Lots of action happening in the telecom space in India. Here is a roundup of the same:
Uninor secures 12 lakh subscribers in the very first month
Last month we told you about the Norway telecom giant Telenor and it’s launch of services in India under the brand name Uninor as a joint venture with the Unitech group. Well, it seems that the bells are already ringing for Telenor as they’ve announced their first month-end subscriber numbers to be as high as over 12 Lakh (combined figure from the 8 circles that it operates in).
This has been possible due to many reasons among which the most important one is the innovative pan-India price plans - talklonger@29p – that offers customers local calls at 29 paise per minute and STD calls at 49 paise per minute and callmore@29p which offers local calls at 29 paise per minute and STD calls at 49 paise per minute, with a daily rental of Rs. 2.00.
Airtel goes to Bangladesh – Acquires Warid Telecom!
Bharti Airtel has agreed to acquire 70 per cent stake in Warid Telecom, Bangladesh which is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Group and with this Airtel successfully launched their second operation out of India, the first being Sri Lanka way back in Jan ’09.
According to various reports, Bharti Airtel will make a fresh investment of $300 million which also happens to be the largest investment in Bangladesh by an Indian company. Bharti will also control the management and the board of the company. The cellular telecom scene in Bangladesh is no different from that of India’s, given this Airtel has to compete with the already existing five cellular services in the country.
Only 3 private players to offer 3G in India
The telecom authority has finally decided to let only three private players to launch 3G services. It says there is only enough spectrum width for only 3 more players along with the existing 3G services already launched by public sector telecom companies BSNL and MTNL. This may be a bad news for most of the private players who might have already geared up for the 3G – both hardware and software wise. (You must have seen those “India’s only 3G network” ads by Reliance Telecom)
The auction is expected to be held on February 12 and you may expect to have 3G services from these players within a week or so. And as far as the CDMA operators are considered, they have been alloted only one slot and the already exisiting CDMA players Tata Teleservices, Sistema Shyam (of MTS fame) and Reliance Communications have to fight for it.