Telecom operators hike mobile tariffs, data tariffs by upto 42 per cent

Airtel’s new plans represent tariff increases in the range of a mere 50 paise  day to Rs. 2.85/day

Airtel’s new plans represent tariff increases in the range of a mere 50 paise day to Rs. 2.85/day

Now, even Airtel has hiked prepaid plan prices by up to 42 percent.

VIL, which posted its highest-ever net loss for a corporate in the country, hiked mobile tariffs by an average 20-30 per cent for its pre-paid services.

New plans will apply across India starting 12 am on December 3.

The revised plans from Airtel sees a price hike between 50 paise per day to Rs 2.85 per day.

In a statement, Shashwat Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, Bharti Airtel said, "Our new mobile plans offer tremendous value to our customers and are backed by a superior network experience on Airtel's nationwide 4G network".

While telecom operators have been offering unlimited voice calling, both Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel have now made a decision to cap the outgoing calls outside their network from December 3. In Plan Rs 79, Rs 64 Talktime, 200 MB data, 1p/sec tariff, 28 days validity.

The company has launched 16 new plans with various validities (2, 28, 84 and 365 days) and prices (ranging from Rs 49 to Rs 2,399), in an attempt to mitigate losses from Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) payout.

Airtel and Vodafone Idea had posted a combined loss of Rs 74,000 crore in Q2 by provisioning for the AGR pending dues. Beyond this limit, customer will need to pay 6 paisa per minute for outgoing calls.

Independent analysis suggests that after the said offnet mobile charges by Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio tariffs will still be roughly over 25 percent cheaper.

The company will increase its entry level unlimited plan with a year-long validity by about 50 percent to Rs 1,499 from with 24 GB of data instead of Rs 999 plan, which comes with 12 GB data usage limit.

Rs 399 plan is all about offering 3GB data per day for 28 days.

The new "all-in-one" plans will come into effect from December 6, Reliance Jio said in a statement, adding that customers would now on get more benefits too.

According to government data, the liabilities in the case of Bharti Airtel add up to almost Rs 35,586 crore, of which Rs 21,682 crore is licence fee and another Rs 13,904.01 crore is the SUC dues (excluding the dues of Telenor and Tata Teleservices).

According to Vodafone Idea, local, STD and national roaming voice calls from Vodafone to Vodafone and Vodafone to Idea and vice versa are considered as on-net, while others are off-net and they will be charged at 6 paise/min after the free usage in the plan. The government is now not considering any proposal on waiver of penalties and interest on outstanding licence fee based on adjusted gross revenue (AGR), or on extending the timelines for telecom companies to pay up their statutory dues.

RJio will continue to work with the Government on the consultation process for revision of telecom tariffs and looks forward to participation from all other stakeholders, it added.

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