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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June 26, 2016 9:45 pm 9:45 PM

Network search results in Igatpuri where Airtel 4G advertisement was shot (cave wala) 😛

June 27, 2016 5:52 pm 5:52 PM

No Airtel 4G? 😛

June 26, 2016 9:38 pm 9:38 PM

Jio vs Vodafone indoor at Igatpuri in Dew Drops Resort .. As u can see Vodafone is on edge no 3g no 4g. And Jio is strong on its 4g.

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 😉