Rank 29: Hutchison Fascel: Master of One

VoicenData Bureau
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In the fiscal 2001-02, Hutchison Fascel had a subscriber base of 299,443,

growing at a rate of 28 percent when compared to 167,997 in the fiscal 2000-01.

Its revenue grew by 77.23 percent to reach a turnover of Rs 307.3 crore from Rs

173.39 crore in FY 2000-01. Fascel now holds a stupendous 64 percent of the

market share in the Gujarat circle.

This cellular operator which offers its services under the brand name

Celforce has a network which cuts across 24 out of 25 districts in Gujarat. Over

150 towns and more than 2,400 villages are connected on the network stretching

from Ambaji in North Gujarat, Umargaon in South, across the entire golden

corridor and from Dwarka in West to Dahod in East. In the FY 2001-02, the

company undertook a number of tariff revisions, apart from slashing

international calling rates by 21.7 percent, and 20 percent in domestic long

distance calling rates. Fascel also unveiled a range of value-added services

including mobile chat, voice-assisted messaging, national roaming for pre-paid

users. It has also tied up with TeliVoice, a global voice-messaging company.

Fascel’s OFC project initiated in 2001 to cater to bandwidth requirements had

also progressed rapidly and now stretches along the golden corridor, covers

Rajkot, Gandhidham and is operational till Porbandar. Hutchison Fascel plans to

increase this backbone to 2,000 km and will form the foundation for its future

broadband network.

Hutchison Fascel





Sandip Das

Address : 6th Floor, Sakar-II,

Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad 380 006
Tel  : 079-6577228
Fax: : 079-6578796
Web site : 

Strength  : Coverage and subscriber base
Weakness : Inability to sustain growth in subscriber base
Opportunity : Leverage the OFC network
Threat  : The new entity called Idea Cellular