Balesh Sharma to head Vodafone-Idea Cellular after merger, Himanshu Kapania moved to Group

Balesh Sharma to head Vodafone-Idea Cellular after merger, Himanshu Kapania moved to Group

2018-03-22T19:09:06+00:00 On

Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone have announced the list of office bearers who will run the company resulting from the merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. Balesh Sharma, who is currently Chief Operating Officer of Vodafone India, has been chosen to…

Airtel, Vodafone beat Reliance Jio in on-the-ground 4G speed tests

Airtel, Vodafone beat Reliance Jio in on-the-ground 4G speed tests

2018-03-20T11:24:01+00:00 On

4G operator Bharti Airtel was clearly ahead of market leader Reliance Jio and challenger Idea Cellular in on-the-ground 4G speed tests conducted by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in ten cities in India this year. According to the data from these…

Idea Cellular says QIP to reduce debt; looking to sell Indus stake

Idea Cellular says QIP to reduce debt; looking to sell Indus stake

2018-02-23T18:32:38+00:00 On

Idea Cellular, one of India’s largest telecom operators, said the recently concluded sale of its shares to institutional investors, along with a recent fund infusion by the promoter, will reduce its net debt by Rs 6,750 cr. “This equity raise of Rs….

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

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

2018-02-22T08:11:55+00:00 On

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…

Idea tops TRAI’s 4G test; Reliance Jio flunks video streaming

Idea tops TRAI’s 4G test; Reliance Jio flunks video streaming

2018-02-07T13:25:21+00:00 On

Smaller operators Idea Cellular and Telenor handily beat bigger rivals Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel in a 4G network quality field test conducted by the telecom regulator in the Gujarati city of Surat. In fact, the survey agency was not able to…

Bharti Infratel to merge with Indus Towers before Vodafone-Idea deal?

Bharti Infratel to merge with Indus Towers before Vodafone-Idea deal?

2018-02-07T11:05:59+00:00 On

UK’s Vodafone is looking to combine its stake in Indus Towers,┬áIndia’s largest tower company, with Bharti Infratel, the tower arm of market leader Bharti Airtel, on the basis of $5 bln valuation for its asset, the Economic Times reported, quoting unnamed sources….

Telecom companies surprised by increase in voice calls – DoT Secy

Telecom companies surprised by increase in voice calls – DoT Secy

2018-01-31T12:20:24+00:00 On

Telecom companies in India have been caught by surprise by the increase in voice calls made by their subscribers in recent months, telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said on Tuesday after attending a meeting with industry officials. “They have been surprised by the…

‘What does Jio want?’ Frustrated analyst withdraws rating on Bharti Airtel

‘What does Jio want?’ Frustrated analyst withdraws rating on Bharti Airtel

2018-01-30T11:52:19+00:00 On

Kotak Institutional Equities has withdrawn its rating on Bharti Airtel, expressing concern about what exactly new entrant Reliance Jio is trying to achieve in the market with its relentless price cuts. “What does Jio want,” asked analyst Rohit Chordia in his note…

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

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

2018-01-28T17:52:48+00:00 On

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…

Idea CEO asks Jio, Airtel to cool down, says war won’t help anyone

Idea CEO asks Jio, Airtel to cool down, says war won’t help anyone

2018-01-25T12:00:37+00:00 On

Idea Cellular CEO Himanshu Kapania sounded a note of caution and urged Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio to stop trying to beat each other by cutting prices. “We don’t want to participate in the present level of price drops,” Kapania said, in…

Idea Cellular ARPU falls 13.6%; data price falls to Rs 20/GB

Idea Cellular ARPU falls 13.6%; data price falls to Rs 20/GB

2018-01-24T13:33:11+00:00 On

Idea Cellular reported a 12.8% sequential decline in gross revenue in the third quarter, while average revenue per user or ARPU fell by 13.6% to 114 rupees. However, the decline was less than that reported by bigger peer Airtel. Against the 13.6%…

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

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

2018-01-08T18:25:13+00:00 On

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…