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Airtel, Jio, Vi best prepaid plans with streaming and data benefits under Rs 500
Airtel, Jio and Vi offer a range of plans that give streaming benefits from OTT platforms like Disney+ Hotstar, Zee5 premium and Amazon Prime along with data and calling benefits.


Yasmin Ahmed
New DelhiFebruary 3, 2021UPDATED: February 3, 2021 18:42 IST


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  • Airtel, Jio and Vi give streaming benefits with daily data and calling benefits.
  • Some prepaid plans offer only data and streaming benefits.
  • Airtel, Jio and Vi also give OTT benefits through their dedicated apps -- Airtel XStream, Jio apps and Vi Movies and TV respectively.

2021 brought in new changes to the Telecom industry. The focus of telcos has grown towards offering streaming benefits to users, along with data plans. The beginning of 2021 saw Airtel partnering with Amazon to offer Prime Video Mobile Edition to Airtel subscribers that give streaming benefits to prepaid users on their phones. Airtel XStream has also added OTT content from Mubi for users. Vodafone Idea or Vi has partnered with Viacom 18 to give content from Voot to its users through Vi movies and TV. There is a range of plans from Airtel, Jio and Vi that offer streaming benefits to users along with data and calling benefits. Some plans also offer only data and streaming benefits. Airtel, Jio and Vi also give OTT benefits through their dedicated apps -- Airtel XStream, Jio apps and Vi Movies and TV respectively.

Airtel Rs 289 prepaid plan: This plan gives 1.5GB data per day with 28-days validity. This plan also gives unlimited calling and 100 SMS per day. This plan comes with a free subscription to Zee5 premium valid for 28 days. The additional benefits include a subscription to Airtel Xstream Premium included in addition to subscriptions to Wynk Music and Shaw Academy. Customers will also get Free Hello Tunes and Rs 150 cashback on FASTag transactions.
Airtel Rs 349 prepaid plan: This plan gives 2GB data per day with 28 days validity. This plan also gives unlimited calling and 100 SMS per day. This plan comes with a free subscription to Amazon Prime and additional benefits remain the same as in the above-stated plan.
Airtel Rs 401 prepaid plan: This plan gives 30GB data for a validity of 28 days along with an annual VIP subscription to Disney+ Hotstar. This is a data-only plan and does not offer any calling benefits.
Airtel Rs 448 prepaid plan: This plan gives 3GB data per day with 28 days validity. This plan also gives unlimited calling and 100 SMS per day. This plan comes with a free one year VIP subscription to Disney+ Hotstar and access to Prime Video Mobile Edition.

Jio Rs 401 prepaid plan: The plan gives 90GB data, that is 3GB data per day along with an additional 6GB. The plan is valid for 28 days. Coming to the voice benefits, this plan gives unlimited Jio to Jio calls and Jio to non-Jio calls with a FUP limit of 1000 minutes. This plan comes with a yearly subscription to Disney Hotstar.
Jio Rs 499 prepaid plan: This plan offers 1.5GB data per day with one year VIP subscription to Disney+ Hotstar. The plan has a validity of 56 days and does not offer any calling or SMS benefits. This plan also gives a complimentary subscription to Jio apps.

Vi Rs 355 data-only plan: This data-only plan gives 50GB of data for 28 days. This plan gives access to Zee Premium for a year.
Vi Rs 405 prepaid plan: This plan gives 90GB of data with unlimited calling and 100 SMS per day. Coming to the streaming benefits, this plan offers a one-year subscription to Zee5 Premium and Vi movies and TV. The plan gives unlimited calls and 100 SMS and comes for a validity of 28 days.

Airtel, Jio, Vi best prepaid plans with streaming and data benefits under Rs 500
 
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Airtel best on smartphones for gaming, HD video calling: Report

Airtel dominated in four of the six metrics tested and the operator had the highest “excellent consistent quality” at 56.6 per cent among the top three providers, the others two being Jio and Vi (earlier Vodafone).

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By IANS | Published: 5th Mar 2021 5:10 pm

New Delhi: When it comes to demanding applications such as 1080p video streaming, real-time mobile gaming and HD video calling, Airtel is offering its subscribers best mobile experience in India, a new report revealed on Friday.
Airtel dominated in four of the six metrics tested and the operator had the highest “excellent consistent quality” at 56.6 per cent among the top three providers, the others two being Jio and Vi (earlier Vodafone).

The telecom provider also had the highest “core consistent quality” (daily activities like web browsing, SD video streaming or photo sharing over social media) at 83.7 per cent, fastest download speeds and most responsive network, according to global crowdsourced mobile data company Tutela’s latest “State of Mobile Experience” report.
“India’s operators continue to impress us with their results, particularly with Airtel dominating in four of the six metrics tested, but also with Vodafone Idea and Jio putting up a strong fight in two other categories tested,” said Tom Luke, Vice President at Tutela.
Although deployment of 5G may come around slower than other countries, “we are impressed with how well 4G technology is utilised in the country for its customers and are confident 5G will be embraced once ready”.
Jio’s acquisition of new LTE spectrum was aggressive, and significantly increases its holdings � even as it remains third in terms of total holdings.
“This additional capacity should help it increase its median speeds, and speeds above 5Mbps for download by reducing the impact of congestion,” the report mentioned.
“Whether this is enough to move it into second or even first place remains to be seen,” it added.
The spectrum auction 2021 concluded earlier this week with the government receiving total bids worth Rs 77,814.80 crore.
Three bidders — Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) — participated in the auction. Reliance Jio Infocomm was by far the biggest bidder with 488.35 MHZ of spectrum acquired for Rs 67,122 crore.
According to the report, while Vi’s limited involvement is understandable given its financial situation, a lack of additional capacity may limit its ability to continue to improve its customer network experience.
Vi, however, offered the fastest median upload speed in “Common Coverage Areas” across the country with 5.2Mbps, although not without strong competition from Airtel, with only 0.7Mbps separating the two.
Jio, despite placing third in the other metrics tested, won in a new category; the operator had the best total coverage in India, meaning the total coverage on any connection technology in terms of the relative observed area covered for its subscribers compared to the other operators, with a score of 595.
For the report, Tutela evaluated over 31 million speed and latency tests in India taken from smartphones.


 
Is India's 5G dream in trouble?
By Nivedita Mookerji
December 21, 2020 07:59 IST


Nivedita Mookerji explains why a timely rollout of 5G may not be easy in India.

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In the midst of all the noise about vaccines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cheered the financially stressed telecom industry by acknowledging the role of the sector in keeping things going through a difficult year.
At the first virtual India Mobile Congress, he said the world was functional during the pandemic due to the innovation and the efforts of the telecom industry.
A doctor connected with patients, a trader with consumers and a teacher with the classroom, he said, while giving a clarion call for the use of 5G technology to empower millions of Indians.
The PM's observation on telcos's role during COVID should energise an industry that is facing a debt pile and excessive competition.
But the timely rollout of 5G that he has wished for may not be easy unless the reserve price for the forthcoming auction is lowered.
In fact, 5G technology can effectively empower millions of Indians once the price becomes affordable.
Another point that the PM made may be relevant for this divided industry.
He said 'we need to work together' on the 5G rollout to leapfrog into the future.



That's not going to be easy as it became evident at the conclave, which often has been a photo-op to capture Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Bharti Airtel chief Sunil Mittal in the same frame.
At the virtual meet, the scope for such a click was limited, but the two made it clear they were not on the same page on 5G.
While Mr Ambani said his telecom company Reliance Jio would pioneer the 5G revolution in the second half of 2021, Mr Mittal gave a timeline of two to three years for India to be ready for 5G.
In a recent interview, Mr Mittal had said that the much-needed tariff increase would depend on the industry leader, hinting at Reliance Jio.
In the case of 5G auction spend, Mr Mittal may not be able to follow the leader.
Jio is in a hurry to ride 5G; Bharti Airtel is ready to wait a while.
But if the PM is talking about a timely rollout of 5G by working together, could it mean a change of mind in terms of the reserve price for the auction of this resource that is expected sometime next year?
Investor-friendly pricing is what Mr Mittal wants for the cutting-edge technology to be affordable and accessible to millions.
The pricing should be such that it encourages investments in networks, the industry agrees.
Along with Bharti Airtel, others in the industry, including Vodafone Idea, have been opposed to the Rs 492 crore per megahertz reserve price for 5G spectrum.
Also, a task force constituted by the finance ministry had earlier in the year suggested lowering of prices to make the 5G services, that would enable instantaneous connectivity to billions of devices and the Internet of Things, affordable to all.
The task force had pointed out that the 5G reserve price in India was much higher than it was in other parts of the world.
Even though Jio is expected to go all out to invest in 5G, nobody would mind a lower reserve price.
At the mobile conclave, Mr Ambani rooted for policy steps that would make 5G affordable and available everywhere.
With the pandemic changing the way we work and live, making us completely dependent on technology, the government could possibly look at the 5G auction as an opportunity to make normal functioning of society and business possible in extraordinary times, and not as a way to maximise revenue for the government.
Even as the department of telecommunications and the finance ministry brainstorm on what should be the right pricing for a new generation technology, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India could also take another look at the 5G draft to align it with the changing requirements.
Along with that, the regulator may like to take a few tips from a peer to set the house in order for the telecom sector before it starts on the heavy duty 5G journey.
The Reserve Bank of India had recently stopped a leading private bank from adding new credit card customers and halted the lender's digital service expansion.
As the RBI governor later explained to the media, the regulator must also act to help consumers.
The digital and card services of the bank had several outages in the recent past which had inconvenienced users, prompting the RBI to act.
In the case of telecom, which is on its way to newer heights, the regulator can step in too.
The last performance indicator for the sector issued by Trai in November shows service providers lagging across several parameters.
Besides a high level of call drops and network congestion, several other services have been deficient as well.
For instance, in wireless services, only 76.3 per cent calls from users could be attended by operators within 90 seconds against a benchmark of 95 per cent.
Termination or closure of an account, when sought, should be 100 per cent within seven days, according to the benchmark set by the regulator. In reality, it's just 0.91 per cent.
Any refund should happen without fail in 60 days, but only 60 per cent of the requests could be completed.
In wireline services, it's much the same.



Is there a case for restricting the number of new customers unless the quality of service improves and before we log in to 5G?


Is India's 5G dream in trouble?
 
Infra for 5G network not yet ready in India: Experts
Source: PTI
March 09, 2021 23:54 IST


5G networks in India can be deployed in three months but in limited areas as the optical fibre based infrastructure to support the technology is not ready yet, telecom industry players said on Tuesday.




Nokia India head of marketing and corporate affairs Amit Marwah said that India has to take a call on deployment of 5G services otherwise it will miss to take advantage of the next generation technology that it can bring for the economy.
"If we do not enable 5G very soon, we might be potentially missing the bus.
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"5G is not a sales channel for the operators to make money.
"It is the need of the hour in order to create new economic value in India and the world.
"We are manufacturing 5G in India. The hardware is ready. If it happens, in three months we can start deploying 5G networks in India," Marwah said.

He said that Nokia is also exporting 5G equipment from Chennai plant to other parts of the world and is evaluating the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for participation in it.
Telecom Export Promotion Council chairman Sandeep Aggarwal pushed for using gears manufactured locally and the control should be with India for security purposes.
He said that optical fibre base infrastructure to support 5G services is available only in select areas and therefore roll out can take place in only limited places.
Aggarwal said that the cost of developing technology in India is high because of the high rate of interest on finance while China has given out around $200 billion to its local companies to develop new technologies.
Nasscom executive council member and Tech Mahindra chief strategy officer Jagdish Mitra said that Covid-19 pandemic was a wake up call for all the countries and every country has the right to decide on what is right for them to ensure resilience in business.
"The opportunity is tremendous for the market here in India and that cannot be ignored, it will attract people to come to India, come and leverage the talent, make in India, sell and export from India to the world and make it a hub for some of their R&D.
"We don't just need it to be only skill-based, but a place where you are creating and innovating.
"The mindset needs to change and welcome people to come and do more," Mitra said.
Telecom Sector Skill Council Arvind Bali said that a country cannot make entire technology but need to take support from others also.
He said that the PLI scheme is the right step for making India self reliant and creating huge employment.
"Now with PLI in telecom hardware, we estimate it will create one million jobs in a very short period of time.



"And in these segments, we were skilling around 15 lakh people and now we expect we will skill around 50 lakh in a period of 2 years," Bali said.
Electronics Sector Skill Council chairman and HCL co-founder Ajai Chowdhry said the country also needs to look at creating a component ecosystem specially semiconductors to make India self-reliant.


Infra for 5G network not yet ready in India: Experts
 
Faced with outage, TRAI puts off new commercial SMS norms by a week

March 09, 2021 21:39 IST

Telecom regulator TRAI on Tuesday suspended the newly-implemented norms for commercial text messages for one week, following major disruptions in SMS and OTP deliveries for banking, payment, and other transactions.



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The norms that pertain to content template checks and balances for text messages came into effect on Monday. Its temporary suspension now would give commercial entities, sending out messages and OTPs to customers, a reprieve and more time to comply with the stipulated requirements.
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The move to suspend the norms would enable the 'principal entities' to register the template of SMS so that no inconvenience is faced by the customers, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a statement.
"In order to protect the interest of consumers, it has been decided that scrubbing of SMS by telecom service providers shall be suspended temporarily for seven days...," it said.
According to the regulator, telecom operators are being asked to inform their 'principal entities' to take immediate necessary action in this regard and facilitate their registration, including SMS template, in a time-bound manner.

The temporary suspension comes after transactions, including banking, credit card payment and certain other services that involve SMSs and OTP generation, faced a major outage on Monday, and some estimates pegged the delivery failure and delays of such SMSes at 40 per cent.
The disruption that had even impacted SMS/OTP deliveries for railway ticket bookings and Co-WIN registration occurred after telcos implemented the TRAI norms for commercial messages.
The latest norms, based on blockchain technology, aim to curb unsolicited and fraudulent messages.
The norms require bona fide entities sending out commercial text messages to register message header and templates with telecom operators. The SMS and OTPs, when sent by user entities (banks, payment companies) are checked against the templates pre-registered by them on the blockchain platform -- the implementation of this content template 'scrubbing functionality', as it is called, has now been suspended for seven days.
On Monday, banking and telecom companies traded charges over the SMS, OTP disruptions. While banks and payment entities flagged faulty implementation of procedures by telcos, telecom operators squarely blamed the entities for not complying with regulatory requirements and not doing the needful despite repeated reminders.
"It has been observed that some of the principal entities have not fulfilled the requirements as envisaged in Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2018. As a result, their SMS were getting dropped after implementation of the scrubbing of SMS by telecom service providers," TRAI said.
Pesky calls/messages or Unsolicited Commercial Communication (UCC) has posed major inconvenience to the public and also impinges on the privacy of individuals, the regulator noted.
To curb this, TRAI had issued rules that put in place a framework for controlling such unsolicited communications and spam messages.
"The regulations entirely came into force with effect from 28.02.2019. The regulation provides for registration of senders, telemarketers, headers, content templates, consent templates, registration of fine-grained subscriber preference etc," TRAI explained.
A direction under the rules was issued to all telecom service providers on January 20, 2020, to take due measures for onboarding of senders of messages called principal entities.
Telecom operators publicised the requirements of the new regulatory framework from time to time to inform all such entities to get onboarded.
"Telecom service providers also notified telemarketers and principal entities regarding the implementation of content template scrubbing and other provisions...from time to time," TRAI said on Tuesday.
Uday Reddy, chairman and CEO of Tanla Platforms lauded TRAI's move to allow enterprises and telemarketers more time to comply with regulation.
"Tanla's DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) platform Trubloq was created to empower users and block spam calls and messages and enable enterprises build trust and faith with end users in the commercial communications domain.
"Towards this objective, Tanla is working closely with enterprises and telemarketers by supporting them to register their content templates and ensure conformity with the regulation," Reddy said.



The DLT platform was commercially launched in September 2020.
"Tanla has onboarded more than 34,000 enterprises and the DLT platform currently processes around 70 per cent of A2P (Application to Person Messaging) traffic in India, topping more than 1 billion interactions in a single day recently," Reddy said.


Faced with outage, TRAI puts off new commercial SMS norms by a week
 
Adamant Trai says will implement new tariff order by March 1
By Megha Manchanda & Sohini Das
January 14, 2020 15:03 IST

Reiterating its position, TRAI, which oversees both the telecom and television sectors in the country, said the amendments suggested on January 1 had been done to correct “distortions” in the market and address pricing issues.



The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday said it would implement amendments to its February 2019 tariff order even as broadcasters have united against it.
On Monday, companies such as Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and Disney India moved Bombay high court challenging amendments to the new tariff order (NTO).

It limits discounting of channel bouquets and brings down the price of individual channels.
Reiterating its position, TRAI, which oversees both the telecom and television sectors in the country, said the amendments suggested on January 1 had been done to correct “distortions” in the market and address pricing issues.
“We are against any price distortion to the customer,” TRAI chairman R S Sharma said, adding that the body was open to a discussion with stakeholders.
“Anyone is free to approach the court. NTO 2.0 is about fine-tuning the first order and is targeted at helping consumers.
"TRAI is not against channel bouquets. The entire exercise of NTO 2.0 is to ease the consumer’s pain,” said Sharma, in response to concerns raised by broadcasters.
On Friday, the country’s top broadcasters, including Star, Sony, Zee, Viacom18 and Discovery had come together in a rare show of solidarity to express their displeasure over the pricing amendments.
“There have been two tariff exercises in less than a year.
"What was the need to have a second one so soon.
"It only means that the previous exercise was not thought through which is why it needed to be tweaked so soon,” said Uday Shankar, chairman of Star and Disney in India.
“We had already shared our points of view with the regulator during consultations that happened after the earlier NTO.
"TRAI has chosen to ignore them mostly. We have not had any detailed discussions with the regulator after the January 1 amendments,” said NP Singh, managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO), SPN.
He is also president of the Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF).
Broadcasters that Business Standard spoke to had said they would not publish their new channel prices in line with the sector regulator’s deadline of January 15.
Distribution platform operators (DPOs) have been given time till January 30 to come out with their pricing options.

In its defence, TRAI said that broadcasters continued to have full flexibility to price their channel as the maximum retail price of any channel remained in forbearance.
The concern of broadcasters, TRAI said, regarding placement fee and misuse by a few DPOs manipulating the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) had also been addressed.


Adamant Trai says will implement new tariff order by March 1


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Big Breaking News For Jio Users
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Big Breaking News For Jio Users.
Reliance Jio customers are facing the problem of exhausting data quickly and without using it. Many customers complain that the 1.50 GB data they get every day is going away in just 15 minutes. There have been complaints of many such customers in Mumbai. A customer named Satish Singh said in this case that his internet was blocked since morning. As soon as they started, half the data of 1.50 GB in 10 minutes and the entire 1.5 GB data was exhausted in 15 minutes. While no work has been done on the internet during this time. Other users also told a similar thing. He turned the net at 12.45 am. In the first 5 minutes, the message of 50% data exhausted. In the next 10 minutes all the data was over. While he also did not use the Internet during this time. This is not just a story of two customers. The experience of Bhaskar's journalist has been similar. As soon as the mobile data was started at 12 o'clock, in 10 minutes the entire quota of 1.50 GB was over. When Customer Care was talked about, Customer Care said that a link is being sent to you and after watching its video, understand how the data ended. when the customer care officer was asked for more information about the data, he said that you can cut the phone call if you want. The answer we had is given. Many such customers are experiencing this today in Mumbai. As soon as Jio's data is started, the quota is completely exhausted. On the one hand, Jio claims high speed internet data, but it does not give the right answer to the problems of the customers. The way its customer care gave a rote reply, it cannot solve the customers' problem. Whatever it is, today Jio's customers are facing a lot of trouble in terms of data. Earlier in January, Bharti Airtel became the telecom company to add the maximum number of wireless users for the fifth consecutive month. In December, the company added 40.5 lakh wireless subscribers, taking the company's user base to 33.87 crore. This is followed by Reliance Jio, which added 4,78,917 subscribers and with this the userbase of the company has grown to 40.877 crore. By adding such a large number of new users, Airtel has reduced the gap with Reliance Jio. Reliance Jio's wireless market share was 35.43% in December followed by Airtel with 29.36% market share.
 
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