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Times of India

22 May 2009, 0315 hrs IST

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat’s telecom market is set to see some more competition. In a state where every second person has a cellular connection, consumers will have more to choose from over the next one year.

Two new entrants promise a wider choice by the end of this financial year. Aircel and Sistema Shyam plan to launch their operations in the state by the end of this fiscal. Both companies turned down requests to reveal the exact date of launch.

Aircel, a JV between Malaysia’s Maxis Communications and Apollo Hospitals, has presence in 17 circles and is exploring possibilities in 13 other circles across the country.

Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL), a joint venture between Russia's Sistema and Shyam Group, too is mulling foray into 22 Indian territories, including Gujarat. Sistema holds a majority stake (74 per cent) in the joint venture, along with the Shyam Group (23.5 per cent) and the rest 2.5 per cent being public partake. The Shyam group is engaged in telecom, steel, cement, port, among others. Currently, the company has presence in Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Kolkata circles.

The firm, which currently has about a million subscribers, is planning to get 30-40 million subscribers in the next three-four year. Gujarat will contribute to this.

While Aircel operates in the GSM space, Sistema Shyam uses CDMA technology. Presently, Gujarat has four GSM players — Vodafone Essar, Airtel, Idea Cellular and BSNL and two CDMA players in Reliance and Tata Indicom. Between them, there are 2.4 crore cellular connections.

“The entry of two new players will certainly intensify competition in Gujarat leading to a further growth in the subscriber base,” said the regional head of a leading cellular company.

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Sistema Shyam to roll out mobile services in Delhi and Mumbai by December

Economic Times

21 May 2009, 2154 hrs IST

KOLKATA: Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) , a JV between Russia’s Sistema and the Shyam Group, is targeting a 10% market share in the Indian mobile turf in the next five years. Unperturbed by the slowdown, the company is committed to its 22-circle expansion plan by mid-2010, including rollouts in the high-stakes Mumbai and Delhi circles by December.

This was indicated by SSTL’s president & CEO Vsevolod Rozanov at the company’s high profile launch of CMDA mobile services in Kolkata on Thursday. "SSTL is targeting around 35-40 million subscribers in five years. We plan to start services in 2-to-3 new circles every quarter. Next in line are the circles of West Bengal, Bihar/Jharkhand. Number portability will also drive growth for us."

At present, SSTL operates CDMA mobile services in Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It offers CDMA mobile services under the MTS brand with around five lakh subscribers.

Incidentally, SSTL believes entry into the super-competitive Mumbai and Delhi circles will help it also grow its non-voice revenue. "We are looking at VAS and data services as future revenue streams and we expect Mumbai and Delhi will provide such opportunities," said Mr Rozanov.

On the network front, SSTL plans to expand the number of its BTS sites from the present 4,000 to 20,000 by next year. "We have already invested $1.2 billion and are committed to our declared $5.5-billion investment plan over the next 3-5 years. The meltdown has not changed our plans," Mr Rozanov said.

SSTL will evaluate possibilities for an IPO next year. The Russian government’s proposed investment in the company has also progressed. "The Russian government has announced a budgetary allocation of $670 million to acquire around 20% stake in SSTL. The deal is likely to be completed in the next two months. But Sistema will continue to enjoy a majority shareholding in SSTL," Sistema senior vice president Sergey Cheremin said.

The company currently has 1,500 people on its rolls and plans to take its headcount to 8,000 people as its expands across the nation. Even though SSTL has a GSM licence, it will currently focus only on CDMA as it feels this technology can provide cost competitive service in the Indian market.

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this seems to be good in kolkata..also samsung handset is avlbl in kolkata unlike the south

what is the price for Samsung set.and what is the model offered.

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