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1. Which was the first company to launch mobile phone services in India?
a) BPL
b) Essar
c) Hutchison

2. What is the current subscriber base of mobile phones in India? 
a) 2.46 crore
b) 3 crore
c) 3.5 crore

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The correct answer is 2.46 crore.
As per the data released by Cellular Operators Association of India, the cellular subscriber base in all the four metros touched 76.7 lakh in February, 2004. In Circle A comprising Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the total subscriber base touched 90.13 lakh, while in Circle B -- which has Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (W) and (E), Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar -- cellular subscriber figures touched 68.42 lakh. In Circle C, comprising Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir, the subscriber base touched 10.22 lakh.
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As per the data released by Cellular Operators Association of India, the cellular subscriber base in all the four metros touched 76.7 lakh in February, 2004. In Circle A comprising Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the total subscriber base touched 90.13 lakh, while in Circle B -- which has Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (W) and (E), Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar -- cellular subscriber figures touched 68.42 lakh. In Circle C, comprising Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir, the subscriber base touched 10.22 lakh.

3. Which mobile firms joined hands to form IDEA Cellular?
a) Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group
b) Aditya Birla Group, Bharti Tele, Tata group
c) Neither

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The correct answer is Neither.
In 2001, the Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, and the world's largest telecom company -- AT&T Wireless, USA came together to form Idea Cellular. Idea Cellular operates in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) and Delhi. It offers seamless coverage in over 1,000 towns.
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In 2001, the Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, and the world's largest telecom company -- AT&T Wireless, USA came together to form Idea Cellular. Idea Cellular operates in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) and Delhi. It offers seamless coverage in over 1,000 towns.

4. Bharat Sanchar Nigam's cellular service is called...?
a) Bharat Online
b) CellOne
c) Garuda

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The correct answer is CellOne.
The government-owned BSNL launched a nationwide mobile phone service on September 2, 2002. The public sector unit had 47.7 lakh GSM-based subscribers as on December 31 and was close to exhausting its capacity in many of the circles.
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The government-owned BSNL launched a nationwide mobile phone service on September 2, 2002. The public sector unit had 47.7 lakh GSM-based subscribers as on December 31 and was close to exhausting its capacity in many of the circles.

5. Which cellular brand has the tagline 'Express yourself?'
a) Reliance India Mobile
b) Orange
c) Airtel

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The correct answer is Airtel.
In 1995, Bharti Cellular launched mobile services AirTel' in Delhi. In March 2004, Bharti successfully deployed ADC's Metrica software to manage the performance of its AirTel wireless network. The deployment makes Bharti the first operator in India to launch a nationwide performance-management system, serving more than six million subscribers throughout the country. AirTel's existing circles are Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (West), Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Karnataka and Kerala. It is also planning to foray into Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (East) and Jammu and Kashmir.
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In 1995, Bharti Cellular launched mobile services AirTel' in Delhi. In March 2004, Bharti successfully deployed ADC's Metrica software to manage the performance of its AirTel wireless network. The deployment makes Bharti the first operator in India to launch a nationwide performance-management system, serving more than six million subscribers throughout the country. AirTel's existing circles are Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (West), Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Karnataka and Kerala. It is also planning to foray into Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (East) and Jammu and Kashmir.

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