Indian mobile operator Loop Telecom, itself a subsidiary of Loop Mobile (formerly BPL Communications), has soft-launched GSM-based services in the Karnataka and Kerala circles, the Business Standard is reporting. The expansion follows a similar launch in Tamil Nadu and Orissa in May 2009. Commenting on the development Sanjeev Chachondia, Loop Telecom’s CEO, said: ‘The network is performing well and we have received an encouraging response from the select group of people testing the network. Subsequently, we will [widen our] network coverage and range of services with the same momentum. Plans are in full swing for a commercial launch shortly.’ The cellco has licences to operate in 21 circles, and according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Andhra Pradesh is likely to be the next circle in which Loop will begin operations.