Uninor launched in five new circles in India

Uninor has today launched its services in five new telecom circles, increasing its coverage to 13 telecom circles and its population footprint to 900 million people across India. Telenor holds a 67.25 per cent stake in the company.

Published: 1 June 2010 12:00

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Today’s launch includes the telecom circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa, Gujarat, Kolkata and West Bengal. On launch day, Uninor connections in these five circles will be available at over 85,000 points of sale through close to 440 distributors and more than 80 exclusive shops. Uninor connections will now be available at close to 300 000 points of sales across India, increasing the national retail presence by 40 per cent.

“This is a big day for Uninor as we enter some of the most promising and competitive markets of India. The battle of Indian telecom will be fought on innovation, quality and flexibility,” said Stein Erik Vellan, Managing Director of Uninor.

“I am satisfied that Uninor continues its roll-out across India, managing to keep the momentum from the initial launch in December last year. Covering 13 telecom circles Uninor is about to establish itself as a real pan-Indian mobile operator,” said Sigve Brekke, Executive Vice President of Telenor Group, and head of Telenor’s Asian operations. “The valuable learning Uninor has made from the circles where it has already launched combined with the positive energy and optimism in the organization will be important in establishing Uninor as a preferred provider of mobile services in India,” Brekke said.

Entering into two of India’s largest metros

The launch also makes Uninor services available in Kolkata and Mumbai, two of the largest metros in India.

“Metros are demanding markets – often a step ahead both in terms of trends and expectations. These are also markets that contribute significantly to the telecom sector revenues. We know these markets will be competitive but I am confident we will succeed,” added Vellan.

The speediest roll-out in India

Covering 13 circles in India

Eight months after entering into India, Uninor started offering its services in December 2009 with the biggest ever launch in Indian telecommunications history. Six months later Uninor adds another five circles providing an attractive alternative to the young and ambitious Indian population.

The 13 circles cover the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat (marked in blue).


Glenn Mandelid, Communications Director, Telenor Asia
– Telephone: +66 824 401 122
– E-mail: glenn.mandelid@telenor.com

Uninor’s press release (PDF):