S Tel crosses one-million subscriber mark

S Tel, a joint venture between Chennai-based Siva Group and Bahrain Telecommunications, started its services in December 2009. At present, it operates in three telecom circles of Bihar, Orissa and Himachal Pradesh.

"We made a positive start in December 2009 and are delighted to achieve a sizeable base of 1 million S Tel subscribers within just 90 days of service launch," S Tel Chief Executive officer Shamik Das said.

S Tel, which is one of the new entrants, has to fight for its share of the pie in the world's fastest growing telecom market where over a dozen operators are jostling for space.
S Tel, Unitech Wireless, Swan Telecom, (now known as Etisalat DB) and Datacom were among the companies that got licences last year.

The company has a licence and spectrum to offer services in six circles and plans to launch services in Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and North East this year.S Tel, which was earlier this year asked to stop its mobile services on security grounds, said it will continue its with its aggressive roll out plans.Last month, the telecom department had directed S Tel to stop mobile services on security concerns.However, the directive was later withdrawn.

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