Indian mobile network operator Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has taken another step towards achieving its aim of pan-India GSM coverage with a commercial launch in Jharkand, bringing the total number of circles where it has a GSM presence to eleven, according to the Economic Times. The cellco has also said it expects to increase the number of circles where it has expanded its GSM-based infrastructure to 18 by the end of this month, with launches planned in Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh. Commenting on the latest launch, Anil Sardana, TTSL’s managing director, said: ‘We are focusing strongly on network superiority, coverage and service offerings. Our network footprint is the largest among all telecom operators in Jharkhand at the time of launch. We have already made large investments in the circle and further expansion in this financial year is on the anvil.’
Having inaugurated its first GSM network in July 2009, with services offered under the Tata DoCoMo banner, Sardana said that the company is investing approximately INR85 billion (USD1.8 billion) on the rollout across the first 18 circles to be covered; TTSL has licences to offer GSM services in 19 circles, but thus far has only been allocated spectrum for 18 of these.