Airtel expects impact on its revenue post Jio’s commercial services launch

Airtel, India’s leading telecom service provider by subscribers, said that it would see some impact on its revenue if the impending Reliance Jio launch leads to a price war in the country.


“If rates come down, then it will have an impact on our revenue, but we are determined not to let that happen,” Bharti Airtel MD and CEO for India & South Asia Gopal Vittal said in an earnings call earlier this week.

Vittal said that the telco would deal with any challenge if an operator makes voice calls free on the VoLTE platform. He, however, added that offering voice as a free service could never be a long term play for anyone as a telco would need to generate returns on investments.

Vittal’s comments follow a sequential decline of 2.5% in Airtel’s data realisations, which were coupled with the reduced data volume growth in the April-June quarter. During the quarter, the telco also saw customers using mobile broadband dropped to 23% in India.

Also, Airtel’s addition of 1.1 million mobile broadband subscribers in the quarter was the lowest in many quarters. Bharti Airtel’s mobile data revenue for the India market grew 35.1% on year to a Rs3,525 crore, slower than the 44.5% and 50.6% growth recorded in the previous two-quarters.

Moreover, the Sunil Mittal-led telco doesn’t see the great need of spectrum currently and said that it is in a very solid position. The telco has already bought spectrum from various telecom operators like Aircel, Videocon, Augere which can be used for 4G services.

“When you look at our current spectrum holding, we are in very solid position. We need spectrum to fill few gaps here and there,” Vittal said.

The country’s top mobile operator was the second biggest bidder in previous auctions after Idea Cellular with a total commitment of around Rs 29,130 crores.

Last year’s auction fetched government the highest ever revenue of Rs 1.1 lakh crore. The Indian government plans to conduct the largest ever spectrum auction in September in which 2300Mhz of telecom frequencies worth Rs 5.66 lakh crore will be put on the sale.

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August 1, 2016 10:05 pm 10:05 PM

Will these happen in Tamilnadu? :

> Rcom and JIO 4G merging

> Rcom and aircel merging

> Rcom and MTS merging

So JIO will get the coverage of Aircel 2G and 3G, rcom’s 2G and MTS 800 MHz CDMA spectrum for a stronger 4G coverage. Will this happen?.

August 2, 2016 1:11 am 1:11 AM

Ultimately, this will definitely happen. Thanks for pointing out in right words.

August 1, 2016 2:45 pm 2:45 PM

Whoa! History has been created on TT today.
@Heartless, It’s the time for you take print out of this page, laminate it and put it on the wall. You deserve it man!

August 1, 2016 1:03 pm 1:03 PM

Airtel should start offering Bundled Packs. MB packs in 4G is of no sense, min 4G data recharge should be 1GB for 28 days and price not more than 100rs.