You must have heard about a lot of different stories and facts about how communication developed in India but ever wondered which is the first mobile phone company in India?
The invention of mobile phones dates back to the year 1973 when Martin Cooper an American Engineer working for Motorola invented this device which would no longer limit people to communicate with wired telephones on desks and cars. However, this invention of the mobile phones took almost 22 years to enter the Indian continent. Before this, we Indians were using telephones and other traditional modes of communication while the people in different corners of the world were experiencing the mobile mode of communication.
First Phone Call Made In India
On July 31, 1995, this is after 48 years of Indian independence the country saw its first mobile phone in action. Wondering which two people were the first to talk over a cell phone in India? The Union Telecom Minister of India in the year 1995, Sukh Ram, and the West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu were the first two Indians to communicate over a cell phone. At that moment, Jyoti Basu was in the Writer’s Building in Kolkata and Sukh Ram in New Delhi.
First Mobile Company In India
This first call in India between the two ministers was made possible due to Modi Telstra’s MobileNet Service. This was also the first phone call for this service and hence it was the inaugural of Modi Telstra`s Mobile Net Service. However, this was not entirely an Indian owned service. It was a partnership between The Modi Group of India and Telstra which is a very popular telecom service in Australia.
The first call in India was indeed made through this telecom service provider but at that moment this wasn’t the only service provider in the country. There were a total of eight companies that were permitted and allowed to extend their services to the nation.
With all these interesting facts you must have a lot of questions still. The first one being what was the cost of making and receiving calls then. Well, the price that you would have to pay would range from Rs 8.4 per minute to even Rs16.8.
About Modi Telstra’s Mobile Net, The First Mobile Phone Company In India
As we mentioned above, this company was in partnership with an Australian company. These two giant companies joined hands intending to bring the telecom services to India. However, the Modi Group was on itself a very popular one in the country. After it changed its name to Spice it had many subsidiaries which dealt in various products and services. Some of them are: Aadhar Micro-ATM, BBPS Utility Bill Payments, MPOS, Insurance, Gold buy/sell, MFI- Solutions, Enterprise Messaging, GST Suvidha provider, Travel, Telecom, enterprise solutions, Internet of things, m-government services etc.
Conclusion It is indeed true that it took some time for the invention of mobile phones to come to India but since the first mobile phone, we have seen some great developments in this sphere of technology.