AT&T Sets Sights on India’s Mobile Market
Company Applies for 22 Unified Access Service Licenses
San Antonio, Texas.-New Delhi, India — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that applications have been filed with the Indian Department of Telecommunications for a Unified Access Service License (UASL) in all 22 circles of India. This is an important step toward participating in India’s upcoming spectrum allocation proceedings.
Under the Indian government’s foreign direct investment (FDI) policy, which allows up to 74 percent foreign ownership in telecommunications, AT&T is extending its successful partnership with Mahindra Telecommunications Private Limited, through AT&T India, to apply for the UASL.
With one of the world’s best-known brands, AT&T has unparalleled expertise in telecommunications services and a proven track record in India. In addition, AT&T owns the largest wireless voice and data network in the highly competitive U.S. market, with nearly 64 million subscribers and a high speed 3G wireless network in more than 175 U.S. markets.
In October 2006, AT&T became the first global telecom operator in India to secure — through the AT&T India joint venture — national long distance and international long distance licenses in India. AT&T India began offering commercial services in early 2007 with the capability of providing AT&T’s global customers who are operating in India with the same standard of communications services that they enjoy from AT&T elsewhere in the world.
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