1. Battle heats up between Reliance Jio and other GSM operators; now, Airtel slashes data tariff for corporate customers

Battle heats up between Reliance Jio and other GSM operators; now, Airtel slashes data tariff for corporate customers

On Wednesday, state-run BSNL announced a national unlimited 3G mobile data plan for Rs 1,099 and doubled the data usage limit in some existing plans.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 25, 2016 3:08 PM

 

Sources told the channel that data tariff was slashed from Rs 250/GB to Rs 99.5/GB for corporate consumers as they contribute 6-8% of mobility revenues of Airtel. (Reuters) Sources told the channel that data tariff was slashed from Rs 250/GB to Rs 99.5/GB for corporate consumers as they contribute 6-8% of mobility revenues of Airtel. (Reuters)

Battle between Reliance Jio and other GSM operators seems to have heated up as Airtel slashed data tariff for corporate customers, reported ET Now citing sources. An Airtel spokesperson told the channel that the company was now offering bigger data bundles based on usage pattern. “We would like our customers to consume more data,” the spokesperson said. Sources told the channel that data tariff was slashed from Rs 250/GB to Rs 99.5/GB for corporate consumers as they contribute 6-8% of mobility revenues of Airtel. Reliance Jio, which is expected to roll out commercial services in the coming months, is likely to offer huge freebies to get customers. “Airtel is working to retain corporate customers ahead of the launch of Reliance Jio,” said the source. On Wednesday, state-run BSNL announced a national unlimited 3G mobile data plan for Rs 1,099 and doubled the data usage limit in some existing plans. Last month, some telecom operators like Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea hiked data usage limit in some of their plans by up to 67% to counter the threat from Reliance Jio which is offering 90 days free unlimited data and phone call service. Jio has partnered with several handset manufacturers to provide free voice and data services for 90 days to smartphone buyers.

Earlier this week, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) in a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had alleged that free data and voice were being offered by Reliance Jio under beta test, which was generating huge traffic using spectrum allocated for commercial use, but that no revenue came to the government. Within hours, in a no holds barred attack, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio hit out at COAI, of which it is a member, for acting as a mouthpiece of certain dominant incumbent operators having vested interests against the company. The company said as part of being a member of COAI it was not consulted before the letter was sent to the PMO.

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    Mayur
    Aug 26, 2016 at 3:26 am
    I do not believe that Airtel has cut it's data usage tariff. In fact they have increased it for me. And I am a corporate user.Airtel update: Eff.24-Sep-16, myPack benefits on your Airtel Mobile will be revised. Old benefits: Local:100 mins, STD:90 mins, 3G Data:135 MB, 2G Data:250 MB, New benefits: Local:90 mins, STD:80 mins, 3G Data:120 MB, 2G Data:240 MB. For info on other plans and myPacks, visit
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      Shahed
      Aug 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm
      Airtel is already charging high data rates. What is the point now reducing the rates. If they can reduce the rates now then that shows they have been charging more till now.. Airtel service is pathetic and 4G never works.Airtel is good at advertising their b and just to make money.Now after jio launch we will have internet tariff wars between all the providers.. Hope Rcom jio has good network coverage and better 4G tarrif than Airtel.
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        Shahed
        Aug 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm
        Also if Airtel is reducing their Data tariff.. They should also refund the amount they looted till now.
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          gujjar
          Aug 25, 2016 at 7:09 pm
          Badiya hua duaro company ke sath Jio world best network hai
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            kaushik saha
            Aug 25, 2016 at 7:50 pm
            Its good that war happened in telecom sector. Because when 3g launched that time this people are looted us like anything they increased pack price for 2g and 3g both. Now bcoz of reliance jio this operaters are getting slapped nicely thanks jio to help common people.
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              Partha Basu
              Aug 25, 2016 at 7:23 pm
              I am pretty sure that Reliance Jio can and certainly will provide a world cl, best mobile network with fastest 4g speed, no or least call drops and best connectivity with the least cost to India in 2016.I wish Jio to do much better and sell as many SIMs as possible and then find an ideal time to roll out its commercial services. Best Wishes JIO
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