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  • Telcos plan contactless SIM sale to boost customer addition

    Telcos plan contactless SIM sale to boost customer addition

    The country’s top three mobile operators are busy thrashing out a secure but totally contactless digital customer acquisition process to arrest a sharp fall in mobile connections sales amid the Covid-19-induced lockdown.

    Airtel advanced investments to boost network capacity amid data surge: Gopal Vittal

    Airtel advanced investments to boost network capacity amid data surge: Gopal Vittal

    “We are now in Day 8 of the 21-day national lockdown…this is a situation none of us have confronted before…our network operating centers and data centers continue to be operational to ensure smooth functioning of the network, and our field staff continue to be on the road to ensure speedy provisioning of new connections and timely fixing of faults,” Vittal said in a letter to Airtel customers.

    Congress writes to telcos to waive a month's call charges for migrant labourers

    Congress writes to telcos to waive a month's call charges for migrant labourers

    In letters to RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani, Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal, VIL chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and BSNL chairman P K Purwar, Gandhi has called on telcos to “make incoming and outgoing call facilities” on their networks “available in the relevant areas without charge for the next one month” for home-bound migrant workers who have run out of cash on their phone recharges.

    Amid coronavirus outbreak, RBI loan breather for telcos

    Amid coronavirus outbreak, RBI loan breather for telcos

    Experts though have called on the government to consider a three-month moratorium on operators’ revenue-share commitments for the April-June quarter FY21, which would be more significant relief for the debt-laden telecom sector that is currently reeling under the impact of the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) payments crisis.

    Telcos set up war rooms to monitor networks during Covid-19 crisis

    Telcos set up war rooms to monitor networks during Covid-19 crisis

    The three private telcos have obtained approvals from the DoT to ensure critical workers manning their NoCs – the brains of any mobile communications network – can freely travel amid the pandemic-induced countrywide lockdowns to resolve network-related glitches at a time when bulk of corporate staff across India is working from home.

    Airtel tariff hikes to offset user base hit due to Covid, say analysts

    Airtel tariff hikes to offset user base hit due to Covid, say analysts

    “Covid-19’s hit on Bharti Airtel is likely to be moderate as prepaid tariff hikes of 20-30% in December 2019 would drive near-and medium-term growth for the company, and regrow its ARPU,” brokerage CLSA said in a note. Prepaid subscribers, it said, account for 94% of Airtel’s 283 million subscribers and that 45-50% of the recharges are happening online.

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