Australian fixed line incumbent Telstra looks set to finally make its entrance to the Indian telecoms sector from early next year, according to The Hindu. According to the news source, the operator’s Indian joint venture, Telstra Telecommunications Private Limited (TTPL), has finally been awarded licences to provide international and national long-distance (ILD and NLD) and internet services in India, with a commercial launch expected in the first quarter of 2011. Commenting on the development, Nathan Bell, Telstra International Director (Products and Marketing), said: ‘We got ILD, NLD and ISP licences in October 2011… We are now setting up infrastructure for rolling out services. We expect to start our operation in the first quarter of 2012.’ While the executive did not disclose Telstra’s investment plans for India, he did state that the company would have its cable landing station in Chennai and Mumbai, where it would build international gateways. Commercial services meanwhile are expected to initially launch in Banaglore, Calcutta, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune, while customer support centres will be opened in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.