New Delhi: Shyam Telecom and Russian major Sistema combined today became the first new telecom operator to get pan-India start-up spectrum to offer mobile services.
Communication and IT Minister A Raja has signed the file for allotting CDMA spectrum to Shyam Telecom, which has sold majority stake to Russian conglomerate Sistema Inc.
Shyam-Sistema had opted to offer mobile services in CDMA technology and had applied for 21 circles except Rajasthan where the company is already offering services under the brand name Oasis.
Shyam-Sistema will be the third private pan-India operator offering mobile services using CDMA technology apart from Anil Ambani group company RCOM and Tata Teleservices.
Other new telecom operators like Datacom, Unitech, Loop Telecom and Swan telecom have been alloted GSM radio frequency in six circles and the government is looking at the availability of spectrum in other circles too.
Shyam-Sistema has already started rolling out network in various parts of the country and is hoping to start the services soon.