RCom’s voice subscribers fall 30% in one year on VLR count

Anil Ambani Group’s Reliance Communications has seen a sharp fall in its subscriber numbers after the migration of its CDMA network to LTE. According to the latest numbers released by the company, the total number of voice customers fell by 11.6% in the three months from June to September. Voice revenue fell 8.3% from the previous quarter. If we compare the September subscriber number with the same number a year ago, the fall is 21%. But these numbers only reveal part of the picture, as RCom includes non-switched-on users also…

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Vodafone says no India IPO this year, revenue up 5.9%

Keeping the volatile market conditions in mind, said Vodafone, there would be no initial public offering of its Indian units’ shares this year. Vodafone said it intends to proceed with an IPO of Vodafone India as soon as market conditions allow. “We do not expect this to take place during the current financial year,” it added. The company, which took a whopping Rs 36,500 cr impairment charge due to increased competition in the Indian market, said service revenue from the country grew by 5.9% on year in rupee terms in…

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Vodafone writes off due to Rs 36,500 cr due to Reliance Jio launch

Vodafone Group has taken an impairment charge of 5.0 billion euros — equivalent to Rs 36,540 cr, due to the increased competition in the Indian market after the launch of Reliance Jio. “A new entrant has recently launched free trial services for an extended time period and commercial price plans that were at a significant discount to prevailing market pricing, resulting in competitive responses from other operators. “This has created a high degree of uncertainty over a range of commercial planning assumptions including future pricing, profitability and market structure. “Accordingly…

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RCom, Aircel to reveal post-merger plans tomorrow?

Anil Ambani Group’s Reliance Communications is all set to make a ‘major announcement’ in Mumbai tomorrow, the company said in an invite for journalists. Though the exact nature of the announcement was not revealed, it is being suggested that the company is likely to unveil something related to its ongoing merger with Aircel Cellular, even though the invite sounds like it is for a new product announcement. Update: The announcement was about the launch of its Internet of Things offering. ALSO SEE RCom’s voice subscribers fall 30% in one year on VLR count The…

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Mobikwik, Freecharge start wallet on delivery services

As the e-commercial sector is facing issues with the money demonetization, the E- payment platform MobiKwik and Freecharge have forward with methods that can be helpful for the e- tailers. Mobikwik said it will offer ‘MobiKwik on delivery’ option for e-tailers to replace ‘Cash on Delivery’ and overcome the challenges being faced by the phasing out of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes. “MobiKwik on delivery, will address the challenges being faced by e-tailers in operating the cash on delivery service. Users can pay with MobiKwik, after receiving the delivery…

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Amazon India to launch Prime video streaming service

Amazon, one of India’s top two online retailers, sent out a teaser today with a promise that Amazon Prime Video is coming soon to India. Prime video is a service like Netflix that streams TV shows, films and other content. The service was launched in the United States ten years ago. At present, Amazon Video is currently only available to residents of the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and Austria. It is possible that Amazon could also launch its Fire TV set-top-box in India as well. The video streaming…

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EXCLUSIVE: Reliance Jio resolves interconnect dispute with Bharti Airtel, Idea & Vodafone

The interconnection dispute between Reliance Jio and incumbent operators like Idea Cellular, Vodafone and Bharti Airtel has been “largely resolved,” an official with one of the incumbent operators said. “We have provided enough points to avoid any congestion-related problems in the foreseeable future,” said an official with one of the three incumbents. According to the source, the percentage of calls failures would have fallen to 15% or less already, and will approach the 0% mark in “less than a week.” The claim could not be verified due to a lag…

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Tata DoCoMo halves 3G prices, 1 GB at Rs 98 as Reliance Jio starts to bite

Hit by competition from Reliance Jio’s 4G services, Tata DoCoMo has halved the price of its 1 GB 3G pack to just Rs 98 from Rs 195 earlier. The new pack is being offered under the ‘My Best Offer’ service that users can activate by pressing *123# on their mobile phones. The company has 3G spectrum in nine circles, including Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra & Goa, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh (West). In addition, the company has also reduced the prices for other packs such…

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Jio accounted for 91% of 4G speed tests on TRAI app, Airtel only 3%

Even as the average speed of Bharti Airtel remain high, the total number of people who conducted 4G speed tests from Airtel’s network is only 3% of total number of people who were conducting similar tests from Jio. In fact, Jio users accounted for 91% of the total 4G speedtests conducted using TRAI’s ‘My Speed’ app, which was launched about three months ago. In comparison, Airtel accounted for about 3%, Idea for about 2.5%. A total of 22.1 lakh 4G speedtests were conducted by Jio users using TRAI’s app. In…

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Interconnect fight with Reliance Jio seems over with Airtel’s latest move

Reliance Jio welcomed Bharti Airtel’s move to set up 7,007 additional points of interconnection to ease traffic between the two players, even as Airtel promised that it would uphold the law. The moves indicate the end of a bitter battle between the newcomer and India’s largest operator over connection rights to each others’ networks. Airtel had, in a statement today, said the company was release interconnection capacity is “sufficient to serve over 75 million customers, based on the forecast provided by Jio to Airtel.” “We now request Jio to ensure…

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Following Jio, Airtel, Vodafone & Idea could make VoLTE ‘free’

Hit by competition from Reliance Jio, rivals Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are exploring the possibility of making voice calls ‘totally free’ under their upcoming VoLTE service, according to industry sources. VoLTE calls can only be made by phones that support 4G voice facility, and an estimated 99% of existing telecom subscribers do not have this technology on their phones. “They don’t want to upset their existing voice business by making it totally free for everyone, but they need something to counter Jio with,” said an industry veteran tracking…

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Vodafone 4G to reach 1,000 cities by year-end, Rewari launched today

Vodafone said it will extend its 4G network to 1,000 towns in India by end of the year. The company, which launched its 4G service in Rewari in Haryana today, said the initial roll-out consists of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, Gujarat, UP (E) and West Bengal circles. The nine circles contribute to just under 70% of Vodafone India’s data revenues, it said. The company has acquired spectrum across the country in the just-concluded auctions, but those circles are likely to see launches in the second phase. The service…

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Bharti Airtel expands 10 GB-for-259 offer to all circles, all 4G brands

Bharti Airtel said it was expanding its 10-GB-for-Rs-259 offer to all new 4G handsets on its network irrespective of make and brand. The company was earlier giving the offer to select models and customers. ‘New 4G handset’ usually means any 4G handset that has never been used on Airtel’s network. In other words, if you are already using your 4G handset on the company’s network, you are unlikely to be eligible for the offer. This clause is designed to prevent ‘loss of revenue’ by way of existing customers switching to…

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GUIDE: How to increase download speed for Reliance Jio 4G

Reliance Jio, the new 4G operator led by Mukesh Ambani, is coming under increasing criticism for slow connection speeds, but our latest test reveals that it is possible increase the speed by making a minor change to the access settings of client devices such as smartphones. Broadly, the issue seems to be that Jio’s IPv4 (or traditional) routing infrastructure is under stress, which is preventing users from experiencing the full bandwidth that is available to them. On the other hand, unlike other telecom networks, Jio also has an alternative routing…

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Reliance Jio offers free data, voice, SMS for Apple iPhone buyers for 1 year

Reliance Jio and Apple today announced a freebie deal for those who purchase any of the recent iPhone models including iPhone7. Under the offer, every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers will get unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice, unlimited text, 20 GB of 4G Data, 40 GB of WiFi Data and Unlimited Night 4G Data for 12 months. They will also get unlimited subscription to…

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Reliance Jio offers free data, voice, SMS for Apple iPhone buyers for 1 year

Reliance Jio and Apple today announced a freebie deal for those who purchase any of the recent iPhone models including iPhone7. Under the offer, every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers will get unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice, unlimited text, 20 GB of 4G Data, 40 GB of WiFi Data and Unlimited Night 4G Data for 12 months. They will also get unlimited subscription to…

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SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016- Vodafone’s novel solution to beat 4G spectrum crunch

Though Vodafone has not revealed exactly which bands it has bought spectrum in, some analysts have already published charts which purportedly show the company’s spectrum purchases. According to the chart, out of the Rs 20,000 or so that Vodafone spent, about 9,221 cr has been on 2.5 GHz band, about 7,315 cr on 2.1 GHz (3G) band and 3,744 cr on 1800 MHz band. The surprising thing is the heavy investment into the 3G or 2.1 GHz band. None of the operators were expected to spend much money on 3G…

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Is this the 4G spectrum scenario in India in 2016?

Vodafone India has not yet revealed their purchase details. They are expected to release it by about 11 am today. The earlier story was based on premature information. Please await the final confirmation from the company. Meanwhile, below, you can find the possible scenario of spectrum purchase by all operators in in the 2016 auctions, including by Vodafone. However, the scenario is based on information that has been released, supplemented by guesses and calculations. The table is likely to be changed once Vodafone gives out its numbers officially. — UPDATE:…

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SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016- RELIANCE JIO buys spectrum worth Rs 13,672 cr in final results

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (“RJIL”) announces that it has successfully acquired the right to use 269.2 MHz (UL+DL) spectrum across all 22 Service Areas in India in the recently concluded spectrum auction conducted by DOT, Government of India. Service Area wise details of spectrum acquired are as per below. Service Area 800 MHz band (Paired) 1800 MHz band (Paired) 2300 MHz band (Unpaired) Andhra Pradesh – – 10.00 Assam – – 10.00 Bihar – 5.00 10.00 Delhi – – 10.00 Gujarat 5.00 – 10.00 Haryana – 1.00 – Himachal Pradesh…

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SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016: Idea Cellular surprises with mega buys in final results

In a surprise development, Idea Cellular made its entry into the world of TDD LTE with its first ever acquisition of unpaired spectrum in the 2016 auctions. The company had so far confined itself to just one band — paired 1800 MHz. Unlike paired band (half of upload and half for download), unpaired spectrum delivers more download speeds due to its fungibility and flexibility. This had given an edge to Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio in the matter of 4G speeds. However, Idea Cellular said it acquired over half its…

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