Indian mobile operator Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has launched GSM-based services under its new Tata DoCoMo brand in the Karnataka circle, the Economic Times reports. At launch the operator has GSM coverage of 427 towns and 2,642 villages. The cellco reiterated its plans to spend around USD2 billion on the pan-India rollout of its GSM network, and said it expected to invest around USD150 million in the Karnataka region alone. The launch comes less than two weeks after the operator revealed it had begun commercial GSM-based operation in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Orissa. TTSL said it expects to have brought its new GSM infrastructure online across the whole of the south of the country by the end of next week.
Under its Tata DoCoMo banner, created to reflect its relationship with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, which acquired a 26% stake in the TTSL in March 2009, the operator offers a ‘pay for what you use’ tariff, with charges for calls nationwide set at INR0.01 (USD0.0002) per second.