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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

India's 3G spectrum auction Day One update

9 Apr

The auction of 3G spectrum begun today in India and has witnessed competitive bidding from carriers for most of the 22 circles for which 3G spectrum is being auctioned. At the end of day one, five rounds of bidding were completed with circles Delhi emerging as the most expensive circle with the winning bid of Rs 373.29 crores at the end of the fifth round. Delhi has spectrum for three private carriers and there are only three carriers bidding successfully at the moment. The bid price for Delhi will increase by 3.73 crore in the next round.

While some circles like Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, have one excess bidder than for which the spectrum is available, there are others like Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Orissa and North East, among others, that do not have enough bidders. No one, at the moment, is bidding for Orissa.

This picture might change when the bidding approaches its final stages for key circles, when the bidders will get a better idea of the cost of spectrum acquisition in these circles, and then they might bid for the circles where there seems to be no demand at the moment.

The Department of Telecommunications has not revealed the names of who’s bidding for which circles but has released the status of the auction, which can be seen here. Nine carriers were in the fray for 3G auctions – Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone Essar, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices, Aircel, Etisalat, S Tel and Videocon Telecommunications. Of these, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Idea Cellular and Aircel were bidding for a Pan-India 3G license while the rest were interested in certain circles.

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

S Tel launches GSM services in India

16 Dec

S Tel today became the latest entrant in the Indian cellular market with the launch of its GSM services in Himachal Pradesh. The carrier, which is a joint venture between Siva Group and Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco), has license to operate a GSM network in six other circles – Odisha, Bihar & Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and North East.

Just like Uninor, which is a joint venture between Unitech Wireless and Telinor of Norway, S Tel is claiming that it will focus on simple, transparent tariff plans with no hidden costs. Currently, it has two plans – 1 paisa per second and 50 paise per second – for all local and STD calls.

S Tel has tied up with Indiatimes to provide an array of VAS content and has also set up a separate call centre dedicated to VAS. Besides a robust traditional distribution network, S Tel will leverage Non Traditional channels (NTCs) to make its products available at the consumer’s doorstep. NTCs will include business units such as insurance agencies, cable operators, courier services and Ground Panchayats that are characterised by high customer interaction touch points.