Two of India’s mobile network operators have unveiled progress with regards to the introduction of CDMA EV-DO Rev B technology, with local news source the Business Standard reporting that both Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL) and Tata Teleservices (TTSL) have announced developments related to the 3.5G technology.
SSTL, which operates under the MTS India banner, has launched an upgraded version of its mobile broadband service, ‘MBlaze’, using Rev B technology. Offered as ‘MBlaze Ultra’, customers looking to take up the new product will need to pay INR2,499 (USD54) for a USB dongle in addition to a INR629 monthly charge. The new service claims to offer speeds of up to 9.8Mbps – a figure which may be increased to 14.1Mbps in the future – but at launch the higher-speed product will only be available in Jaipur; the cellco has, however, said that it expects to extend coverage to other metros and key cities across the country later.
TTSL meanwhile is reportedly in the final phase of testing Rev B technology, with a commercial launch expected in 27 major metros and cities by the middle of this month. The mobile operator’s wireless broadband services are offered under the ‘Tata Photon’ banner, and commenting on the upgrade it noted: ‘The move is a logical next step for TTSL, whose market-leading products and solutions have seen it emerge as the undisputed leader in the broadband access and enterprise segments. Tata Photon on the Rev B platform would first be available in 27 major metros and cities across the country, with the rest of the country to be mapped soon.’