Idea Cellular


Idea Cellular says Jio’s impact negligent due to a few port outs, to approach DoT on Rs 950-cr Trai penalty

Idea Cellular will shortly approach the telecom department (DoT) on the Rs 950-crore penalty recommended by the regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for not providing adequate providing interconnection points to Reliance Jio Infocomm, claiming that the telco has not violated any quality of service (QoS) norms Responding to analysts’ questions on the penalty slapped by the telecom regulator, Idea Cellular’s managing director Himanshu Kapania said that the… Read More


Idea Cellular says 3.1 million customers actively use 4G services, adds 5,006 4G sites in Q2

Idea Cellular said that mobile data business is currently in high investment and low capacity utilization phase, even as now 3.1 million customers actively use 4G services, out of 19.3 million 4G device owners in Idea’s overall subscriber base. The telco’s overall data subscriber base reached 54 million with data volume growing at 15.4% to 107.4 billion MB in the second quarter, up from 93.1 billion in the first quarter. Idea… Read More


Idea Cellular Q2 standalone net profit plunge heavily at just Rs 4.3 crore due to pressure on voice business

Idea Cellular, India’s third largest telecom operator by users reported a massive sequential decline in its standalone net profit at Rs 4.3 crore for the July-September period, as compared to Rs 497.1 crore in April-June quarter. The company said that net profit was impacted by competitive pressures on the voice business, resulting in a sharp contraction in voice minutes. “With increasing proportion of rural subscribers, the seasonal slowdown in the second… Read More


Vodafone and Idea bet big on 2500 MHz TDD-LTE in India, device ecosystem still relatively underdeveloped

Vodafone and Idea will create a new LTE ecosystem in the country on 2500MHz band (TDD-LTE on Band 41). Both companies did not have any spectrum in the 2300MHz band and they are currently offering LTE-FD on the liberalized 1800 MHz band only. Vodafone has acquired 2500MHz spectrum in 14 circles while Idea won the same in 15 circles. While Vodafone targets metro circles and mostly cat-B circles for its… Read More


Idea Cellular to begin 4G deployment in new circles soon

Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest telecom operator by users, said that it will spend Rs 1000 crore more on network capital expenditure to maximize the spectrum and to capatalise on 4G opportunity in the market. “Our priority is to maximize the spectrum we have just bought and what we bought in 2015…this year we had said we will spend Rs 7,000 crore but we will now be increasing it… Read More


Spectrum auction ends after 5 days- Idea cellular buys 349.2 MHz spectrum for Rs. 12,798 crore

So after 5 days and 31 rounds of bidding, India’s biggest ever spectrum auction has finally concluded. Though the Department of telecom is yet to disclose the provisional list of winners and the details of who won what in which circle, the very initial information that we have received reveals that Idea cellular has emerged stronger by 349.20 MHz which it won in the auction at a price of Rs.… Read More


Idea will now offer e-KYC ‘Aadhaar’ based SIM activation across its service centers

Idea Cellular, has announced the roll out of ‘electronic – Know Your Customer (e-KYC)’ based activations for both Prepaid and Postpaid customers across its service centers in 22 circles. The pan-India roll-out of e-KYC has been enabled after the successful pilot by Idea in Delhi circle, in association with UIDAI, and as per the DoT guidelines. The e-KYC solution allows users to avail instant verification using their ‘Aadhaar’ Number, enabling quicker… Read More


Idea Cellular readies its own Video, Music, TV, Chat and Storage service to counter Airtel, Jio

Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest telecom operator, will launch a slew of app-based digital services like Idea Games, Idea Videos, Idea Music starting the third quarter of the ongoing fiscal year, and plans to launch Idea TV, Idea News and Magazines, Idea Chat and Idea Storage during next financial year, the company said in an investor presentation. The move will be aimed at overcoming threat from the likes of… Read More


Update: Airtel ends 3G ICRA with Idea in Karnataka, Idea picks Vodafone as next ICRA partner: Sources

After offering 3G services through ICR to Idea customers in Karnataka for quite some time, Bharti Airtel has finally scrapped the ICR deal says sources. In this situation, Idea Cellular has partnered with another 3G operator Vodafone India to use their 3G network under new ICR agreement, to make sure none of their customers suffer with 3G connectivity issue in the circle. From last few years, top three operators were… Read More


Following in the wake of Jio, Idea cellular launches own movie streaming app

Considering the huge revenue opportunity from content, Idea Cellular has finally stepped up to launch its own movie and video streaming service ‘Idea Movie Club’ for their customers. Other operators are offering similar services from quite some time but latest move by Idea Cellular indicates that they don’t want to be limited to being a connectivity provider anymore. Jio has built own app ecosystem which is much more mature than other… Read More


Airtel and Idea increase upfront data offered on annual data rate cutter STV Pan India

After receiving lots of criticism for high priced data packs with an upfront fee to cut down data rates, both Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular have increased the one-time free data limit in the pack for every circle. Last month, Airtel first launched the data pack at a denomination of Rs 1498 which came with upfront 1 GB one-time data then brought down the cost of 1 GB data at… Read More


OnePlus partners with IDEA cellular to offer offline experience stores

In one of its latest moves, OnePlus has announced a partnership with IDEA Cellular to start 90 exclusive experience stores all around India. The collaboration is an outcome for the response that OnePlus received for its Pop-up shops. After the success of OnePlus 3, many users have been looking out for offline stores to buy OnePlus devices. Through this partnership, OnePlus aims at offering hands-on experience of its devices. These offline… Read More


Idea offering 1GB 4G data as promotion for upgrading to 4G sim in Himachal pradesh circle

To promote upcoming 4G services in Himachal Pradesh, Idea Cellular has started offering free 4G data to customers in that region who will pre-book a 4G SIM. According to latest information, the company is offering 1 GB of 4G data for 4G SIM booking in HP circle which hints the launch isn’t far away. To get the free data benefits, Idea Customers need to send a SMS ‘BOOK4G’ to 12345… Read More

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