Times of India — Bharti Airtel’s pricing is now at par with that ofIdea Cellular, given that the Aditya Birla Grouptelecom operator is curbing promotional activities in voice, saidHimanshu Kapania, managing director, Idea Cellular. The company has consolidated its 9,700 telecom towers under a single subsidiary to increase operational efficiency, he told ET’s Deepali Gupta in an interview.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Shares of Bharti Airtel today surged by over 4% after the company announced that it will acquire rights to use 4G spectrum of Aircel in eight telecom circles for Rs 3,500 crore. The stock was trading at Rs 348.50 on BSE, up 4.24% from the previous close. On NSE, the shares were trading at 347.20, a rise of 3.77%.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Vodafone India’s 4G data speed is much lower than market leader Bharti Airtel’s due to its paucity of 4G airwaves, which could pose challenges for the company in differentiating in terms of overall user experience, US brokerage Citi Research said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The national auditor alleged that six telecom operators —Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Aircel — had collectively understated gross revenue amounting to Rs 46,045.75 crore between 2006-07 and 2009-10, causing a loss of Rs 12,488.93 crore to the national exchequer. The companies rejected the accusation.
Times of India — ITANAGAR: India’s third-largest mobile services provider Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of its Platinum 3G network for customers here under ‘Project Leap.’ Airtel’s Platinum 3G would deliver faster internet speed, enhance voice clarity and offer a superior network experience for customers in the circle.
Times of India — NEW DELHI:Reliance Communications and Aircel, which are in talks to merge, have agreed that the Anil Ambani-run telco will combine its wireless business with the smaller rival owned by Maxis and both parent companies will hold 50% each in what will emerge as India’s No. 3 carrier by users. The two companies, which started a 90-day period of exclusive merger talks on December 22, scrapped an initial plan to form a new listed company to run their combined wireless businesses.
Telecom Asia — India’s Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and SSTL have all objected to telecom regulator Trai’s draft directive to ensure a minimum fixed broadband download speed of 512kbps, arguing that they should be able to throttle heavy users. Airtel has argued that it should be able to reduce speeds to 64kbps once users have exceeded their data allocations, the Economic Times reported.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: India’s top telecom operator Airtel has launched its 4G services in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Available at a price of 3G, subscribers can enjoy Airtel 4G with immediate sim swap and home delivery of sim cards, the Airtel said in a statement.
Times of India — CHENNAI: Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel) on Wednesday announced migration of 40,000 of its network sites across India to green technology. In continuation with the company’s network transformation programme “Project Leap”, the company is now focusing heavily on a series of initiatives towards a greener environment and building sustainable network for the future.
Telecom Asia — India’s Bharti Airtel is reportedly in talks with Malaysia-based Axiata Group to merge their respective mobile units in Sri Lanka. Negotiations are underway regarding a potential deal, the Economic Times reported, citing two people familiar with the deal. The potential merger would create the largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka with over 12 million customers.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed its Baa3 issuer rating to Bharti Airtel and the senior unsecured notes issued by Bharti International (Netherlands) BV on expectations of “strong cash flows” from the domestic operations of India’s biggest telecom operator, particularly its voice and data businesses.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: India’s top two telecom operators are preparing to deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology on their networks in association with Finnish gearmaker Nokia to take on Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is expected to start operations soon with services based on this technology.
Telecom Lead — Indian telecom network operators such as Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications and Vodafone can learn from Internet of Things (IoT) investments announced by AT&T and Verizon in the U.S. When both AT&T and Verizon have made several announcements in the recent months to boost of their IoT revenue, main Indian telecom network operators are doing nothing in the IoT space.
Telecom Asia — India’s telecom regulator will proceed with the implementation of a controversial rule requiring operators to compensate their customers for call drops, after a court refused to stay the introduction of the penalty. But the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has agreed not to take any action against operators not complying with the order until January 6, the next hearing date for the operators’ legal action against the order, theEconomic Times reported.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Leading telecom operators like Airtel and Idea have asked regulator Trai not to auction the premium 700Mhz band until enough devices are available for services that are to be provided through it. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio, which is yet to launch its 4G services, has also suggested two-year evaluation of the ecosystem before radiowaves in this band are auctioned.
Times of India — MUMBAI: When three of India’s richest and most accomplished businessmen with a combined wealth of about $37 billion spar with each other, one wouldn’t expect anyone to hold back any punches. Even more so, when the richest of the trio is the late entrant into the $50-billion Indian telecom market and has to challenge the other two dominant incumbents.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Sales of 4G devices in India are growing at a fast pace, led by a fall in prices, growing digital engagement with mobile phones and cheaper data plans. 4G is rapidly eating into the share of 3G, which is losing its grip on the smartphone market. And, the big push is coming from the leading telecom players of the country.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Third generation (3G) technology will continue to be the mainstay for both data and voice services for Bharti Airtel, which recently announced Project Leap, a Rs 60,000 crore investment programme to improve network quality over three years. In an interview to ET, Abhay Savargaonkar, chief technology officer at India’s No. 1 telco, said that while consumers in India need a good 3G network, 2G will be around for the next five to seven years. Edited excerpts:
Times of India — KOLKATA: Microsoft India plans to sign a 4G data-bundling pact with India’s No. 1 carrier Bharti Airtel to encourage the latter’s customers to buy the recently launched Lumia 4G smartphones, a top company executive told ET. Once the deal is formalised, Airtel 4G customers purchasing the Lumia 950 or 950 XL will get free data bundled with the devices, which run on the Windows 10 operating system.
NEW DELHI: Sunil Mittal said Reliance Jio Infocomm’s proposed launch is driving consolidation in the telecom sector and will intensify pricing pressure but that Bharti Airtel is prepared to meet all competition. In an exclusive interview with ET, Bharti Enterprises chairman Mittal expressed the hope that Reliance Industries, which owns Jio, will be prudent. Jio’s long-awaited start is expected to disrupt tariffs as it seeks to wean away lucrative data customers from existing companies with its 4G services.
Times of India — JAIPUR: Airtel will launch 4G services in Rajasthan within a few days and cover other important cities in next six months, a top official said. “We are ready to introduce 4G services in the state which will be launched in few days. Along with the preparations for this service, we are upgrading our existing infrastructure under project leap,” Manoj Murali, CEO of Airtel Rajasthan, said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Social networking giant Facebook is partnering with telecom companies such as Bharti Airtel and smartphone vendors including Micromax Informatics and Samsung Electronics to provide them with customized targeted advertising and increase their revenue growth.
Telecom Asia — India’s largest operator by subscribers Bharti Airtel has revealed plans to invest 600 billion rupees ($9.02 billion) rupees over the next three years to upgrade its network in preparation for the 4G era reaching the market. The company has announced Project Leap, which is set to be the most expensive investment project ever undertaken by the operator, the Economic Times reported.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Canada-based low-cost tablet and smartphone maker DataWind is considering a foray into the affordable 4G device segment by mid-2016 and plans to start two new manufacturing facilities with an initial investment of Rs 200 crore in the country. “We may work on a sub Rs 3,000-priced 4G-enabled smartphone next as the 4G market matures in India,” DataWind chief executive Suneet Singh Tuli told ET, adding that the company is closely watching the telcos’ 4G moves.
Times of India — LONDON: Country’s largest telecom player Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said the entry of Reliance Jio Infocomm will bring further consolidation in the Indian telecom sector. The telecom czar said consolidation activity has already started with MTS and Reliance Communications (RCom) deal. “I personally believe the launch of services of Reliance Jio as a big operator will spur consolidation in telecom sector,” Mittal told CNBC TV18.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Around 25% devices connected on mobile networks in the country are 3G enabled, out of which, only 45% smartphones are used for the high-speed internet service, showed a study by Nokia Networks. The survey, however, noted that 3G service is witnessing a rapid adoption among users. Growth of 3G subscription in a span of six months surged by 26%, while its penetration in India stands at 24.59%, it said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Country’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel will have a revenue growth of 8-10% over the next 12-18 months on strong demand for data services and affordable smartphones, Moody’s Investors Service has said. The aggregate average revenue of telecom operators in Asia Pacific will increase 3-4% over the next 12-18 months, similar to 2014’s growth rate of 3.8% and trending in line with forecast average GDP growth for the region and its outlook for the industry is stable, it said.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications may report a sequential dip in voice revenue per minute (RPM) in the seasonally weak July-September period, stung by the full quarterly impact of higher service tax (14%) and reduced traffic volumes, although strong data growth is likely to partially compensate this.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has held initial talks to buy Aircel’s 4G airwaves in the 2300Mhz band as the country’s leading telco looks to expand its high-speed broadband footprint, and close the gap with Reliance Jio Infocomm, which holds pan-India airwaves. While Airtel denied any discussions had taken place and Maxis-owned Aircel said it doesn’t comment on market speculation, three people familiar with the matter said the talks involved Airtel buying Aircel’s 4G bandwidth through the spectrum trading route.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel may cut data prices by 25% in the next financial year as a result of Reliance Jio launching services, a report by Goldman Sachs said. The report by global financial major though said Airtel remains well placed even following Jio’s launch as it can offer 4G data services on similar spectrum as Jio while having a better 2G/3G fallback.