Bharti Airtel to push prices higher, targets ₹200 ARPU

Bharti Airtel, which this month increased its minimum monthly recharge price from Rs 49 to Rs 79, said it plans to continue with the price increases, targeting to take the average amount paid a single customer from Rs 146 to Rs 200 over the next six months. From this month, the company increased its minimum […]

Vodafone Idea withdraws all prepaid recharges, to have only 5 schemes

Vodafone Idea, India’s No.1 telecom operator, said it has decided to withdraw all existing recharges and replace them with five coupons with specific validity. The recharge balance has to be used within the validity period, or it will be lost. With this, a customer has to spend at least Rs 35 per month to keep […]

Miscalculated the impact of unlimited plans – Idea CEO

Outgoing Idea Cellular CEO Himanshu Kapania admitted today that his company understimated the impact that unlimited plans would have on the company’s finances. Reacting to concerns about Idea Cellular’s failure to keep up with the revenue growth of Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio in the last six months, Kapania identified two factors for the slowdown […]

No more price cuts, says Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel said it expects prices in India’s telecom sector to start climbing again in around six months or so, and indicated it has no stomach for further price competition with newcomer Reliance Jio. The comments by company officials come a few months after Reliance Jio slashed its 4G prices citing actions from rivals such […]

Pain ahead for Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular as Reliance Jio readies massive Jiophone roll-out

The pain for Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular may be far from over as Reliance Jio is seen preparing a massive rollout of its low-cost smartphone that could deal yet another heavy blow to the incumbent telecom operators’ revenue. Speaking at the Uttar Pradesh Investors’ Forum in Lucknow today, Reliance Jio Chairman Mukesh […]

BSNL extends Sunday Free Calling “on popular demand”

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd or BSNL, the state-owned telecom operator, said it has cancelled its order to stop unlimited free calls on its landlines on all Sundays. The order was issued two weeks ago and had said that the facility of unlimited free calling on Sundays would be abolished from February. On Saturday, the company […]

BSNL 4G service likely to start with only 10,000 towers

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the government-controlled telecom company, is likely to start its 4G services with a modest 10,000 towers. In comparison, players like Idea Cellular, Vodafone and Bharti Airtel have between 50,000-100,000 4G towers, while Reliance Jio has around 200,000 LTE base stations. BSNL has planned for only 10,000 4G node B or base […]

Tata Tele Maharashtra loses 12%, or 8.2 lakh mobile users in 2 months

Tata Teleservices, which is awaiting regulatory nod to be merged with Bharti Airtel, reported a 4.7% decline in its mobile subscribers in two circles for the month of November. The total number of mobile subscribers of the company fell to 6.16 mln users in Goa, Mumbai and Maharashtra by the end of November. A month […]

As Jio reality sinks, Idea abandons ‘limited aggression’ strategy

Idea Cellular has abandoned its earlier strategy of ‘limited aggression’ in dealing with the threat from Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, and will be more visible in its counter strikes from now, said CEO Himanshu Kapania. “From end October, Idea has shifted its earlier stand of limited aggression, which was limited to offering unlimited plans […]

Vodafone offers unlimited voice, data in 18 countries at Rs 5000/month

Vodafone today introduced an unlimited roaming pack for Indian users in 18 countries priced at Rs 500 per day or Rs 5,000 per month. Both incoming and outgoing calls as well as data usage will be free. “We launched our flagship unlimited international roaming proposition for USA, Singapore and UAE in April, and are now […]

BSNL STVs now valid on roaming as well

BSNL, the state-owned telecommunications company, said it has decided to extent the benefits of all special recharges to its subscribers even when they’re roaming. So far, these special tariffs were available only in the home location. For example, STV 349 which offers unlimited voice call to any network only in home LSA, now the benefit […]

Reliance Jio offers phone for ‘free’, unlimited voice, data at Rs 153

Reliance Jio chairman Mukesh Ambani announced the JioPhone, which aims to bring smartphone features to the candybar form factor. The phone will be given to anyone if they deposit Rs 1500 with the company. The user will get the Rs 1500 back when the device is returned after 36 months. “Net net, you pay nothing […]

WATCH HERE: Mukesh Ambani speech on Reliance Jio at AGM today

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio will make a ‘significant announcement’ about the 4G wireless service provider’s offerings at 11 AM on Friday while delivering his annual speech at its parent’s annual general meeting. A live webcast of Mukesh Ambani’s speech at the AGM, at which he is expected to announce the launch of ultra-cheap […]

Reliance Jio promises new plans in place of Summer Surprise

Reliance Jio has officially withdrawn its Summer Surprise offer on its website and put up a new banner saying that it will be introducing new plans soon. “We are updating our tariff packs and will be soon introducing more exciting offers,” the company says on its website in place of the Summer Surprise details, as […]

RCom provides 0.5 GB/day of 3G data at Rs 99 per month

Reliance Communications, the telecom arm of Anil Ambani Group, has unveiled what is probably India’s cheapest 3G data plan. The company said its subscribers will get 0.5 GB of data every day for 28 days if they recharge with Rs 99. If they are in a non-3G circle, they can recharge with Rs 49 to […]

Bharti Airtel abolishes roaming charges

Bharti Airtel has abolished roaming charges for its subscribers within India, after new rival Reliance Jio adopted a similar policy. The move will come into effect on April 1, the date on which Jio will start its services on a commercial basis. With this, incoming calls will be free and outgoing calls and SMS will […]

Bharti Airtel boosts talk-time on recharges by up to 30%

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, has started giving ‘more than full’ talktime on easy recharges that can be done from any vendor. The lowest such denomination of Rs 200, which will now give Rs 220 in terms of talk time, according to dealers. Earlier, a recharge of Rs 200 would have given a talktime […]