Videocon Telecom, announced free Data for its all Non data users subscribers as an initiative to educate and encourage them to start using data and get digitally connected. The telco also sets up a free helpline and extends demonstration stations at all its Exclusive branded ‘Videocon Connect’ Retail to educate them on the knowhow of data usage. With a trial offer of 750 MB of free data for all such subscribers valid for 2 months, the telco plans to give away over 1,500 Tera byte of free data to such subscribers.
Mr. Arvind Bali, Director & CEO, Videocon Telecommunications Ltd. said, “Its said charity begins at home, and as a part of PM’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, we wanted to initiate something for our own customers to start with. We have been taking initiatives to increase our data penetration month on month, and as we speak we have a good mobile internet penetration of 64% odd on customers with data enabled handsets. Yet there is a set of customers who despite owning a data enabled handset have not used data since they came aboard on our Network.
The telco conducted a study on these non-data users to understand their reasons for not using data, and found out that over 86% of these non users having data enabled handsets aspire to use data but are reluctant to do so. The study suggested the 2 key reasons being 1) Inadequate knowledge and that initial hesitation to ask someone on knowhow. 2) Perception of data cost being high.
The telco’s plans to address both these concerns by educating such first time users thru a newly setup Digital helpline and demonstration stations at its exclusive branded ‘Videocon Connect’ stores. These first time users will be extended basic knowhow of using mobile data including browsing the net, using search engines, setting up various social media accounts etc. The telco will also be offering free data of 750 MB valid for 2 months as a trial offer for all such subscribers. To avail this free data, subscribers will just needs to give a missed call on a pre-defined no, and based on eligibility, subscriber will be extended free data followed by a call from the Digital Helpline on the knowhow. With the initiative, the telco is also expecting customers to upgrade their handsets to data enabled handsets.
Airtel has announced that it has become third largest mobile operator in the world in terms on subscribers, based on the latest ranking from World Cellular Information Service (WCIS). China Mobile is the top mobile operator in the world with over 626 million customers followed by Vodafone Group with over 403 million customers.
Last year Airtel crossed 200 million mobile subscriber mark in India and also reached 300 million customers across its operations globally that includes, mobile, fixed line & DSL, and DTH services. Today the company said that it has largest rural mobile customer base in India with over 100 million mobile customers.
Airtel covers over 1.85 billion people across its operations in 20 countries and carried over 1.23 trillion minutes of calls and over 333 petabytes of data in FY 2014-15. Airtel offers 4G services in over 30 cities in India using TD- LTE & FDD-LTE technology. The company plans to launch FDD‐LTE services on 1800 MHz in 6 circles in India.
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Regarding the new milestone, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel, said:
This is a major landmark in the journey of Airtel and underlines the strength of our business model and our brand that is loved by customers across 20 countries. Today, we seamlessly manage global scale operations in diverse geographies and deliver the same world-class services to each customers, this perhaps is one of our biggest achievements. I want to thank our employees and our business partners for supporting us through this exciting journey and with the mobile internet play about to happen in the developing world, things will only get brighter from here on.
I am also proud of the fact that we have built one of the biggest consumer brands in the world out of India. It would not have been possible without the progressive policies of the Government of India and the TRAI. I take this opportunity to assure them that we are fully committed to their vision of Digital India and empowering every Indian.
BSNL plans to launch a bunch of activities to boost the property. it might launch 4G services across six medium circles out of the twenty circles it operates through a strategic partnership with non-public players, in line with reports.
BSNL Chairman and director (CMD) Anupam Shrivastava confirmed the news, however haven’t disclosed the names of the non-public players with whom the operator plans to traffic jam.
According to sources, Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) would be the primary potential alternative for partnership. RJIl has already signed AN agreement with BSNL to lease out 4000 of its mobile towers. it’s conjointly the sole player that possesses 4G spectrum in 2300 Mc band across all twenty two circles.
The other potential alternative would be Russian-based medium operator SSTL. It works underneath MTS complete in Asian country and has services across 9 circles.
Unlike the non-public players, BSNL plans to roll out 4G solely by March 2016. It owns restricted spectrum and would wish a minimum of 5MHz for the winning roll out of 4G.
Besides partnership with non-public players, the state-run medium operator would conjointly attempt joining its wired and wireless networks to deliver high speed net. Since, its broadband spectrum span across sixteen circles, this can be a potential proposal to contemplate. The operator will improve its Wi-Fi and 3G services, that it’s upgrading the networks.
BSNL will integrate 3G, 4G network which might alter the client to transfer to Wi-Fi.
For its prestigious Wi-Fi hotspot project, the state-run operator is finance concerning Rs. 7000 large integer over ensuing 2 years.
Telecom operators Vodafone, Airtel, Idea and RCom have reduced calling rates up to 75 percent on national roaming from May 1, after regulator TRAI cut ceiling tariffs. India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel has slashed outgoing local SMS cheaper by 75 percent. The inter circle call rates have been reduced up to 23 per cent and outgoing local call tariff up to 20 per cent, while incoming call rates have been reduced up to 40 per cent.
Vodafone India customers will now pay 25 paise per local SMS from Re 1 for local texting and for STD texts 38 paise from Rs 1.50 earlier. The carrier has also reduced the incoming call rates to 45 paise per minute for incoming calls; while outgoing local and STD calls will be charged at 80 paise and Rs 1.15 paise per minute from Rs 1 and Rs 1.50 earlier, in accordance with TRAI regulations. Apart from this, Vodafone has also introduced special roaming tariff plans for its prepaid and postpaid customers.
Idea Cellular, which is the third biggest telecom operator in India will now charge 25 paise for a local SMS and 38 paise for texting while roaming nationally. The operator has reduced incoming calls rate to 45p/min, while outgoing local call rates have been slashed by 20 per cent and STD call rates by 23 per cent.
Telecom Regulatory Authority India (TRAI) earlier this month had slashed the maximum or ceiling rate that a telecom operator can charge for STD calls on roaming to Rs 1.15 per minute from Rs 1.50, while on national roaming a telecom operator can charge Rs 1.15 per minute from Rs 1.50 for STD calls on roaming. Operators can now charge a maximum of 25 paise only for a local SMS instead of the current Re 1 per SMS. Similarly, the national SMS rate has been reduced from Rs 1.5 per SMS to 38 paise now.
The new charges will benefit the customer, but will hurt the profit margins of telecom operators who spent nearly Rs.1.1 trillion in the spectrum auction that concluded in March this year. TRAI has stated that the rate changes will be applicable from May 1 across India, and will be reviewed again next year.
Nepal Earthquake:Airtel and BSNL Offering Free Call and at Local Call rates from India to Nepal for 48 hours
All India to Nepal calls on Airtel network will be free of cost from midnight for the next 48 hours effective from 00:00 hrs 26 April, announces Airtel. This is to enable the customers across the country to reach their families and friends in Nepal, who are struck in the country due to massive earthquake.
Besides making the call rates, Airtel has also conveyed their condolence to all who lost their lives at the earthquake.
Nearly 918 deaths are reported from Nepal (as of the latest) due to the earthquake that shook the nation at a magnitude of 7.8, near Lamjung, Nepal. Many are injured and feared to be trapped under the leveled buildings. India too experienced the tremor during the morning hours.
BSNL too has announced a similar offer for calls to Nepal, offering only local call rates for the next three days. BSNL’s decision to cut call rates was taken following a meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and with the approval of Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.