MTNL requests extra spectrum to cope with booming demand in Mumbai

8 May 2006

State-run Indian cellco Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) has approached the government for an additional 2MHz of spectrum to expand its cellular mobile services in Mumbai. It is the second time in six months that it has sought additional frequencies. MTNL offers fixed and mobile telecom services in Delhi and Mumbai, and claims it is rapidly reaching capacity in both regions. Its mobile subscriber base stood at 1.94 million at the end of March. ‘We have already crossed the 10-lakh (one million) mark of subscriber base in Mumbai,’ MTNL spokesperson R S P Sinha told the Economic Times. ‘We need additional spectrum to expand our cellular mobile services and we have already applied for this with the Department of Telecom.’