Tata Offers Co-branded Mobile Services With NTT DoCoMo

Tata Teleservices, an Indian mobile services company, is offering services using GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technology in India under a joint Tata-DoCoMo brand.

The Indian company, in which Japan's NTT DoCoMo holds a 26 percent stake, is already offering services using CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology. At the end of April, the company had about 35.7 million subscribers. Tata Teleservices is investing US$2 billion for a rollout across India, starting later this month with telecom circles in south India. The rollout will be completed by the end of this year, Anil Sardana, managing director of Tata Teleservices, said on Wednesday.

India's mobile market has been booming despite the economic downturn. The country added 11.9 million mobile subscribers in April, up by 45 percent from additions in the same month last year, according to data released earlier this month by India's Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

The new additions in April helped take the total number of mobile subscribers in India to 404 million.

GSM has proven to be the more popular technology for mobile services in the country.

Reliance Communications, another large player in mobile services using CDMA technology, introduced its GSM service in January. A large number of foreign mobile services companies including Vodafone and Telenor have invested in Indian joint ventures for mobile services.

An auction of spectrum for 3G services in India is now expected before the end of this year, after several postponements.

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