It has also reduced recharge tariff for lower denomination and short-term plans besides offering data benefits under the schemes.
The telco is seeking to shift 3G users to 4G via a VoLTE communication standard within the next few months, sources have Mint.
BSNL at present provides 3G services and is planning to upgrade it for 4G services from January 2018.
The telecom ministry is likely to place before the Cabinet next month the recommendations of inter-ministerial group (IMG) on easing financial stress in the sector.
The company met market expectations on refining margins but positively surprised the market by posting a profit at the earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) level in its telecom operations.
"While consolidation activity is positive for the industry in the long-term, we still expect competition to remain intense over the next 12-18 months as leading operators -- like Bharti, Vodafone India and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited - look to protect and grow market share," it said.
S&P said however that Airtel's rating is "unaffected" by its recently-announced acquisition of the Tata Group firm. "...in our view, this deal increases integration risk for Bharti because the company will be simultaneously integrating the operations of Telenor India (acquired last fiscal) and Tata Teleservices over the next 12-18 months, while responding to the intense competition," it said.
The deal, executed through their respective subsidiaries, will create Ghana's second largest mobile operator with nearly 10 million subscribers and USD 300 million in revenue.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is currently in the midst of reviewing these rates, paid by foreign carriers for terminating international calls in India.
Market watchers have given a thumbs up to the acquisition that involve Airtel taking over the customers and spectrum of Tata Teleservices and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra in a cash free and debt free deal. Some analysts have even gone to the extent of saying that the takeover places the Sunil Mittal company to potentially "retain" the numero uno position even post Idea-Vodafone merger.
Bharti Airtel, Vodafone-Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio could combined account for over 90 percent of industry’s revenues.
As part of the deal, Airtel will assume a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata Teleservices.
This is the first of multiple partnerships that the company is lining up with mobile handset manufacturers to bring such bundled 4G smartphone options to the market, Airtel said.
A list naming a dominant player in every circle will be a first, which will also help address the issue of antitrust or unfair trade practices
The PPDR communication is used for a broad spectrum of services ranging from maintenance of law and order to protection of life and property, from disaster relief to emergency responses.
Idea Cellular topped the chart in terms of average 4G upload speed for September at 6.307 mbps, the private telecom player said in a statement reeling off the Trai data.
RCom and Aircel had in September last year signed a binding agreement to merge their mobile businesses. But, on Sunday, RCom announced that the agreement had lapsed owing to legal and regulatory uncertainties, objections by interested parties and delays in receiving relevant approvals.
On the state of competition in the telecom sector -- which saw fierce tariff wars hitting the bottom line of large telcos -- Mittal said "competition is going down".
"What worries me is that due to lack of global leadership, we are seeing large powerful countries now starting to talk about barriers... This is the time when India needs to even more forcefully talk about its narrative of openness and open societies," Mittal said while addressing a session at the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
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Before the end of the calendar year, it would have taken one more step in adding to the misery of most service providers – particularly those earning a hefty fee from the 53 paise per minute international termination charges.
"Reliance Communications Limited's (Rcom's) cancellation of the merger agreement of its mobile business with Aircel Limited has no impact on Rcom's Ca corporate family and senior secured bond ratings. The ratings outlook remains negative," Moody's said in a statement.
"There are only two permissions left in the amalgamation scheme of the Idea and Vodafone. It should be completed by end of the current financial year," an industry source, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.
TRAI has already concluded open house discussions around the controversial issue of net neutrality and is in the process of drafting the recommendations.
Rcom and Aircel Limited had signed binding agreements in September 2016 for the merger of Rcom's mobile businesses with Aircel