Idea Cellular reports 39% drop in Q4 profit

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Idea Cellular, India’s third-largest telecom company, reported a smaller than expected fall in quarterly profit helped by strong voice and data revenue. The company, which has 184 million mobile subscribers, posted a 38.9% fall in profit to 5.76 billion rupees ($86.60 million) in the three months to the end of March, hurt by higher financing and spectrum fees of its 4G network.

Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, RCom, Tata Tele and Aircel charged with hiding revenue worth Rs 46,000 crore

IndiaTimes 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.

Idea Cellular network faces glitch in NCR

IndiaTimes of India — GURGAON: The mobile network of Idea Cellular was on Friday crippled in the National Capital Region (NCR), causing inconvenience to its customers, a company executive said. “The network faced some technical problems in Noida, services were been badly affected in Delhi and NCR areas, and our team is on work to rectify the problem. It will take some more hours to resolve the fault,” Idea’s friend desk executive Gurvir Singh told IANS.

Ericsson India partners with Idea for 4G roll out

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Idea Cellular announced an agreement with Swedish communication technology multinational Ericsson to deploy 4G network across select Indian telecom circles which serve over 40 million subscribers.The agreement includes the transformation of Idea Cellular’s existing mobile radio access and core network infrastructure across nine circles for 2G and five circles for 3G

Idea Cellular to launch 4G services in Maharashtra, Goa, North East

IndiaTimes of India — CHENNAI: Idea Cellular will launch its 4G service in Maharashtra, Goa and North East by next month, a top official said. The company has launched the service in 29 towns across 20 districts in eight telecom circles operating in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana and Odisha, Idea Cellular Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Rajat Mukarji said.

Idea expands 4G service to Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Punjab and Haryana

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Idea Cellular has rolled out 4G mobile services in four more states of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Punjab and Haryana. Moreover the operator plans to launch the high speed services in the remaining three telecom circles — Maharashtra and Goa, North East and Orissa — by March this year.

What Indian telecoms can learn from IoT investment in US

IndiaTelecom 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.

Rel Jio’s 4G entry not a threat: Idea

IndiaTimes of India — Idea Cellular, the country’s third-biggest mobile operator with over 170 million subscribers, has joined the 4G bandwagon ahead of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio launch. Reliance Jio is expected to be launched commercially in March-April, while a soft launch for employees will take place on Sunday.

Indian telecom sector in 2016: Stage set for fierce battle as Reliance Jio takes on Airtel, Vodafone & Idea

IndiaTimes 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.

DataWind planning to launch sub-Rs 3,000 4G smartphone

IndiaTimes 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.

25% of smartphones in India 3G-enabled: Survey

IndiaTimes 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.

Data growth may boost Airtel, Idea and RCom revenue in Q2

IndiaTimes 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.

What’s behind Idea, Airtel’s data tariff hike

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Top telcos Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular’s decision to increase postpaid data rates in some markets signals attempts by incumbents to protect their data revenue realization levels to withstand a potential tariff war post Reliance Jio Infocomm’s entry later this year, say analysts and experts. The latest rate hikes, they said, are a pre-emptive bid to create a revenue cushion of sorts for absorbing imminent data tariff cuts closer to Reliance Jio’s launch in December.

Operators Alone Not Responsible For Call Drops – Assocham, from IN

IndiaRTN Asia — Expressing concern over steadily deteriorating situation with regard to call drops in mobile networks, ASSOCHAM today pointed out it is unfair to put the blame on the operators only since many of the critical factors causing the problem are not within the control of the telecom industry.

Telcos seek time to gather resources for 700MHz auction

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom service providers have called for an auction of airwaves in the fourth-generation band of 700Mhz, but after two years so there would be enough time to prepare and the ecosystem to mature. Industry executives said they wanted time to make their business strategy to play in a fairly new band. They expect the 700MHz band to be very expensive to buy, further straining the books of telecom operators who are sitting on about Rs 3 lakh crore of debt.

TRAI: Don’t blame mobile operators for call drops

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom regulator appears to have absolved telecom companies for the increasing instances of call drops, citing instead radiation fears and local laws as the biggest reasons carriers are unable to put up adequate cell sites, which are key to providing quality services.

Idea Likely To Introduce 4G Services 6-8 Months

IndiaRTN Asia — Idea has made a keenly awaited announcement with its quarterly results today – the launch of 4G LTE services. The services will be launched in Kerala, Maharashtra & Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, North East, Tamil Nadu and Orissa, though not all together.

Idea Cellular Q1 net profit rises 28%, to launch 4G in 2016

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom major Idea Cellular posted a higher net profit of Rs 930.80 crore for the quarter ended June 30. This is against a net profit of Rs 728.20 crore in the corresponding period last year. The Mumbai-based firm had consolidated revenue of Rs 8,798.30 crore in the said quarter as against Rs 7,561 crore in the year-ago period.

Telecom industry seeks revision in mergers and acquisitions policy

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom industry wants the regulator to take steps to revise the mergers and acquisitions policy to facilitate consolidation in an intensely competitive sector and help cut costs, improve services and reduce debt.

Airtel, Idea gain revenue market share, Vodafone slips

IndiaKOLKATA: Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel and No. 3 carrier Idea Cellular gained incremental revenue market share (RMS) in the year ending March 2015, riding on robust data services revenue growth, while No. 2 carrier Vodafone India slipped marginally.  Combined incremental RMS of the top three players stood at 88.3% in the fiscal ended March 2015, from 86.6% in FY14, indicating revenue market share consolidation, as per Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) data.

Telecom Commission finalizes views on spectrum sharing, trading norms, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission (TC) said it has finalized its view on the much awaited spectrum sharing and trading guidelines, which will be sent to the cabinet for final approval by month-end. “We have finalized the view on spectrum-sharing and trading guidelines. We will try to send the norms to the cabinet by the end of this month,” telecom secretary Rakesh Garg said after the meeting. The guidelines will be sent to telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad first and after his approval a cabinet note will be prepared.

Vodafone unsure if it will hike data tariffs

IndiaKOLKATA: Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel’s decision to cut discounts on mobile data packs bought online following No. 3 carrier Idea Cellular’s recent call to increase data rates in Delhi signals attempts by telecom operators to shore up revenue and margins in the face of higher finance costs due to spectrum-related payouts.  A Vodafone India spokesman said the company, India’s No. 2 operator, “is evaluating response” to Airtel and Idea’s moves.

Idea mobile data rates go up by 100% in Delhi

IndiaNEW DELHI: Idea Cellular has hiked mobile data rates by up to 100% for pre-paid customers in the NCR region, becoming the first telecom operator to raise the tariff after Rs 1.1 lakh crore spectrum auction in March. The country’s third largest telco has doubled the price for some 2G plans, while 3G will be costlier by about 33%. The new rates came into effect from June 3. According to industry sources, the company also plans to increase the data tariffs in more circles in the coming days.

Idea hikes prepaid data tariffs by 18% in Delhi

IndiaIdea Cellular prepaid customers in Delhi and NCR will now have to cough out more for using data as the company has increased rates by over 18% with effect from June 3. The company has made changes in most of the recharges and vouchers for 2G and 3G services. According to industry sources, the company also plans to increase the data tariffs in five-six more circles in the coming days. When asked to comment on the matter, the company did not reply. According to information taken from customer care of Idea Cellular, the company has increased 3G data tariffs by over 18% and 2G tariffs by 11%.

How Indian telcos monitor brand image on social media

IndiaKOLKATA: Mobile carriers have silently turned to cool web-crawling technologies and analytics to instantly latch on to any negative customer buzz regarding their services and brand reputation across social media circles, and take corrective action. India’s No. 3 mobile carrier, Idea Cellular, said it uses analytics and web-crawling tools, to monitor and listen to customers on a 24×7 basis and provide quick resolution to their service needs.

COAI has task cut out for new Trai chief, from IN

IndiaKOLKATA: With the government poised to appoint a new Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman following Rahul Khullar’s recent retirement, India’s GSM carriers will shortly approach the sector regulator to persuade the telecom department (DoT) to finalize the data services deactivation and re-activation drill using a designated toll free short code. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the GSM trade body representing mobile carriers such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular amongst others, will shortly urge the next Trai chairman to “get the 1925 short code allotted by the DoT at the earliest for the purpose of data services de-activation and re-activation.”

Airtel, Idea, RComm earnings may be hit by high spectrum costs

IndiaKOLKATA: Earnings of telecom companies Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications may take a sharp hit in 2016-17, weighed down by higher amortization and interest costs after buying expensive spectrum, analysts say.  Increased costs, along with a likely delay in the launch of Reliance Jio Infocomm’s service, may result in some tariffs going up, they said. Market leader Bharti Airtel’s net profit may dip 8% in the financial year starting April 1, 2016, US brokerage Morgan Stanley estimated, while that of Idea Cellular and RCom are set to decline 27% and 26%, respectively, factoring in higher interest and depreciation outflows.

Spectrum auction: Government gets Rs 32,300 crore from telcos

IndiaNEW DELHI: The government has received a total upfront payment of over Rs 32,300 crore from telecom players against the spectrum sold during the March auction, well above the minimum outstanding due of Rs 28,835.34 crore. Telecom major Bharti Airtel has paid the entire sum for Rajasthan and North East circles. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has received Rs 32,377.85 crore, nearly Rs 3,500 crore above the minimum due, sources told .

Xiaomi shifts into top gear in India with new online and offline sales channels

IndiaWhen Xiaomi first launched in India last July, the Chinese gadget maker did so with online-only sales through one ecommerce store – Flipkart. That ends today as Xiaomi’s India boss, Manu Kumar Jain, announced a wide array of new ways for Indian consumers to buy its smartphones or tablets.  Xiaomi has tapped Airtel India’s stores for sales before with the Redmi Note 4G, but the sales channels through Amazon India, Snapdeal, and The Mobile Stores are brand-new. The Mobile Stores has 300 outlets across the country.

Airtel, Idea, Vodafone partly pay their upfront amount

IndiaNEW DELHI: Successful spectrum bidders, including Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone, have made over Rs 7,000 crore towards upfront payments — a move that will help the government narrow its fiscal deficit target for the fiscal ending.  Also, others telecom firms such as Reliance Jio and Tata Teleservices that won airwaves in the recent spectrum auction have committed to pay by evening today. Airtel has paid about Rs 5,000 crore while Idea Cellular deposited around Rs 2,000 crore as part payment for spectrum they acquired in auction last week. Vodafone has also paid some amount but the exact number could not be ascertained.