Telecom Lead @ GSMA
MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2012: Bharti Airtel sees data and related value-added
services as the biggest opportunities in India.
India has more than 900 million mobile users and Bharti
Airtel is the number one telecom operator in terms of both revenue and
However, 3G is yet to take off in India. Recently, Bharti
Airtel and several other operators including Idea Cellular, Vodafone, Aircel,
Reliance Communications, BSNL and MTNL announced significant reduction in 3G
Fixed broadband is also not growing significantly.
Currently, the number of broadband users is around 14 million.
declining tariffs, growing network operating expenses and high regulatory costs
is to look to these areas for future growth,” said Sanjay Kapoor, CEO of Bharti
Airtel – India and South Asia.
broadband wireless will be critical but rural areas could be even more
expansive rural markets in the voice segment, the next big thing after the
success of the voice story in India could be data.
significant room for network expansion.
The ability to make large investments in the network is
required particularly in India to take broadband to the masses.
networks across the country.
inclusion of data-enabled services would be a good use of resources, mobilebusinessbriefing.com
expansion, the mobile platform is the most efficient and effective way to offer
various services like financial inclusion, health and education in rural
India,” he said.
products and services increasing with feature phone and smartphone penetration.
Driven by India’s young population, this data revolution has the capability of
bridging the digital divide between the developed world and the developing
world when it comes to data consumption.