Oct 22, 1999|
DoT to launch mobile telephony services
The Department of Telecom has set up a new wing-Department of Telecom Services (DTS) to launch its mobile phone services in the next financial year. The project is estimated to initially cost Rs 4 bn.
Even as existing mobile players are slugging it out in the larger metropolitan cities, the DTS has decided to launch its services in initially two cities – Chennai and Chandigarh. It will then roll out the service in 27 other cities. The move will give the DTS some breathing space, as the competition will be limited.
The entry of the DTS, and its roll out of services in more cities, is definitely going to intensify the competition in the domestic mobile telephony market. This would be beneficial for the consumers. The companies, on the other hand, will be faced with the prospects of thinner margins.
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