MTS India (SSTL) Becomes the First Telecom Operator In India To Get A Unified Telecom License

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited that provides telecom services under the brand name MTS today announced that it has received its Unified Telecom License effective from 3rd October, 2013.

MTS India - SSTL

The Unified License will enable MTS India (SSTL) to provide technology neutral telecom services (GSM/CDMA/LTE) for a period of 20 years in 8 circles – Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Tamil Nadu, UP (West) and West Bengal. With this development, SSTL becomes the first telecom operator in the country to be a part of Unified Licensing regime.

Rajasthan is another service area where SSTL has its CDMA Mobile and data services but is being run under the old telecom licence called the Unified Access Services Licences (UAS).

MTS was only bidder for the CDMA spectrum (800 Mhz band) in the March 2013 spectrum auctions and won spectrum to operate in 8 circles – Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh (West) & West Bengal out of total 22 circles for Rs 3,639 crore. The company already had its operations running in Rajasthan service area.

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  • ARVIND June 3, 2014 11:29 pm

    IF DONT WANT MOBILE COVERAGE IN 99.9% AREAS , U CAN USE MTS FOR ITS PLANS.

  • Raghuram October 5, 2013 12:51 am

    We hope MTS becomes Pan India Operator along with Uninor to create competition in the market as otherwise AVOID will spoil the market like anything. Any idea as to when the next auction going to be guys?

  • SS October 5, 2013 12:36 am

    @Saurabh
    LOL!! In reverse gear! ha ha ha… Pakdho life ka har signal :-p

    I thank Uninor for not doing this rubbish. But thanks to Tata that you are still getting signals but why internet is not working?

    I guess they are relocating but i would say that Uninor has really improved their services in UP EAST and they are the cheapest operator here but the net totally sucks here.

    • Saurabh October 5, 2013 8:56 am

      @SS, I had talked to their nodal officer in Mohali (Chandigarh) and he said that we are re-configuring out towers with new frequencies we got in auction and you may face problem until then, It can take another 7-10 days. When I told him that mast has been removed, he also said the same thing that location is getting changed in your town. Internet services has been started again and we are getting E signal from Tata Docomo now but it remained down for few days.

      Actually Videocon tower was not at good location and it was no way near to residential areas before. There were many areas which were not getting any signal and it was located in fields. Tata Docomo and Aircel also operates on 1800 MHz here but both have good signal strength (-69 to -75 dBm) in my town even better than the 900 MHz operated Idea and Vodafone. Tower is also at a distance but still good coverage. Aircel/Tata Docomo have their trans-receivers on same mast here but both have their signals present even though Aircel has shut down operations. So I get full signal in my Videocon also because of Tata. Reliance/BSNL who are also operating on 1800 MHz here sucks in terms of coverage even though their BTS are near to me then Tata/Aircel. It all depends on the transmitters being used and their directions. Tata really has a big (in terms of diameter) trans-receiver on their BTS while both Reliance and BSNL has smaller ones. :D

  • LolaChan October 4, 2013 11:59 pm

    jai ho MTS

  • Balabharathi October 4, 2013 10:08 pm

    Good to know MTS will got this unified license.

    MTS first needs to fix the primary service the SMS , i was a MTS customer in karnataka , bangalore for almost 4 months. They offer one of worst service is terms for SMS.

    The SMS you sent never gets delivered and the texts sent to you gets delivered very very late. I raised complaint regarding this many times, still there is no official answer or resolution. I MNPed to RIL cdma and i am very happy with the service.
    If MTS wants customers high ARPU customers , they should first accept foreign MEID

    1. BRING IN YOUR OWN DEVICE ( BOYD).
    2. Improve the basic services like SMS
    3. Reduce the data charges. (Data charges are ridiculous in MTS)

  • adil October 4, 2013 9:11 pm

    I guess Rajasthan does not come under unified
    license as there license was not cancelled for Rajasthan but for the new license which they won in march 2013 comes under unified
    license ..

  • Somnath October 4, 2013 9:11 pm

    I just hope in future MTS should provide LTE on 800Mhz. It will be effecient and good covereage(especially inside buildings).
    Don’t waste time on GSM (bzoc already so many players) & Evdo Rev. B.
    Just cover with Evdo Rev. A as much as possibe in 9 circles & launch LTE in big and popular cities.

  • vinay October 4, 2013 8:54 pm

    MTS has one of best network coverage in bangalore but sad thing is its CDMA.. It has superb plans regarding voice calls.. at minimal rate of 60~ bucks we can get half paisa call rates for six months. call quality is always good. If they start GSM services people no longer go behind AVoId

  • Akhil Mohan October 4, 2013 6:09 pm

    But if they provide 3G or even LTE in 800 MHz, can our existing handsets support it. I mean a Galaxy S4 may be LTE ready but only in 2300MHz, not in 800MHz, right?

    • sheldon October 5, 2013 12:36 pm

      s4 supports the following LTE bands
      700, 800, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2600 MHz

      there is hardly any phone which supports 2300 Mhz which is being deployed in india.

  • Esmail October 4, 2013 5:19 pm

    Even Videocon has unified license on the basis of which they declared they would be launching LTE on 1800 MHz band. Yes MTS should make full use of this and offer LTE on 800MHz and stop investing in EVDO Rev.B. Buy more spectrum in 800MHz band in upcoming auctions and become a Pan India operator and offer low tariffs to attract people to buy locked handsets, otherwise no one will want to spend on upgrading to locked LTE handsets if tariffs remain high.

    • Keshav Jha October 5, 2013 12:52 pm

      TRAI has not recommended GoI to sell 800 MHz spectrum in upcoming auction.

  • Keshav Jha October 4, 2013 4:28 pm

    MTS should go for LTE. Most of the LTE supported handset supports 800 MHz as well as 1800 MHz (Similar to 900 MHz & 1800 MHz of GSM). So they should buy 1800 MHz spectrum in other circles.

    • S.Sudhakar October 4, 2013 5:24 pm

      First of all let them make 2G EDGE a superhit by giving 296 Kbps speed to each and every EDGE user at all the time. Then move to 3G and finally to 4G. Understood?.

      • Tharun George October 4, 2013 7:16 pm

        Whatever the technology they use the price for spectrum is same. It is logical to provide fastest technology like LTE or 3G instead of dead slow 2G. Else it will be like buying a Galaxy S4 for Rs 40k and comes with 200MHz processor.

        • S.Sudhakar October 5, 2013 12:31 pm

          It is possible to give 296 Kbps download and 296 Kbps upload speed (when not used simultaneously) for each and every user at all time (at all the full coverage areas) using the existing infrastructure.

          Then let them give minimum 3.6 Mbps upload and 3.6 Mbps download speed (when not used simultaneously) to each and every user at all time within the data usage limit and 1 Mbps upload speed and 1 Mbps download speed (when not used simultaneously) to each and every user at all time after FUP.

          Then you can talk about 4G. In 4G we need atleast 7.2 Mbps upload and 7.2 Mbps download speed (when not used simultaneously) to each and every user at all time after using the 4G data limit). If an operator (airtel as for now) is providing 2G, 3G and 4G, then all 3G packs must be valid in 2G networks* also. Then 4G data packs must be valid and usable in 3G and 2G networks* also.

          Why I am saying is that when higher network coverage is not available, the higher network data pack must be usable in lower network also.

          * means it should be allowed to use during on net national roaming.

          You are talking in the sense of disposing old technologies. If you are talking like this, then you will even tell the operator to buy the license for 5G and 6G now itself !!!. LOL LOL LOL.

      • Keshav Jha October 5, 2013 12:50 pm

        Why do you want to stick to 2G? 2G EDGE can never give 296 Kbps. First Read the technological limitations. Buying a LED HD TV doesn’t need first buying an old B&W CRT TV then colour CRT TV then LCD TV and then LED TV. MTS can directly launch 4G or 2G+4G.

  • S.Sudhakar October 4, 2013 4:21 pm

    Whether an operator gets unified license or not, not even a single provider in India gives at least 3.6 Mbps for each and every user in 3G and at least more than 2 Mbps per user anytime in CDMA EVDO rev. 1.

    Actually, only the data speed is unified !!!. LOL LOL LOL.

  • Saurabh October 4, 2013 4:13 pm

    @Sanjay,

    I think Videocon was the first one to get it. I read an article about it in ET few months back.
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    BTW Videocon’s own network is totally gone at my place in Haryana from last 5-6 days i.e no signal at all. Their network not appearing while searching also. Getting network from Tata and no Internet service. I think instead of expanding, they put the reverse gear. Also there is no cell site at the place where it used to be i.e mast is also removed. Maybe they are re-allocating it. lol

  • ritesh October 4, 2013 3:23 pm

    Telecom talk should develop its own android application which will be able of checking for new articles at intervals

  • chandra October 4, 2013 3:17 pm

    First of all MTS needs to reduce the tariffs of their Mblaze offerings.

  • Arun Chandran October 4, 2013 3:11 pm

    Idea increased the price of 2g data plans in Gujarat circle.

    • Saurabh October 4, 2013 4:06 pm

      Yes. You’re right. They did it yesterday evening. Soon will be done in all 3G circles fisrt and 2G circles thereafter. :D

      • Arun Chandran October 4, 2013 4:44 pm

        @Saurabh
        When will RIL jio launch 4g.If Reliance jio launch 4g with reduced rate AVOID will force to reduce 3g rates.Waiting for the real competition ever in Indian telecom.

  • Kannadas October 4, 2013 3:05 pm

    Hi Sanjay Bafna, you mention over there MTS gets the GSM License in tamilnadu.MTS have GSM network any where ?

    • Sanjay Bafna October 4, 2013 3:17 pm

      Read the post again, i did not say that “MTS get the GSM license”

      I said, MTS /SSTL get new Unified License which will enable it to “provide technology neutral telecom services” (which can be GSM/CDMA/LTE what ever operator like to offer) for a period of 20 years in 8 circles – Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Tamil Nadu, UP (West) and West Bengal.

      Right now MTS offering CDMA services in 9 circles in India.

  • Tharun George October 4, 2013 2:33 pm

    Better switch to GSM or LTE. Sticking to CDMA is a waste of Unified Telecom License.

    • Rama October 4, 2013 4:33 pm

      So does that mean that after 3 years mts can start providing 2G GSM services and if so will our normal handsets be compatible with the 800mhz spectrum

      • Akhil Mohan October 4, 2013 6:06 pm

        I dont think normal GSM handsets will be able to handle GSM in 800 Mhz.

      • Tharun George October 4, 2013 7:08 pm

        Now most smartphone support 850MHz extended GSM. But MTS is unlikely to launch GSM as they have invest $2 billion on CDMA.

        TRAI has already recommended giving 800MHz CDMA spectrum for Extended GSM.

  • Thiru October 4, 2013 2:27 pm

    Unified License?????

    • Sanjay Bafna October 4, 2013 2:49 pm

      Unified License allows the liberal use of telecom technologies on existing spectrum for providing the latest services like 3G GSM and 4G LTE etc.

      • aashu October 4, 2013 3:05 pm

        It means mts can offer 3g on 800 MHz band and lte also

        • Saurabh October 4, 2013 4:09 pm

          They are already providing 3G using 800 MHz spectrum. EV-DO (Rev. A and Rev. B) is 3G of CDMA. :P As far as LTE is concerned, you will require a new handset…

  • varun October 4, 2013 2:10 pm

    Wow now competition begins