Tata Teleservices Hopeful Of Karnataka Service Launch By Third Quarter

Bangalore: | Updated: Apr 24 2002, 05:30am hrs
Tata Teleservices Limited (TTL), a leading private basic telecom operator plans to invest Rs 1,000 crore in the next six years in Karnataka to set up its network in the state. The company plans to launch its operations in the state by the third quarter of the current fiscal.

TTL will initially launch its services in Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya, Hubli and Hassan. The network will be extended to over 30 cities and towns in Phase I by August 2003.

Addressing the media, Tata Teleservices managing director S Ramakrishnan said, “We plan to cover the entire geographic area of Karnataka in a structured manner over the next seven years.” TTL will offer complete telecom solutions addressing all customer segments in the state — corporates, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and households, Mr Ramakrishnan said. The TTL product offerings will include wireline, fixed wireless, CDMA mobility, data services and a host of integrated telecom solutions. However, the tariff structure has not been fixed yet, Mr Rramakrishnan added.

TTL Karnataka circle COO YVL Pandit said the company would set up an optic fibre backbone of over 2,000 km across the state from Bangalore to Mangalore. The company is already in the process of acquiring 200 kms of optic fibre duct from the member of a consortium. The main switches of TTL would be located in Bangalore, Mangalore and Hubli.

The investment planned for the state is expected to provide employment opportunities to about 8,000 people, Mr Pandit added. TTL offered a host of services to its customers in all segments that would meet all their voice, data and Internet needs, Mr Pandit said. “For the corporate segment the company offers many specialised products like ISDN, Centrex and DID, leased lines, DSL, etc., to name a few,” Mr Pandit said. For the household segment, there will be fixed wireline connections with value added services, Internet access, fixed wireless, etc. The company expects to touch a customer base of 1,00,000 in 12 months’ time, he added.

To address the mobile communication needs of customers TTL plans to offer its TATA Mobitel service, which operates on CDMA technology and works like a mobile phone. The company would also set up public telephone booths under the Tata Telesmart brand, offering India’s first smart card technology based telephones, Mr Pandit said.

TTL had signed the licence for Karnataka circle in August 2001. TTL has been operating basic services in Andhra Pradesh (AP) for the past three years and has a subscriber base of 150,000. TTL has posted revenues of Rs 150 crore in AP in 2001, which is expected to double by the next financial year.