Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited (SSTL), which operates in India under the brand name MTS India, has appointed has appointed Bijender Yadav as Chief Technology Officer and Ashok Singh as Chief Operating Officer of Kolkata and West Bengal circles. Singh will lead the company’s growth and expansion plans in the Kolkata and West Bengal circles. Yadav replaces Ashwani Khillan who left the company in May and will be looking after the overall network strategy and operations at the company.
Interestingly, Yadav’s LinkedIn profile states that he has been the company’s CTO since May this year. Before this, he worked as the director of network planning and project office at Sistema Shyam’s corporate centre for almost 7 years. He also served as a general manager at Idea Cellular for over 2.5 years. Before that, he worked as a senior manager at Tata Teleservices for almost 2 years, a senior manager at Bharti Airtel for 2 years, a design engineer at Wireless Facilities for a year and as a manager at Shyam Telelink for 7 years.
Ashok Singh joins MTS from Sai Hospitality Services where he worked as a managing director for over 2 years. Before that, he worked as the COO of Tata Teleservices for almost 2 years. Prior to that, he was the COO of Reliance Communications for almost 1.5 years and as the circle head at the same company for over 9 years. Singh also worked as the deputy manager of marketing at Optel Telecommunications for about 3.5 years and as an assistant marketing manager at Hindustan Cables for over 5 years. Prior to this, he worked as an area sales executive at Usha International for over 2 years.
RCOM-MTS merge plan: Mid last month, Reliance Communications was in discussions to merge with MTS, Sistema’s Indian telecom business through a stock swap, RCOM said in a BSE filing. This isn’t the first time there has been talk around MTS merging with another company. Towards the end of 2013, there was talk of Aircel, Tata Teleservices and MTS merging.
In May last year, Sistema had sought for an approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board to increase its 73.71% stake in SSTL to 100% by buying out its Indian partner Shyam Telecom’s stake. This move was expected after India allowed 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in telecom.
MTS India’s financials: The data card base of Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) which operates in India as MTS India, grew to 1.8 million subscribers for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, up 9.4%. The company’s data card subscribers stood at 1.6 million in the preceding quarter ended December 31. Non-voice revenues, from both data and mobile VAS, for the quarter increased by 11.1% to Rs 182.7 crore. Non-voice revenues contribute to 51.1% of total quarterly revenues. In the preceding quarter, non-voice revenues contributed 46.86% of total revenues.
MTS WiFi: MTS was looking to pivot its focus from being primarily a dongle driven data company to a WiFi solutions provider with its launch of its Homespot Instant WiFi solution. The solution would come with MTS’ MBlaze Ultra dongle which worked with a plug and play mechanism and provide high speed broadband access to five users simultaneously including smartphone users.