Call tariff hike of 20 percent can be expected due to auctions : Report

In lieu of the auctions, telecom operators in Gujarat may decide to increase the voice call charges by 9 paise per minute, which will constitute around 20 percent hike over the next few months, reports Economic Times (ET).


In the spectrum auction to renew 900MHz spectrum, the telecom operators spent between Rs. 3000 crore to Rs. 7000 crore in circles like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP-East and UP-West. The auction also helped Government to make Rs 1,09,874 crore. To tackle this investment, telecom operators may renew their tariffs up to 20 percent.

The newspaper also reported that the price hike will accompany better services. “The prices may go up in the short term but the subscribers will also get better voice and data services due to all the investment made by telecom companies into efficient utilization of spectrum,” the top telecom executive is attributed to have said to ET.

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May 21, 2015 4:04 pm 4:04 PM

Note that most of the middle class persons are using multimedia phones with VoIP capability. If you further increase the call rate or make any changes to the rate cutter (increasing the price and decreasing the validity and benefits etc), we will use only internet packs (1 GB or 3 GB) for calling. Lets see what hair you will pluck at that time.

Abishek Naagendra
May 21, 2015 10:32 pm 10:32 PM

Then they’ll increase Internet rates… They’ve to get what they put right??

May 22, 2015 1:08 am 1:08 AM

What will they do if we stop using wireless internet and use only wired broadband?. Not all mobile providers give wired broadband. Then?.

May 21, 2015 7:05 am 7:05 AM

off topic – reliance cdma data packs revised for gujarat circle….recharge 94 offered 1 gb for 21 days with no sms benefits…website shows the same old data…kindly confirm the packs and plans before recharging in your circle…

May 20, 2015 11:27 pm 11:27 PM

If auction was just to renew the license and not to buy any additional spectrum, then how the services will improve?