Mobile has become an essential part of our day-to-day life; it is hard to imagine life without a mobile phone. But 25 years ago, people used to live without a mobile phone. However, nowadays the mobile phone has become the second-largest telecom market in the world. On 31 July, the first-ever phone of India took place. On July 31, 1995, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu spoke to the then Union Telecom Minister Sukh Ram by making the first mobile call.
25 years ago, on July 31, 1995, the first call in India was made from mobile and this turned out to be a revolution in mobile phone. Back then, incoming calls also had charges along with outgoing calls.
The first phone call from Kolkata to Delhi
Jyoti Basu made this call from Kolkata’s Writers’ Building to Sanchar Bhawan(DOT) in New Delhi. India’s first mobile operator company was Modi Telstra and its service was known as Mobile Net. The first mobile call was made on this network only. Modi Telstra was the joint venture of Modi Group of India and Telstra of Australia, Telstra. This company was one of the 8 companies that were licensed to provide cellular services in the country.
Telecommunication in India has come a long way since 1995. It is believed that 5 years after the introduction of mobile service, the number of mobile subscribers reached 5 million. Telephone connections in the country crossed the one billion mark by the end of May 2015. But after that, the number increased by leaps and bounds.
Charge on Incoming calls
Mobile service in India took time to reach more people and the reason behind this was expensive call tariff. Along with outgoing calls, incoming calls also had charged at the beginning time of the mobile network. Initially, an outgoing call was charged up to Rs 16 per minute.
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