SSTL calls on Huawei, ZTE and Ericsson for network management

20 Sep 2010

Indian mobile network operator Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL), which offers services under the MTS India banner, has selected three vendors to manage its mobile infrastructure in India: Swedish vendor Ericsson and China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE. No financial details of the agreements have been revealed.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, SSTL was given approval in principle by the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to begin offering 2G services in Rajasthan under its Unified Access Service License (UASL) in October 2007, and in January 2008 it received permission from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to expand into other circles nationwide, subject to buying the required UASLs and being allocated spectrum. SSTL subsequently announced the launch of a CDMA-based 800MHz mobile network in Rajasthan in October 2008, and by September 2010 it had expanded coverage of its CDMA-based services to twelve of India’s 22 telecoms circles.