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2G licences: MTS launches zero paisa plan to retain customers

The brand operates under Sistema Shyam TeleServices, whose 21 licences were cancelled under the Supreme Court ruling in the 2G spectrum scam last week.

BT Online Bureau | February 9, 2012 | Updated 15:05 IST

MTS, the brand which operates under Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL), is offering a zero paisa plan to retain its customers. The move comes in the wake of older market players attempting to lure subscribers of telecom firms affected by the cancellation of 2G licenses.

"MTS customers will now be able to make unlimited MTS to MTS local and national calls at a rate as low as zero paisa. Additionally, customers availing Super Zero can also enjoy free local and national SMSs," the company said in a statement.

"Super Zero comes with the choice of daily, weekly and monthly offerings," it added.

The plan offers unlimited local and national calling and 200 local and national SMSs on the same network for Rs 17 for one day. The one month plan offers 2,40,000 seconds of local calling and 60,000 seconds of national calling along with 200 local and national SMSs on the same network for Rs 147.

The Supreme Court last week ordered the cancellation of all 122 telecom licences issued during 2008. Sistema Shyam Teleservices, a joint venture between Sistema of Russia and the Shyam Group of India, had 21 licences.

2G VERDICT:List of licences cancelled

"We have specially designed MTS Super Zero to empower our customers with the freedom to talk more and stay connected with their friends and business associates. I am confident that both our new and existing customers will find our Super Zero initiative extremely exciting as it enables them to make calls at as low as zero paisa," said Leonid Musatov, chief marketing and sales officer, MTS India.

To express the country's concern over its investments in the Indian firm, SSTL, Russia's Communications Minister Igor Shchyogolev will reportedly visit India soon.

Sistema holds a 56.68 per cent stake in the venture, the Russian government holds 17.14 per cent and the Shyam Group has 23.98 per cent. The remaining 2.2 is publicly owned.

The operator, which has over 15 million customers across the country and has investments worth over $2.5 billion, also said it was mulling the option of filing a review petition in the apex court.

- With IANS inputs

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