In the TRAI open house discussion on “Spectrum valuation for licenses expiring in 2015 and 2016“, there was a consensus among all telecom stakeholders that the amount of spectrum put for auction is inadequate. TRAI has already indicated that more spectrum should be made available. All telcos made recorded statements that more spectrum should be made available in the 900MHz and 2100MHz bands for the 2015 auctions [Both the Bands are suitable for deployment of 3G Wireless Broadband] DoT has also written to the government on scarcity of spectrum for mobile broadband services and indicated that more spectrum should be made available. All the stakeholders are pro more spectrum and will coerce the government to make more spectrum available. Right from Day One when Consultation began for Spectrum Auction I’ve been telling the DoT/ TRAI to come out with a clear Roadmap on Spectrum, but what else could have been expected from the Corrupt Governance of the Congress led Government ? Continue reading Indian Telcos Want More 3G Spectrum in 2015 Auction, Reliance Jio Opposes A-Vo-Id Lobby
Anil Ambani managed Reliance Communications’ 900MHz GSM spectrum in seven circles (Assam, Bihar, HP, MP, North East, Odisha and West Bengal) expires in Dec 2015; RCom would need to renew its current spectrum holdings in these circles in an Auction sometime between now and Dec 2015. RCom holds 6.2 MHz of 900 band spectrum in five of these seven circles and 4.4 MHz in this band in the other two; it also holds 1.8 MHz of 1800 band spectrum in three of the seven circles. Continue reading 900MHz Spectrum Renewal for RCom – Incumbents to Bid in Auction
At a time when Indian Telecom Operators are dropping 3G prices, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular [A-Vo-Id] have bucked the trend and are instead raising 2G data prices offering pathetic data speed and have refused to move an inch on 3G data pricing.
A-Vo-Id Cartel have increased 2G data tariffs (1GB @ Rs150-155 from ~Rs125 earlier). This is the 2nd increase in 2G data tariffs by incumbent Continue reading Airtel Vodafone Idea 2G Data Tariff Increase Confirms Cartelization
Three years after the auction of 3G Spectrum in India, popular Telecom enthusiasts perception is that 3G in India so far has been a failure, with 3G data revenues accounting for less than 3% of mobile operators’ revenues. While 3G data revenue uptick is one of the most important end results operators would like to see from the 3G investments, a sole focus on this metric alone misses the full picture, and the benefits already accruing to telecom companies.
Airtel, Vodafone and Idea [A-Vo-Id] have ~35% of mobile sites in 3G circles already 3G enabled. Most of the top cities in these regions are already under 3G coverage—suggesting the near-term 3G catchment areas are well under coverage. Continue reading 3 Years after 3G Auction, A-Vo-Id Operators light 35% of their Towers with 3G & Carry 14% of Voice Traffic
The A-Voi-Id [Airtel, Vodafone and Idea] group led by Vodafone has slashed data prices by 80% and Airtel and Idea have cut data usage rates by 90% in the last week. On the first read this is very appealing but in reality the rate cuts apply to pay-per-use plans, applicable to introductory data users and data plan users, after initial data allowances have been exhausted.
We all know that Heavy data users are likely to subscribe to a data plan, based on their usage patterns. Thus, a very small proportion of data users would actually end up paying on the basis of the higher pay-per-use rate. Continue reading A-Vo-ID Group 2G Data Rate Cut an eyewash – 2G Data Still Expensive
Indian Telecom Operators followed a “bill and keep” regime for SMS (zero SMS termination rates, in practical terms) for a long time. The incumbents, led by Airtel, decided to impose a 10 paise / SMS termination charge on incoming SMS at various times in the past couple of years. The move was driven by increasing incoming SMS imbalance between the incumbents and the new entrants – as the latter had started selling massively discounted SMS packs in the market and this led to a sharp increase in incoming SMS volumes on incumbents’ networks without them getting compensated for the same.
Incumbents’ decision to change SMS Interconnect [IC] agreements led to several cases in the TDSAT – these were settled in the incumbents’ favor by the TDSAT. SMS IC rates have been at 10 paise / SMS since then. Continue reading TRAI Recommends SMS Termination Fee – Negative for Incumbents