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GSM Subscriber Base In India Reached To 657.56 Million In January 2013 [Report]

In India, after TRAI's decision to chop off bogus mobile subscriber base in June last year, the number of GSM connections had continuously been declining till the end of December 2012. But it would be great news for every Indian to cheer up that the declining trend of subscriber base came to end by December 2012. In January 2013,...

Do Indian Telcos Lose Their Appetite For 2G Spectrum: The Government Could Generate Just $1.71 Billion From The Auction

On Wednesday, Norway-based telecommunication company--Telenor--emerged as the biggest bidder in India’s controversial mobile telecom 2G spectrum auctions. It's pretty-known why the refresh 2G auction was conducted by Indian regulators. In February this year, honorable Supreme Court of India cancelled all 122 2G licenses due to irregularities in distribution of spectrum in 2008. Telenor Invested INR 40.2 Billion In Auction Telenor started...

Should Indian Telecom Vendors Target Overseas Markets: First Day 2G Auction Had Lackluster Response

As expected, first day of 2G spectrum bidding in India got lackluster response from telecom vendors. Telecom operators complaint that the starting price set for the 2G spectrum by Indian telecom regulators was quite expensive compare to 2G auction in 2008.  On Monday, the government received bids worth about INR 17.33 billion ($317.4 million) for spectrum in the 1,800 MHz...

Why Indian Telcos Need To Hike Their 2G And 3G Tariffs: Really, Upcoming 2G Auction Would Be A Nightmare For Telcos

Indiscriminately, the scenario of Indian telecom industry has steadily been changing over the past few years and now, the country is the world’s second largest market in terms of subscriber base. Availability of low-priced devices, affordable services by carriers and better network coverage are the main driving forces that have boosted 2G and 3G adoption in the country over past couple...

Bharti Airtel World’s Forth ‘Largest’ Mobile Operator – A Myth, Perception Or Reality ?

In last 12 hours, I bumped numerous times with the ‘news’ floating around almost every news portal, blog and social networks – Bharti Airtel has become world’s 4th largest Telecom operator in terms of number of subscribers. Be it ‘self-claimed’ largest Indian blog or web property, each one was busy in rat-race of broadcasting almost identical information - if...

Apple iPhone 5 Will Be Available In India At Quite Competitive Price

Apple’s latest move will surely entice many smartphone users in India. The company has decided to withdraw the exclusive sales rights from Airtel and Aircel ending their monopoly in iPhone segment in India. This year both the companies won’t be selling the iPhone exclusively to prospects; rather, Apple has appointed “Ingram Micro” and “Redington” for distribution of iPhone 5...

Indian Telecom Operators Need To Monetize Their Mobile Data: Uptake Of VAS Is Still Poor

Mobile data consumption in India is steadily growing due to increasing number of smartphones and greater availability of data-driven services. This time, businesses are quite liberal for 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) module, means employees can use their own devices for the official purposes.Despite of these, at present, Indian operators are struggling to generate higher "Average Revenue Per User"...

How Average Revenue Per User Strategy Could Be Lucrative For Indian Telecom Industry ?

There is a buzz in Indian telecom industry that the telecom subscriber base declined 20.7 million in July 2012. Indeed, it’s the first time ever in Indian Telecom history and subscriber base (wireless and wireline) reached to 944.81 million till the end of July this year from 965.52 million in June of this year.It’s true that the wireless subscriber...

Indian Telecom Industry: New Foreign Players Kept Themselves Out From 2G Auction Pre-Bid Conference

Yesterday, no any new foreign player participated in first pre-bid conference hosted by department of telecommunication in India related to 2G auction. As per the previous norm, the foreign vendors had to form a joint venture with an Indian partner prior to participate in the bid, but this time, they didn't need to form any venture to participate in the...

4G Subscriptions To Gear Up In India By 2013: [Report]

Bharti Airtel is the first player that introduced 4G services in India--launched 4G TD-LTE  services in Kolkata in April and Bangalore in May of this year. However, the services provided by the telco seem somehow expensive and the market is still struggling to have cheaper 4G supporting mobile handsets. Despite of these, Bharti-Airtel has reported 3,180 TD-LTE subscribers in...

Indian Telecom Industry: 54.33 Million Number Portability Requests In June; BSNL Leads In Broadband !

In April of this year, Mobile number portability (MNP) requests reached to 45.89 million and Gujarat was leading in the MNP Zone-I (Northern & Western) with 4.23 million requests, while Karnataka was at the top in MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) with 5.11 million requests. As per data reported by TRAI, about 54.33 million subscribers rendered MNP requests to different...

India Added 4.62 Million New Telecom Subscribers In June: Bharti Airtel The Biggest Gainer [Report]

India is on the way to achieve 1 billion telecom subscribers base. If  the country's telecom subscribers base are growing in the same fashion as it added in June 2012, then the day isn't so far when India will surpass the 1 billion milestones figure. According to TRAI report, in June 2012, India added 4.62 million new telecom subscribers...

Bharti Airtel’s Revenue Market Share Declined Across Metros: Is It Due To Aggressive Subscribers’ Addition?

At present, we can easily feel a fierce competition in Indian telecom sector and it has affected even to incumbents in this segment. Just at the beginning of this month, the country's largest mobile operator--Bharti-Airtel--reported 9 straight quarterly falls in the profits till the end of Q1 of the fiscal 2012-13. Despite, it has recorded 1.1% jump in its...

BSNL To Hive Off Telecom Towers: Finally Planning To Frame A Different Business Model

In December last year, Indian telecom department accepted BSNL’s offer to surrender its broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in most regions of the country. However, the telco wants to keep the spectrum in some regions across the country.  In 2010,  the telco expended Rs 19,000 crore to acquire this spectrum and at present, it has no plans to surrender...

Is TRAI’s Guideline Responsible For Airtel’s Profit Decline In Q1 Ended June?

Undoubtedly, there's a hyper-competition in Indian telecom sectors. In addition to this, there are lots of restrictions for telecom vendors in the country. India’s largest telecom vendor—Bharti Airtel—has reported profit decline in its 10th straight quarter. The telecommunication company reported consolidated net profit of INR 762 crore ($138 million) for the quarter ended June of this year, down from INR...

A Big Twist To Begin In Indian Telecom Sector: Mukesh Ambani Owned RIL To Bid For Upcoming 2G Spectrum Auction

It well known that Mukesh Ambani is entering with full-fledged 4G launch into Indian telecom industry later this year. Mukesh entry has already threatened to incumbents of the telecom sectors. The competition is now going to be more intensified due to Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries (RIL) has also planned to bid for 1800 MHz band in upcoming 2G...

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