Sunil Mittal, founder Chairman of Bharti Airtel Ltd had an impeccable record in the industry until 2007. Like many other Indian Businessmen, his decision to move away from his Core Business of Telecommunication Services by diverting Funds and Energy with unrelated venture into Retailing [which was another bad marriage with Wal-Mart] has landed both Telecom and Retail ventures into tight spot.
In this backdrop, we have some tough questions for Sunil Mittal and wonder if he looks at them seriously as Telecom business is challenged and probably requires him to return to the helm of affairs like how Naryan murthy did @ Infosys. Continue reading Some Tough Questions for Bharti Airtel Founder Chairman Sunil Mittal ?
Today we’d like to enlighten on the Backhaul Connectivity of Indian Wireless Networks [2G / 3G / 4G-LTE]. For now, read Backhaul as the connectivity between the tower (site) and the inner parts of the network through which the aggregate of all traffic from mobile terminals served by a tower is transported to the core network (to be passed on to other parts of the network /Internet / other networks, etc.).
In conversation with various industry experts, we gather information that a whopping 70% to 80% of towers in India are fed by microwave-based backhaul, with very few towers being fed by optic fibre connectivity. Microwave has limited capacity while fibre can offer theoretically unlimited capacity. Microwave backhaul is sufficient for towers that mainly handle voice, but for high-traffic loads Continue reading Indian Mobile 2G /3G /4G Powered by Microwave Backhaul than OFC
It comes to me as a Rude Shock that Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular have not stopped unauthorized deductions from Pre-Paid Customers by activating Value Added Services explicitly not authorized by the customer. I had reported this fraudulent practice by Airtel 3 years ago after having experienced it myself but the Day Light Loot by Airtel and Idea continues unabated.
Here is an excerpt of the TRAI Report which has audited the Telcos Billing Systems and the results are there in front of you.
Bharti Airtel – 60 Lakh Complaints for Unauthorized Deductions on Pre-paid Accounts of which 1067 were audited and 100% were found to be correct. [My Take – The Logic behind such a massive loot is that Airtel has 177 Mn mobile pre-paid customers, of which even if they deduct balance for Continue reading Airtel & Idea Cellular Worst Pre-Paid Billing by Unauthorized Deductions
India’s leading integrated Teleco Bharti Airtel reported numbers for June-12 quarter indicating pressure on all fronts. You name it and every parameter was looking down ARPU down to Rs 154 from Rs 158, Voice RPM down to Rs 35.7 from Rs 36.7, Data ARPU down to Rs 40 from Rs 44, and this means the bottomline as well, yes it was down 24% QoQ. Amidst, weak show and gloomy government policies on telecom, the management strategize their moves and discussed the same.
Airtel Mobile / Wireless Strategy
As indicated earlier, Airtel is focused on maintaining the lead in Revenue Market Share. However, this quarter they had to undertake some cuts and management blamed it on 2% higher Service Tax and processing Fees on Combo Pack regulations by TRAI. Cancelled licensees Continue reading Airtel Mobile Strategy Revealed + Bharti Infratel Listing + No Plans for Subsidized SmartPhones
Lately, there have been increasing number of complaints against Bharti Airtel for unauthorized activation of value added services [Unlimited SMS, Caller Tunes, etc]. Well, I normally don’t resort to writing about pennies, but having had first hand experience myself and two other instances in front of my eyes, I am intrigued to write and expose the fraudulent business practices at Bharti Airtel.
I don’t remember the date [read within the past 30 days] but, I received a SMS [despite subscribing to NDNC –Offense -1] from Bharti Airtel saying that ISD Tariffs have been revised and I could check the revised tariffs by sending a SMS. I did that and bingo, they activated Unlimited SMS 99 pack on my number [Offense -2]. I then had to call their Paid Call Continue reading Massive Unauthorized VAS Activation Fraud at Bharti Airtel
If you have been tracking corporate India’s moves in the past 18 months [Tata Corus + Jaguar, Hindalco Novellis, etc] our businessmen are in a hurry to fulfill their global ambitions. Bharti Airtel‘s Mittal is also running on a similar track and this I believe is going to be really big – SingTel will be the silent beneficiary 🙂
Bharti Airtel management hosted the first management call after they bid for the Zain’s African Operations. Here are the key takeaways from the call, Continue reading Cash from Inclusive Growth for Global Ambitions – Bharti Airtel