MTS to upgrade network to EVDO Rev B platform
Mobile telephony Services or MTS is planning to upgrade its network to EVD Rev B platform. MTS is the brand of Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL). This latest Rev B is one step over the previous Rev A. The most intriguing feature of this platform is that, that MTS will be able to offer speed of 14.7Mbps.
The current speed which the MTS is offering is 3.1 Mbps through its Rev A network in 84 cities. The Company has not yet confirmed about anything related to it and has also declined to give specific timeline in the process of upgrade.
SSTL is a joint venture between Sistema of Russia and the Shyam Group of India. Sistema is the majority shareholder in this joint venture with a 74% of equity stake. The Shyam Group holds a 23.5 % and the remaining 2.5 % is held by the public.
Leonid Musatov, chief marketing officer, Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL), said, "We certainly plan to migrate from Rev A to Rev B; but due to strategic reasons we would not be able to share a definite migration timeline. MTS would like to extend MBlaze to 100 cities by the year end. We intend to cover 20 per cent of the data subscribers' market share by 2012."
MTS data subscriber’s is around 2.5 lakh using its MBlaze service (CDMA dongles). Musatov said that the wireless broadband data market is growing and is comparatively small but the growth rate is fast. MTS is one of the major leaders in the prepaid segment in the Indian mobile broadband market. ARPU (average revenue per user) is a very niche segment and a lot of thought is bought into the mind of these data subscribers.
Tata Teleservices has tried the Rev B platform. They also provide CDMA based high speed data services and has announced that it too will upgrade its network soon. Leonid Musatov mentioned, “For the mobile broadband industry, blended ARPUs (prepaid and postpaid), are generally about Rs 700.This is why 3G auctions garnered such a high price.”