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  • Airtel CEO Vittal says tariffs must go up, flags concerns on high cost of 5G spectrum Jul 30, 2020 06:43 PM IST

    Airtel CEO Vittal says tariffs must go up, flags concerns on high cost of 5G spectrum

    The company said that it will build 5G solution in the lab and work with disruptive partners to bring innovative solutions to the table.

  • Staff visiting customer to maintain highest level of hygiene, ensure 'contactless' experience: Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal May 07, 2020 08:45 PM IST

    Staff visiting customer to maintain highest level of hygiene, ensure 'contactless' experience: Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal

    This includes new capabilities of SIM delivery to homes, doorstep KYC (Know Your Customer), work from home solutions, conferencing and security services, he said, adding that the company had received support from customers on these initiatives.

  • Connectivity absolutely essential; taken steps to ensure customers stay connected: Airtel CEO Apr 13, 2020 07:32 AM IST

    Connectivity absolutely essential; taken steps to ensure customers stay connected: Airtel CEO

    In a note to its subscribers, Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal said that despite the challenges in fulfilment given the national lockdown, the company will do its best to arrange installations, at the earliest possible time, for those who need 1 Gbps Airtel Xstream Fiber.

  • Coronavirus lockdown | Advanced investments, added capacities to meet surge in data demand: Airtel CEO Apr 02, 2020 06:38 PM IST

    Coronavirus lockdown | Advanced investments, added capacities to meet surge in data demand: Airtel CEO

    Airtel CEO outlined steps that the company has taken to ensure that users remain connected with their loved ones and are able to work effectively from home, in the wake of a 21-day lockdown

  • Mobile tariffs unsustainable, need to go up: Airtel India CEO Gopal Vittal Oct 15, 2019 01:24 PM IST

    Mobile tariffs unsustainable, need to go up: Airtel India CEO Gopal Vittal

    Responding to a media query on Reliance Jio's move he said, "IUC has nothing to do with tariff. It is a clearing house, cost of carrying calls. It is a bilateral thing settled among carriers. Over the last 20 years , IUC has always been absorbed."

  • Bharti Airtel to invest Rs 2,000 cr in 'Project Next' Jul 10, 2017 03:35 PM IST

    Bharti Airtel to invest Rs 2,000 cr in 'Project Next'

    Under Project Next, Airtel will revamp its stores, launch mobile handset protection schemes, allow transfer of unused mobile data to next month for postpaid users and pooling of postpaid plan within a family, Bharti Airtel MD and CEO (South Asia) Gopal Vittal told reporters here.

  • Industry under stress; hope government takes 'prudent view': Airtel May 10, 2017 09:35 PM IST

    Industry under stress; hope government takes 'prudent view': Airtel

    Bharti Airtel in an investor call said the sector is "heavily taxed" and that the levies like licence fee, spectrum usage charges and service taxes add up to a "very substantial number".

  • Data war: Airtel doles out free data to postpaid subscribers Apr 17, 2017 09:55 AM IST

    Data war: Airtel doles out free data to postpaid subscribers

    Airtel is offering up to 30 GB of free data for the next three months for postpaid subscribers logging onto the 'My Airtel' app by April 30.

  • Reliance Jio Effect: Airtel kills domestic roaming Feb 27, 2017 04:26 PM IST

    Reliance Jio Effect: Airtel kills domestic roaming

    From April 1, Airtel will offer free incoming calls and SMSes while roaming across India, and there will be no extra charges on on outgoing calls and data while outstation.

  • Airtel-Telenor deal done, Idea-Vodafone on weekend: What's next? Feb 24, 2017 02:38 PM IST

    Airtel-Telenor deal done, Idea-Vodafone on weekend: What's next?

    The Airtel-Telenor buyout coupled with talks of potential Vodafone-Idea merger and Tata Teleservices with RCom-Airtel-MTS combine raise questions whether a consolidation is the best way for telecom companies in view of Reliance Jio's entry.

  • Reliance Jio Effect: Airtel buys Telenor ahead of Voda-Idea deal Feb 23, 2017 12:00 PM IST

    Reliance Jio Effect: Airtel buys Telenor ahead of Voda-Idea deal

    In yet another consolidation in telecom industry, India‘s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel informed the bourses on Thursday that it will acquire Telenor India assets. The move comes at a time when new entrant Reliance Jio has acquired 100 million users and the market is awaiting response on a potential Vodafone-Idea merger.

  • Airtel appoints Sunil Taldar as CEO & director for DTH business Dec 05, 2016 12:01 PM IST

    Airtel appoints Sunil Taldar as CEO & director for DTH business

    In his new role, Sunil will be responsible for driving growth and innovation for Airtel Digital TV, which is a key growth driver within the company‘s B2C portfolio.

  • Reliance Jio to install 45,000 mobile towers in 6 months Nov 03, 2016 08:22 AM IST

    Reliance Jio to install 45,000 mobile towers in 6 months

    "Reliance Jio in meeting with Telecom Minister (Manoj Sinha) has committed to invest 45,000 crore mobile towers in next 6 months to further strengthen its network. The company has said that it has plans to invest Rs 1 lakh crore over a period of 4 years and the new towers are part of this investment," an official source told PTI.

  • Airtel chief against free offerings; talks on plans to fight Jio Nov 02, 2016 10:27 AM IST

    Airtel chief against free offerings; talks on plans to fight Jio

    Telecom major Bharti Airtel might mull further tariff cuts to counter mounting pressure from new entrant Reliance Jio, an article by Mint today says.

  • Hopeful of 'objective outcome' on PoI penalty issue: Airtel Nov 01, 2016 04:02 PM IST

    Hopeful of 'objective outcome' on PoI penalty issue: Airtel

    Stating that there has been a "confusion" around the entire interconnect issue, Vittal expressed hope that an 'objective outcome' will emerge through a dialogue with both Telecom Department and TRAI.

  • Trai debunks COAI allegations, seeks apology Sep 10, 2016 09:56 AM IST

    Trai debunks COAI allegations, seeks apology

    Trai held a meeting with Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea to resolve the ongoing dispute over inter-connecting points but COAI, which represents incumbent players as well as RJio, was kept out of the meet.

  • Telco wars: Govt to work without bias, says Manoj Sinha Aug 12, 2016 03:00 PM IST

    Telco wars: Govt to work without bias, says Manoj Sinha

    "COAI delegation came to meet me and they have expressed some concerns. I told them that Government does not work with bias... Our work is not to stop anyone or allow anyone... For us, consumer is prime most," Sinha said

  • Airtel proposes Rs 30 cr annual package to Sunil Mittal Jul 28, 2016 07:38 AM IST

    Airtel proposes Rs 30 cr annual package to Sunil Mittal

    The telecom major will seek shareholders' approval for the proposed hike in pay package for Mittal as well as for its Managing Director for India Gopal Vittal at the Annual General Meeting scheduled on August 19.

  • Airtel unveils new platform to show network quality map Jun 14, 2016 10:18 PM IST

    Airtel unveils new platform to show network quality map

    Telecom major Bharti Airtel on June 14 announced launch of a new platform -- Open Network -- that will show users the status of its network coverage and quality map across the country

  • Delivering 4G speed of up to 135 Mbps: Airtel Feb 22, 2016 08:00 AM IST

    Delivering 4G speed of up to 135 Mbps: Airtel

    To deliver this high speed, Airtel said that it has used carrier aggregation across TD LTE and LTE FDD on a LIVE 4G network, becoming the first mobile operator in India to commercially deploy LTE-Advanced (4G+) technology.

  • Airtel launches website to track network coverage Dec 29, 2015 11:15 AM IST

    Airtel launches website to track network coverage

    Airtel in November announced a 'Project Leap' aimed at perceptibly improving network quality with an outlay of Rs 60,000 crore in the next three years. The announcement came after the government and the regulator Trai asked telecom operators to increase investment in infrastructure to check the call drop menace.

  • Delayed approvals, illegal band use causing call drop: COAI Aug 17, 2015 05:40 PM IST

    Delayed approvals, illegal band use causing call drop: COAI

    Himanshu Kapania, Chairman of the Cellulars Operators Association and MD and CEO of Idea Cellular made a pitch for a common national tower policy and said that there was a need to check illegal use of spectrum if the call drop menace needs to be done away with.

  • Airtel acquires YTS Solutions to boost wallet services Aug 03, 2015 06:42 PM IST

    Airtel acquires YTS Solutions to boost wallet services

    "Manish Khera, Co-founder & MD of YTS Solutions will be appointed as CEO of Airtel M Commerce Services Limited (AMSL), which offers Airtel's flagship semi-closed wallet under the brand name 'Airtel Money'," Airtel said in a statement.

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal gets Rs 27.17 cr package Jul 31, 2015 10:04 AM IST

    Sunil Bharti Mittal gets Rs 27.17 cr package

    This ratio is the highest in case of Mittal in comparison to any other director for the company, followed by CEO (India and South East Asia) Gopal Vittal whose remuneration was Rs 5.34 crore (excluding perquisite value of stock options) — 636 times of the median staff pay.

  • Idea Cellular's Himanshu Kampania becomes COAI chairman May 29, 2015 10:02 PM IST

    Idea Cellular's Himanshu Kampania becomes COAI chairman

    The Cellular Operators Association of India held its annual general meeting on Thursday and elected the new leadership as well as designated its executive council for the new term, it said in a statement.

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