Posts Tagged ‘Airtel’

Indus Towers is the first company in the world to reach 100,000 mobile towers

May 27, 2009

Indus Towers is the joint venture of Airtel (India’s largest mobile service provider with 100 million subscribers), Vodafone the 3rd largest mobile service provider in the world and India’s 5th largest mobile service provider Idea (Birla company)

This company created history on May 26, 2009 when it crossed the tower count of 100,000

For years American Tower Corporation was the largest in the world. Indus managed to reach the No 1 position within 2 years of operation (due to spinning off tower business by mobile companies, M & A and consolidation); today it is adding 7,000+ towers every month!

Indian companies are surely and steadily reaching global scale; by focusing on “going green” Indus Towers would not only be the biggest, it will be the best too!

Airtel has 100 million mobile customers today

May 14, 2009

Airtel customer population for its mobile telephone service (primarily GSM) touched a record 100 million. Airtel is the third service provider (after the two Chinese giants) to reach this milestone.

Started in 1995 (mobile telephony was launched in India on Aug 23, 1995 at Calcutta) Bharti Telecom (owner of Airtel brand) touched the 25 million mark in 2006 after 11 years. It could add another 25 million in 16 months to touch the 50 million mark by October 2007; it took just 10 months to add the next 25 million and by August 2008 Airtel had 75 million customers; on May 14, 2009 it touched the 100 million mark by adding the last 25 million subscribers in less than 9 months. The India mobile telecom story is still unfolding; one should not forget that the last six months have been exceedingly difficult for the country and the world but the mobile phone juggernaut seems unstoppable!

India is the country with the lowest mobile phone tariff; yet Bharti made $ 1.7 billion profit in 2008-09.

Interestingly Airtel achieved this landmark with tough domestic competition from Reliance and BSNl and global brand Vodafone!

Bharti has 1.2 million outlets and plans to leverage it for the next 100 million addition and look at ways of making every mobile phone into an ATM, participate in the $ 11 billion domestic money transfer and $ 42 billion international money transfer

Sunil Bharti Mittal the founder was candid enough to admit admit that “we did not imagine 100 million in our dreams”

Phone subscriber addition in March touch 15.87 million

April 26, 2009

Mobile phone subscribers continue to increase at a scorching pace in India even in the past 3 months when there is gloom everywhere.

India added 37.73 million mobile subscribers and 0.23 million fixed line subscribers in March 2009; taking the total mobile subscriber base to 391.76 by March 31, 2009 and 37.96 fixed line subscribers. Overall there are 429.72 million phone subscribers in India as of March 31, 2009

As of now (April 21, 2009) Indian mobile subscriber base would have crossed 400 million, but we have to wait till 20th May for the regulator TRAI to formally announce the exact numbers! The new government will have some cheerful news at least on one count, the day it is formed (around May 20, 2009)

Airtel continues to be No 1 at 93.9 million; Reliance follows at 72.7 million; Vodafone at 68.8 and BSNL at 52.1 follow; Idea at 38.9 and Tatas at 35.1 trail behind (interesting to see Tatas & Birlas NOT on the top in this segment)

 

 

 

(TRAI Press Release 38/2009 dated April 21, 2009)

Phone subscriber addition in March touch 15.87 million

April 22, 2009

Mobile phone subscribers continue to increase at a scorching pace in India even in the past 3 months when there is gloom everywhere.

India added 37.73 million mobile subscribers and 0.23 million fixed line subscribers in March 2009; taking the total mobile subscriber base to 391.76 by March 31, 2009 and 37.96 fixed line subscribers. Overall there are 429.72 million phone subscribers in India as of March 31, 2009

As of now (April 21, 2009) Indian mobile subscriber base would have crossed 400 million, but we have to wait till 20th May for the regulator TRAI to formally announce the exact numbers! The new government will have some cheerful news at least on one count, the day it is formed (around May 20, 2009)

Airtel continues to be No 1 at 93.9 million; Reliance follows at 72.7 million; Vodafone at 68.8 and BSNL at 52.1 follow; Idea at 38.9 and Tatas at 35.1 trail behind (interesting to see Tatas & Birlas NOT on the top in this segment)

 

 

 

(TRAI Press Release 38/2009 dated April 21, 2009)

One month with Apple iPhone 3G

September 22, 2008

I bought a new Apple iPhone from Airtel stores the day it was officially launched on Aug 22, 2008. It was pricey, but I did want to start using an iconic phone. The first one month has been very satisfactory.

It took several hours to install the software. But once done it has been smooth sailing.

What I really like is the “touch” as mainstream interface, remarkably good graphics and “push mail” through another paid service “MobileMe”.

I am able to keep my contacts 7 appointments syncronized with Web Interface of MobileMe, my iPhone, MS Outlook on PC and iMac Laptop; change anywhere, things reflected at ALL places (automatically – over the air from iPhone, over the Net for PC, iMac and MobileMe Web.

I did face problems, 3,4 times; the phone “stalls” and comes back after “boot”; twice the entire contacts “disappeared” but within an hour got “synch” ed. Outlook client still has problem in synchronizing “past events”. The mail client is smart; in fact the WebMail client of MobileMe is dumb!

Just last week a new software was announced (including iTunes 8); every such “update” takes hours of your time, thanks to “narrow band” of our broadband lines!

The new software has search feature for contacts; something I need badly!

I did install half a dozen applications; the ones I really like iWiki (wikipedia for iPhone), BigClock (serves me when I give talks), MiGhtyDocs (copies my Google Docs on to iPhone) and HurryMail (sort of Speed-dialing for sending e-mail to those whom you mail frequently)

Overall a very satisfactory experience; one is not sure of the “bang for the buck”; lot of value but tons of bucks too!