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Tata Tele sells tower unit for INR13.18B

Telecompaper reports that Indian operator Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) has sold its tower business, including 2,535 towers in Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa, to Quippo-Wireless TT Info Services.

Virgin preps Indian entry

MVNO Virgin Mobile is set to enter the Indian market by the first quarter of 2008. The firm’s founder Richard Branson told local reporters that “it will not be long before we enter the mobile phone business in India…

India clears nine companies to offer mobile services

India’s government has issued Unified Access Services Licenses (UASLs) to nine companies, making them eligible to offer mobile services throughout the country.

Indias Tata linked to US4.8B GSM deal

Indian operator Tata Teleservices is the latest regional player reported to be planning a major national GSM network rollout, a deal valued at up to US$4.8 billion.

Virgin Mobile, Disney launch Asian MVNOs

Two high-profile MVNOs from Virgin Mobile and Disney have launched in Asia. Virgin Mobile has teamed with India’s Tata Teleservices to launch the country’s first MVNO targeted at the youth market.

KDDI-led WiMAX group preps US1.3 billion network

KDDI has selected Fujitsu as an infrastructure partner for the deployment of its US$1.3 billion mobile WiMAX network in Japan.

Virgin Mobiles Indian expansion under fire

Virgin Mobile’s partnership with Tata Teleservices has come under scrutiny from the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), reports The Times.

Indian operators welcome infrastructure sharing guidelines

The Indian Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has announced long-awaited proposals on infrastructure sharing based upon mutual agreements between mobile operators.

Qualcomm unveils open ‘mobile widget’ platform

Qualcomm has unveiled a new mobile platform called ‘Plaza,’ which will use open standards to allow developers to build mobile Internet widgets.

Reports: Indian operators reveal global ambitions

Indian mobile groups Bharti and Tata Communications have both been linked to international expansion plans this week.