Published June 5th, 2007 by

Tata Teleservices CEO Darryl Green has quit the company after a two-year stint.

Darryl was heading Vodafone’s Japan operations prior to joining Tata Tele. Mr Green was the only foreigner holding the CEO’s post in any of the telecom companies.

Darryl has joined staffing services giant Manpower Inc. as its Executive Vice President and President of the company’s Asia and Pacific operations in Japan.

Published May 19th, 2007 by

Virgin Mobile is entering the Indian market through a 50:50 joint venture with Tata TeleServices, possibly in the next month.

Virgin Mobile

Virgin will exclusively license the Virgin Mobile brand and technology expertise in the area of value-added services (VAS) and handsets to TTSL. This will allow CDMA operator TTSL to use Virgin’s core expertise in marketing and service innovation to create offerings which will be largely targeted at the youth segment

The Tata Indicomm brand will be positioned as the mass market brand while Virgin will be a more youthful brand as it is seen globally. The move is likely to help TTSL expand market share from the current 7.1% (over 11 million users) as Virgin, one of the most respected service brands in the world, has a global connect with the youth segment. Youth comprise nearly 50% of Indian cellular users.

Virgin Mobile is the world’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).

It does not maintain its own network and instead has contracts to use the existing networks of other providers, on which it offers services under the Virgin brand. The company is present in six countries

Published August 24th, 2006 by

ET reports that Tatas are picking up 26% in InfraCo, a new telecom company in South Africa. The remaining stake in the company will be held by the South African government.

The joint venture will be the third network operator in South Africa, and apart from offering long distance services within the country, it will also build and operate marine telecom infrastructure for international long distance (ILD) traffic.

The investment of $60m will be routed through VSNL, Tatas’ long distance arm.

VSNL already has a 26% stake in the South Africa’s SNO Telecom, which has licence to provide all telecom services, except mobile services. The Tatas have already announced an investment of about $250m in SNO Telecom, which is slated to launch services by the month-end and become the country’s second fixed-line service provider.

The JV may lead to complications in the South African telecom market due to the different cross holdings involved.

The Tatas will have stake in both SNO Telecom and InfraCo, who together will control significant chunks of the telecom infrastructure in South Africa.

The government currently holds 37% stake in mobile operator Telkom, will also own 74% in InfraCo, with both companies competing in the infrastructure space.

VSNL owns Tyco, one of the largest players in the ILD space.