Investors starting to understand Mukesh Ambani’s telecom game – Angel Broking

Investors are only now starting to realize the plan that Mukesh Ambani and his telecom brainchild, Reliance Jio, have put into practice, and are therefore driving stock prices of his company higher, said Angel Broking, a retail-only stock-broker. Reliance Industries share prices surged 11% on Wednesday, the first time it has moved so much in the last eight years. “What shareholders are beginning to appreciate is that notwithstanding the low prices, there is a methodical move towards return on investment,” the broker said. POOR RETURNS Reliance Industries’ stock had been…

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Reliance Jio’s 303 4G plan will hit Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular – Credit Suisse

Reliance Jio’s new 303 4G data and voice plan will hit revenue and profits at rivals like Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, financial services firm Credit Suisse warned, dismissing optimistic interpretations of yesterday’s development. On Tuesday, Jio Chairman Mukesh Ambani announced that his company will make available a new plan that offers 1 GB of 4G data per day and unlimited voice calls for Rs 303 per month. None of the rivals have a daily-limit plan as of now, and the 303 scheme is equivalent to offering about 13 GB…

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BSNL turns net gainer in MNP, to launch 4G at year-end

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the publicly owned telecom operator, is now ‘MNP positive’, its chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said, without giving details. “BSNL’s MNP ratio is positive,” Shrivastava said at a customer interaction event today. It is not clear whether the executive was talking about all-time figures or monthly or yearly numbers. In the first eight months of 2011, for example, BSNL had a net loss of 2.6 lakh customers via mobile number portability or MNP. MNP was started in 2011. Over the next five years, the total…

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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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Reliance Jio to offer 30 GB, unlimited calls for Rs 303/month from April

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio, confirmed what many feared — the end of free 4G data will get over on March 31, but also announced a new program called ‘Jio Prime’, under which subscribers can get 1 GB per day at Rs 303 per month. They also have to pay a one-time cost of Rs 99 to be eligible for the offer. Besides getting 1 GB per day, people who recharge with Rs 303 every month will also get unlimited data usage between 2 AM and 5 AM, as…

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Siti to launch cable broadband in five Indian cities as Jio expands

Zee Group-owned Siti Cable will launch high-speed broadband services in five different cities by June this year, company sources revealed. Siti Cable, a brand of Siti Networks, currently operates broadband services in Delhi, Hisar, Rohtak and Karnal. The new locations are likely to be outside Haryana, according to our sources. “We will be using Docsis technology from Cisco,” said a Siti official, who did not want to be named. The company is trying to withstand competition from fellow operator Hathway as well as upcoming contender Reliance Jio. Jio has a…

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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 added 2 cr subscribers in Dec, Andhra Pradesh leads

Reliance Jio, the new 4G operator, has the highest number of subscribers in Andhra Pradesh, followed by Gujarat and Delhi. The company added 20 mln (2 cr) new users in December, its highest ever tally for a single month. The previous record was held by October, when it added 19.63 mln users. In December, the 4G player added 20.28 mln subscribers. The company accounted for 73% of the total subscriber additions in the month. The highest number of users for the operator was in Andhra Pradesh telecom circle, which also includes…

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BSNL doubles data on 11 existing 3G plans to take on Reliance Jio

BSNL, the public-owned telecom services provider, has increased the data allowance of more of its 3G plans, days after announcing two new tariff plans. Last week, the company has increased the allocation on two of its popular recharges by double or more. The Rs 78 pack, which used to provide 1 GB of data for 5 days, was tweaked to give 2 GB and the Rs 291 plan, which used to provide 2 GB per month, would not provide 8 GB. Now, BSNL has revealed some more 3G plans with…

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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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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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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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Reliance Jio now allowing unlimited night downloads under Happy New Year plan

Reliance Jio is now allowing its users to download an unlimited quantum of data at night under its Happy New Year offer. This is different from the earlier practice of allowing users to consume only 4GB of data per 24 hours. With this new feature, subscribers can download or consume 30 GB or 40 GB or even more data between 2 am and 5 am without affecting their download speeds. This is a feature, not a bug, in the Happy New Year tariff plan, and is likely to be available…

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How to overcome Reliance Jio’s 1GB limit by timing your downloads

According to our tests, it is possible to download more than 1 GB using a single Reliance Jio connection using the Happy New Year offer. According to our tests, there is no limit on the number of GBs that can be downloaded under the Happy New Year offer between 2 AM and 5 AM. In our tests, we have been able to download over 40 GB in one night, without affecting our speed for the next day. This is a feature, not a bug, in the Happy New Year tariff…

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Vodafone halves 4G data prices: 4 GB at 255 | 22 GB for 999

Vodafone has halved data prices, six months after cutting them by about 40%. Under the new 4G tariff announced today, customers will get 4 GB of data for Rs 250 and 22 GB for Rs 999. These are roughly half of the prevailing data rates in the market. The current data price in the market is 2 GB for Rs 250 and 10 GB for Rs 999. Vodafone is also offering 35 GB for Rs 1,500. These prices are far cheaper than the tariff unveiled by Reliance Jio in September….

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1GB LIMIT: Reliance Jio starts restoring full speed at end of day

Reliance Jio, India’s largest provider of wireless data, has modified its bandwidth limitation policy to restore full speed for the subscriber under its Happy New Year offer the next day. So far, a 4G subscriber who crossed the daily FUP limit of 4GB or 1GB had to wait for exactly 24 hours for Jio to lift the speed limits. Under the new policy, he gets full speed the next day morning. This is likely to provide much relief to users as they can now look forward to a normal browsing…

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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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BSNL to start 4G services only after April – CMD

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the state-owned telecom services provider, will start its 4G services only in the next financial year that starts in April. “BSNL is likely to start 4G services in 2017-18,” Anupam Shrivastava, the chairman and managing director of the company said. The company has fallen far behind all its rivals in putting up 4G networks even though it got its spectrum in 2010 — six years ago. BSNL, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel were the three companies who got 4G spectrum in 2010. While Airtel started its…

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BSNL to soon relaunch Rs 498 “truly unlimited” 3G plan, new packs on Republic Day

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has decided to “relaunch” its 14-day “truly unlimited” 3G plan, chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said today. The plan, introduced in early December, was pulled after only one month. It offered truly unlimited 3G data usage at just Rs 498 with a validity of 14 days. The 498 recharge was one of the only two truly unlimited schemes being offered by wireless operators in India — both from BSNL. The second scheme, which offers data and BSNL-to-BSNL calls without any limits for one month…

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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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