TTSL all set to leverage DoCoMos VAS

Written by Rachana Khanzode | Mumbai | Updated: Mar 31 2009, 04:36am hrs
With Japan largest telecom service provider NTT DoCoMo completing its acquisition of 26% stake in Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL), the latter is all set to leverage DoCoMos existing vendors of GSM technology and various technology platforms to enhance offerings. Moreover, the stake sale has brought in funds to the tune of $2.7 billion to the Tatas, a part of which will be used in TTSLs GSM roll-out plan.

According to TTSL, DoCoMos existing vendors in the network support, application and value added services area would help them get various accreditations and therefore, reduce their time to market. DoCoMo already has various vendors in place for equipment, applications and VAS and our partnering with them would actually reduce our time to market, a spokesperson with TTSL said.

The deal largely brings in funds for TTSL to roll out its GSM services across the 16 circles in the 1800 Mhz band. The company expects to spend almost $ 1.5 billion initially to roll out these services. We will be investing $1.5 billion on setting up our GSM infrastructure over the next year-and-a-half, to begin with, the spokesperson adds. At one end, t he launch is expected to improve revenue potential to TTSL, with international and national roaming led by GSM. However, TTSL, like the other new players, will have to invest almost 1.5 to 2 times higher than what the players with 900 Mhz band did.