“There is no problem of jobs. Look at the number of stores being opened by Jio. To say that jobs are reducing is untrue and far away from the truth,” Sinha told reporters
With all operators offering similar voice and data tariffs, expanding the market by converting voice customers to data customers has become critical for mobile operators.
Domestic handset maker Micromax on Monday launched "Bharat2 Ultra" budget smartphone at Rs 999 in partnership with telecom operator Vodafone.
The deal, which is valued at Rs 5,000 crore, would provide RCom with 3.75 MHz of highly valuable spectrum in 850 MHZ band in 9 telecom circles.
The early onset of the festive season this year will lead to a longer period of tepid demand of more than two months, compared with usually just a month after Diwali.
“The feature phone market increased 18 per cent on-quarter in April-June quarter, contributing to almost 54 per cent of the total market," Senior analyst at Counterpoint Research said.
In smartphone market share, the difference between Samsung and Xiaomi was a mere half percentage point in the past quarter, Counterpoint said
Xiaomi turns up smartphone heat on Samsung in Q3, Nokia makes strong moves in feature phones: CounterPoint
The revival in the featurephone segment has been on the back of models under the Rs 1,000 price band with Nokia 105, and other affordable yet high quality models Nokia 130 and Nokia 150.
Jio wants telecom regulator Trai to slash international call termination rates to 6 paise a minute, and then to zero, while rivals want it to increase it to Re 1 from 53 paise.
The warring parties, in the midst of a brutal tariff war, are backing the increase of ITR for calls coming into India from overseas, to Re 1 from present level of 53 paise a minute.
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