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Ta-ta to Tata; DOCOMO considers India exit

25 Apr 2014

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO plans to sell its 26.5% stake in loss-making Indian wireless provider Tata Teleservices (TTSL), Reuters writes, citing sources familiar with the matter. Unnamed officials from the Japanese company confirmed that NTT DOCOMO would make a formal decision on the potential sale at a board meeting today. Currently the seventh-largest cellco in the market according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TTSL has steadily lost market share over the last two years, as its strategy of offering cheaper per-second billing has struggled to stay relevant amidst the stiff price competition in the crowded market. Reuters cites a DOCOMO executive as saying that under the terms of its 2009 deal to take a stake in the cellco, the Japanese firm has the option to exit the partnership if TTSL fails to meet certain targets, adding that TTSL is expected to have missed these targets for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2014.

India, NTT DOCOMO, Tata Tele Business Services (TTBS, previously TTSL/TTML)

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