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MTNL slashes ISD rates to Re 1/min for its GSM, 3G subscribers

1 Jul

Starting from today, MTNL has slashed its international calling rates for a period of 90 days with calls to some countries at Re 1 per minute. MTNL’s GSM and 3G subscribers can now make calls to USA, Canada and China at Re 1 per minute. Calls to Argentina, Bahrain, Cyprus, Jordan, South Korea, Malaysia and Sweden will be charged at Rs 3 per minute while those to Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Columbia, Indonesia, Iraq, Russia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam will be charged at Rs 5 per minute. This limited period (90 days) scheme has been launched to celebrate MTNL’s 25th anniversary.



via Economic Times

India adds 16.9 million mobile subscribers in May

29 Jun

According to TRAI’s report for telecom subscriber growth in May, India has added 16.9 million new mobile subscribers in May. With a wireless subscriber base of 617 million and the wireline subscriber base of 36 million, the total telecom subscriber base of India has crossed 653 million.

Airtel has added 3 million new subscribers in May followed by RCom and Vodafone, which added 2.8 million and 2.5 million new subscribers, respectively. While 10 out of 11 carriers have made net additions, Uninor has lost a few subscribers. Check out the subscriber additions of each carrier in the table below:


Carriers       May additions Wireless subscriber base
         (in millions)          (in millions)
         Aircel               1.6                40.07
         Airtel               3.0              133.6
         BSNL               1.05               71.6
         Idea               1.4               66.7
         MTNL               0.03                5.1
         Sistema               0.4                4.6
         RCom               2.8            107.9
         Stel               0.1                1.2
     Tata Teleservices               2.3              70.2
        Uninor           -0.008               5.0
       Vodafone              2.5            106.3

Mobile Number Portability delayed yet again, might happen in Februrary 2011

25 Jun

Mobile number portability (MNP) in India shall once again not meet its deadline of 30 June, a senior official at the department of telecommunications (DoT) told Mint. According to the DoT official, MNP will not be implemented before February next year as state-owned operators MTNL and BSNL have not been able to get the gateways installed in time. While BSNL has started installing the gateways in some parts of the country, MTNL hasn’t even initiated the process.



Once the gateways are installed, operators will first undergo project testing for two months before bringing number portability to the common public.

BWA auctions update: Day 12

8 Jun

It just took 12 days for the BWA auctions to cover the initial base price of Rs 10,000 crore set by the government. On the 12th day of the auction, the bids soared to Rs 10,652.08 crore, assuring the government at least a sum of Rs 31,956 crore from the sale of BWA spectrum.

The highest bidding amount was recorded for Mumbai with bidding value crossing Rs 1,800 crore. Delhi occupied the second spot with bidding value of Rs 1,758.29 crore. The third highest and the fourth highest bids were recorded for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with respective bid amounts of Rs 1,614.48 crore and Rs 1,277.48 crore. Bihar witnessed extra demand by 3 bidders whereas Delhi, Mumbai, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had one extra bidder.

State-owned operators BSNL and MTNL have already received BWA spectrum by the government. The payment criteria demands these operators to pay similar sum that shall be paid by other private operators after the completion of BWA auctions.

Click here to check out the complete report by DoT.

India adds 20.31 mn wireless subscribers in March

28 Apr

India has added 20.31 mn new wireless subscribers in March, pushing the overall wireless subscriber base to 584.32 mn.

 

Vodafone added the maximum number of new subscribers- 3.6 mn in March. Airtel shares the second spot with RCom as both the carriers added 3 mn new loyalists. BSNL and Tata Teleservices jointly share the third position by adding 2.7 mn new subscribers on their networks.

 

 

          Carrier

      March additions

Wireless subscriber base

 

       (in millions)

         (in millions)

         Aircel

              2.0

               36.8

         Airtel

              3.0

             127.6

         BSNL

              2.7

              69.4

         IDEA

              1.6

              63.8

         MTNL

              0.09

               5.0

         MTS

              0.3

               3.7

         RCom

              3.0

           102.4

         Stel

              0.2

               1.0

     Tata Teleservices

              2.7

             65.9

        Uninor

              0.7

              4.2

       Vodafone

              3.6

           100.8

 

Source: TRAI

Vodafone adds 3.08 new subscribers in Feb; wireless subscriber base crosses 563 mn

6 Apr

After leading for six consecutive months in monthly subscriber additions, TTSL (Tata Teleservices Limited) has finally given way to other carrier to take the lead this month. The charm of the snow-white zoozoos has just worked right for Vodafone as the carrier stands at the top spot by adding 3.08 mn new subscribers in February. Bharti Airtel stands second by adding 2.9 mn new subscribers and the third spot jointly shared by TTSL and RCom, adding 2.8 mn subscribers individually. The wireless subscriber base of our country has crossed 563 mn in February.

 

Carrier

February additions

Wireless subscriber base

 

(in millions)

(in millions)

Aircel

1.8

34.8

Bharti Airtel

2.9

124.6

BSNL

1.6

66.7

MTNL

0.07

4.9

IDEA

2.2

62.1

RCom

2.8

99.4

Vodafone Essar

3.08

97.2

Stel

0.2

0.7

Uninor

1.0

3.5

Tata Teleservices

2.8

63.1

 
Source: TRAI

Tata Teleservices tops again by adding 2.98 mn subscribers in January

19 Feb

TTSL (Tata Teleservices Limited) has done it again, for the sixth consecutive time. By adding nearly 3 million subscribers in January, the company stands at the number one spot in terms of monthly subscriber additions. Bharti Airtel followed closely and added 2.8 million subscribers in January.

 

Check out the table below to find out the monthly additions by various operators.

Operators

 Subscriber additions for the month of January

Tata Teleservices Limited

2.9 million

Bharti Airtel

2.8 million

Vodafone Essar

2.7 million

Idea

2.2 million

BSNL

2.2 million

Aircel

2 million

MTNL

0.04 million

Uninor

1.3 millon