Experts suggest that once the merged entity starts to rationalise sites to gain from the cost saving, the telcos' consumers will initially face problems.
Bharti Airtel's mobile tower arm Bharti Infratel and Vodafone hold 42 per cent each in India's largest mobile tower firm Indus Towers and the rest is held by Idea Cellular.
Following its peers, the second largest telco Vodafone India today reported a steep 39.2 percent plunge in pre-tax profit at Rs 4,075 crore for the six months to September as its revenue fell 15.8 percent to Rs 19,002 crore due to the fierce completion since the entry of Reliance Jio.
Large operators including Airtel and Idea Cellular have argued that stringent data protection rules applicable to them should also apply 'equally and uniformly' to other players like over-the-top (OTT) apps.
Regulator Trai is firm on going ahead with the consultation process, including open house forum, on spectrum auction, effectively turning down the industry's demand for putting off the discussion for the time being.
Debt-ridden telecom firm Reliance Communications has allotted 10 percent shares to Sistema Shyam Teleservices which merged with the company early this month.
"Today state-owned telecom giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Fibre Home Pvt Ltd to jointly start manufacturing telecom equipment and optical fibre cable in BSNL factories," the public sector telecom company said in a statement.
Recently, Reliance Communications said it would shut down voice call service from December 1 and its customers could move to other networks by this year end, as per directions by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Tata Teleservices added close to 49 lakh new mobile customers in August, increasing its total customer base by over 10 per cent to 4.69 crore. The company is in the process of merging its telecom business with telecom major Bharti Airtel.
Fixed-line broadband customers of Bharti Airtel will be able to carry forward their unused data of up to 1,000 gigabytes to their next billing cycle, the telecom major said on Tuesday.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding with Vodacom, Nokia will share its latest 5G innovations including among other things massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas, AirScale Radio Access and end-to-end Mobile Anyhaul transport networks to test how they can be used to meet changing demand in the country.
Analysts feel shutting down the business using the bankruptcy route would invoke the bank guarantees of Aircel's Malaysian parent company Maxis.
On October 30, the company had announced that its lenders would convert part of its debt into equity to the tune of 51 percent stake in RCom.
Kelly’s Criterion which helps telecom companies with long distance telephone noise issues was proposed by John Kelly in the 50’s.
"Considering the data explosion in India... to accelerate our 4G roll out in terms of coverage and also build additional capacities in existing geographies..our capex forecast for the year is being upped from initial guidance of Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 25,000 crore," Bharti Airtel Chief Financial Officer Nilanjan Roy said during earnings call.
"India (Baa3 positive) will be the only country in Asia where industry-wide revenue is declining due to unprecedented price competition spurred by a new entrant. In the other emerging countries, we expect revenue growth of about 3.5 per cent in 2018, lower than forecast GDP growth of about 5.8 per cent," Moody's said in its outlook for Asia Pacific's telecom industry.
Telecom major Bharti Airtel is likely to shut down 3G service in next 3-4 years and refarm the spectrum linked with it for 4G services, a top official of the company said.
The telecom department issued instructions to mobile operators to verify all existing mobile subscribers through Aadhaar based E-KYC (know your customer) process by February next year. The process will be published on the providers' websites by December.
Bharti Telecom will acquire 184,710,183 equity shares of Bharti Airtel from another promoter firm of the telecom major, Indian Continent Investment Limited (ICIL), at price of Rs 417.35 per share derived with weighted average market price of 60 days trading period, as per the filing.
The latest offering comes under the 'Mera Pehla Smartphone' initiative by Airtel. Earlier this month, the Sunil Mittal company had tied up with Karbonn Mobiles to bring 4G smartphone at an effective cost of Rs 1,399.
A South Asian Telecommunication Regulatory Council (SATRC) is looking into intra-region roaming rates offered by providers in the 11 member countries.
The Department of Telecom is ready to explore other options for re-verification of mobile number in place of the present system of using Aadhaar
"By 2020, we must aim at a minimum doubling of telecom footprint if we really want to have the kind of growth that we have," Sundararajan said in her speech at a Ficci event.
The Department of Telecommunications has provided for three new methods- one time password, app-based verifications and interactive voice response service.
Customers enabled with internet telephony can make phone calls to any phone number in the country using internet at one-third the current calling rates.