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Industry ramps up supply chain for 5G launch in 2021

By Ishita Guha and Prasid Banerjee | Livemint
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 04:29 AM IST
Experts said stressed financials of Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone Idea Ltd (Vi) could discourage them to participate in the 5G launch, especially in view of the costs involving fiberization and the pricing of spectrum.
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Airtel noted that a similar allegation had been levelled by Jio in a letter to the telecom regulator earlier in December to which the company had responded.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Airtel noted that a similar allegation had been levelled by Jio in a letter to the telecom regulator earlier in December to which the company had responded.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Airtel writes to DoT, says Jio’s charges against it baseless, outrageous

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 03:56 PM IST
The letter by Airtel to Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash said the company is aware of a complaint made by Reliance Jio to the department dated December 28, in reference to the disruption of RJIL (Reliance Jio) services due to farmer’s protests in Punjab and Haryana.
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Sugandha Thakur has successfully spearheaded over 1,000 corporate shows and events within her capacity.
Sugandha Thakur has successfully spearheaded over 1,000 corporate shows and events within her capacity.

The inspiring journey of Sugandha Thakur

PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 04:37 PM IST
Sugandha Thakur has launched her own YouTube channel to motivate the youth.
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Vittal said India should have an open ecosystem. He cited examples of CDMA and GSM to push his case.(Ramesh Pathania)
Vittal said India should have an open ecosystem. He cited examples of CDMA and GSM to push his case.(Ramesh Pathania)

India specific 5G standard a threat, can hamper innovation: Airtel CEO

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 02:49 PM IST
The statement from Vittal followed a speech by RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani at the event, where he mentioned that Jio’s 5G network “will be powered by indigenous-developed network, hardware and technology components”.
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ADHM 2020-Overall Elite Women winner Ethopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw at the finish line.(Airtel)
ADHM 2020-Overall Elite Women winner Ethopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw at the finish line.(Airtel)

With people from all across the world running, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2020 turns out to be a huge success

By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 11:47 AM IST
Keeping the concern of crowds in mind, Airtel and Procam pivoted toward an app-based marathon alongside the regular race for the elite runners.
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Airtel’s average revenue per user (Arpu) rose to ₹162 from ₹128 from a year ago, and ₹157 in the June quarter.(Mint)
Airtel’s average revenue per user (Arpu) rose to ₹162 from ₹128 from a year ago, and ₹157 in the June quarter.(Mint)

Remote work gives Airtel’s data usage a 58% boost

By Ishita Guha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2020 05:59 AM IST
During the quarter, Airtel recorded a sequential growth of 14.4 million in 4G user base at 152.7 million, up 48% from a year ago, as more customers turned to better data services.
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OpenSignal analysed mobile user experience on major telecom operators in India. Airtel emerged as a winner in four categories.(OpenSignal)
OpenSignal analysed mobile user experience on major telecom operators in India. Airtel emerged as a winner in four categories.(OpenSignal)

Sweeping up awards in four main categories puts Airtel on top in OpenSignal’s September 2020 Report

By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
PUBLISHED ON OCT 07, 2020 07:15 PM IST
The categories in which Airtel emerged as a clear winner were Voice App Experience, Mobile Gaming Experience, Video Experience, and Download Speed Experience.
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The lockdowns led to an exodus of workers from urban to rural India following job losses, resulting in a fall in the 2G subscriber base.(Mint)
The lockdowns led to an exodus of workers from urban to rural India following job losses, resulting in a fall in the 2G subscriber base.(Mint)

Telcos to gain as 2G user base shrinks, pin tariff hopes on 4G

By Ishita Guha and Romita Majumdar | Livemint, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 06:03 AM IST
Limited access to recharge centres also led to 2G service disruptions, as 4G customers prefer digital modes for recharge.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.(AP file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.(AP file photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: France becomes first country to open borders, consular services for Indian students and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 09:07 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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The court, however, did not mention the order reserved on the staggered payment of dues by Vodafone Idea Ltd, Bharti Airtel Ltd and Tata Teleservices.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The court, however, did not mention the order reserved on the staggered payment of dues by Vodafone Idea Ltd, Bharti Airtel Ltd and Tata Teleservices.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Chart plan to recover AGR dues: Supreme Court

By Ishita Guha and Japnam Bindra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 04:52 AM IST
While observing that recovery of dues may not be possible from telcos undergoing insolvency, the apex court asked the government whether spectrum can be sold under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The case has been adjourned to August 14.
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On the NSE, it settled the day 6.66 per cent higher at Rs 8.80. During the morning trade, it had cracked 7.87 per cent to Rs 7.60.(REUTERS)
On the NSE, it settled the day 6.66 per cent higher at Rs 8.80. During the morning trade, it had cracked 7.87 per cent to Rs 7.60.(REUTERS)

Vodafone Idea bounces back; shares close 7% higher after initial loss

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 07, 2020 06:15 PM IST
On the BSE, the stock had plunged 7.39 per cent to Rs 7.64 in early trade. Later, it erased the losses as the trade progressed. It finally closed at Rs 8.83, a gain of 7.03 per cent.
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Some companies are redefining customer service altogether, Airtel being one of them.(Pexels)
Some companies are redefining customer service altogether, Airtel being one of them.(Pexels)

When a customer service rep won a PUBG gamer’s heart

By Brand Post
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 10:46 PM IST
No false promises, and prompt responses—the recipe of good customer service sounds pretty simple, says Delhi resident Anish Sharma.
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This will peg the enterprise valuation of Nxtra at USD 1.2 billion which is over Rs 9,084 crore.(Reuters)
This will peg the enterprise valuation of Nxtra at USD 1.2 billion which is over Rs 9,084 crore.(Reuters)

Carlyle to acquire about 25% stake in Airtel’s data centre business for about Rs 1,780 cr

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 09:05 AM IST
The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, including nod from the Competition Commission of India.
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As work from home begins to become more common, it is important to remember that we are more than just our job titles.(iStock)
As work from home begins to become more common, it is important to remember that we are more than just our job titles.(iStock)

How small changes helped me stay focused on my goals during the lockdown

By Partnered Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 10:18 AM IST
“Finding a balance between work and our interests is the key to staying productive and motivated, and all it takes is a bit of planning and discipline”—writes the Chief Creative Officer of a global marketing firm, in this deeply personal account.
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Until a few years ago, we could never imagine a consumer’s relationship with their smartphone! But, today, most people are hungry for mobile data and stream video content on their handsets.(Pexels)
Until a few years ago, we could never imagine a consumer’s relationship with their smartphone! But, today, most people are hungry for mobile data and stream video content on their handsets.(Pexels)

Here’s how complimentary offers are helping to increase customer lifecycle for the top telco players

By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 09:42 PM IST
The partnership between OTT players and telco companies is for keeps. A recent study shows how carrier-bundled OTT media services not only make users spend more on their mobile and home broadband bills, but also be more loyal towards the carriers.
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Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy a 5% stake worth at least $2 billion in Bharti Airtel.
Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy a 5% stake worth at least $2 billion in Bharti Airtel.

US tech firms make a beeline for foothold in Indian telecom

By Romita Majumdar and Leroy Leo | Hindustan Times, Mumbai/New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 03:48 AM IST
Analysts say the discussions and buzz around partnerships between technology and telecom companies could mark a strategic shift, especially in the e-commerce sector.
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Airtel said it added 12.5 million 4G subscribers in the March quarter.(Reuters)
Airtel said it added 12.5 million 4G subscribers in the March quarter.(Reuters)

Bharti Airtel shares rise 10%; data demand, tariff hikes help

By Reuters | Posted by: Shivani Kumar | Bengaluru, Karnataka
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2020 02:18 PM IST
The company’s average revenue per user, a key metric for the telecom sector, rose 25 per cent to 154 rupees at its India mobile services business during the quarter ended March 31.
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ZEE5, India’s Most Desired Video Streaming Brand (named by TRA), is home to over 1 lakh hours of Original content.(ZEE5)
ZEE5, India’s Most Desired Video Streaming Brand (named by TRA), is home to over 1 lakh hours of Original content.(ZEE5)

Airtel and Vodafone users, rejoice! ZEE5 has some great news for you

By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2020 11:05 AM IST
There is a way for you to enjoy 4500+ blockbuster movies & exclusive shows on ZEE5 free of cost. We bet you can’t wait to get started!
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On Sunday, the Congress party had written to owners of Jio, Vodafone-Idea, BSNL and Airtel seeking free calls on their networks for migrants amid the lockdown in the country due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 disease.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
On Sunday, the Congress party had written to owners of Jio, Vodafone-Idea, BSNL and Airtel seeking free calls on their networks for migrants amid the lockdown in the country due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 disease.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

BSNL to offer free validity extension, extra talk time during lockdown

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 06:02 PM IST
BSNL will also provide free talk time of Rs.10 to all such subscribers who reach zero balance during the duration of the lockdown. These facilities will be extended to help BSNL mobile subscribers communicate in an emergency.
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You can teach elderly people how to use the Airtel Thanks app.(iStock)
You can teach elderly people how to use the Airtel Thanks app.(iStock)

Simple things you can do at home to fight the spread of COVID-19

By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2020 10:18 AM IST
Even as India goes into a complete lockdown for 21 days, Airtel promises to help us stay connected to our loved ones with its Airtel Thanks app and other services.
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Coronavirus: Airtel is upgrading its quality of service and advancing investments to keep up with a spike in demand.(iStock)
Coronavirus: Airtel is upgrading its quality of service and advancing investments to keep up with a spike in demand.(iStock)

Airtel braces for COVID-19, as telcos gear up for the battle

By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2020 11:54 AM IST
CEO Gopal Vittal sends a heartwarming letter to its employees and customers assuring people that services will not be hampered. The company is also doing its bit to ensure that employees and customers stay safe.
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TMC MP tweeted a video of him wearing mask while announcing his self-isolation(Twitter/@derekobrienmp)
TMC MP tweeted a video of him wearing mask while announcing his self-isolation(Twitter/@derekobrienmp)

News updates from Hindustan Times: TMC MP Derek O’ Brien self-isolates and all the latest news at this hour

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2020 09:10 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion curated for you. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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According to latest figures submitted by DoT, Vodafone Idea owes Rs 54,754 crore, Bharti Airtel Rs 25,976 crore, Reliance Communication Rs 25,194 crore and Tata Group Rs 12,601 crore.(Reuters file photo)
According to latest figures submitted by DoT, Vodafone Idea owes Rs 54,754 crore, Bharti Airtel Rs 25,976 crore, Reliance Communication Rs 25,194 crore and Tata Group Rs 12,601 crore.(Reuters file photo)

Allow telcos to pay dues over 20 years: Centre to top court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2020 01:13 AM IST
In an affidavit to the top court on the eve of the next hearing on the matter, the department of telecommunications (DoT) also proposed the companies pay a reduced annual interest rate of 8%.
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The payments by the telcos are routine, made in September and March, and are not related to the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues.(File Photo)
The payments by the telcos are routine, made in September and March, and are not related to the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues.(File Photo)

Vodafone Idea, Airtel and Jio collectively pay Rs 6,045 crore to govt in dues

By Navadha Pandey | Livemint, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2020 10:19 PM IST
In October, the Supreme Court had upheld the government’s definition of how AGR levies on telecom operators are calculated. The order dealt a blow to the telecom industry.
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Geetu Bhatnagar of Oracle interacts with Rameet Arora of HT in Episode 14 of HT Brand Studio Live, Season 2.
Geetu Bhatnagar of Oracle interacts with Rameet Arora of HT in Episode 14 of HT Brand Studio Live, Season 2.

When it comes to media planning in 2020, disruption is the key word

UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 10:03 AM IST
A multitude of platforms, evolving consumer preferences, and the constant search for ‘meaningful content’ are revolutionizing the state of media in 2020. In the 14th episode of HT Brand Studio Live, Season 2, seven brand leaders shared their views on the same.
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Signage for Bharti Airtel Ltd. stands outside a mobile phone store in Mumbai.(Bloomberg)
Signage for Bharti Airtel Ltd. stands outside a mobile phone store in Mumbai.(Bloomberg)

Telcos may get relief on taxes, input costs

By Rajeev Jayaswal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2020 04:57 AM IST
Instant refund of input tax credit is unlikely as this would require the approval of the GST Council, but immediate bailout may include other measures such as a soft loan.
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DoT last week asked all telecom companies to repay AGR dues immediately as per the October 24, 2019 verdict of the Supreme Court.(REUTERS)
DoT last week asked all telecom companies to repay AGR dues immediately as per the October 24, 2019 verdict of the Supreme Court.(REUTERS)

Govt responds to SOS from telecom companies, looks at 3 options to help them

By Rajeev Jayaswal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 11:08 AM IST
This position — that the dues as measured by a proportion of adjusted gross revenues or AGR be paid — was one upheld by the Supreme Court’s October 2019 verdict that ordered telcos to pay up Rs 1.47 lakh crore.
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Mittal said Airtel is committed to complying with the Supreme Court order on adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues.(Bloomberg File Photo)
Mittal said Airtel is committed to complying with the Supreme Court order on adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues.(Bloomberg File Photo)

‘Unprecedented crisis’: Airtel’s Sunil Mittal meets telecom minister on AGR dues

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2020 08:13 PM IST
Mittal further said the industry is heavily taxed and suggested cut in taxes and levies for sector. He said Airtel has time till March 17 to make balance payments, adding that the company will pay its dues “much before that”.
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The technology can be accessed over any home or public Wi-Fi network.(iStock)
The technology can be accessed over any home or public Wi-Fi network.(iStock)

How Airtel Wi-Fi Calling is revolutionising telecom in India

By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 06:05 PM IST
The technology can be accessed over any home or public Wi-Fi network. All you need is a Wi-Fi calling enabled handset and an Airtel 4G SIM!
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The Supreme Court has set aside consumer panel NCDRC’s verdict directing Star India (P) Ltd and Bharti Airtel Ltd to pay punitive damages of Rs 1 crore(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court has set aside consumer panel NCDRC’s verdict directing Star India (P) Ltd and Bharti Airtel Ltd to pay punitive damages of Rs 1 crore(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Contest during KBC show: SC sets aside NCDRC’s order on unfair trade practice

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2020 08:04 PM IST
During the HSHS contest, viewers of KBC were invited to participate and an objective-­type question with four possible answers was displayed on the screen during each episode.
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