MTS India Says Will Not Exit Indian Telecom Market

MTS India the CDMA Mobile service of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (SSTL) with over 16 million customers today said that it will not exit the Indian telecom market as it is hopeful of a positive response on its curative petition from the apex court.

 

MTS India has stayed away from the recent spectrum auction and its 21 licences are valid till 18th January 2013 as per Supreme Court’s order. MTS awarded these licenses in 2008 by then Telecom Minister A Raja which have been canceled by the Supreme Court in February 2 order terming them illegal.

MTS India – SSTL President and CEO Vsevolod Rozanov said that he was hopeful the Indian government will soon take a call on the issue of revising spectrum pricing in the light of lukewarm response to the recent 2G auction.

MTS India which provides Pure CDMA mobile and data services, has been arguing that there is ‘No Demand for the CDMA spectrum’ in which it operates and the prices set by Government were very steep. Government has set minimum price of pan-India spectrum in 800 Mhz band which can be used for CDMA services, around 11 times high compared to amount which companies paid to get it in 2008. At the reserve price, each block of 800 Mhz band (CDMA) will cost Rs 4550 crore.

This Article Was Written By: Rudradeep Biswas

Rudradeep Biswas - Senior Telecom Analyst

The happy guy RDB (stands for Rudradeep Biswas) has been writing for Telecomtalk since 2009, covering mobile operators, 3G, broadband, WiFi, 4G, LTE, telecom policies and what-not related to Indian telecom. He is by profession a doctor, did his MBBS from R.G.Kar Medical College, Kolkata.

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  • SAHIL December 9, 2012 5:36 pm, 5:36 PM

    can any one tell me,will MTS CDMA stay or leaves from KOLKATA?

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  • manish mishra December 2, 2012 7:37 pm, 7:37 PM

    all well wisher of telecom department i heard new mts shut down cdma network it is true

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  • manish mishra December 2, 2012 7:37 pm, 7:37 PM

    all well wisher of telecom department i heard new mts shut down cdma network it is tru

    Reply
  • Anirban Das November 20, 2012 11:40 pm, 11:40 PM

    If MTS not got their CDMA licence then only

    Abhijith :
    I heard MTS is going to take over aircel ! Is it true ?

    Reply
  • Abhijith November 20, 2012 9:29 pm, 9:29 PM

    I heard MTS is going to take over aircel ! Is it true ?

    Reply
  • PD November 19, 2012 8:24 pm, 8:24 PM

    Why TT is inert for the last two days ?

    Reply
  • Paglu November 19, 2012 8:19 pm, 8:19 PM

    @ENAUD
    u silly dumb even in wikipedia airtel page we find fact about airtel’s wrongly activating vas.

    Reply
  • pavan November 19, 2012 6:52 pm, 6:52 PM

    Joseph :
    @pavan
    BSNL is giving ZTE modem unlocked inthe market, it is compatible with most of the CDMA networks!

    It is Sim less or sim based?

    Reply
  • ENAUD November 19, 2012 5:34 pm, 5:34 PM

    @Paglu
    @ PAGLU – Airtel provides a premium service. Yes like other operators they (sometimes) activate VAS without consent – however when you complain to them (via email) they DO return it. What is wrong with that?

    >>Urging to all plz do not take any airtel or vodafone
    >> ty are pure blood sucking fucker

    Reply
  • Joseph November 19, 2012 1:01 pm, 1:01 PM

    @vijay
    MTS itself having 13 million customers in India. BSNL may only have 5 million CDMA customers?, DON’T you think they are wise enough to enjoy unlimited voice high speed data and less congested network with no FUP FAIR USAGE POLICY?

    Reply
  • Joseph November 19, 2012 9:58 am, 9:58 AM

    @pavan
    BSNL is giving ZTE modem unlocked inthe market, it is compatible with most of the CDMA networks!

    Reply
  • pavan November 18, 2012 10:30 pm, 10:30 PM

    can any body help me Which CDMA modem can be unlocked ?

    Reply
  • Paglu November 18, 2012 8:42 pm, 8:42 PM

    Urging to all plz do not take any airtel or vodafone
    they are pure blood sucking fucker.

    Reply
  • PD November 18, 2012 7:21 pm, 7:21 PM

    @Anirban Das :
    @Arun :
    @Jagannath :
    @zeeshan :
    @Raghu :
    And all other learned bloggers -

    It is understandable that the operators will not desist from any kind of unscrupulousness when they feel the heat. Unfortunately service providers points the gun towards the subscribers and try to extract maximum in the given circumstances. Therefore it would be most appropriate to limit the usage of the service especially SMS to the barest minimum. Best possible way for those who have devices for online services to use “unlimited” net access and that too with minimum plan charges ! TRAI sometimes vitiate the atmosphere with bizarre and double edged recommendations and add fuel to the fire !

    Reply
  • Raghu November 18, 2012 3:36 pm, 3:36 PM

    @Anirban Das
    the operators Aircel,Reliance have to complain in TDSAT against this or else go to Supreme Court also for this high charges which Airtel,Vodafone are asking. Hope Idea does not follow suit.

    Reply
  • PD November 18, 2012 2:09 pm, 2:09 PM

    Raghu :
    @PD
    the lukewarm response to Spectrum is understandable i think so becoz of high reserve price. MTS I think will definitely the case as if it goes to International Courts India’s foreign investment will go

    The way GOMs were laughing (definitely not the last laugh) during the press conference unravel huge settings behind the curtain, a point the battered opposition too, put on sale ! Anyway nothing can happen that will jeopardize the subscribers’ interest for the judiciary is yet to intervene in toto ! What surprise us is the way the constitutional bodies are being used to settle and or scuttle …. !

    Reply
  • Anirban Das November 18, 2012 1:45 pm, 1:45 PM

    Anirban Das :

    Anirban Das :
    @Sanjay Bafna: Airtel is stopping SMSs from Reliance and Aircel, and Vodafone from Loop Mumbai and TATA. Asking for 10p/sms for SMS termination to their network, forcing other network to increase their SMS tariff. Please publish article on it !!!

    Arun :
    @Anirban Das
    sir, in kerala airtel is not allowing to send sms to aricel no.s in kerala (i don’t know if every customers of airtel in kerala facing this problem..) kerala airtel customers Plz check it and comment on it..

    Anirban Das :
    @ Rudradeep : Airtel is stopping SMSs from Reliance and Aircel, and Vodafone from Loop Mumbai and TATA. Asking for 10p/sms for SMS termination to their network, forcing other network to increase their SMS tariff. Please publish article on it !!!!!

    Jagannath :
    @Anirban Das
    Very true…. So that is the reason why messages from my Aircel number are not getting delivered to my friends having an airtel connection

    zeeshan :
    @Anirban Das
    What about MTNL and BSNL. Is airtel stopping their messages too.

    Airtel is blocking SMS from Aircel and Reliance, asking 10p/sms for SMS termination to its network,
    Now, Vodafone is blocking SMS from TATA ana Loop (Mumbai) and also asking 10p/sms for SMS termination to its network.
    Now among Cartel/AVoId whatever you call, Idea is remaining, surely will follow the same way, will block SMS from Uninor/MTS or may be BSNL/MTNL.
    Just forcing other network to increase their SMS tariff.
    So, for revenue the operators except Cartel/AVoId must have to increase their SMS tariff to minimum 15p or 20p /sms.
    The days of lower SMS tariff, or 100 SMS/day is likely to be gone, due to this Airtl, Voda etc.
    So, I appeal to the young Gen to AVoId this Cartel.

    ————————————————————————————

    Reply
  • Anirban Das November 18, 2012 12:54 pm, 12:54 PM

    Anirban Das :
    @ Rudradeep : Airtel is stopping SMSs from Reliance and Aircel, and Vodafone from Loop Mumbai and TATA. Asking for 10p/sms for SMS termination to their network, forcing other network to increase their SMS tariff. Please publish article on it !!!!!

    Jagannath :
    @Anirban Das
    Very true…. So that is the reason why messages from my Aircel number are not getting delivered to my friends having an airtel connection

    zeeshan :
    @Anirban Das
    What about MTNL and BSNL. Is airtel stopping their messages too.

    Airtel is blocking SMS from Aircel and Reliance, asking 10p/sms for SMS termination to its network,
    Now, Vodafone is blocking SMS from TATA ana Loop (Mumbai) and also asking 10p/sms for SMS termination to its network.

    Now among Cartel/AVoId whatever you call, Idea is remaining, surely will follow the same way, will block SMS from Uninor/MTS or may be BSNL/MTNL.

    Just forcing other network to increase their SMS tariff.
    So, for revenue the operators except Cartel/AVoId must have to increase their SMS tariff to minimum 15p or 20p /sms.

    The days of lower SMS tariff, or 100 SMS/day is likely to be gone, due to this Airtl, Voda etc.
    So, I appeal to the young Gen to AVoId this Cartel.

    Reply
  • bittu November 18, 2012 11:33 am, 11:33 AM

    whom should i contact if i want to rent my land for tower installation? Who manages this things of an operator?

    Reply
  • zeeshan November 18, 2012 10:04 am, 10:04 AM

    @Anirban Das
    What about MTNL and BSNL. Is airtel stopping their messages too.

    Reply
  • Jagannath November 18, 2012 9:48 am, 9:48 AM

    @Anirban Das
    Very true…. So that is the reason why messages from my Aircel number are not getting delivered to my friends having an airtel connection :(

    Reply
  • Anirban Das November 18, 2012 12:18 am, 12:18 AM

    @ Rudradeep : Airtel is stopping SMSs from Reliance and Aircel, and Vodafone from Loop Mumbai and TATA. Asking for 10p/sms for SMS termination to their network, forcing other network to increase their SMS tariff. Please publish article on it !!!!!

    Reply
  • Mehboob November 17, 2012 10:25 pm, 10:25 PM

    MTS is the Best!

    Reply
  • Anirban Das November 17, 2012 10:22 pm, 10:22 PM

    SKP :
    WELCOME BACK MTS. I TOOK MTS ON 2009 APRIL AND STILL VERY MUCH SATISFIED WITH THEIR PLANS AND COSTUMER CARE. TOMORROW I M GOING TO TAKE MTS POST PAID PLAN 499. FREE TO ANY NETWORK INSIDE KERALA WITH OUT FUP. FRIENDS… WHATS UR COMMENTS ABT THIS PAN?

    It’s Really Awesome !!!!

    Reply
  • Raghu November 17, 2012 10:03 pm, 10:03 PM

    @PD
    the lukewarm response to Spectrum is understandable i think so becoz of high reserve price. MTS I think will definitely the case as if it goes to International Courts India’s foreign investment will go

    Reply
  • Jagannath November 17, 2012 4:38 pm, 4:38 PM

    The gov should be progressive at this. In my opinion cancelled circles gave a chance to rebuilt its licence. Like uninor, mts and videocon…every portion of there customers not to be proved fools anymore… Govt must take a step to get some more bucks around it.

    Reply
  • vijay November 17, 2012 4:35 pm, 4:35 PM

    If we give spectrum to mts @ 2008 price then it will discrimination with others whose licences were also cancelled.

    MTS is saying that there is no taker for 800 mah spectrum but if govt allows gsm operators to participate in auction of 800 mah spectrum then there will be many takers as 800 mah spectrum is more efficient.

    850 mah gsm spectrum is already in use in many countries. CDMA has already lost its sheen in India, bsnl cdma has only 5 million customers with pan India licence.

    Reply
  • KAPIL K. DEV November 17, 2012 4:29 pm, 4:29 PM

    Very good news from the very good operator.

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  • SAURABH November 17, 2012 4:23 pm, 4:23 PM

    MTS TOTALLY WORST

    Reply
  • Amit Deb Biswas November 17, 2012 3:41 pm, 3:41 PM

    Mts mblaze night unlimited now rs.505/30day which was rs.303.. Now 303 is valid for 15days!! :S

    Reply
  • Mane November 17, 2012 3:38 pm, 3:38 PM

    We also hope that mts will win the race because cancellation of spectrum is not in the favour of customers and govt. Should not change game’s rules after starting the game.

    Reply
  • SKP November 17, 2012 3:36 pm, 3:36 PM

    WELCOME BACK MTS. I TOOK MTS ON 2009 AND STILL NOW VERY MUCH SATISFIED WITH THEIR SERVICE AND CUSTOMER CARE. TOMORROW I AM GOING TO TAKE THEIR POST PAID PLAN 499, FREE TO ANY NETWORK INSIDE KERALA WITH OUT FUP. FRIENDS , WHATS UR COMMENTS ABT MTS POST PLAN 499?

    Reply
  • SKP November 17, 2012 3:31 pm, 3:31 PM

    WELCOME BACK MTS. I TOOK MTS ON 2009 APRIL AND STILL VERY MUCH SATISFIED WITH THEIR PLANS AND COSTUMER CARE. TOMORROW I M GOING TO TAKE MTS POST PAID PLAN 499. FREE TO ANY NETWORK INSIDE KERALA WITH OUT FUP. FRIENDS… WHATS UR COMMENTS ABT THIS PAN?

    Reply
  • PD November 17, 2012 3:15 pm, 3:15 PM

    OMG ! Smells rat in the whole issue of spectrum – cancellation, farming, refarming, allocation, auction. lukewarm responses, spectrum pricing etc. etc.!

    Reply
  • Dhiraj November 17, 2012 3:00 pm, 3:00 PM

    MTS wants to cancel Supreme Courts Order. It seems that Russian telecom giant is more powerful than Indian Government.

    Reply

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