Telecom Tuesday: Telecom Subscribers, 3G auction, Airtel Talkies, free calls and lot more
Telecom buzz in India just does not die down – We hear news one after the another. Recently Young State minister made a bold prediction that We may see free phone calls in India. Although, I am skeptical, many comments on that post suggested that it may actually see light of the day:
Here is Buzzing Telecom news round-up over pas few days:
Telecom Buzz 1: Indian Telecom Subscriber Reach 600 Million
The telecom subscriber growth rate has maintained its scorching pace over past couple of years which saw total Indian Telecom subscribers reach 600 Million taking the total Teledensity to above 51% by end of February 2010. Here are details from TRAI report
- Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 600.69 Million
- Wireless subscription reaches 563.73 Million
- Wireline subscription declines to 36.96
- 18.76 Million new additions in mobile subscriptions
- Wireline subscription declines by 0.04 Million
- Overall Tele-density reaches 51.05%
- Broadband subscription is 8.59 million
Mobile Service Provider Net additions for month of Feb 2010
Service Provider wise Market Share as on 28-2-2010
Telecom Buzz 2: Bharti Launches Airtel Talkies – Movie Content on Mobile
Bharti Airtel announced yesterday its new initiative – ‘Airtel Talkies’, which will offer exclusive content from upcoming movie releases to its subscribers. Airtel Talkies will bring original movie content, dialogues, storyline and song clips before the release of the movie to its subscriber.
It is not free though – Airtel users will be charged Rs 30 per month subscription to Airtel Talkies. The user will then be able to view upto four movies with 30 days validity.
Interestingly, Airtel Talkies will offer content not only from Bollywood but also movies in five languages — Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
Movie buffs will surely enjoy this service !
Telecom Buzz 3: Billion Dollar 3G Auction on 9th April – Goes through a trial run !
The 3G auction is going to big – Government is expected to garner between 35000 to 45000 crores due to this auction scheduled to be held on April 9th. With stakes so high, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) wanted to ensure that the process does not see any hiccups. In view of this, a mock auction was held successfully to familiarize all the 9 bidders with the auction process.
3G Auction Process
Under the system, the auction prices would be increased to 10 per cent from 1 per cent after each round. For instance, if the number of bidders is one more than the number of spectrum slots, the increase would be 5 per cent. If there are two more bidders than the number of slots, it would be raised by 10 per cent. However, if the number of bidders is the same as the number of slots, the price would go up by only 1 per cent. [source]
Considering the fact that many of the telcos are expecting that the final bid price for many of the circles would be virtually three times that of the base price, this would simply mean many rounds of bidding.
The base price for pan-India 3G auction is Rs 3,500 crore, while for BWA it is Rs 1,750 crore.
The final bidders for 3G include Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Aircel, STel, Tata Teleservices, Videocon, Etisalat DB and Vodafone Essar. For BWA, Aircel, Augere, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Infotel Broadband, Qualcomm, Reliance WiMax, Spice Internet, Tata Communications, Tikona and Vodafone Essar are in the fray.