Loop Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loop Mobile (formerly BPL Mobile), has successfully made its first test calls on its GSM-based network in the Tamil Nadu and Orissa circles, the Economic Times reports. Loop Telecom has soft-launched its network in the two circles, and plans to soft-launch in a total of five regions before the end of June 2009 in order to comply with licence requirements; Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are expected to be the next regions targeted. Loop Telecom was awarded licences to operate in 21 circles in January 2008 and has already been awarded spectrum for 20 circles. It is understood that for future launches the cellco will target circles in the order in which it was awarded spectrum. The operator will offer services under the Loop Mobile banner. Commenting on the developments, Sanjeev Chachondia, CEO of Loop Telecom; said: ‘We are currently testing our services and products in Tamil Nadu and Orissa. Subsequently, we will roll out a wider range of network coverage and services for the customers.’
Loop Telecom’s parent company, Loop Mobile, is only active in the Mumbai circle, and according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database had 1.95 million subscribers at end-December 2008.