Tata confirms INR6 billion capex plan for eastern region

8 Jul 2005

India’s Tata Teleservices has earmarked INR1.5 billion for the development of mobile phone services in the West Bengal and Calcutta circles during the next six months, as part of an INR6 billion investment plan for the eastern region, which also includes the Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar circles. The expenditure covers the installation of 400 base stations to add to the existing 500 in the region, extending services to around 350 towns, compared to the present 80. Tata says it is also laying over 2,000km of optic-fibre cable to ensure coverage in cities and along main roads.

In North Bengal, where it has just launched its Tata Indicom brand, Tata is aiming to cover the entire region by December 2006, extending mobile services to Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Berhampur in the first rollout phase and Darjeeling, Alipurduar and Kurseong in the second phase.