TTSL to combine CDMA and GSM services

27 Jul 2011

Indian mobile network operator Tata Teleservices (TTSL) is reportedly preparing to combine its two mobile network operator business units, according to India’s Economic Times. It is understood that TTSL is planning what it has described as the ‘unification’ of its CDMA- and GSM-based operations, which are currently offered under the Tata Indicom and Tata DoCoMo banners respectively. A senior TTSL official said of the plan: ‘This restructuring may drive efficiencies but could end up making job positions redundant. Our estimate is 15% of the employee strength, which include employees eased out on the basis of non-performance. CDMA employees will be impacted the most due to this restructuring.’ According to the report it is understood that under the new company structure a unified structure combining CDMA and GSM operations will operate under the watch of four regional heads: Vineet Bhatia (West & Upper North) Mahesh Thampi (East and UP), Yatish Mehrotra (South) and Ajit Chaturvedi (Delhi and Rajasthan). Each of the four aforementioned regions will comprise 15 business units, each roughly equivalent to one of the country’s states, with some being created by the combining of telecom circles. In turn the regional heads will report to the current president of Tata DoCoMo, Deepak Gulati, who will take responsibility for mobile services on a nationwide basis.