Idea Cellular, has launched its 3G services on 900 MHz spectrum band in Delhi circle. The 3G launch in Delhi is a milestone achievement for Idea as it marks company’s first 3G network in a metro circle in India. With this, Idea’s 3G network has expanded to 12 major markets in India, in addition to 3G services through ICR arrangements with other telecom operators in 9 circles, enabling its 3G subscribers experience seamless connectivity pan-India (except Orissa).
Announcing the launch Mr. Ambrish Jain, Deputy Managing Director, Idea Cellular said, “With the 3G launch in Delhi, Idea has not only expanded its 3G footprint to 12 circles across the country, but has also become the only mobile operator to have seamless 3G network across the entire length and breadth of Northern India. Innovation and efficiency in operations are the key drivers to Idea’s fast-paced growth in the Indian telephony market, and the launch of 3G on 900 MHz spectrum band in Delhi is a testimony to this.”
The 900 MHz spectrum band is considered superior for transmission and propagation and this will allow Idea 3G subscribers in Delhi to experience better indoor connectivity for both voice and high-speed data services. Idea users will now have a better experience while accessing services like video telephony, mobile TV, video on demand, music downloads, online gaming, amongst many others. Idea’s 3G network infrastructure in Delhi circle will also enable the company to offer superior customer service delivery.
Mr. Sanjeev Govil, Chief Operating Officer – Delhi, Idea Cellular, said, “Idea has nearly 6 million subscribers in Delhi with approximately 30% being Data users. The existing 3G users will experience enhanced services and products and offerings while the new subscribers will benefit from our affordable 3G tariffs and superior network.”
Idea’s network in Delhi region comprises of over 4,700 sites on 2G and over 5,000 hops on Microwave. The network is being modernised along with the addition of 3G sites, to cater to the future demand of mobile data services in the metro circle. Idea is also in the process of setting up world-class service centres in the Delhi NCR region to service the evolving mobile consumers.
Opera and FreeCharge have joined hands to offer a free internet service to Vodafone and Idea subscribers in India. FreeCharge’s sponsored web pass gives Opera Mini users up to 5MB of free internet on Vodafone and up to 10MB on Idea per day.
If you are a Vodafone or Idea user, you will need to download and open the Opera Mini browser on your smartphone, and go to the Speed Dial Start Screen to avail of the offer. There, you’ll need click on Vodafone Internet Pass or Idea Web Pass, and select free browsing by FreeCharge.
“At Opera, we always strive to create products and solutions that help more and more people experience the power of the internet. Opera Web Pass is a step towards getting more users online, by offering simple and convenient web access,” said Opera in a press note.
Recently, Microsoft partnered with Idea to bring operator billing to Windows Phone users. It allows billing.
Idea Cellular has launched a new Easy Share prepaid plan that comes with internet, Local & National Minutes and SMS benefits. This plan lets users transfer internet packs, minutes and SMS to their friends and families, through a simple process of USSD or from Idea website. It start from Rs. 158 and goes till Rs. 958 depending on the plan. Last year it launched Easy Share postpaid plan in some markets, due to its success this has extended to the large base of prepaid users now, says the company.
Commenting about the new Sharing plan, Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular said,
Convergence’ is the new trend in technology and devices and we feel that it should also reflect in our tariff and billing planning to offer seamless user experience. For postpaid subscriber, Easy share plan is already available since last one year and we are now happy to introduce sharing plan for our prepaid subscribers. The plan not only helps users to share their voice and data benefits but also provides great value for money.
Idea Easy Share plans
MRP (Rs.) 158 258 458 658 958
Local + National Mins 110 250 450 700 1000
Data (MB) 250 500 1024 1536 3072
Local + National SMS 110 250 500 750 1000
Validity (Days) 15 30 30 30 30
The Idea Sharing plan is available in all its circles, except Orissa, where benefits offered may vary.
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Handset maker Microsoft Devices has partnered with Idea Cellular to help subscribers of the telecom services firm pay for apps as part of monthly bills. Under the partnership, Idea users will be able to purchase premium apps and games from the Windows Store on Microsoft Lumia as well as other Windows-based smartphones and pay for them through integrated billing. The amount will be either added to the subscriber’s monthly bill or deducted from the prepaid balance, depending on the plan.
“The smartphone market in India is poised to grow over 70 percent this fiscal and the app ecosystem is also booming. However, multiple factors like low credit card penetration, monetization models and preference for free apps have restricted the growth. Our partnership with Idea is a step in that direction,” Nokia India Sales (a Microsoft Mobile Oy subsidiary) Director Operator Relations Nikhil Mathur told reporters.
Consumers will be able to purchase apps worth Rs 300 at any given time and there will be a two-step authorization process to ensure security of the transaction, he added.
“Idea Cellular is become the first operator in India to offer integrated operator billing on the Windows Store. We are in discussions with other operators as well. It will help customers who don’t have credit cards or are not comfortable using them for online transactions,” he said.
India is estimated to have about 19 million credit card users. The Windows Store, which competes with Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App store besides other smaller platforms, currently offers over 550,000 apps and has seen over 8 billion cumulative downloads to date globally.
“Operator billing helps developers increase revenues and we have witnessed an increase of 8X per month for total paid transactions in emerging markets and 3X in developed markets,” Mathur said.
Globally, it offers 81 mobile operator billing connections in 46 markets with carriers representing 2.5 billion total subscribers. “App downloads in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 75-80 per cent to about 9 billion from 1.56 billion in 2012.
This development eases a consumer’s access to premium apps on Windows Store through a convenient purchase process. “We are happy to be the first operator to partner with Microsoft for Windows Store and offer our consumers the ease to download a range of local and global applications without worrying about the mode of payment,” Idea Cellular Chief Marketing Officer Sashi Shankar said.
Idea Cellular has 147.95 million subscribers (as on November 2014 according to telecom regulator TRAI, of which about 34 million are data users.