TTSL announces date for 3G service launch

12 Oct 2010

India’s Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has become the first private mobile network operator to announce a specific deadline for the introduction of its 3G services, the Indian Economic Times is reporting. The cellco has said that it aims to beat its rivals to the punch by launching commercial 3G services by the time of the Diwali festival, 5 November 2010. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, TTSL bagged third generation concessions for nine circles – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh – in the much-delayed auction that concluded in May 2010, paying INR58.64 billion (USD1.32 billion) for the licences. The operator expects to inaugurate services in all nine regions come November, with Deepak Gulati, executive president of TTSL’s mobility business division, noting: ‘Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has provided technical inputs to make our 3G network world-class … We want to be the first off the block and show the superiority of DoCoMo’s technology.’ TTSL, which offers its GSM-based services under the Tata DoCoMo banner will also market its 3G services under the same moniker, and the cellco has vendor deals in place with China’s Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for 3G equipment in five and four circles respectively.