Reliance Jio is a formidable competition: Bharti Airtel’s Sunil Mittal

Sunil Mittal, Bharti Enterprises Chairman, has described Mukesh Ambani’s telecom venture Reliance Jio as “formidable competition”, and said that its entry will bring down tariff prices, besides kicking off consolidation in the sector, according to the Financial Times report.


Reliance Jio will offer low-priced devices in order to win customers, forcing big players like Airtel and Vodafone to respond in kind, leading to a tariff war, Mittal suggested.

According to him, Reliance Jio’s entry will reshape the Indian telecom industry by lowering the number of major operators from ten to five.

Interestingly, Anil Ambani-led RCom has already kicked off the consolidation phase with its merger with smaller operator Sistem Shyam Teleservices (SSTL). RCom is also in talks with Aircel for a possible 50:50 wireless joint venture. Mittal said that Airtel is putting $9 billion into network improvements and new spectrum over the next three years, adding to the $23 billion the company has invested since it launched in 1995.

The investment will be an answer to Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), which is spending more than $16 billion on Jio’s 4G network. Mittal also told the publication that Airtel invested more than $4bn last year in anticipation of the arrival of Reliance Jio 4G business.

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March 12, 2016 11:40 am 11:40 AM
I feel that. Trai should come up with improving rules and guidelines for license and spectrum cap. This way consolidation can be easy. One key solution could be MVNO. IF u remember 15 years back. It’s bpl/hutch etc who were starting GSM service was provided sim+handset, also mange buy license, install towers including microwave antenna, operate mobile gallery, run customer service center via voice and email, and whole lot of things. Now many things are outsource also spectrum can be share and traded. Also improved FDI limit. This way current Telecom brand who made good brand and bleeding for cash… Read more »
Jyotirmoy Manna
March 12, 2016 8:13 pm 8:13 PM

Thanks for a Good analysis .

March 12, 2016 11:13 am 11:13 AM

Off topic.
My friend has 0rs balance. Then he did recharge of Rs.200. Then instantly Rs.75 deducted by airtel for some service without activation my friend’s side. And now Airtel CC is not ready to give money back. What to do? How to deal with it and get money back?

Jyotirmoy Manna
March 12, 2016 8:18 pm 8:18 PM

This is usual regarding all operators specially Rcom,Air tel,Vodafone.
I faced the same.

Madhan Kumar
March 13, 2016 5:57 pm 5:57 PM

@Jyotrimoy: But T. T doesn’t care about making articles about Fraud Vas activations and deductions by Avoid Looting group,I have requested them several times but they say they can’t make an article abt it may be the reason is that they will lose Avoid’s Sponsorship..

March 12, 2016 1:22 pm 1:22 PM

If the value added service was active on the number then ‘your friend’ can’t get the money back now. All you can do is find out which service was active and get that deactivated so that no charge is made next time. But if there was no sevice activated by you then you can contact their grievance redressal cell.

March 12, 2016 8:19 pm 8:19 PM

No he didn’t activate any such service on his own. If there was such service active previously then it may be in his old msg history. It was activated automatically by airtel. Why one would activate any useless service. I also trying to call cc but they disconnect the call without hearing anything. Greedy people in therr CC.

March 12, 2016 11:28 am 11:28 AM

Try lodging complaint on pgportal.

March 11, 2016 10:53 pm 10:53 PM

I Feel that the god time is to come for telecom company in next 1-2 year . where company found that average RPU to go to 150 to 200 rs .
market is moving to use internet .