Idea-Vodafone set to use 60% of spectrum for 4G, Kapania seen leading

Idea Cellular and Vodafone India will gear their network heavily towards 4G after merger and will also shut down over 60,000 cell sites as part of network optimization, going by the presentation being made by Idea in front of investors. The companies had earlier announced that they would surrender around 6,300 cell sites that are […]

Why no Jiocoin can ever take on Bitcoin

Every few months, there is a new rumor surrounding Reliance Jio, the 4G operator that has taken the country by storm. A year ago, it was Jio DTH, which was supposed to put other DTH operators out of business, and now, it’s Jiocoin, which is supposed to put virtual currencies like Bitcoin on notice. According […]

Reliance Jio unveils 3GB, 5GB daily packs at Rs 509, 799

After disrupting the market with its 1GB per day plans, Reliance Jio has unveiled new packs targeted at heavy users. Two new plans have been unveiled today that were not present on the company’s website earlier — a 3GB per day plan priced at Rs 509 and a 5GB daily plan that costs Rs 799. […]

Reliance Jio unveils 8 new plans, data price falls 32%

Reliance Jio has unveiled eight new plans that have brought down the price of 4G data by 32% to Rs 3.56 per GB from Rs 5.19 per GB earlier. The new plans are available from Tuesday and will make most of the the company’s existing plans irrelevant (see table below). The new plans start from […]

Jio Impact: 4G overtakes 2G in network size in India

Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries, has achieved what was considered impossible barely 18 months ago: India now has more 4G base stations than 2G base stations. In other words, 4G service providers in India have put up more towers in the last three years than 2G installations in the last 32 years. […]

Vodafone offers Rs 1,500 cashback on Samsung Galaxy J series

Vodafone announced cashback of Rs 1,500 on Samsung handsets Galaxy J2 Pro, Galaxy J7 Nxt and Galaxy J7 Max. Vodafone customers, both existing and new, can purchase any of the popular Samsung 4G smartphones, it said. To avail this special offer, prepaid customers have to sign up for the Rs 198 per month scheme that […]

TRAI: India data price rises 22% in Q3; 4G accounts for 80% of data use

When Mukesh Ambani launched his telecom venture a year ago, it was based on one key assumption: India is a data starved country, and given the right pricing, demand for the commodity is almost insatiable. Going by the latest industry data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, he may be right on the money. […]

Inter-ministerial group on telecom woes dismissed crisis theory, blamed telcos for high debt

The problem of high debt levels faced by some telecom companies in India was of their own making and the government had a limited to role to play in resolving the same, the inter-ministerial group set up to address the concerns of telecom sector found. The cash flow issues faced by the companies is related […]

Airtel, Idea & Vodafone to unveil 1GB/day pack at Rs 199

With Reliance Jio unveiling its first monthly tariff plans, all eyes are now on the incumbents — Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone — to see how they will respond. Industry sources believe that the three operators will unveil a new 199 plan which gives 1 GB of data per day for 28 days to […]

Reliance Jio launches monthly plans 199 & 299 with 1.2 & 2 GB per day

As expected, Reliance Jio has launched its first monthly plans — Rs 199 for 1.2 GB per day and Rs 299 for 2 GB per day. The plans were anticipated after the newcomer unveiled its permanent plans on Diwali — more than a month ago. The plans price data at roughly the same levels as […]

Vodafone offers Rs 2,100 cashback on Rs 3,700 itel A20 smartphone

Vodafone India announced a cash back deal on itel’s A20 4G smartphone. Under the scheme, anyone who buys the mobile phone for Rs 3,690 will get a cashback of Rs 900 after 1.5 years and Rs 1,200 after another 1.5 years. However, the person has to use the specified Vodafone number on the device and […]

PREMIUM NO MORE? Idea Cellular matches Reliance Jio’s 399 plan

Hit by a loss of subscribers, Idea Cellular seems to be having second thoughts about its strategy of always pricing its packs above those of Reliance Jio. The mobile operator has now slashed the price of its 70-day unlimited pack to Rs 398 from Rs 448 earlier for many of its 4G customers. This makes […]

Will Reliance Jio launch Rs 199 plan with 1 GB per day for 28 days?

A new plan being bundled with Xiaomi’s new affordable plan, Redmi 5A, suggests that Reliance Jio could soon launch its first monthly unlimited plan priced at Rs 199. The plan, valid for four weeks, will give 1 GB of data per day, unlimited voice and access to Jio apps. The bundled offer on Xiaomi 5A […]

Reliance Jio arrests trend of declining net additions; user activity increases

Reliance Jio, India’s newest operator, added 5.94 mln subscribers in September, breaking a declining trend in net additions and taking the total subscriber number to 138.62 mln (13.86 cr). Even as the company increased its subscriber numbers, it was also able to reduce the proportion of inactive or switched-off users on the network. SEPTEMBER BLUES […]

Vodafone launches Aadhaar verification via vans in Rajasthan

With the central government breathing down the necks of telecom operators to link all connections with Aadhaar numbers, Vodafone has launched Aadhaar verification vans in Rajasthan to ease the process. The vans were initially launched with the purpose of easing the 4G SIM upgrade process. Over the past 10 months, mobile vans have helped thousands […]

Not getting MNP code due Reliance network down? Vodafone to help

Vodafone has come forward and allowed users of Reliance Communications to use its network if they want to generate their MNP code. The MNP code so generated can be used by the RCom subscriber to port to any operator in India, including Vodafone. This will help those Reliance Communications’ customers who are unable to generate […]