Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) has launched its mobile telephony services under the MTS brand in Gujarat. The launch extends the company’s national footprint to 13 telecom circles including the entire Western region of India. With the launch, MTS customers in Gujarat will now have access to the ½ paisa per second prepaid tariff plan enabling them to connect anywhere within the state. In addition MTS mobile users will also have the benefit of ‘Timeage’. Timeage is all about providing added mileage to a customer’s mobile phone. For e.g., a recharge of Rs 100 done by an MTS mobile user would last for 67 days as compared to just 32 days being offered by any other operator; additionally MTS customers can also avail the added advantage of 25% extra talk time with the First Recharge (FRC) of Rs 55 on all future recharge vouchers valid for a year. Announcing the launch of MTS in Gujarat, Vsevolod Rozanov, president and chief executive officer, Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL), said, “This is an extremely proud moment for us. With the launch of our services in Gujarat, MTS takes another big step in expanding its national footprint across the country. Mobile customers in Gujarat will now get to experience the services of a global brand like MTS, which stands for world class telecom services backed by seamless connectivity on a congestion free network.” SSTL’s launch plan includes an investment of Rs 100 Crore in Gujarat. These funds will be utilised in building the service network for MTS customers across the circle. Over the next 3 months, MTS customers would be serviced by an extensive network of over 150 dealers and 31000 retail outlets across the state.