Hot on the heels of announcing the launch of GSM-based services in Mumbai earlier this week, Reliance Communications (RCOM) has revealed that it has begun GSM operations in the Punjab circle. According to Indian news source The Hindu, the launch makes RCOM the first operator to offer both CDMA and GSM-based services in the region. RCOM’s regional head, Arvind Kumar, said of the launch, ‘The service will cover 460 towns, 11,741 villages and a number of national, state and other highways, tourist and religious places throughout the state.’ The launch comes as part of RCOM’s nationwide rollout of its GSM-based services.
In separate but related news RCOM rival CDMA operator Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has stated it will roll out its own GSM-based services by the end of 2009, and will invest approximately USD2 billion on the new infrastructure. The operator has noted that it has already been allocated spectrum in most circles, and the announcement follows reports in December 2008 that it had signed deals with hardware vendors Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Huawei Technologies for the rollout of approximately 60 million GSM lines.