Indian operator Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd (TTML), a subsidiary of Tata Teleservices (TTSL), is preparing to launch its CDMA-based wireless broadband service, marketed under the ‘Photon’ banner, in all major cities in Maharashtra, Business Standard reports. The telco aims to offer the service in both Pune and Kolhapur, having already launched in Mumbai, Nagpur and most recently Nashik. TTML has set aside INR10 billion (USD206 million) for the expansion of its user base in the 2009-10 fiscal year, with a portion of this going towards the Maharashtra launch. ‘Photon’ broadband services can be accessed through both USB modems and wireless routers, and targets both residential and business customers. Rajesh Puri, president of operations for TTML, said of the plans: ‘Our aim is to emerge among few top telecom companies. Last year, we had invested around INR10 billion to develop the network and customer service in Mumbai and Maharashtra. We are planning to invest close to INR10 billion in the current year too to grow and strengthen our network base.’ The operator said that it currently has eight million CDMA-based subscribers, of which 2.5 million are in Mumbai.