Jio will create an upset for all of us, says Aditya Birla Group’s Kumar Mangalam Birla

Reliance Jio Infocomm, is yet to start commercial operations in the country, but its ambitious plan to disrupt the telecom market has already started giving sleepless nights to rival companies. The latest organization to express its concern is the Aditya Birla Group, which is the promoter of Idea Cellular, India’s third largest telecom operator with over 175 million subscribers.


“Reliance Jio will obviously create an upset for all of us. When you have a new entrant with such deep pockets, then that is bound to happen…The sector will, however, see a lot of changes next year,” the Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said in an interaction with the Economic Times.

For Idea, Birla will seek takeover targets that add to the company’s arsenal as it prepares for the launch of Reliance Jio Infocomm. “We are open for acquisitions to complete requirements for spectrum. The idea is to fill up the gaps where we have spectrum requirements,” he said.

Birla however added that there is no “credible party” to merge with to expand base. “We must stay focused on operations and network growth,” he further added.

According to him, Idea Cellular’s cash profits are very healthy and were about Rs 10,000 crore last year, while growth over 2014-15 has been very significant, and the telco has a strong balance sheet. “Idea has grown consistently, it has constantly gained share quarter after quarter,” he said.

Idea Cellular has already rolled out its 4G services in 575 towns across ten telecom circles comprising 15 states in 100 days. Idea, in April, said it has 6.1 million 4G devices, nearly 6 percent of its subscriber base in these 10 telecom service areas, registered on its network.

The company said it has deployed over 14,000 sites to provide 4G service across 10 circles. Idea said that it built a foundation of 22,000 3G cell sites since the last 2 years, adding 28,500 new sites to create an infrastructure of over 50,000 sites.

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Keshav Jha
June 26, 2016 7:50 pm 7:50 PM
Me also visited my home village recently for twenty days which is in Bihar. My Reliance GSM which is waiting for 4G, couldn’t meet a network. Actually Reliance 2G is not there in Bihar, Reliance 3G was not there even in my hometown. Roaming was working with Aircel which never showed a single bar at my village. Only Airtel, Idea, BSNL, sometimes Vodafone & Telenor 2G network was there. My MTNL number worked fine but for calls only. I did a network search everywhere inside my house and in my village. Not surprising, Jio LTE was present everywhere. This is… Read more »
Abhishek chatterjee
June 26, 2016 8:42 pm 8:42 PM

RCOM 4G sim still not activated yet in Bihar & jharkhand.

Rcom 2G working with Vodafone 2G network in my place Dhanbad, Jharkhand & Rcom 3G also available in my place.

but My Rcom 4G sim still not access to Rcom 2G/3G network.

June 26, 2016 8:53 pm 8:53 PM

Try again on 7th July 😉

June 26, 2016 2:39 pm 2:39 PM

Good to see Idea also gearing up for the next challenge in the Telecom sector.

June 26, 2016 1:31 pm 1:31 PM
I am at Igatpuri in Maharashtra. Here there is only Vodafone 2G, Airtel 2G, Idea 2G&3G, Tata 3G, RCom 2G&4G, Cell One 2G&3G and ofcourse Jio 4G. I have 2 sim cards. Vodafone sim is on edge only. And Jio sim on Flame 2 is working everywhere with an average speed of 5mbps. To all those who were saying Airtel Vodafone 4G is faster, here there is no 4G and no 3G also. Thus ur stuck with a speed of 100-200kbps ok edge. Dont you think its better to get 5mbps constant everywhere on Jio instead of 30-50mbps in airtel… Read more »
Kiran Fernandes
June 26, 2016 7:19 pm 7:19 PM

I was in the train, and it passed Igatpuri, going to Delhi. I think it was pouring that side. Even in Nashik, there was water on the tracks.

June 26, 2016 9:28 pm 9:28 PM

Yes its raining cats and dogs in Igatpuri. Still did not face network issue with Jio even indoors 🙂 Vodafone sim is on EDGE all the time lol. Airtel to naam leke bhi faayda nahi hai. Though once I go out of the resort towards the market, I do get Vodafone 3G signals proper 🙂

June 26, 2016 2:40 pm 2:40 PM

Sorry. Your views are your views.
Airtel provides good service across most parts of the country. Just cause Igatpuri doesnt feature on the Airtel radar doesnt mean anything.

June 28, 2016 12:29 am 12:29 AM

How much money you got from Airtel??? Come in Maharashtra and see Airtel coverage. And they have opened their network. People can see the tower installed in the app but no signals. People are using Airtel simply because it is some what cheaper than Vidafone and Idea. Nothing else.

Kiran Fernandes
June 27, 2016 12:30 pm 12:30 PM

Minus 60. ROFLOL

June 26, 2016 11:32 pm 11:32 PM

Duane bhAi ko to heart attack aa gya hoga -29 dislikes dekh kar

June 26, 2016 11:56 pm 11:56 PM

Haha -35 now, itna pyaar toh Sudhakar ko bhi nahi milta, Duane bhai lucky hai, lol. Negative half century lagegi kya thandi thandi cool cool -50?

June 26, 2016 9:26 pm 9:26 PM
@Duane : Also in my home in Central Mumbai Airtel 4G is unavailable and 3G fluctuates like anything. Now that is a prime city. AND Airtel ad in those caves where that girl gets 4G was shot in IGATPURI check it out ! And now im in Igatpuri there is no Airtel 4G as well as no 3G in the resort. As I go out,network search starts showing 3G but still no 4G available like they shown in the ad! And JIO im using indoors in the resort with 5mbps speed. Im sure u urself will secretly port out to… Read more »
Subha (Grater Kolkata)
June 26, 2016 7:43 pm 7:43 PM

Till today airtel is unable to give stable network coverage in our area and the weak coverage and quality also seen in their site. Frequently call drop, noise etc. are still present and the customer care, with their rude behavior never wants to take any complain.

Sanjit Roy Thakunagar,WB
June 26, 2016 11:48 pm 11:48 PM

Refusing to raise a complaint regarding network is now becoming a tradition of Bharti Airtel, if they raises it then they will surely close it unilaterally without resolving it practically. If anyone do not believe it, then it must be only our Duane bro, actually he has a direct communication with both Vittal and Mittal.

June 26, 2016 6:17 pm 6:17 PM

@duane this are not his views these all are facts because he does has the figures along with facts lol…

Kiran Fernandes
June 26, 2016 6:06 pm 6:06 PM

Yes it does. It means Airtel has the worst coverage. It also means, Jio will be India’s no 1 operator for the FY 2017-18, and beyond.
Glorious Jio 4g Masterrace
Dirty Airtel Peasant.

Love Airtel
June 26, 2016 6:26 pm 6:26 PM

They would be lucky if they even manage to launch service next year, let alone becoming top operator.

Subha (Grater Kolkata)
June 26, 2016 7:46 pm 7:46 PM

It is truly unknown what kind of service JIO will give but at present airtel’s performance is worst at least in our locality and the customer care team denied to take any complain regarding network related issues with rude behavior. This is the fact.

Kiran Fernandes
June 26, 2016 7:15 pm 7:15 PM

Oh they will. They were waiting for the 850MHz spectrum from Rcom, and merging Rcom 4g with RJio 4g. Now they will optimize it, and launch it sometime in Sept – Dec. In the meantime, Jio Lyf users can enjoy 49TB data for 3 months, and also give feedback regarding the network’s performance.

June 26, 2016 4:54 pm 4:54 PM

add my village to the list

June 26, 2016 2:25 pm 2:25 PM
Airtel and Vodaphone are not giving 4G…I got information from an inside that Airtel 4G is actually is High Speed 3G which they are selling in the name of 4G….Basically Vodaphone and Airtel both are copycats and never expect any low tariffs from them… Hence, to me Jio is providing 3 to 6mBps in IDM as well as Torrent and I already crossed 400GB…Jio is truly 4G and a truly reliable telecom….Thieves like Airtel, Vodaphone, idea will shut there shop if Once Jio is launched Commercially with low tariffs.. Clear Voice calls and smooth data service as well as instant… Read more »
June 26, 2016 4:07 pm 4:07 PM

Remember 3g is capable of 21mbps same as the speed of 4g..So better not get fooled with 3g service and use it thinking of 4g…Even RCom and BSNL gives 21mbps bandwidth in 3G……Airtel charging of 4G and giving speed worst than 3G…It may be Foolish trolls will justify their comments but the fact remains always fact….

June 26, 2016 2:41 pm 2:41 PM

Ha ha you and your secret information. A phone will not show 4G if its fast 3G… Or show E if the 3G turns slow. Foolish comments.

June 26, 2016 5:52 pm 5:52 PM

Hey man r u working in airtel?

June 26, 2016 4:06 pm 4:06 PM

You are wrong. My mi4i show 4g when in 3g mode in airtel.

Akhilesh Kr Shukla
June 26, 2016 4:32 pm 4:32 PM

Your Phone using World Class Standard’s 😛
As PER ITU – HSPA, HSPA+, WiMAX-1 , LTE…………. is Pre 4G
LTE-A, WiMAX-2 …………is True 4G

June 26, 2016 4:01 pm 4:01 PM

Good. to find a foolish trolls for these telecos Thieves like Airtel….Any its a fact you may live in foolish paradise,… Our circle doesn’t have 4G airtel but still they are selling 4G sims…Anyway Reliance jio will Tackle these frauds…
You must go through this article as well

Airtel 3G Vs. 4G: Is 4G service in India hyped up or is it really any good?

June 26, 2016 6:44 pm 6:44 PM

Yes.west Bengal circle pe bhi.