Shutdown fears? Vodafone Idea is still expanding

Even as shares of Vodafone Idea tanked 17% over fears that the company may shut down or file for bankruptcy, the latest numbers posted by the company show that it continues to invest in its network. The correction in the stock price followed a renewed warning yesterday that the company may not be able to […]

Airtel keen for a second round of price increase

Bharti Airtel, the former No.1 telecom operator in India, said it is keen on having a second round of price increases in the year starting April, but can do it only if the rest of the industry follows suit. Airtel said it needs to get more money from its customers to ensure that its investors […]

TRAI unlikely to recommend floor pricing

Telecom regulator TRAI is unlikely to recommend floor pricing for voice and data services in India due to ideological as well as practical reasons, according to industry officials. The telecom regulator today came out with a consultation paper saying it wants to broad-base the discussion on setting minimum price for data and voice. At present, […]

ANALYSIS: Can Reliance Jio avoid increasing 4G data prices?

On Tuesday night, Reliance Jio — the telecom operator that has made wireless data accessible to crores of Indians for the first time — said it would adopt ‘appropriate increases’ in tariffs over the next few weeks to help generate enough money to fund investments. The comment came in the wake of similar statements by […]

Reliance Jio says it will increase tariffs soon

Following Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio too has announced that it will increase tariffs over the next few weeks. “We will..take measures including appropriate increase in tariffs in next few weeks in a manner that does not adversely impact data consumption or growth in digital adoption and sustains investments,” the company said a […]

Vodafone Idea warns partners, customers about ‘fake news’

Vodafone Idea, the country’s largest telecom service provider by active subscribers, has issued an appeal on social media urging its partners and customers not to get taken in by ‘fake news’. “Don’t believe fake news. Vodafone Idea Ltd remains committed to all its partners and customers,” the company said in a message posted on its […]

Vodafone Idea, Airtel announce tariff hikes, will Reliance Jio follow?

Hours after Vodafone Idea announced that it would increase tariffs from next month to tide over acute financial stress, rival Bharti Airtel announced it would follow suit. The two companies have traditionally kept their prices in sync. The move comes in the wake of an unexpected Supreme Court judgment that directed these companies to shell […]

Govt response encouraging: Vodafone Idea CEO on relief package

Ravider Takkar, CEO of telecom operator Vodafone Idea, today said the government has been very supportive of his company’s requests for providing some kind of relief for the telecom sector to help it tide over a liquidity crunch. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that the revenue share payable to the government by telecom […]

Vodafone Idea says it can continue only if Govt provides relief

Vodafone Idea, one of the top three telecom players in the country, warned that it will be able to continue as ‘a going concern’ only if it is able to obtain relief from the government. Going concern refers to a company that has the ability to continue to operate and does not face the threat […]

Reliance Jio opposes ‘bailout’ for Airtel, Vodafone Idea

Reliance Jio, India’s largest telecom operator by volume of traffic carried, has opposed any ‘bailout package’ for Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, claiming that the two companies have enough assets to pay the back taxes and other dues reinstated by the Supreme Court last week. Instead, Reliance Jio said the government should look at implementing […]

No More Free Calls on Jio, Customers To Pay 6p/min for non-Jio calls

Reliance Jio, India’s largest telecom operator by revenue, said it has decided to charge 6 paise per minute for calls made to other operators like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea due to TRAI’s decision to possibly continue with the six-paise-per-minute termination charge. TRAI had, two years ago, announced that the ‘termination charge’, paid by one […]

TRAI Data shows how far behind Vodafone Idea is in 4G deployment

Even as Vodafone Idea announce big initiatives to expand their network and increase 4G speeds, new data released by telecom regulator TRAI shows that the telco has been left far, far behind by rivals Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio in 4G expansion over the last one year. While both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea started […]

Vodafone Idea starts Kerala roll out of Turbonet 4G from Kochi

Vodafone Idea, the biggest telecom operator in Kerala, has started rolling out its faster, integrated 4G service in the state, beginning with Kochi. Back in July, the company had put up posters in recharge outlets in the state promising that a faster, more powerful 4G service will be launched in August. However, the company has […]

Reliance Jio will be 70% bigger than Airtel, Vod-Idea in 3 years-India Ratings

Reliance Jio, the start-up telecom operator, will become 70% bigger than current market leaders Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel in India in three years, India Ratings said. By FY22, Reliance Jio will have cornered 43.2% of the Indian telecom revenues, while Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel will have to be content with 25.4% each, the […]

Airtel to shut down 3G pan India, speed up 4G

Bharti Airtel, one of the top three telecom companies in India, said it plans to shut down its 3G network across India over the next six months. “We intend to shut down 3G services by december,” said CEO Gopal Vittal today, speaking to investors. The company has already shut down the 3G network in Kolkata, […]

Vodafone Idea says customer losses more than expected

Vodafone Idea officials admitted that the outflow of customers from the network after the company started blocking incoming calls of low-use customers has been more than what they had expected. “The churn has been higher than what we thought it will be,” CEO Balesh Sharma said in Monday. Sharma also admitted that the company is […]

Vodafone Idea says 4G speed up 50-70%, but perception sticks

Vodafone Idea CEO Balesh Sharma today said the company had managed to increase the speeds of its 4G networks by 50-70% in around half of its circles where it has merged Idea and Vodafone networks together. However, said Sharma, the market is yet to fully appreciate the improvement in speeds because of the experience that […]

Vodafone Idea’s ‘minimum recharge plans’ starts to hurt

When Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel started cutting off the incoming call facility of low-spending customers around 4-5 months ago, the idea was to force these customers to stop using one of the SIM cards for incoming only. The idea was that if customers are forced to recharge their legacy numbers once every month for […]

Brickwork Ratings downgrades Vodafone Idea over subscriber loss

Brickwork Ratings has downgraded the credit rating of India’s largest telecom operator by subscribers, Vodafone Idea, due to the sharp shrinkage seen in the company’s user base in the last six months. The company’s subscriber base has fallen by a whopping 21% between September last year and March this year, going from 42.23 cr (422 […]