Most of India’s new smartphone users have never owned computers. They couldn’t afford a device that could give them Internet access until smartphone prices drifted below $200. Today, close to a quarter of all smartphones on sale in India cost less than $100, according to research firm Canalys. Cellular companies have been anticipating an explosion in data usage for years, but it wasn't until cheap smartphones appeared that the boom could begin. With smartphones in their pockets, more Indians are discovering the value of being online and they are increasingly willing to shell out more rupees every month for it.“Cheap smartphones are at the heart of the growth,” said Srini Gopalan, head of Airtel’s consumer business. “A year-and-a-half ago, there were 60 million smartphone users, now there are 120 million. This has led to the explosion in data growth.” After years of delays, India is scheduled to auction new bandwidth next month but it won’t come cheap. The starting price for each block of bandwidth in the March 4 auction is 37.05 billion rupees. The final price could hit two or three times that number, say company executives and analysts.
In what will extend the telecom alliance between the two brothers beyond infrastructure-sharing, Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Communications (RCom) is tying up with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio for a pan-India intra-circle agreement, straddling the 800-MHz and 2,100-MHz bands. Currently, their alliance is restricted to sharing towers and fibre-optic network. Through the deal, to be signed in a few days, Reliance Jio, which faces challenges in the 2,300-MHz and 1,800-MHz spectrum bands (these don’t offer subscribers high-speed data indoors), can now address this issue by using RCom’s 800-MHz band. RCom has five MHz of 800-MHz spectrum in most circles across the country and currently, this spectrum is unused. After the spectrum is liberalised, it can be used for fourth generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) services, too.
This article then gives misinformation as it says:
"R-Com, on the other hand, is laden with debt and doesn't have the luxury of some of its competitors while bidding in the auctions. After the QIP issue, net debt has reduced from around Rs.40,000 crore to Rs.36,767 crore". But, then Bharti Airtel’s net debt rose sharply last quarter to $10.55 billion. Reliance’s debt rose to $5.9 billion. Hence, saying only Reliance Communications Ltd is debt-ridden, while the others are not, is an Ostrich-like approach]