spice Telecom. Modi Telstra was a joint venture of the Modi Group of India and Telstra of Australia.
In 1995, The Year of the first phone call in India, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited gifted Internet connectivity to Indians on the occasion of Independence Day. The company launched the Gateway Internet Axis service.
Initially, This service was given only in the four metro cities. There was a huge cost to use the Internet. At the time when the mobile service started in India, the customer also had to pay for incoming calls.
Initially, an outgoing call charged up to Rs 16 per minute. This was the reason that the number of mobile users was not much in the initial few years. But as new companies came into this field, the rates of competition also declined. This directly benefited customers and the number of mobile users continued to grow.
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Present Scenario of Telecom Services
At present, not only mobile call rates in India are much cheaper than in other countries of the world. Rather, the use of the internet on mobile is also much cheaper than the era of the first phone call in India from other countries. Currently mobile and internet are available in almost every pocket.
Today, the benefit of the communication revolution that mobile has created in India has reached every household. Telling about the present, everything is being done by purchasing your essential goods from the mobile, booking of anything, knowledge of the way, studies, etc. School colleges are closed in India due to the Covid-19 epidemic. So online classes are going on.
Crores of people of the country are able to take online classes through this mobile. At present, the world’s largest mobile company cherishes the dream of coming to India.
This is due to the ever-increasing number of mobile users in India. The number of mobile users is pulling these companies towards India.
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Future of Digital Network in India
From the first phone call in India to the Rising of Jio-Telecom a lot changed in the Telecom industry. Jio has created its deep impact because of its initial free services and then Low-cost services. Because of Jio, only other existing Mobile network companies had to reduce their prices.
Many things are yet to improve in the field of digital network or telecom services in India, For eg.:
- Security feature needs to improve as phishers have no limits for making their crime.
- Internet speed yet to be improved. Even with using a 4G network, we find 3G speed on mobile devices
- Signal strength or signal network needs to improve. so that, we don’t have come to the window for getting more strength.
- India needs to be connected with a secure Wi-fi network.
- The cloud-based network needs to improve its popularity among the public and the use of it should be eased.
- With services, India needs to bring its own software development era. so that, we won’t have to worry about Privacy leakage with the app of other countries.
- Laws of Telecom industries and Privacy policies for mobile Apps need to strict. So neither rumors nor private data can be spread.