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  • Merger with Idea by first half of 2018: Vodafone’s Sunil Sood Feb 09, 2018 05:18 PM IST

    Merger with Idea by first half of 2018: Vodafone’s Sunil Sood

    The last step is to get the DOT approval in terms of merging the licenses etc, said Sunil Sood, MD & CEO, Vodafone India

  • M&A in 2017: Best in a decade Nov 03, 2017 09:14 PM IST

    M&A in 2017: Best in a decade

    The Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Unichem Laboratories deal is close to fruition. On a day this Rs 3600 crore deal has been sealed, it is a good time to look at M&A activity in 2017 so far. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Raja Lahiri of Grant Thornton, Randhir Kochhar of Ernst & Young, Vivek Gupta of KPMG and Ashvin Parekh of Ashvin Parekh Advisory Services discussed about the same.

  • Consolidation in telecom space good but competition to remain severe: Experts Oct 24, 2017 12:02 PM IST

    Consolidation in telecom space good but competition to remain severe: Experts

    There is clear consolidation in the telecom space where an unsustainable perfect competition structure is dying down & a more sustainable structure is coming into shape, Sanjay Kapoor, Former Chairman, Micromax.

  • Experts see RIL subscriber base at 30-35 cr in 18-mths; de-growth for other players Jul 21, 2017 02:18 PM IST

    Experts see RIL subscriber base at 30-35 cr in 18-mths; de-growth for other players

    As expected Reliance Industries Limited made big announcements at its 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM) with the key announcement being around the JioPhone, which will be given free of cost to its Jio users, along with aggressive data tariffs.

  • RComm under pressure; buy Bharti & Idea: PhillipCapital Jun 05, 2017 11:59 AM IST

    RComm under pressure; buy Bharti & Idea: PhillipCapital

    In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Naveen Kulkarni, Co-Head of Research at PhillipCapital spoke about the debt restructuring in RComm and what the impact will be on the stock.

  • Here's why Fitch Ratings have a negative watch rating on Reliance Communications May 25, 2017 12:50 PM IST

    Here's why Fitch Ratings have a negative watch rating on Reliance Communications

    In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Nitin Soni of Fitch Ratings spoke about the latest happenings in the telecom sector and specifically about RComm.

  • Why telecom minister Manoj Sinha thinks consolidation wave is good Apr 28, 2017 09:39 PM IST

    Why telecom minister Manoj Sinha thinks consolidation wave is good

    Speaking to CNBC-TV18, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said that Bharti Airtel's acquisition of Telenor and the merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular will result in "harmonisation" of spectrum and better services for consumers.

  • CNBC-TV18 Exclusive: Kumar Birla on why Idea, Vodafone merged Mar 20, 2017 03:40 PM IST

    CNBC-TV18 Exclusive: Kumar Birla on why Idea, Vodafone merged

    It is about the coming together of two companies who have huge synergies in terms of assets that they own, says Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group.

  • Jio tariffs aggressive, operators need to respond: Sunil Mittal Feb 28, 2017 12:57 PM IST

    Jio tariffs aggressive, operators need to respond: Sunil Mittal

    Sunil Mittal expects that Airtel's plan to completely drop roaming charges, will result in increase of usage.

  • Airtel revenue may fall by 1% post roaming cost cut: PhillipCap Feb 28, 2017 10:18 AM IST

    Airtel revenue may fall by 1% post roaming cost cut: PhillipCap

    Naveen Kulkarni of PhillipCapital is of the opinion that Reliance Jio finally becoming paid does not spell good news for incumbents. He instead says that the Rs 303 scheme introduced by Mukesh Ambani last week is very competitive and so will continue to maintain pressure on exisiting operators.

  • CNBC-TV18 Exclusive: Vodafone ex-CEO Sarin on how telcos can survive amid competition Feb 27, 2017 12:22 PM IST

    CNBC-TV18 Exclusive: Vodafone ex-CEO Sarin on how telcos can survive amid competition

    The Indian telecom industry needs to consolidate to enable economies of scale and spectrum availability, but pricing power can only come through innovation says, Arun Sarin, Former Global CEO of Vodafone, sharing his view on the likely merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular in an interview with CNBC-TV18.

  • Jio Prime offer to hasten telecom sector consolidation: Analyst Feb 21, 2017 03:40 PM IST

    Jio Prime offer to hasten telecom sector consolidation: Analyst

    Mukesh Ambani continues to maintain a large amount of pressure on other telcom players, said Mahesh Uppal of Com First India. He expects further consolidation in market.

  • TRAI issues a consultation paper to define promotional offers Feb 17, 2017 07:17 PM IST

    TRAI issues a consultation paper to define promotional offers

    With the consultation paper, TRAI aims to bring more clarity in interpretation of its principles as the existing features are not well defined in the tariff order.

  • Vodafone-Idea merger: Consolidation good for telcos, says Former Bharti Airtel CEO Jan 30, 2017 09:12 PM IST

    Vodafone-Idea merger: Consolidation good for telcos, says Former Bharti Airtel CEO

    On the news of a possible merger between Vodafone and Idea Cellular, Sanjay Kapoor, former CEO of Bharti Airtel says, consolidation is good for the industry's sustainability.

  • Jio's interconnection row resolved with Vodafone, Idea: TRAI Jan 30, 2017 05:53 PM IST

    Jio's interconnection row resolved with Vodafone, Idea: TRAI

    TRAI met up with telecom companies earlier this month to set agenda for 2018. Issues such as internet of things and framework for data-related issues were discussed., RS Sharma, Chairman of TRAI said.

  • Jio will thrive even if Vodafone, Idea merge: Fund manager Jan 30, 2017 03:41 PM IST

    Jio will thrive even if Vodafone, Idea merge: Fund manager

    Speaking to CNBC-TV18, Hemant Kanawala of Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life, said that the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio would remain aggressive till it achieves its targeted market share.

  • Telcos will see subdued Q3 & Q4 due to Jio offer: Experts Dec 01, 2016 05:43 PM IST

    Telcos will see subdued Q3 & Q4 due to Jio offer: Experts

    The news of Reliance Jio extending its free services has hit the telecom stocks hard. In conversation with CNBC-TV18, analysts talk about the impact of this announcement on other big players in the telecom sector.

  • Jio Happy New Year Offer: Experts discuss impact on incumbents Dec 01, 2016 02:46 PM IST

    Jio Happy New Year Offer: Experts discuss impact on incumbents

    Prakash Diwan, Altamount Capital Management is more impressed with the announcement of JioMoney Merchant application and the aim of bringing around 10 million small retailers and merchants under the net.

  • Idea Cellular plans to sell 100% in tower arm for $1 bn: Sources Nov 28, 2016 07:49 PM IST

    Idea Cellular plans to sell 100% in tower arm for $1 bn: Sources

    Idea Cellular has put on block 100 percent stake in its tower arm, dropping its earlier plans to sell a minority stake in the business, people close to the telecom operator told CNBC-TV18. They say the company is looking to sell 11,000 telecom towers for close to USD 1 billion.

  • Telco revenues to be hit by 1-3% in Q3 on currency ban: IDFC Sec Nov 18, 2016 03:19 PM IST

    Telco revenues to be hit by 1-3% in Q3 on currency ban: IDFC Sec

    The currency ban is impacting many sectors and that includes the telecom business too. However, Abhishek Gupta, Analyst-Telecom, IDFC Securities, says that the estimated impact will only be 1-3 percent on telecom companies in quarter three.

  • Idea to focus more on ARPU, voice & data to be under pressure Oct 25, 2016 10:59 AM IST

    Idea to focus more on ARPU, voice & data to be under pressure

    Idea Cellular reported weak second quarter numbers with revenue falling 2 percent to Rs 9300.2 crore and profit after tax (PAT) coming at Rs 90 crore, a 59 percent fall quarter-on-quarter.

  • TRAI penalty on telcos is huge; I am disappointed: Rajan Mathews Oct 24, 2016 08:51 AM IST

    TRAI penalty on telcos is huge; I am disappointed: Rajan Mathews

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended a penalty of Rs 3,050 crore on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular for allegedly violating licence norms by denying adequate interconnection points to Reliance Jio Infocomm.

  • Idea looks to doubling data revenue to more than 50% in 4 years Oct 07, 2016 11:28 AM IST

    Idea looks to doubling data revenue to more than 50% in 4 years

    Growth momentum for data services is expected to accelerate and Idea Cellular's MD Himanshu Kapania sees the company's share of revenue from data doubling to 40 percent over the next few years.

  • Idea's operational performance to pick up: PhillipCap Oct 07, 2016 10:14 AM IST

    Idea's operational performance to pick up: PhillipCap

    India's telecom spectrum auction closed Thursday with the government raising about Rs 65,700 crore. Naveen Kulkarni of PhillipCapital. He said that the brokerage has a buy call on both Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular. While Idea's financial performance may take a beating, its operational performance will pick up going ahead, he added.

  • Call failures due to points of interconnect unacceptable: TRAI Sep 26, 2016 02:32 PM IST

    Call failures due to points of interconnect unacceptable: TRAI

    Based on the data related to Points of Interconnect (PoIs) with respect to Reliance Jio submitted to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India by telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, the telecom regulator‘s Chairman RS Sharma said the call failure rates are unacceptable.

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