India’s #3 telecom operator, Idea Cellular now wants expand its 4G LTE footprint pan-India and is planning to raise $800 million for the same. This move comes after Idea has acquired new spectrum this year.
In the telecom spectrum auction 2016, Idea acquired an additional 2×74.6 MHz spectrum in the 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands, and 200 MHz in 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands. The telecom operator is likely to get the board’s nod for raising via the Right Issue in January next year.
The company is planning to construct 57,000 additional cell sites for launching its 4G services in 9 telecom circles and expanding its 4G footprint across the nation.
Idea Cellular has its network present across 22 telecom circles across the nation, but its wireless broadband network (3G +4G) is limited to just 17 circles. That is why the company wants to achieve a total of 2,50,000 cell sites and 1.41 km of fibre network to help it take on the competition head-on with the likes of Jio and Airtel.
It is worth noting that the telecom operator suffered a 50% decline in its consolidated income in the Jul-Sep quarter as compared to the previous one. A significant portion of this drop is due to the entry of a new player- Jio whose extremely competitive tariffs not only eroded the profits of the incumbent telcos but also managed to poach some of their subscribers.
BSNL Launches 20 Mbps FTTH Broadband Plans In Waranga
The public telecom operator- BSNL, has now launched its FTTH (fiber to the home) services in Warangal, Telangana. BSNL has already been providing FTTH services in other parts of the country, but here in Warangal, the company has tied up with the local cable operators, reports TelecomTalk.
With FTTH BSNL aims to provide affordable high-speed broadband services to the households. And hence BSNL is expecting to boost its subscriber base by 10x, and reach 1,00,000 subscribers in near future.
“We guarantee excellent services now. Our personnel will reach instantly as and when there is a complaint of any sort”, said Narender, Principal GM, BSNL, Warangal.
BSNL has launched 2 new FTTH plans starting at Rs. 645. This plan offers 10 Mbps speed and a data volume cap of 50 GB/month. The higher-end plan offers 100 GB/month @ 20 Mbps and is priced at Rs. 1,045.
Also, BSNL is offering 0.75% bill discount on e-payments to all subscribers.
We are hoping that BSNL starts offering its FTTH subscribers to all subscribers pan-India for retaining and boosting its subscriber base. In case it doesn’t (which is highly likely), then many of us would move to Jio Fiber upon its launch.