MTS India (SSTL) Receives Its 3rd Carrier in 800 Mhz Spectrum Band in 8 Circles

Pure CDMA Mobile and Data Service operator, MTS India ( Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited)  today announced that it has received its 3rd carrier in the 800 Mhz spectrum band from the Department of Telecom (DoT).

MTS India - SSTL

The allotment of the 3rd carrier is significant as MTS India would now be able to launch its next generation, REV B Phase II telecom services (EVDO – High Speed Data Network).

It may be recalled that in March 2013 spectrum auctions, SSTL had won 3 carriers of 1.25 Mhz each in eight circles i.e. Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Tamil Nadu, UP (West) and West Bengal. In addition, SSTL already has 3 carriers of spectrum within 800 Mhz band in its Rajasthan circle and already provides Rev B Phase II data services within the same circle

Earlier, on 3rd October 2013,  SSTL had also got its Unified Telecom License, valid for 20 years, making it the first telecom operator in the country to become a part of Unified Licensing regime as we shared on TelecomTalk.

“Our long wait to get the 3rd carrier, post the spectrum auctions in March 2013 is finally over. This represents a major milestone, as it would enable SSTL to provide its customers with the next generation Rev B Phase II telecom services across all its circles. Looking ahead, our plan is to acquire at least 5 Mhz of contiguous spectrum within the 800 Mhz spectrum band.” –   Dmitry Shukov, Chief Executive Officer, SSTL (MTS India)

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  • KAPIL K. DEV October 15, 2013 10:37 pm

    MTS started the sale of Wi FI enabled “REV.B” dongles in Kerala, named as “MBlaze WI FI”. Now only post paid users will get “REV.B” 9.8Mbps speed. (Pre paid schemes are there, but they will get only “REV.A” 3.1 Mbps speed with these data cards). My cousin bought one. Rs. 2000 as dongle cost and monthly rental Rs. 724 + tax for 12 GB “REV.B” then unlimited in 1x speed. He told me this price is an introductory offer, actual price is Rs 2299 and Rs. 799 + tax.

  • Sathish, Gobichettipalayam(TN) October 13, 2013 3:50 pm

    We have had long relationship in many areas with Russia. At any cost MTS wont leave from india. MTS is cash rich operator. Initial merger talks is already started between Aircel, Docomo and MTS. Both aircel and Docomo are suffering from 23,000 Cr & 22,000 Cr debt respectively. But these two have pan india licence. MTS should take over Aircel and Docomo debts around 50K CR. Consolidation is the key!

  • LolaChan October 10, 2013 9:53 pm

    Really good move by MTS,Jai ho MTS,4G LTE bhadem gaya,

  • efw October 10, 2013 1:44 pm

    God, this crappy operator and its crappy tech are a waste of spectrum. Its time for LTE. Move, on.

  • kavint October 10, 2013 11:39 am

    hardly u get signals of revA.. SO it doesnot matter if mts launches rev. b or rev.c or lte…they got worst phones which keeps on restarting every interval and got excellent phones which run on android 2.2 and 2.3… its pity that india is loosing its airways to useless companies like mts and reliance.. who do nothing but block the advances in telecom sector.. they win spectrum but doesnot launch any new has largest optical fibre network yet they dont have plans more than 8mbps..mts signal doesnot catch up indoors… their phones are crap.. since there is no other cdma player in india, samsung or htc doesnot offer phones at economic price… htc one dual is excellent but 46,000?? wish it was 28-30,000… we are the looser…

    • Linto October 12, 2013 1:22 pm

      Other CDMA players are Docomo CDMA Bsnl Joy, Reliance CDMA

  • anirudha October 10, 2013 11:22 am

    MTS handset & dongals schmes

  • bhushan October 9, 2013 4:46 pm

    MTS we are missing you in Maharashtra..

  • Esmail October 9, 2013 4:30 pm

    Still excited abour Rev.B? what about launching LTE? Are they waiting to win more spectrum in Jan 2014 before deciding upon LTE? coz after the 700MHz band, the next mose efficient band for LTE is 800MHz which MTS owns, and can use it for good penetration even in rural areas, that can be the only thing which will tempt new users to buy locked handsets.