In recent development, SSTL providing telecom service under the brand name MTS has reportedly confirmed that the company will be retailing mobile phones having both CDMA and GSM technology from October onwards. SSTL made headlines recently for their alleged plans to buy Aircel carrier network in India.
The chief marketing and sales officer of SSTL stated that the phones will be arriving at a price range of Rs.6,000 to Rs.12,000. Reports suggest SSTL to have been following the business model of China Mobile which is planning to release a huge number of dual technology smartphones.
The announcement came on the sidelines of CDG International Roaming Meet. Lenny Musatov, SSTL Chief Marketing and Sales officer was stated as saying, “We will launch multimode phones from October. It will be CDMA with GSM smartphone in the price range of Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 12,000.”
As part of the latest developments, SSTL is already working together with CDMA Development Group Initiative for providing international roaming facility for users throughout the world and even in places where there is no CDMA network in place. CDMA Development Group Chairman, Federico Nienstadt was stated as saying, “We are regularly working with carriers (service providers) to provide international roaming facility to CDMA users.”
He also stated a total of 115 CDMA operators out of 331 have signed the International Roaming Agreement with them. As per the reports, CDMA technology has a market share of 15 percent globally in the mobile phone segment. The rest is dominated by GSM based phones.