MTS receives 3rd carrier in 800 MHz spectrum

Sistema Shyam TeleServices that provides telecom services under the brand name MTS has received its 3rd carrier in the 800 MHz spectrum band from Department of Telecom (DoT).

The allotment of the 3rd carrier is significant as the company would now be able to launch its next generation, REV B Phase II telecom services. Recently, SSTL got unified telecom license, valid for 20 years, making it the first operator in the country to become a part of unified licensing regime.

Dmitry Shukov, chief executive officer, SSTL said, “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.”

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.

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