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Vodafone India Mobile Data Growth Worst among A-Vo-Id Operators

Vodafone India Internet Traffic DropsVodafone India’s Mobile Data [3G] revenue grew by meager 4% to INR23.9bn. This explains the weak data absorption, which is worse than Idea’s 7% and Airtel’s 10% growth. This is led by 13.5% data volume growth, largely offset by a
sharp 8% data pricing fall in line with industry’s data rate fall reaching INR 0.28/mb. Data usage / user has increased 11.5% to 438mb/month led by 9% increase in 3g subscribers 25.9mn (consuming higher data), but overall data subscriber growth have remained flat.

Vodafone added 7,600 3g sites during Continue reading Vodafone India Mobile Data Growth Worst among A-Vo-Id Operators

Vodafone India Strategy – Banks on Tariff Hike, Mobile Data Growth – RJio No Threat

Vodafone India StrategyVodafone sees scope for further market growth. India remains a young market, with 50% real penetration. The top 3 operators are taking market share overall, (ca90% of market revenue increase), and also Vodafone sees towers (Indus) as a source of value.

Vodafone is of the view that post the recent spectrum auction, all of the operators (large and small) believed that voice prices would likely rise, partly in order to offset the high costs of spectrum (and debt-laden balance sheets). This can of course occur without headline price increases, as the realised rate is significantly below advertised due to discounting, which will likely decrease in our view. The regulator also agreed with this logic. Continue reading Vodafone India Strategy – Banks on Tariff Hike, Mobile Data Growth – RJio No Threat

Vodafone India 3Q – Flat Voice Rev/min, Data Saga SuperHit

Vodafone India 3G Data GrowthVodafone India’s 3Q confirms sector’s healthy trends – sustained minutes growth, flat voice rev/min & strong data uptake. Traffic grew 6.5%yoy (5%yoy for Airtel) with flat voice rev/min. Idea, in contrast, had reported stronger mins growth (18% yoy) but with a 6% yoy decline in voice rev/min. Vodafone’s Blended ARPU is at Rs 189 ahead of Idea’s Rs 179 and trailing Airtel’s Rs 202 but has the highest industry ARPM of Rs 0.59 / Minute. Continue reading Vodafone India 3Q – Flat Voice Rev/min, Data Saga SuperHit

Vodafone Sets Target of 95% of 3G population coverage by 2017

Vodafone Project SpringVodafone has initiated project spring, an organic capex program targeting 95% of 3G population coverage by 2017. We believe this is quite an achievable target as demand for Mobile Data Service is on the rise.

Vodafone’s Mobile Data revenue grew 10.9% QoQ to INR 12.4bn, marginally behind Airtel and Idea by 1-2% growth. However, data pricing continues Continue reading Vodafone Sets Target of 95% of 3G population coverage by 2017

Airtel – Vodafone – Idea 3G Sharing Appear Valid – India’s Policy Makers Worst

Airtel 3G ICR with Vodafone IdeaThe DoT in 2008 allowed intra-circle roaming allowing operators [See Below] to enter into mutual commercial interconnect deals. Further in Queries & Responses prior to the 3G & BWA Auction, DoT clearly states in response to Question 12 as below,

12. Will intra circle roaming be allowed in areas where an operator does not have a 3G network?
Response: Intra-circle roaming will be governed by the UAS/ CMTS licence provisions and applicable Government regulations.

Further in Question No 48,

DoT order No. 842-725/2005-VAS/269 dated 12th June 2008 allows intra-circle roaming amongst UASL licensees. After 3G auctions not all existing UASL licensees will hold 3G spectrum in any licensed areas due to the limited 3G blocks on offer. Will customers of UASL licenses who do not hold 3G spectrum be allowed to roam on the 3G networks of other UASLs in the same licensed area? Response: The roaming policy is applicable to the licences and not to specific spectrum bands. Hence, roaming will be permitted. However, at present, mandatory roaming or MVNO is not part of the Government’s telecoms policy.

In Question 230 again,

Will intra-circle roaming be allowed for 3G & BWA?
Response The provision for intra-circle roaming is as applicable to the service licence, and is
not different for/ specific to the spectrum being currently auctioned.

From the above it is amply clear that DoT had given specific clarification that its policy allowing roaming was applicable to service licenses and was irrespective of spectrum band. 3G services have no separate license and 2G is different from 3G only because of the spectrum band. 2G services are offered in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands while 3G spectrum was auctioned in the 2.1GHz band. Operators assert that roaming is different from spectrum sharing or trading, as spectrum remains with the roaming provider.

Airtel further argue that selling 3G SIMs in markets where they do not have 3G spectrum of their own is not a violation, as there is no generation of new radio access network and new numbering, and the spectrum stays with the operator who owns the 3G spectrum.

Indian Policy Makers except the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India [Dr.Singh] seem to have vested interest and are potentially highly corrupt twisting laws and regulations to favor a select few. I’m not aware of what changes DoT may have made in the Licenses so as to favor Reliance and Ambanis. With such pathetic Policy Makers / Politicians, Supreme Court of India is the only hope for justice.

Hopefully, 3G Intra-Circle Roaming arrangement stays and we continue to add more Indians on 3G Highway 🙂