India has the lowest rates of mobile phone services in the world. The question arises as to whether the era of low-cost mobile service will be alien to Airtel customers. There are indications that rates may rise in the coming weeks or months. Such questions are based on a recent remark made by Bharti Airtel founder and chairman Sunil Mittal.
The Bharti Airtel chief’s statement was a signal to those who are proud of India that it has the lowest internet access in the world. During a book launch, Sunil Mittal told users – ‘Get ready to spend a lot of money on the internet’. The news was released by PTI. to Sunil Mittal, even giving a 16 GB plan for Rs 160 within a month is a disaster. He said users would have to pay Rs 160 per month for 1.6 GB. These are the pre-launch data plans of Mukesh Ambani’s Geo Country. According to the Airtel chief, each will have to pay Rs 100 per GB. ” Either you use only 1.6 GB per month. Otherwise, you will have to be willing to spend a lot of money. We do not ask for 50-60 dollars (4000 Indian rupees) as in the United States and Europe. But two dollars for 16GB is never possible. ” PTI reports that Mittal said.
‘Airtel needs an average revenue of at least Rs 300 per user. As of last June, Airtel’s average revenue per user (ARPU) was Rs 157. In six months it will be Rs. He should get at least Rs 250, ‘said Mittal. Reliance Jio’s ARPU is currently Rs 140.30. ‘Low-cost data plans are also available. But if you want to enjoy a lot of TV shows and other entertainment, you have to spend more. ‘ -Mittal added.
The Airtel chief is hinting at a big charge hike for data plans in the near future. Vodafone-Idea and Geo may also be forced to increase Airtel charges. If so, users will have to go back to the old days when they had to pay more than Rs 100 per GB.
Service providers Airtel and Vodafone-Idea are pushing for a change in rates as AGR pays a large amount in arrears and auctions for 5G spectrum are likely to take place in the coming months.
The Rs 199 prepaid plan is valid for 24 days. Get 1GB of data per day and unlimited calls. With the data benefit reduced to one-tenth, only 2.5 GB per month can be used at the same cost. If you look at Airtel’s postpaid plan, the Rs 499 plan offers 75 GB of data and unlimited calls. Other plans are 749, 999, and 1599.