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MTS participating in spectrum auctions, customers being informed of 11th March 2013

22 February 2013 325 views No Comment

MTS has confirmed today that it is ready to participate in 11th March spectrum auctions. Previously, the Honorable Supreme Court of India had cancelled 21 SSTL licenses in an order on 2nd February, 2012.

Over the last one year, the uncertainties have been prevailing about cancellations. It has now forced the Company to preserve its resources and begin to inform its 22 lakh customers to port out to other telecom operators of their choice.

These customers are in 10 telecom circles i.e. Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Chatissgarh, North East, Orissa and Punjab. The Company is doing its best for its growth and making its future ready for itself and the decision seems to be coming well in time.

The Government of India has confirmed that SSTL will be able to get going with the previous license costs against the new auction prices.


Vsevolod Rozanov, President & CEO, Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd. says “I would like to confirm our intention to participate in the upcoming spectrum auctions in March 2013. We are in the process of drawing an optimal strategy for the auctions based on several factors including spectrum pricing, levels of competition etc. The intent is to now look at life beyond all the uncertainties and build an even stronger MTS brand in India. The go forward plan includes continuing with the Company’s focus on its data centric-voice enabled strategy in selected circles.”

According to the statistics taken on January 31st 2013, SSTL has an about 3000 on roll employees, out of which less than 10% are employed in the 10 circles and would be affected. SSTL has a customer base of over 14 million, out of which less than 15% come from the impacted circles. The company is making full efforts to take in maximum number of employees in other circles. Moreover, a small number of employees are being placed in other Companies. The Company will work closely with all its local partners and will take care of their concerns. We wish them all the best!

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