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Airtel Hike Necessary for Reliance Tariff Hike to Sustain Meaningfully

Anil Ambani managed Reliance Communications [CDMA & GSM] has raised calling rates by 25% since last Friday. The Company said it has revised its base tariff from 1.2 paise per second to 1.5 paise per second and this would be initially implemented in four states [(Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar…

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New Operators Focus to Reduce Loss – Telecom Tower Companies Hit by Scale Down

Daredevil new Telecom Operators in India are getting more prudent in running their operations by closing circles where it is impossible for them to make a headway. All operators are again warming up for a potential tariff hike post auction given the increasing pressure of focusing on profitability given rising…

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Idea expects Tariff to Stabilize while Reliance CDMA Voice Revenues Decline

GSM 2G / 3G Wireless Service Provider, Idea Cellular thinks that the tariff pain is behind and expects stabilizing RPM. Even competitive aggression in terms of spend on commissions is declining. Idea believes declining net adds is not an indication of declining commissions as various factors influence net adds. The…

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How Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Infotel will Bid in 1800 / 800 MHz Spectrum Auction ?

The business case for standalone 4G LTE broadband services using 2300MHz is a little away to be popular on mass adoption. There is a prevailing view that Reliance Infotel or one of Mukesh Ambani’s front end company might bid for the 1800MHz band so as to offer basic 2G Voice…

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Why Telecom Spectrum Auction May Fail in Top 6 to 8 Circles ? All Operators Possible Strategy

The Indian Government is going by the TRAI recommendations of deferred payment for Spectrum Auction Winners as well as High Reserve price which is actually benchmarked against the 3G Auction prices. [Note – Only GSM Operators¬† & 1800MHz Spectrum band is considered in this article for the sake of Analysis]…

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Airtel / BSNL / Idea – Revenue Per Minute Pressure Continues – MoU Stagnant

Indian Wireless incumbent operators’ Revenue Per Minute – RPM continues to remain under pressure for incumbent operators primarily led by Airtel’s continued competitive stance to arrest its market share decline. The pressure on RPM is mainly due to free minutes being introduced through new packages/ promos. Some of the margin…

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Will 900MHz Spectrum Refarming Really Hurt ? An Independent Analysis on What the Truth is!

Much has been debated about the 900MHz and 800 MHz Telecom Spectrum refarming in India after the 2G Scam. TRAI in its recommendations has backed the Spectrum Refarming while Incumbent Operators have opposed the same stating services will be affected and long list of statements to support their claim. Let…

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What are the Implications of Initial Telecom Commission Recommendations ?

Telecom Commission did not make any decision on spectrum pricing but has asked the TRAI to clarify on the basis of High Reserve price for spectrum as well look into the Economics of operation rather than just maximizing revenues for the state. Telecom Commission has initially made the following recommendations…

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