TATA says bye-bye to Kashmir

DOCOMO to wind up operations in JK on Jan 17

KHALID GUL

Srinagar, Nov 8: Tata Docomo, India’s leading telecom company, will wind up its operations in Jammu and Kashmir shortly rendering hundreds of youth working with the company jobless and thousands of subscribers in lurch.
 Sources said that the company has withdrawn its bid for spectrum allocation for Jammu and Kashmir. “The company had launched its in J&K in 2008. It was required to update its licence by November, 12, 2012, by getting spectrum, which it has failed to do,” sources said, adding that the company will wind up in J&K from January 17, 2013
 Sources said the company has directed its distributors in J&K not to issue any fresh connections both for mobilephone or Tata Photon internet. However, it has asked them to continue providing service to the existing customers till January 17, 2013. 
 “The company’s employees working in the state have been served with three month notices after which their services shall be deemed to have been terminated,” sources said.
 According to sources hundreds of employees working with the company in J&K will be rendered jobless. They include those working in sales, operations and services.
  “We have been intimated through e-mail that our services will be terminated after three months as the company will be stopping its operation in the state,” said an employee wishing anonymity.
 According to sources, at present the company has more than about a lakh pre-paid and postpaid mobile and internet subscribers. 
 “The company was doing a good business in the state and the turnover was also quite good, but the decision has come as a surprise to us,” said one of the distributors.
 He said that most of the internet users in the state are the subscribers of Tata Photon Plus and this will put them to lot of inconvenience.
 When contacted Atul Kansul, operation head, Tata Docomo, J&K, declined to comment. “You should talk to our spokesperson,” he said.
 However, when this reporter called 09212104825, the person on the line said: “I am no more the spokesperson of the company and dropped the phone.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 9 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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