Vodafone Idea MD Ravinder Takkar rejects Mukesh Ambani’s call for 2G free India
The Vodafone Idea (VIL) MD’s views came less than a fortnight after Ambani had urged telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to speed up policy measures to ensure a quick end of 2G in India. If accepted by the government, the move could hit Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, who together have around 300 million 2G users critical to their revenue streams.
Bharti Infratel sees 'softness' in co-locations; sure of Vodafone Idea survival
“We are seeing healthy capacity expansion and strong 4G rollouts on our existing sites but on co-locations we do see a softness because two of the operators are not expanding meaningfully this time,” Gupta said.
Telecom regulator questions Voda-Idea, Airtel's previous stance on differential data speeds
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), in is latest letters, dated July 31, has asked VIL and Airtel why RedX and Platinum were not flagged as “new types of services”, which would have prompted the regulator to examine them under a different lens before approving their launch in the market.
Idea, Vodafone consolidate postpaid customers on single platform to manage accounts, services
Amdocs has migrated Idea postpaid customers to its digital monetization system-- which was already being used by Vodafone for its postpaid customers. Most of the migrations were achieved while working remotely during the global lockdown, using new methodologies, best-in-class practices and various collaboration and deployment tools, according to Amdocs.
No respite for Vodafone Idea amid vendor trouble, nearly 1,500 more laid off
Nokia and Ericsson that had letters of credit from banks against previous orders, are again asking for similar guarantees from banks for new orders, the sources said. And that appears to be a difficult task. The carrier told the Supreme Court recently that no bank was willing to provide any guarantees, given its debt — 112,520 crore at March end.
Telecom industry loses 82 lakh subscribers in April, pressure to continue: Report
The decline in subscriber base during April was preceded by a loss of 28 lakh connections in March, which saw the lockdown being imposed towards the end, India Ratings and Research said in note. The biggest losers were Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, it said, adding sector leader Reliance Jio witnessed a growth in its base.
Launched Platinum plans after Trai had no issues with Voda Idea plan so far: Airtel
The Sunil Mittal-led telco, in its latest response to the regulator, dated August 10, said “Trai is fully aware that the Platinum offering is no different from what was done by VIL in November 2019,” when the latter launched the RedX plan, also offering faster speeds as a key differentiator for postpaid users.
Telcos likely to add 20-30% more subscribers in September quarter
Mobile phone operators are expected to push for recharges online, which have now increased to 60% of the total from around 30% before the outbreak, apart from reopening physical stores.
TRAI to give decision on priority plans within 2 weeks of telcos reply: Sources
TRAI will finalise its decision on priority plan issue within two weeks of getting response from the telcos, the extended time for which is Monday (August 10), the source said.
Vodafone Idea pays up April-June license fees, SUC dues after initial delay
Government officials said a further delay in payment could have led to the DoT invoking bank guarantees, as per rules — something the cash-strapped telco cannot afford to take. "The payments have started coming in for the circles and the telco did not have much choice, because further delays would have led to invoking of bank guarantees," said a senior government official.
AGR Dues: Vodafone-Idea misses July 15 payment deadline, seeks additional time
Failure to pay on time leads to the invoking of bank guarantees, but the government may allow more time if Vodafone Idea pays up with interest.
Trai gives Airtel, Vodafone Idea time till August 10 on priority plan queries
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India source said that both the companies have been given time till August 10 to file their responses. The regulator had sent nearly two dozen questions to Airtel and Vodafone Idea over the contentious premium plans on Friday evening (July 31), and had asked them to explain their stand on August 4, backed by data and presentations.
VIL completes postpaid consolidation exercise, moves all Idea postpaid users to Vodafone RED
These subscribers can now avail Red Family subscription, a single bill for entire family, access to Vodafone Play, premium content and a bouquet of other value-added services, the statement added.
Fall in Vodafone Idea subscriber numbers worries promoters
The falling numbers have prompted discussions among promoters on the future of the telco, even if it were allowed by the Supreme Court to pay its adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues over 20 years, said one of the officials.
Airtel, Vodafone Idea mobile revenue, operating income likely to dip
But both of India’s older telcos are likely to gain on margins front, courtesy lower sales, marketing costs and commissions during the pandemic, which may help narrow losses sequentially.