After Vodafone and Airtel, Idea also cuts 2G data rates by 90 percent
| by Anujeet Majumdar |
Following Vodafone and Airtel’s example, Idea has also announced a 90 percent slash in its 2G data charges. Airtel was earlier reported to have reduced its data charges to 1p/10KB, while Vodafone was seen reducing its data rates to 2p/10KB. Idea’s new data charges currently stand at 2p/10KB, which has been reduced from the earlier 2p/KB rate. The new data charges will be applicable from July 1.
Idea slashes its 2G data rates by 90 percent for pre-paid and post-paid subscribers
According to RTT News, Idea Cellular had 21.57 million subscribers for its packet data plans as of March 31, 2013, which is a step up from the 18.9 million subscribers in the previous quarter. Out of this, 4.1 million are 3G customers. Overall, data subscribers contribute about 5.7 percent of the telecom company’s service revenue annually.
On Tuesday, Vodafone cut its 2G packet data rates in three operating circles from 10 paise to 2 paise per 10KB, and was soon aped by Bharti Airtel, which cut data tariffs from 10p/10KB to 1p/10KB in two circles.
As of March 31, 2013, Vodafone boasts 37.3 million data users in India, out of which 3.3 million are 3G subscribers. In comparison, Bharti Airtel, which is India's largest telecom company based on the number of subscribers, has 43 million packet data subscribers, out of which 6 million subscribe to its 3G plans.
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