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Hutch services in four more AP towns

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HUTCHISON Essar South Ltd, the fourth cellular services operator in Andhra Pradesh, on Monday added four more towns — Kakinada, Ongole, Kurnool and Gudiwada — to its network and commissioned its Hutch shop in Rajahmundry. It plans to reach out its cellular services to 25 towns by December-end.

The Chief Operating Officer of Hutchison Essar South Ltd, Mr Samuel Selvakumar, said with the new launches, the advantage that Hutch would bring customers in Andhra Pradesh was a congestion-free network that offers ease of connectivity and voice clarity coupled with innovative value-added services. Some of the services are being offered for the first time in the country at prices that are rational and provide the customers the flexibility to pay for what they use.

Hutch along with Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular (BSNL is yet to launch its services in AP as the third operator) had already launched services in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and Guntur. It has set up over 175 cell sites in about a year.

By the end of December, the cellular operator plans to establish services in 25 towns, including all important cluster towns of the State. This it plans to do by commissioning about 210 cell sites.

Further, Hutch plans to add its services in 30 more towns by mid-2003, according to Mr Selvakumar. The operator, with its master franchisee concept would sell, service as also give online activation of post-paid connections. It also resolves customer queries on the spot and provides subscription to any of the value-added services. The Hutch shop is being positioned as a one-stop service centre for all telecom requirements.

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