Idea Cellular

  • 733 million GSM subscribers in India; Airtel leads with 28.41% market share June 19, 2014

    Bharti Airtel and Telewings Communications Services (Uninor) led subscriber additions in May, when the GSM base in the country grew marginally to 733 million with 6.19 million new mobile users, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said.There were 726.8 million GSM users at the end of April, the COAI...
  • Idea Cellular hikes monthly rentals by Rs 50 June 2, 2014

    Idea Cellular has hiked the monthly rentals of its post-paid customers by Rs 50 from June. "Effective from the June bill cycle, the monthly rental will have a nominal increase of Rs 50 per month," Head of Service Delivery, Mumbai Operations, Amit Dimri said in an email to post-paid customers, who...
  • Omar hits out at Idea pashmina shawls ad, says it's misleading April 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has accused Idea Cellular of fooling people through its 'no fooling' advertisement. Pointing out an ad on a Kahmiri handicraft salesman, Omar has said that the ad is misleading as the pashmina shawls are not supposed to pass a ring test...
  • Reliance enters 2G race, telecoms firms fall on spectrum worries January 16, 2014

    Shares of India's leading mobile carriers slump on concerns over possible high bidding prices at a spectrum auction next month after eight companies applied to bid, signalling much stronger competition than expected. Reliance Industries, which bought pan-India 4G telecoms permits three years ago, has also applied to bid in the auction...
  • Idea Cellular gets unified licence for seven circles October 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom has awarded unified licence to Idea Cellular for seven circles, sources said today. The company has been awarded licences for Assam, West Bengal, Kolkata, North East, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha. "Idea Cellular has been awarded unified licence for seven circles," an...
  • Govt approves amendments to licences of Airtel, Voda, Idea June 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Amendments to licence agreements of existing operators of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have been approved by the Telecom Ministry to harmonise them with spectrum auction rules of November 2012, sources said. "Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has approved amendments to the licences of Airtel, Vodafone...
  • 3G case: HC issues notices to Idea Cellular, others May 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday sought response from Idea Cellular Ltd (ICL) and its chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla on a contempt petition against the telecom major for allegedly disobeying its earlier order by providing 3G services to new customers in circles where it lacks the requisite licences. Justice...
  • Court questions Idea Cellular on illegal 3G services May 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued contempt notices against telecom company Idea Cellular and its chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla for allegedly disobeying its earlier order by providing 3G services to new customers in areas for which it did not have a licence. Hearing a contempt of court plea...
  • 3G services: Court issues contempt notices to Idea Cellular May 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued contempt notices against telecom major Idea Cellular Ltd (ICL) and its chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla for allegedly disobeying its earlier order by providing 3G services to new customers in circles where it lacks the requisite licences. Justice Rajiv Shakdhar asked the telecom...
  • Idea net profit jumps by 29 pc at Rs 308 crore in Q4 April 26, 2013

    Mumbai: Buoyed by strong growth in voice usage and data consumption, telecom operator Idea Cellular on Thursday posted 29 per cent jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 308.18 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2013. Given the strong performance, the company has announced a dividend for the...
  • 3G: Centre restrained from acting against Vodafone, Idea April 12, 2013

    New Delhi: In a breather for Vodafone and Idea Cellular, the Delhi High Court on Friday restrained the Centre from taking any "coercive steps" against the telecom majors which have been asked to pay penalty of Rs 550 crore and Rs 300 crore respectively for providing 3G services outside their...
  • No new 3G customers in unlicenced zones for Airtel: SC April 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel cannot add new 3G customers in seven zones where it does not own the airwaves and offers the services through pacts with other carriers, the Supreme Court said on Thursday, pending a final ruling in the dispute. Bharti can, however, continue 3G services in the zones...
  • Morgan Stanley, Nomura upgrade Bharti Airtel February 27, 2013

    Mumbai: Morgan Stanley raised its rating on Bharti Airtel Ltd to "overweight" from "equalweight," citing positive factors for the sector such as rising tariffs and data volumes, falling capital spending and eased competitive intensity. Morgan Stanley said the "failure" of the recent 900 Mhz auction also lowered regulatory risk for India's...
  • 2G: SC dismisses pleas of A Raja, telecom companies February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed curative petitions of several telecom firms for re-examination of its verdict cancelling 122 2G spectrum licences allocated during tenure of former telecom minister A Raja. The court also denied permission to Raja to file his curative petition. The companies whose petitions were...
  • Idea Cellular increases call tariffs in some zones January 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Idea Cellular, India's no. 3 mobile phone carrier by revenue and fourth-biggest by customers, has increased voice call prices in some telecommunications zones by withdrawing promotional offers, a company spokeswoman said. The Idea spokeswoman gave no further detail but said there was "no across the board" increase in call...
  • 2G spectrum auction resumes on demand in Bihar November 14, 2012

    New Delhi: The second day of auction for 2G spectrum started at 9 AM on Wednesday, on the back of demand for spectrum in the Bihar telecom circle. A Department of Telecommunications official replied in the affirmative when asked if the auction resumed on time on Wednesday morning. "Yes. Eighth...
  • 2G auction get lukewarm response November 12, 2012

    New Delhi: There has been a lukewarm response to 2G spectrum auction which opened on Monday in New Delhi with sources saying that there have been no bids in the top five to six circles. The first two rounds of re-auction of 2G spectrum have ended and no company has...
  • Telenor seeks to join 2G airwaves auction October 20, 2012

    Mumbai: Norway's Telenor has applied to take part in the 2G spectrum auction, opting to stay in the country despite being stripped of its permits after a scandal-tainted previous sale. Telenor joins India's top three operators by revenue in eyeing the 2G radio waves, though Russian conglomerate Sistema's Indian affiliate...
  • Telecom CEOs warn mobile tariffs may double May 8, 2012

    New Delhi: Mobile call rates would double in some circles if the recommendations of sectoral regulator TRAI on spectrum pricing are accepted, telecom CEOs who met Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal warned on Tuesday. "...there will be circles which will have more than a 100 per cent price rise (in tariffs) if...
  • S Tel hints at closure; Telenor seeks new partner February 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Nearly three weeks after the Supreme Court quashed 122 telecom licenses, three of the most affected companies - S Tel, Telenor and Idea Cellular - on Tuesday separately announced plans that range from indications of shutting shop to seeking review of the apex court ruling. S Tel in a...
  • DoT likely to terminate 6 Idea Cellular licences January 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The Telecom Ministry is likely to terminate the licences of Idea Cellular in six circles, including Delhi, Karnataka and Punjab, and impose an additional Rs 300 crore penalty on the company for violating roll-out obligations. "The Department of Telecom will soon send notice to...
  • Sibal to meet telcos over 3G roaming dispute November 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal will soon meet telecom industry leaders to work out an amicable resolution to the dispute between the government and service providers over a 3G roaming pact. "I will meet with the industry players soon to discuss the 3G roaming issue,...
  • Telecom cos post revenue of Rs 50,000 cr: TRAI November 23, 2011

    New Delhi: The total revenue of telecom service providers was Rs 50,054 crore during the quarter ended September, according to TRAI data released in New Delhi on Wednesday. Bharti Airtel alone accounted for almost 26 per cent of total industry gross revenue at Rs 13,239 crore. It was followed by state-owned...
  • Idea, Vodafone end one paisa tariff July 29, 2011

    Mumbai: Taking a leaf from telecom giant Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone also increased tariffs on their pre-paid plans in select regions while Bharti expanded its new tariffs to other circles, officials familiar with the development said Thursday. Idea has increased its tariff from 1 paisa per second to 1.2...
  • India added 11.11 mn GSM subscribers in April May 20, 2011

    New Delhi: India's GSM subscriber base grew by 1.95 per cent in April with the addition of 11.11 million mobile phone users, of which Bharti Airtel alone signed up over 2.41 million customers. The total number of GSM subscribers in the country crossed 580.67 million as against 569.56 million in March,...
  • Idea moves TDSAT as DoT cancels licence April 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Aditya Birla Group firm Idea Cellular on Friday approached sectoral tribunal TDSAT against a DoT notice to cancel its licence in Punjab for violating merger and acquisition (M&A) norms. On April 21, the Department of Telecom (DoT) issued show cause notice (SCN) to Idea as to why its licence...
  • ED launches a global hunt for 2G bribes March 10, 2011

    New Delhi: The CAG started the 2G fire and the Supreme Court is stepping on the gas. It looks like the ED is zeroing in on the 2G beneficiaries nested in tax havens. CNN-IBN has accessed Letters Rogatory sent by the Enforcement Directorate to find out the real beneficiaries in the...
  • 58 pc want to switch mobile operators. The rest? May 19, 2011

    New Delhi: A majority of consumers are unhappy with their current mobile service provider and want to switch, that's what the Swayam-numvar survey conducted by IBNLive discovered. Mobile number portability (MNP) was finally launched across the country after a long wait on January 21 and telecom companies have hit the top...
  • India cellular market booms, but not for operators June 30, 2010

    Mumbai/Delhi: If India's cellular revolution is a boon to consumers, it has become a nightmare for operators that is likely to get worse before it gets better. Consolidation in the 15-player market, which is the world's second-largest with more than 600 million users and growing by 16 million a month, looks...
  • DoT asks Idea cellular to surrender overlapping licenses August 12, 2008

    New Delhi The Department of Telecom has said that Idea Cellular will have to surrender one of its licenses in overlapping circles with Spice communications. It also said that it would not refund the licence fee. ''Policy is very clear. What will one do with two licences? You need just one...