Indian mobile network operator Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has announced that its GSM network, which offers services under the Tata DoCoMo banner, has been extended to cover Rajasthan. According to Trading Markets, the cellco will launch across the state, with a presence in some 20,000 shops in 580 towns. Commenting on the launch Deepak Gulati, TATA DoCoMo president, said: ‘We are focusing strongly on network superiority, coverage and service offerings. Our partnership with NTT DoCoMo will help us provide subscribers with tremendous technological and service differentiation.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TTSL first launched GSM-based services in June 2009 in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Orissa, using the Tata DoCoMo moniker as a nod to its foreign investor, Japanese giant NTT DoCoMo, which took a 26% stake in the company in November 2008. Since then, the cellco’s GSM rollout has continued apace, with the operator announcing no fewer than twelve further circles had been covered during the second half of 2009: Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in July; Mumbai, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh (August); Haryana (September); Calcutta (October); Punjab, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh East and West (November); and West Bengal (December). The first half of 2010 meanwhile saw expansion continued, with GSM networks inaugurated in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh in March and April respectively. The Rajasthan launch brings the total number of circles covered by TTSL’s GSM infrastructure to 18 of 22.