Vodafone Essar, India's third-biggest mobile carrier, will launch third-generation services in the first quarter of 2011, Managing Director Marten Pieters said on Thursday. Vodafone Essar, controlled by Vodafone, won 3G radio airwaves in an auction earlier this year in nine of India's 22 telecoms zones.

The company last week named Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson as its 3G equipment suppliers.

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