December 2 (UPI) — India’s three largest mobile service operators said they would raise their mobile service charges as planned, according tomedia reports, marking a possible easing of a nationwide price war. Earlier, the Indian government estimated that Indian telecom operators owed government licensing fees and spectrum fees of billions of dollars.
Bharti Airtel, India’s third-largest wireless carrier, said its most expensive service charge would rise by 41 per cent. Meanwhile, Reliance Jio Infocomm, India’s most subscriber-majority telecoms operator, will raise fees by 40 per cent from December 6. Vodafone Idea, Vodafone’s Indian joint venture, also announced a new pricing plan for prepaid users, which will take effect on December 3.
In recent weeks, the telecoms operators have said they will raise fees. Vodafone Idea’s chief executive warned last month that the joint venture could go bankrupt unless the government reduces demands on mobile spectrum fees.
In September 2016, Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, launched the world’s cheapest 4G network. Taking advantage of the low-price policy, the company has attracted hundreds of millions of users in the short term. Since then, India’s telecoms industry has been caught up in a price war as major operators in the telecoms industry have followed suit.