The telecom industry in India has benefited from reduced competition ever since the Honorable Supreme Court cancelled 122 licences in February 2012, which allowed operators to cut down on promotional offers such as free-call minutes and raise effective call rates. Additionally, a surge in the use of smartphones has pushed up the use of premium high-margin data services. These have helped most telcos improve their key parameters such as average revenue per user (ARPU) and average realisation per minute (ARPM). The carrier's data customer base grew 5.7% to 31.4 million, of which 16.7 million were on its 3G services. Total data traffic increased 16.2% on quarter and 83.3% on year, due to a rise in data subscribers and higher data usage per customer, the company said. Data services offered at a premium and add to the spending per customer, making them more lucrative for telecom companies.
Facebook has tied up with Reliance Communications to offer free access to subscribers of Anil Ambani-led firm to the social networking site as well as about three-dozen general information websites. Besides accessing Facebook, RCom subscribers can also access 33 websites offering news and information on weather, jobs, government services, and health without incurring data charges.
Reliance Communications Ltd, part of the Anil Ambani-led group, which is the global telecom sponsor of the ICC World Cup 2015, has partnered with Twitter to provide its customers with a platform to follow the global commentary as the world's 14 best cricketing nations compete for the tag of the champion team, with no data charges. Customers who do not have a Twitter account can also access cricket-related Tweets by logging on to www.rcom.co.in/cricket on their mobile phones throughout the duration of this global event -- from Feb 13 to March 31, 2015, a company statement said here Tuesday.
India's Reliance Industries and seven other firms including top mobile phone operator Bharti Airtel have applied to participate in next month's auction for mobile phone airwaves, several people directly involved in the process said.