Bharti Airtel buys Telenor India

In a surprise announcement, Bharti Airtel said it was taking over Telenor India, marking the first such transaction since Idea took over Spice Telecom several years ago. Typically, companies in Indian telecom sector sell only assets, such as spectrum, and never the whole unit, due to the high debts on telecom companies’ balance sheets in India. The pricing details were not announced. It is likely that Airtel is not paying a substantial amount to Telenor as part of the transaction due to the unfavorable financials of the acquired unit. However,…

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Bharti Airtel likely to counter Reliance Jio’s 303 plan shortly

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, is likely to match Reliance Jio’s one-year promotional 4G tariff of Rs 303 per month, according to industry and analyst sources. “They have been maintaining that they will match once Jio starts charging for customers,” said a stock analyst based in Mumbai. “That time has come. If they don’t match it, they’re going to be priced out.” At present, the cheapest tariff from Airtel is 6 GB for Rs 147, but that is given only to its ‘at risk’ customers. The company identifies customers…

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WATCH LIVE: Mukesh Ambani’s speech on Reliance Jio reaching 100 mln users

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm will be giving an update on the performance of India’s largest data services provider at 1:30 PM today. You can watch the live broadcast of Mukesh Ambani’s speech below. HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS SPEECH Last month, Jio users consumed over 100 cr GB of data India is No. 1 in the world in mobile data usage Will double the data capacity ‘in coming months’ By 2017-end, 99% of the population will be covered He is widely expected to announce that his company has crossed…

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Mukesh Ambani to announce 100 mln Reliance Jio customers today?

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm, will make a statement today, 21 February, at 1:30 PM. The statement will be streamed via Youtube and other channels. The link to the live stream will be shared by around 12 PM. Though the company has no revealed what the subject of the announcement will be, it is expected that the Ambani will announce that the company has crossed the 100 mln subscriber mark. Jio, which started signing up customers in September, had crossed the 72 mln mark in December and has been…

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Reliance Jio is carrying 94% of India’s mobile data, Airtel 2% – Report

Incumbents like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are far behind newcomer Reliance Jio in terms of both data coverage and 4G coverage, a report by financial services company Credit Suisse said. “Among the cities we surveyed, Airtel/Vodafone/Idea had good coverage in 10–30% of the cities, while Jio fared well in 80% of cities,” Credit Suisse said. Data coverage includes 2G, 3G and 4G, while 4G coverage refers to LTE only. According to the report, compiled on the basis of multiple secondary sources in India and abroad, studied 3G and…

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Facebook biggest beneficiary of Reliance Jio free data

It’s common knowledge that Reliance Jio’s free data service has massively increased Internet usage in India, but a new report throws light on what categories have been benefited and which have not. The biggest beneficiary of the free data offer from Reliance Jio is — yes, you guessed it right — social media, which technically means Facebook for most people in India. According to a study by Smartapp, there has been an increase of 467% in usage of social media apps due to Jio’s preview services, now in their fifth…

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Bharti Airtel to stop obsessing about per-GB price to drive usage

Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecom network by number of subscribers, has shifted its focus from counting how much money it is getting from each GB of data sold to how much money it is able to get from each subscriber irrespective of data consumed. Traditionally, companies such as Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone have been very reluctant to ease data prices for fear that it will affect their profit, image etc.. But with the entry of 4G operator Reliance Jio, at least Bharti Airtel’s decided to take a leaf…

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Reliance Jio’s 1000-rupee phone likely to work only on its 4G network; feature

The market is abuzz with rumors of the impending launch of a 1000-rupee ‘feature phone’ by Reliance Jio, but comments by Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal suggests that the Mukesh Ambani firm will not be able to launch such a phone without providing a big subsidies. However, doing so would in turn require locking the device to the operator’s network. A VoLTE-enabled feature phone would help RJio tap three untapped markets — people who can’t afford to or don’t want to spend Rs 3,000 on a smartphone, people who want a…

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Bharti Airtel loses 8 mln data users, now behind Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, reported a loss of around 7.7 mln data users in the three months between October and December, due to the free services offered by Reliance Jio. Jio, on its part, had picked up around 50 mln free data and voice users on its nationwide 4G network by the end of December. With this, the total number of data users on Bharti Airtel is at 54.9 mln, compared to about 75 mln on Reliance Jio. Of these 55 mln users on Airtel, only 37.7 mln…

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Bharti Airtel’s quarterly results hit hard by Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, reported disappointing results for the third quarter due to the impact of Reliance Jio’s 4G offering. The company reported net profit of 504 cr, which is about half of the consensus estimate on the Street. The revenue was 23,364 cr, which was also below average estimate of 24,000 cr. Operating margin was around 36%, largely in line with analyst estimates. The consolidated revenues for the quarter was at Rs 23,336 crore, flat on a year on year basis when adjusted for Africa divested operating…

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Idea Cellular – Vodafone merger announcement soon?

Idea Cellular has put off the trimonthly meeting of its board of directors scheduled to take place tomorrow, raising speculation that it may soon announce a merger or deal with Vodafone India. The meeting was supposed to take on-board results  of the telecom operators’ working the three months from October to December. After the meeting, Idea was scheduled to release its quarterly financial results on Monday as well. Both have now been postponed indefinitely, and the new date is yet to be intimated. This has led to massive speculation that the…

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Airtel doubles 3G speed in Delhi with more spectrum

Bharti Airtel, India’s top telecom provider, introduced its second 3G carrier in Delhi, more than doubling the speed of the existing network for most smartphones. Not only has the company introduced a second ‘carrier’ (block of spectrum) adjacent to the first one, it has also implemented the technology to merge the two blocks into one, thus boosting download and upload speeds. The merging technology, called dual carrier HSPC or DC-HSPA, is already found in most smartphones and most 3G users will be able to take advantage of the superior speeds…

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Idea Cellular increases free data in unlimited scheme by 4 times

Idea Cellular today increased the free data allocation on its existing unlimited calling packs. Compared to 1 GB of 4G data that customers were getting with the Rs 348 pack, they will now get 4 GB. Similarly, the free data allocation for those who do not have 4G handsets has been increased from 50 MB to 3 GB per month — an increase of 60 times. “Prepaid customers can get 3GB free data on Rs 348 recharge pack, in addition to unlimited voice calling and SMS. Those who recharge with…

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Bharti Airtel to launch pan-India Payments Bank tomorrow

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, will take a crucial step towards entering the financial services business as it launches its Payments Bank operation across India tomorrow. Payments Bank refers to a limited operations bank that can be primarily used for making transactions, and not for depositing money. The operator has already started operations of its payments bank in states like Rajasthan on a pilot basis. In such places, the customer’s Airtel mobile number will be his or her bank account number. It is also offering an interest rate of…

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SUPERHOUR: The SECRET behind Vodafone’s Rs 16 offer

It is no secret that India’s second biggest telecom operator by revenue — Vodafone — is under threat from a rapidly growing No 3 — Idea Cellular — and an aggressive newcomer — Reliance Jio. Though Idea is still behind the British firm when it comes to total revenue, Idea has already overtaken Vodafone as far as the data business is concerned, according to sources. Unlike Vodafone, Idea invested early, and heavily, into 4G. By the end of September — the latest month for which data is available — Idea…

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Bharti Airtel offers 3GB of 4G data free per month for one year, with conditions

Bharti Airtel, which has come up with various ‘free data’ schemes of late, has kicked off one more such scheme — offering 3 GB of free data per month for those availing certain handpicked recharge and billing schemes. For prepaid users, the free data is available if they recharge Rs 345 per month. The Rs 345 recharge also gives free unlimited voice calls to any network, as well as 1 GB of 4G data, taking the total to 4 GB. Similarly, pospaid users have to go for any of Airtel’s…

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TRAI wants FREE DATA for everyone, without ‘gatekeeping’ by telcos

India’s telecom regulator has suggested that every rural citizen should be given 100 MB or so per month on a free basis to help the spread of digital revolution in the country. It has also suggested allowing ‘third party aggregators’ like Facebook to offer free data, but only if they can keep telecom companies totally out of such efforts. Both suggestions are aimed at ensuring that non-telecom companies who want to offer free data can do so, while preventing telecom operators from acting as gate keepers who decide what their…

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Bharti Airtel completes pan-India 4G with Assam; offers 10 GB for Rs 249

Bharti Airtel launche its 4G services in Assam, starting with Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. “With this, customers in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia can now enjoy high speed mobile broadband on Airtel 4G and get on to the digital superhighway to enjoy uninterrupted HD video streaming, superfast uploading and downloading of movies, music and images,” the company said. The company said it was introducing a new 4G offer for prepaid customers with 10 GB 4G data for just Rs 249 with any new 4G handset. “With Rs 249 recharge, 1 GB data will…

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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 of only about Rs 170. With the move, for someone recharging Rs 200, they get an incremental 30% talk time. Similarly, someone recharging with Rs 1000 would have got only Rs 1000 in talk time….

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CRASH: Bharti Airtel offers 6 GB at Rs 147 per month

Hit by competition from Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, is offering a whopping 6 GB of 4G data for Rs 147 with a validity of 28 days. The offer is being rolled out only to prepaid users, and can be seen only in the ‘only for you’ deals section of Airtel’s recharge app or website. As it is a targeted offer, it may not be available to new customers. The regular price of the 6 GB pack is in the range of Rs 800 per month, and…

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