MTS India to Close Down CDMA Mobile Services in 3 Circles – Mumbai, Maharashtra and UP East, Will continue in 9 Circles

By March 11th, 2013 AT 1:31 PM

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd. (SSTL) that provides CDMA  services under brand MTS today won spectrum in the 800 MHz band in 8 circles and failed to get spectrum for Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa and Uttar Pradesh East circle.

MTS India

The circles won by MTS India include Delhi NCR,  Kolkata, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh (West) & West Bengal. The Company’s operational footprint to also include Rajasthan circle which was not affected by the Honorable Supreme Court of India’s order dated 2nd February ‘2012.

SSTL said that based on such criteria, the company also decided NOT to bid for Mumbai, Maharashtra and UP East circles. MTS India would be immediately initiating the process to inform its customers in these 3 circles to port out to other telecom operators of their choice via MNP.

The spectrum won by SSTL / MTS India in 8 telecom circles is technology neutral and would be valid for 20 years. MTS would be required to pay Rs. 3,639 crores for the license period. The terms include payment of 25% of the final bid amount within 10 days, followed by a payment moratorium until March 2016, after which the balance amount will be paid in 10 equal annual installments.

The Department of Telecom (DoT), Government of India has confirmed that SSTL will be able to set off the previous license cost of  Rs.1,626 crores against the new spectrum cost.

MTS Won Spectrum in and Continue in following Circles (8 Circles + 1  Circle) Failed to Get Spectrum, Will closed its services soon (3 Circles) Already Closed Operations (10 circles)
Delhi NCR,  Kolkata, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh (West) & West Bengal (including Sikkim & Andman) Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa, UP East Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar -Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh – Chattisgarh, the North East, Orissa and Punjab
Note : Rajasthan circle was not canceled or affected by the Supreme Court of India’s order dated 2nd February ‘2012

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