MTS India

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Subsidiary (Merged into Reliance Communications)
Industry Telecommunications
Founded December 2008
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Key people
Sergey Savchenko, Chief executive officer
Products Mobile telephony
Wireless broadband
Parent Sistema (56.68%)
Shyam Group (23.98%)
Russian government (17.14%)
Slogan You know that you can!

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL), also known as Mobile TeleSystems and commonly referred to by the abbreviation MTS, is the Indian subdivision of Russian Mobile TeleSystems telecommunication company headquartered in New Delhi, India. It provides wireless voice, broadband Internet, messaging and data services in India. MTS India is a subsidiary of Russian conglomerate Sistema and is the ninth largest mobile operator in India with 8.9 million subscribers as of June 2015.


Sistema, the largest public diversified corporation in Russia, acquired a 10% stake in Shyam Telelink for a total cash consideration of US$ 11.4 million at the end of September 2007. Shantanu Telecom along with their partner Sistema had applied for UASL licence in 22 telecom circles of India. In August 2008, they got a pan-India start-up spectrum to start their mobile service operations in the country. They provide mobile services based on CDMA technology under the brand name MTS India and gave contracts to ZTE and Huawei for network expansion. MTS launched operations in Uttar Pradesh East and West in October 2010.[2]

On 2 February 2012, the Supreme Court of India cancelled 122 licences of 22 mobile operators, including 21 of MTS' 22 licences, in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. MTS lost all its licences except the one for Rajasthan circle.[3] MTS had approximately 2.32 million subscribers in those 10 circles at the time of the announcement, and 14.88 million subscribers nationally.[4] According to MTS officials, the 10 circles where MTS ceased operations constituted 15.62% of its total subscriber base and less than 15% of the company's overall revenue.[5] In the 2013 spectrum auction, MTS won back licences and spectrum in 8 circles - Delhi NCR, Kolkata, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh (West) and West Bengal.[6][7]


MTS launched EVDO Rev A based high-speed mobile broadband service, MBlaze,[8] in November 2009 and has seen tremendous market acceptance with over 5 lakh (As per February 2011 Data) customers in a short span of time. In April 2010, MTS launched MTS TV for MTS MBlaze customers. MTS MBlaze have its coverage in 100+ cities as of February 2011. MTS has also announced pan-India roaming for its users in April–May 2010.[9] MTS also provides MBrowse which is CDMA-1x technology based internet service. According to Vsevolod Rozanov, President & CEO, MTS India, With a view to enhance customer experience, MTS has prepared a blue print to take the mobile broadband usage in the country to the next level. In a phased manner, MTS will be launching seamless HSD services across some of the busiest highways in the country.[10] On 5 September, MTS India announced the commercial availability of its EVDO Rev B Phase 2 network. On 23 October 2013 SSTL announced its roll out plan of its 3GPLUS network in nine circles namely Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Uttar Pradesh (West) and West Bengal.[11]


MTS currently operates in 9 circles.


  1. ^ "SSTL issues shares to Russia". Times of India. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "MTS mobile services in Uttar Pradesh by early-November". Mint. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Vikas SN (22 February 2013). "MTS India To Close Down Operations In 10 Circles; 15.6% Subscribers Impacted". MediaNama. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "MTS to shut down operations in 10 circles". Times of India. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sistema to shut operations in 10 circles ahead of spectrum auction". Livemint. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sistema bags spectrum in eight circles for 3,639 crore". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sistema gives 3 circles a miss in CDMA auction". Business Standard. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Adding intelligence to businesses". Business Standard. 
  9. ^ "MTS announces results". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "MTS business details". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "MTS launches Mblaze Ultra with 9.8Mbps download speed; rolls out 3GPLUS network in 9 circles". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 

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