Tata Teleservices to launch services in Northeast,Assam Circles soon

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Agra, Aug 10 (UNI) Tata Teleservices has said it will launch the telecom services in the Northeast and Assam Circles in the next few weeks.

''We will launch the telecom services in the North-East and Assam Circles in the next few weeks,'' company Managing Director Anil Sardana told reporters here.

The company has received licence for six circles, including Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where it plans to launch GSM services by fiscal 2009, he said.

It will also roll out services in Orissa and Kerala, the other two circles where it has acquired the spectrum.

Tata Teleservices also announced its plan to invest two billion dollars for rolling out CDMA and GSM services in the country in next two years.

''Over the next two years, the company will invest two billion dollars for setting up a CDMA and GSM network,'' Mr Sardana said.

The company also plans to launch Blackberry 8830 world phone to start the services in the country in the next two months.

''We have launched Blackberry services internally for our staff members. We are waiting for the logistic arrangement and will launch the services and phone for the market in the next one to two month,'' Mr Sardana said.

The company, however, will withdraw the services if the government bans it in the future, he added.

It also target to increase its subscriber base to 35 million from the current 27 million.

''We are rolling out the network very quickly wherever we have been given spectrum so far,'' Mr Sardana said, adding that all orders have been placed.

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