Tata Tele knocks at DoT, seeks GSM spectrum in Delhi

Tata Tele knocks at DoT, seeks GSM spectrum in Delhi
PTI
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First Published: Sun, Sep 06 2009. 11 59 AM IST
Updated: Sun, Sep 06 2009. 11 59 AM IST
New Delhi: Tata Teleservices said today it has again approached the government for airwaves to roll out its GSM service in Delhi immediately.
TTSL is peeved by the denial of GSM spectrum in the key telecom circle of Delhi despite its frastructure is in place. And its MD Anil Sardana, said, “we have knocked at DoT and will keep doing it. We are very good at pressing the doorbells and will keep on doing till we are heard.”
Asked about the government’s response, he said, “we have not heard from DoT... We paid the licence fee more than year ago.”
Tata Teleservices was considered for GSM spectrum under the dual technology clause. But Reliance Communications and Swan Telecom were given the spectrum for Delhi circle ahead of TTSL.
Sardana said, “here is a company which has delivered results on the ground... wherever we have been given GSM spectrum the services are being launched in all circles one after another.”
By not giving spectrum to Tata Teleservices in Delhi, where the company is closing on to become the leading mobile operator, millions of subscriber have been deprived of competitive rates and quality services, he said.
TTSL entered the GSM space after Government allowed dual technology polcy where an operator can offer both GSM and CDMA services on the same license.
Sardana claimed TTSL has a subscriber base of over five million in the GSM space in eight circles after two months of launching operations.
NTT DoCoMo, the Japanese mobile operator, is the joint venture partner of TTSL which has launched GSM service under the brand name Tata DoCoMo. NTT DoCoMo has acquired 26 per cent shareholding in TTSL.
Asked when the company would achieve a pan-India footprint, Sardana said the services have been launched in eight circle and in some circles they are waiting to get frequency in some districts.
The company has the infrastructure in place and as and when the DoT releases spectrum, he said the services would be launched shortly.
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First Published: Sun, Sep 06 2009. 11 59 AM IST