Idea Cellular crosses the 700,000 subscriber mark

MUMBAI: Idea Cellular in New Delhi has announced that is has crossed the 700,000 subscriber mark in the capital city. Idea created landmarks of being the fastest to reach the 100,000 and 500,000 subscribers mark in the GSM space.

Idea Delhi states that it has been growing rapidly in the recent months wherein it has added 28,619 subscribers in July and 34,653 subscribers in August. The net additions in August 2005 were the highest among all GSM operators in Delhi the company claims.

Idea Delhi also claims to be the only private GSM operator, whose revenue grew by 3.7 per cent in the quarter April – June 2005 over the previous quarter, where competition showed a decline. In the last one year, Idea’s revenue market share between all the three private GSM players (Airtel, Hutch and Idea) grew from 12.3 per cent to 14.1 per cent.

On ARPU’s, Idea is the only operator to post a growth of 1.2 per cent in ARPU’s from Rs. 414 to Rs. 419 for the period April-June 2005 over Jan – March 2005. For the same period Airtel’s ARPU dropped from Rs. 588 to Rs. 566, a decline of 5.4 per cent and Hutch’s from Rs. 477 to Rs. 446, a decline of 6.5 per cent.

Idea Cellular circle head Delhi Rajendra Chourasia said, “This growth is a result of our aggressive marketing strategies. The landmark offer of STD @ 99p and innovative products like I-card have received tremendous response from existing and new customers. The rapid subscriber growth clearly indicates the increase in preference for Idea among mobile users in Delhi.”

Idea states that it is the first operator in the country to launch the promotional offer of STD @ 99p in July. This was followed by the launch of New !-Card in August.

Latest Reads
TRAI, European regulator BERC sign net neutrality MoU

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) on Thursday signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" (MoU) on net nuetrality. The MoU, signed by TRAI chairman Ram Sewak Sharma and BEREC chair Johannes Gungl, also adopted a "Joint...

Regulators TRAI
ISRO/DoS relent on use of foreign satellites; MIB starts processing applications

MUMBAI: India’s Department of Space, overseeing the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has eased up on its hitherto hard stance on Indian TV channels and teleports using foreign satellites’ capacity --- if the Indian customer has a long-term contract. In a communication to Ministry of...

Regulators I&B Ministry
RS Prasad launches Wi-Fi choupal project

NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Monday said that 5,000 villages would be turned into digital villages where Internet services would be offered the Wi-Fi Choupal project, which would go a long in empowering people as also expose them to a host of e-governance and entertainment services.  

Regulators I&B Ministry
MIB & Prasar Bharati make up, sign agreement on funds’ release

After lot of heartburning and media statements, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Prasar Bharati, which runs Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR), have inked an agreement that was required for the release of financial allocation to the pubcaster, PTI reported today quoting...

Regulators I&B Ministry
TRAI stands up to DoT on use of foreign satellites for comms services on aircrafts

India’s telecoms and broadcast regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India today stood up again for the lawful right of satellite industry stakeholders. It reiterated that the nation’s policies and guidelines for on- board aircraft communications services like broadband should also allow use...

Regulators TRAI
MIB social media monitoring cell tender deadline extended

NEW DELHI: The Big Brother has arrived? Well the Indian government, being accused of proposing to unleash a surveillance of citizens, has gone in for another extension of the deadline seeking vendors for technical and logistics help to set up such a center.

Regulators I&B Ministry
MIB's new secy Amit Khare joins office

NEW DELHI: In what could be termed as challenging times, Amit Khare (third from left in the pix) yesterday assumed charge as secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on superannuation of Narendra Kumar Sinha.

Regulators People
Star files caveat in Supreme Court on TRAI tariff order

So the slugfest on the pricing of digital television in India is entering the next round. And it is Star India which has approached the Supreme Court and filed a caveat with it on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’s tariff regulations and more specifically on the 15 per cent issue...

Regulators Supreme Court
HC orders stay on MIB's licence cancellation directive to Alliance Broadcasting

MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court has ordered a stay on a Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) directive to a channel where it had withdrawn the channel’s licence stating that it lacked security clearance.

Regulators High Court

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories