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MTNL Refutes Talks Of Shutting Down CDMA Business; Admits It’s Not A Focus Area

State-run telecom service provider Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Limited (MTNL) which currently operates mobile, broadband and fixed line services in Delhi and Mumbai, has clarified that it does not intend to shut down mobile services on its CDMA network, as reported by the media. In a stock exchange filing with the BSE, MTNL has said: " With reference to the news item appearing in a leading financial daily titled "MTNL struggles in CDMA business" Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd has clarified to BSE that as of now there is no plan to close down the CDMA business operations. As and when any such proposal is put up to the Board the same will be informed to the stock exchanges pursuant to the provisions of the Listing Agreement." Speaking with Business Standard, MTNL Chairman and Managing Director AK Garg has however said that the CDMA business is not currently a focus area for MTNL since it clashes with its GSM operations. He also said that the operator intends to partner with other telecom operators to share their network infrastructure and will take an appropriate decision in the next two months. The filing was in response to a report that appeared in Business Standard, according to which, the telco was appointing a consultant to examine whether it should upgrade its CDMA network or close it down completely after shifting users to its GSM network. The report had quoted a senior MTNL official without identifying him. Till January 2012, MTNL had 5.49 million GSM subscribers. In November 2011, the operator had…

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