TTSL earmarks an extra USD1 billion for GSM expansion

19 Oct 2009

Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has said it aims to invest an additional USD1 billion in the rollout of its GSM-based services, which it markets under the Tata DoCoMo banner, the Business Standard reports. It is understood that the additional funds will be used in those regions where it has already launched it’s GSM infrastructure, with the investment designed to allow the cellco to enhance its coverage areas in those circles of operation. The extra capital has been earmarked as a result of what TTSL called ‘unprecedented’ growth; the company has previously said it expected to spend USD2 billion on its pan-India GSM rollout and this extra investment will be made on top of that original figure. The extra investment will be spread over a two-year period, with Deepak Gulati, Tata DoCoMo president, noting: ‘The initial investment was primarily meant for the launch of our GSM services. Now the spending will happen more on capacity expansion and expanding the GSM network further, as we are getting overwhelming response for our services.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, TTSL currently offers commercial GSM services in ten circles; Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Calcutta, Mumbai and Maharashtra.