Bharti Airtel offers unlimited calls at around Rs 200 per month to counter Jio

Days after Reliance Communications unveiled a plan that offers unlimited calls at Rs 150 per month, India’s biggest telecom operator has come up with something very similar to take on both RCom, Reliance Jio and an upcoming plan from BSNL. Bharti Airtel has announced two new plans — one that offers unlimited Airtel to Airtel calls at Rs 148 per month and another which offers 1 GB of 4G data and unlimited calls to any network at Rs 345. Given that the cost of 1 GB of 4G data is…

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Indian Railways releases list of 71 stations with free Wifi, to expand to 709

The Indian Railways has released a list of 71 railways stations in India with free Wifi provided by Google and Railwire, and said the facility will be extended to 709 stations in about three years from now. In addition, several suburban stations in Mumbai — such as Kulra, Byculla, Belapur and Panvel — also enjoy this facility at present. Under the free Wifi program, anyone with a mobile phone can use the high-speed facility free of charge for the first 30 minutes. The facility is available in most of the…

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Vodafone ‘Double Data’ offer — the cheapest in India — to end in Dec?

Vodafone sent out a press release announcing its Double Data offer that offers 4G data at Rs 50 per GB, but a close look at the terms and conditions of the offer reveals that it has been in effect from October, and will end on Dec 31. “This is a limited period offer by Vodafone India, available from 18th October 2016, 00:00:01 hrs till 31st December 2016, 23:59:59 hrs, both days inclusive,” the telecom operator says in the terms and conditions. The double data offer, as the name signifies, offers…

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10GB @ Rs 495 – Tata DoCoMo’s new 3G plan costs half that of Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio 4G was supposed to be the biggest thing that ever happened to data in India, and it probably is too. But that doesn’t mean that it owns the market for affordable high-speed data. Tata DoCoMo, which operates 3G services in nine circles, has started rolling out India’s cheapest limited 3G plan. The new plan, which is being offered only via the web, gives 10 GB of high-speed data for Rs 495. This is half the price of the corresponding high-speed data pack from Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone…

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Ambani Speech on Reliance Jio to start soon

RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani’s speech on Reliance Jio’s Welcome Offer and other plans is starting in a few minutes. In his speech, Ambani is expected to thank everyone for using the company’s services under the Welcome Offer, but is unlikely to extend the free services by three months as widely expected. “The Welcome Offer was to get your feedback,” Ambani is expected to say in his speech that will start at 2 PM today. Jio has not only become the largest broadband company in India in a matter of three…

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LIVE COVERAGE: MUKESH AMBANI speech on RELIANCE JIO welcome offer

Starting at 1:30 PM today, Mukesh Ambani will give a speech on the future plans of Reliance Jio at which he’s widely expected to unveil new tariff plans for the 4G operator. The new plans will come in the context of the successful resolution of the interconnect dispute between the operator and its incumbent rivals such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular. We will give be a live video and textual coverage of the event, with updates starting at around 11 am today. POST-CONFLICT PLANS The three incumbent telecom…

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Reliance Jio Welcome Offer Extended? Mukesh Ambani to reveal tomorrow

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio, will unveil a new roadmap for the telecom company tomorrow at 1:30 PM. The new roadmap will include details of the company’s so-called ‘Welcome Offer 2’ as well as details on whether or not existing free users will have start paying from Jan 1 or not. According to our sources, it is likely that Ambani could also unveil new tariff plans in addition to the ones that were given out on Sept 5. The new announcement comes in the wake of the expiry of…

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Jio has five times as many 4G subscribers as Airtel — report

Reliance Jio has crossed the 5 cr subscriber mark, which gives it a market share of around 10% among cellphone users in the country. Though India has a total of around 80 cr subscribers on paper, due to multiple and dormant connections, the actual cellphone users is estimated to be around the 50 cr or 500 mln mark. PTI reported that Jio has cross the 50 mln 4G subscribers in India, which is several times higher than the total number of 4G subscribers with Airtel, or Idea Cellular or Vodafone….

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Reliance Jio WELCOME OFFER will NOT be EXTENDED to March

Reliance Jio’s free Welcome Offer will not be extended beyond Dec 31, despite widespread media reports saying that it will be. “There is practically zero chance of it getting extended,” said a marketing official working for the company in Kerala. “If there were to be any such thing, we would have got to know by now.” In addition, there are reports of flyers and brochures that are to be used to introduce existing and new users to Jio’s plans. The brochures mention that the tariffs are applicable from Jan 1, 2017. If…

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Sorry, Reliance Jio is NOT launching DTH

In what is becoming something of a routine, yet another rumor has been spread that Reliance Jio is about to start a DTH service and you will be able to get all the channels at half the price that you currently pay. According to this, 350 TV channels will be offered at Rs 185 per month, which is half of the price that you have to pay for Airtel Digital, Tata Sky and so on. What’s more, there will be catch up and rewind feature as well. Is this true?…

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BSNL offers yearly data plan: 80 GB @ Rs 4500, 60 GB @ 4000

To take on competitors like Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, state-owned BSNL has come up with a one-year 3G data plan that offers 80 GB of 3G data for Rs 4,498. That translates to roughly Rs 56 per GB with a one-year validity. In comparison, others like Idea and Bharti Airtel also offer similar scheme, but they are structured different. In Airtel’s case, one has to recharge with Rs 1,450 initially, and then keep paying 54 rupees for every GB used for one year. Under Airtel’s scheme, 80 GB of…

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RCom’s voice subscribers fall 30% in one year on VLR count

Anil Ambani Group’s Reliance Communications has seen a sharp fall in its subscriber numbers after the migration of its CDMA network to LTE. According to the latest numbers released by the company, the total number of voice customers fell by 11.6% in the three months from June to September. Voice revenue fell 8.3% from the previous quarter. If we compare the September subscriber number with the same number a year ago, the fall is 21%. But these numbers only reveal part of the picture, as RCom includes non-switched-on users also…

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Vodafone says no India IPO this year, revenue up 5.9%

Keeping the volatile market conditions in mind, said Vodafone, there would be no initial public offering of its Indian units’ shares this year. Vodafone said it intends to proceed with an IPO of Vodafone India as soon as market conditions allow. “We do not expect this to take place during the current financial year,” it added. The company, which took a whopping Rs 36,500 cr impairment charge due to increased competition in the Indian market, said service revenue from the country grew by 5.9% on year in rupee terms in…

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Vodafone writes off due to Rs 36,500 cr due to Reliance Jio launch

Vodafone Group has taken an impairment charge of 5.0 billion euros — equivalent to Rs 36,540 cr, due to the increased competition in the Indian market after the launch of Reliance Jio. “A new entrant has recently launched free trial services for an extended time period and commercial price plans that were at a significant discount to prevailing market pricing, resulting in competitive responses from other operators. “This has created a high degree of uncertainty over a range of commercial planning assumptions including future pricing, profitability and market structure. “Accordingly…

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RCom, Aircel to reveal post-merger plans tomorrow?

Anil Ambani Group’s Reliance Communications is all set to make a ‘major announcement’ in Mumbai tomorrow, the company said in an invite for journalists. Though the exact nature of the announcement was not revealed, it is being suggested that the company is likely to unveil something related to its ongoing merger with Aircel Cellular, even though the invite sounds like it is for a new product announcement. Update: The announcement was about the launch of its Internet of Things offering. ALSO SEE RCom’s voice subscribers fall 30% in one year on VLR count The…

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Mobikwik, Freecharge start wallet on delivery services

As the e-commercial sector is facing issues with the money demonetization, the E- payment platform MobiKwik and Freecharge have forward with methods that can be helpful for the e- tailers. Mobikwik said it will offer ‘MobiKwik on delivery’ option for e-tailers to replace ‘Cash on Delivery’ and overcome the challenges being faced by the phasing out of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes. “MobiKwik on delivery, will address the challenges being faced by e-tailers in operating the cash on delivery service. Users can pay with MobiKwik, after receiving the delivery…

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Amazon India to launch Prime video streaming service

Amazon, one of India’s top two online retailers, sent out a teaser today with a promise that Amazon Prime Video is coming soon to India. Prime video is a service like Netflix that streams TV shows, films and other content. The service was launched in the United States ten years ago. At present, Amazon Video is currently only available to residents of the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and Austria. It is possible that Amazon could also launch its Fire TV set-top-box in India as well. The video streaming…

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EXCLUSIVE: Reliance Jio resolves interconnect dispute with Bharti Airtel, Idea & Vodafone

The interconnection dispute between Reliance Jio and incumbent operators like Idea Cellular, Vodafone and Bharti Airtel has been “largely resolved,” an official with one of the incumbent operators said. “We have provided enough points to avoid any congestion-related problems in the foreseeable future,” said an official with one of the three incumbents. According to the source, the percentage of calls failures would have fallen to 15% or less already, and will approach the 0% mark in “less than a week.” The claim could not be verified due to a lag…

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Tata DoCoMo halves 3G prices, 1 GB at Rs 98 as Reliance Jio starts to bite

Hit by competition from Reliance Jio’s 4G services, Tata DoCoMo has halved the price of its 1 GB 3G pack to just Rs 98 from Rs 195 earlier. The new pack is being offered under the ‘My Best Offer’ service that users can activate by pressing *123# on their mobile phones. The company has 3G spectrum in nine circles, including Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra & Goa, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh (West). In addition, the company has also reduced the prices for other packs such…

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Jio accounted for 91% of 4G speed tests on TRAI app, Airtel only 3%

Even as the average speed of Bharti Airtel remain high, the total number of people who conducted 4G speed tests from Airtel’s network is only 3% of total number of people who were conducting similar tests from Jio. In fact, Jio users accounted for 91% of the total 4G speedtests conducted using TRAI’s ‘My Speed’ app, which was launched about three months ago. In comparison, Airtel accounted for about 3%, Idea for about 2.5%. A total of 22.1 lakh 4G speedtests were conducted by Jio users using TRAI’s app. In…

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