2017 Could Turn Out be the Best Year for Indian Telecom Consumers; Indeed, a Much Better One

2016 started on a promising note for all the Indian telecom consumers. When the year started, Reliance Jio was under testing phases, no Indian knows the meaning of combo offers, none of us expected that operators would star offering free unlimited calling offers, not even in our dream, that was the scenario of Indian telecom sector twelve months ago.

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But, things changed quickly. Indeed, very quickly. Reliance Jio came out in the form of ‘Preview Offer’ for selected users, turned into ‘Welcome Offer,’ and that created a lot of buzz in crowded Indian telecom sector.

On a beautiful day, when Mukesh Ambani took center stage and announced his brainchild to the general public, everyone was taken by shock as he offered free lifetime voice calling, which none of us expected. His 45 minutes’ speech cost rival operators almost Rs 11,983 crores. That was the craze he built for the network with the preview offer.

Every rival operator opposed the company’s decision of offering unlimited calling, but he stood tall along with his network. Apparently, his masterclass paved the way for unlimited calling schemes. Not only that, almost all the networks started offering combo plans, which will be the future of Indian telecom sector. Yes, we are speaking about future and here comes 2017.

Now, we are into a new year- the 2017, and in the last five months, we have seen a significant change in the Indian telecom sector, much like what we Reliance did with the GSM services back in 2003. All these five months, Indian consumers have been enjoying their tariff plans cut down by their respective operators.

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The competition in the Indian telecom sector is evident with the free services of Reliance Jio have extended till March 2017. There was a little scare to the new entrant from TRAI regarding the extension, but everything seems to be settled now. That said, we can expect more and more offers from the rival operators till March and beyond.

India’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel recently slashed the prices of their myPlan Infinity and Vodafone did the same. So, it is quite evident that none of the top players are giving up and trying to match up Jio in every aspect. But, they aren’t in terms of voice calling. Even with its Rs. 149 plan, Jio offers free voice calls for one month. Till date, BSNL executed that for some extent by introducing unlimited calling offers from Rs. 99, but that is limited to only prepaid users and only BSNL to BSNL local calls.

Clearly, the unlimited voice calling will be the next big thing in Indian telecom sector in 2017. Nearly a month back, we reported that combo plans would be future of Indian telecom industry and we are correct by a huge margin. Every operator has released their combo plan to tackle the new entrant- Jio. But, none of them matched Jio, though. Combo plans will be another interesting thing to look after in 2017.

Consumers are the big heroes for telecom networks in India. So, the operator who looks after his consumer will be the ultimate winner end of the day. Oh, by the way, how can telecoms achieve that? By offering more and more offers to lure customers. Even a heavyweight such as Airtel is feeling the heat of Reliance Jio, we might see more and more consumer-centric offers from every network.

What next? The year has just begun, and we will see many attractive offers from every network, at least to tackle each other. So, stay tuned to Telecomtalk for all the happenings in the Indian telecom sector.

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DUANE
January 14, 2017 9:08 am 9:08 AM

Well planned and presented article SRI.

Nikhil
January 4, 2017 6:38 pm 6:38 PM

bsnl should get infrastructure right for all India 3G……they should launch 4G as fast as they can……government should help them financially for the last time as I see them as a good competition to Avoid group…….More people should Come into wired broadband …….I am disappointed with act just providing services at Hyderabad….they should expand quickly……if this doesn’t happen we won’t progress anytime soon

Nikhil
January 4, 2017 6:34 pm 6:34 PM

India doesn’t need fastest data…..atleast in 2017…..India need 3G or 5mbps unlimited data…it can be provided by all the major providers in India……not to worry if they don’t give pan India……as Vodafone and Idea doesn’t have than India spectrum…..all calls should be free with rlh……..whatever is needed for all this telco should do for achieving this……

Nikhil
January 2, 2017 4:57 pm 4:57 PM

Those who are bashing Jio first consider Jio is newbie….Jio started only few years ago…..Airtel didn’t deployed since start and only afterJios freebie offers Airtel started to deploy 4G and even 3G….world is moving to Test 5G trials and we are not even getting proper 3G networks….so start supporting Jio for better future

rohit
January 1, 2017 8:58 am 8:58 AM

custmrs will b benefitted

Gotoarif
January 1, 2017 1:11 am 1:11 AM

I am 3 rd hehe
Well jokes apart, i am just concerned with cheap offers everyday I just hope the quality shouldn’t suffer.

Prabhat Rajasthan
January 1, 2017 12:48 am 12:48 AM

Happy New Year 2017

Arindam
January 1, 2017 12:47 am 12:47 AM

And I’m 3rd

Nikhil
January 1, 2017 12:46 am 12:46 AM

Only if data becomes ultra affordable and quality experience

Krish
January 1, 2017 12:12 am 12:12 AM

Am i the first commentor for in tt for 2017?

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