SISTEMA OBTAINS RADIO FREQUENCIES IN EIGHT ADDITIONAL CIRCLES IN INDIA
Sistema (LSE:SSA), the largest public diversified corporation in Russia and the
CIS, which manages fast growing companies operating in the consumer services
sector, today announced that it has received radio frequencies in eight
additional Indian circles.
The Department of Telecommunications of India has allocated the 800 MHz radio
frequencies to Sistema's subsidiary, Shyam Telelink, in eight Indian circles,
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar
Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Together with radio frequencies already obtained in Rajasthan, Jammu and
Kashmir, Assam and the North-East, Sistema will be able to start building a full
scale CDMA network in 12 Indian circles, which will cover over half of the
territory of India with a target population of approximately 650 million people.
On January 10, 2008, Shyam Telelink was awarded guarantee letters for the
provision of unified telecommunication licenses to provide fixed-line and
cellular services in 21 Indian circles. These licenses will allow Shyam Telelink
to build mobile networks and provide fixed-line and mobile services. The company
now holds licenses, including those already obtained in Rajasthan, to provide
pan-Indian telecommunication services.
For further information, please visit www.sistema.com or contact:
Sistema Investor Relations Shared Value Limited
Laila Simanova Larisa Kogut-Millings
Tel: +7 495 730 66 00 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 5037
Head of International Press Office
Tel: +7 495 730 71 88
Shyam Telelink is a joint venture company, between Shyam Group of India &
Sistema Corporation of Russia. Shyam Telelink Ltd. obtained a unified license to
provide fixed-line and cellular services to corporate and residential customers
in the Indian state of Rajasthan with a population of approximately 65 million
people. The company also controls 100% of the local internet service provider
Shyam Internet Ltd. Shyam Telelink Ltd. owns a developed telecommunications
infrastructure in state of Rajasthan, which includes 4,000 kilometres of
fiber-optic lines. Shyam Telelink provided services to over 258,000 subscribers
as at the end of September 2007.
Sistema is the largest public diversified corporation in Russia and the CIS,
which manages fast growing companies operating in the consumer services sector
and has over 80 million customers. Sistema develops and manages market-leading
businesses in selected service-based industries, including telecommunications,
technology, banking, real estate, retail and media. Founded in 1993, the company
reported revenues of US$ 9.6 billion for the first nine months of 2007, and
total assets of US$ 24.2 billion as at September 30, 2007. Sistema's shares are
listed under the symbol 'SSA' on the London Stock Exchange, under the symbol
'AFKS' on the Russian Trading System (RTS), under the symbol 'AFKC' on the
Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX), and under the symbol 'SIST' on the
Moscow Stock Exchange (MSE).
The Shyam Group is a diversified industrial group, operating in
telecommunications services and equipment sectors. The group's companies are
leaders in RF/Mobile engineering and provide a wide range of equipment and
services to largest mobile operators.
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