November 29th, 2018 9:43 PM 61 COMMENTS

Telecom Watchdog Questions Minimum Monthly Recharge Plans of Airtel and Vodafone Idea

Non-profit group Telecom Watchdog on Thursday questioned new minimum monthly recharge plans of Airtel and Vodafone Idea and charged the operators of indulging in "anti-consumer activities", but the firms asserted that the plans are fully compliant with rules. In a letter to Trai, Telecom Watchdog flagged concerns over the manner in which the two companies had allegedly fixed similar tariffs at the same time. It claimed that forcing users to... Read More

November 29th, 2018 10:28 AM 137 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Lost Over 8 Million Subscribers in September: Trai

Telecom subscriber base grew marginally by 0.2% to 1191 million with only Reliance Jio adding new customers, according to the data released by sector regulator Trai for September 2018. "The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,189.08 million at the end of August 2018 to 1,191.40 million at the end of September 2018, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.2%," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India report... Read More

November 28th, 2018 11:33 AM 107 COMMENTS

Trai Tightens Noose on Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel Over Introduction of Minimum Recharges

After Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea silently introduced minimum recharge plans for their subscribers starting at Rs 35 with the intention of boosting their average revenue per user (ARPU), the subscribers were not happy. Many users complained that they were being barred from making calls and even receiving calls despite maintaining sufficient balance. Trai had also received multiple complains about this phenomenon, and it was only a matter of days... Read More

November 28th, 2018 10:57 AM 66 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Separates Fibre Network Assets Under Separate Entity Before Sale

In its run-up to raise money for operational costs and to better compete with telcos like Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea Limited has transferred its fibre networks assets to a wholly owned subsidiary. This segregation of the fibre network assets by the company will allow it to now engage in talks with potential buyers and will also fasten the transfer process once the deal is finalised. Asset Sale... Read More

November 28th, 2018 9:09 AM 131 COMMENTS

Should You Recharge Your Prepaid Number Every 28 Days?

Before beginning, let's accept the facts - Many of us own two mobile numbers obtained due to various reasons - network, cost-effectiveness, as failsafe option etc. but as on today use only one (mostly Jio). The second number was recharged several months, if not years ago thanks to lifetime validity and now has balance in single digits. Now, all of us are worried about telcos forcing us to recharge a... Read More

November 27th, 2018 10:14 AM 52 COMMENTS

Airtel, Vodafone Idea Shown Some Revenue Recovery in September Quarter, But Jio Racing Ahead: Report

Telecom operators Airtel and Vodafone have shown some recovery in terms of revenue in metro cities during the September quarter, while Reliance Jio gained strength in a majority of telecom circles, according to analyst reports on revenue data published by telecom regulator Trai. Research firm UBS observed that the revenue of companies from telecom services or adjusted gross revenue (AGR) declined by 0.7% quarter on a quarterly basis and down... Read More

November 26th, 2018 12:09 PM 54 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Integrating 5G Elements in Pre-Existing 4G Network

Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) the newly merged telco has stated that once it acquires the 5G spectrum and combined with the right ecosystem in India, the transition to 5G will only be a software update for the telco. VIL’s chief technology offer, Vishant Vora in a talk with ET revealed that Vodafone Idea is developing its 4G network on the basis of elements of 5G and the 5G architecture complete... Read More

November 25th, 2018 4:06 PM 3 COMMENTS

Top Postpaid Plans from Telecom Operators You Can Opt for Around Rs 500

With the ongoing changes in the prepaid sector, it's pretty evident that more and more customers will choose postpaid as their service option going forward. Back in August 2016, postpaid plans used to offer better benefits than prepaid plans as the combo plans didn't exist back then. But the scenario has now changed as combo prepaid plans have become a thing in the industry now. Telcos such as Bharti Airtel... Read More

November 23rd, 2018 5:01 PM 79 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea to Focus on 4G Expansion as India is Not 5G Ready: Balesh Sharma

Vodafone Idea CEO, Balesh Sharma in a talk with reporters on Thursday informed that the company intends to retain its pole position in the industry and it will do so by simplified tariff plans, faster integration and bettering its balance sheet. Sharma also hinted that the current unsustainable pricing in the industry would correct itself as the effect of consolidation in the market is seen in the coming months. The... Read More

November 23rd, 2018 1:45 PM 15 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Favours Chinese Vendors Over European Providers for 4G Expansion

As Vodafone Idea Limited works upon its plan of expansion of the 4G network, the newly merged telco has finalised contracts for equipment deployment with Chinese equipment vendors Huawei and ZTE. This has come at the cost of lower purchase orders for the European equipment vendors like Nokia and Ericsson. This move has happened in the light of Vodafone Idea Ltd focusing on lowering the costs As per a report... Read More

November 22nd, 2018 5:45 PM 80 COMMENTS

Unsustainable Telecom Market is Damaging Digital India Initiative: Vodafone Idea

The largest telco by subscribers Vodafone Idea said the market is "unsustainable" due to aggressive competition and warned that it's detrimental to the government's flagship initiatives like Digital India. In his first interaction after the merger of the two companies, chief executive Balesh Sharma said on Thursday to reporters of PTI that all the three operators are burning cash and no one can expect them to invest in such a... Read More

November 21st, 2018 5:47 PM 248 COMMENTS

Airtel, Vodafone Idea Prepaid Users Baffled as They Receive Outgoing and Incoming Voice Calling Expiry Notice

In order to push unlimited prepaid plans, top telcos- Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea seem to have taken yet another major step. After removing the talk time plans, telcos are now barring outgoing and incoming calling facility on prepaid numbers. According to the information we have, Airtel and Vodafone Idea started restricting its users from making outgoing voice calls without an unlimited prepaid pack. In a country like India, where... Read More

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