Tata TeleServices (TTSL) has launched GSM-based commercial services in Chennai and Tamil Nadu, the Business Standard reports. The new service will be offered under the Tata DoCoMo brand, to reflect the investment from new stakeholder NTT DoCoMo which picked up a 26% stake in the Indian cellco in March 2009. At launch the service in the Tamil Nadu circle will be available in 775 towns and 4,370 villages, and initially only pre-paid services will be offered, although the cellco expects to launch post-paid tariffs by next week.
TTSL has reiterated plans to spend around USD2 billion on the rollout of its nationwide GSM network, having acquired a licence to operate GSM-based services in 19 of the country’s telecom circles. It has already been allocated spectrum for 18 circles; it has yet to receive spectrum for Delhi. The company has set its sights on becoming one of the top three GSM operators within the next two to three years.