Airtel Gathers More Subscribers Than Reliance Jio in Terms of Active Users

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These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (112.55 million), Bharti Airtel (52.25 million), Vodafone (39.76 million), Idea Cellular (24.09 million) and BSNL (21.58 million).

On the other hand, the percentage of total active users on Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, and Vodafone is as high as 98 percent. "The only solution is to have floor prices for voice, SMS and data services so telecom businesses generate profits to invest and then compete based on quality of service". "Some examples of fixed floor pricing by some countries were given, and of course there were contrarian views also", Sharma said. The advent of Jio has disrupted India's telecom market with its initial free services. The telecoms have revealed the new offers such as BSNL, Idea, Airtel, Vodafone.

In its presentation, Idea said the industry has lost ₹8,200 crore revenues in 2016-17 second half over the first. According to these three operators, any service price below should be considered as predatory pricing.

Reliance Jio Summer Surprise offer will soon come to an end for Jio Prime customers who signed up for the offer and purchased the recharge of Rs. 303 when it was announced in March. It will be interesting to see if Jio still go-ahead with the aggressive pricing strategy to combat incumbent operators. It had termed such methods as being "unfair and deceptive", and claimed that the offers were being presented to customers "surreptitiously" on one-to-one basis and not available to the general public.

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The companies demanded that the inter-connect usage charge (IUC) that they charge for terminating a call on their networks should be increased from the existing 14 paise per minute.

The Sunil Mittal-led telco reportedly sought a reduction in licence fee to 3 per cent and bringing SUC to uniform one percent rate. It has also pitched for relaxed spectrum pay-outs with five year moratorium, and lower GST rates.

Industry meetings with the inter-ministerial group (IMG) are taking place in the background of the telecom sector reeling under massive debt.

Bharti Airtel has rejected Reliance Jio's accusation that the ongoing financial stress is created by incumbents telcos, and further accused the 4G entrant of predatory pricing.

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