TTSL reiterates USD2 billion CAPEX plan for GSM services

21 Apr 2009

Tata Teleservices (TTSL), a subsidiary of India’s Tata Group, has confirmed that it expects CAPEX to reach USD2 billion in 2009-10 as it looks to launch GSM-based mobile services, the Economic Times reports. TTSL is expected to launch its first GSM-based services in the coming weeks, and it is understood that the operator will target southern states first. However, in separate but related news, it has been reported that TTSL has demanded the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) process its applications for GSM licences and spectrum in three circles; Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). It is understood that the setback has come about after an internal wing of the DoT proposed that the three applications not be processed, and instead be bundled with 343 other outstanding licence applications from various companies. The DoT claimed that TTSL had applied late for licences and spectrum in the three circles in question. Additionally, the cellco has yet to receive GSM spectrum for Delhi, with Anil Sardana, TTSL’s managing director, noting; ‘We are a little concerned about Delhi and will be taking up the issue with the government.’