Reliance Communications hikes mobile tariffs by 20%, cuts offers by 65%

Telecom Lead India: Reliance Communications’ move to increase mobile tariffs by 20 percent and cut promotional and concessional offers by 65 percent is line with industry expectations.

Reliance Communications’ plan to increase tariff is just before its quarterly result.

Last week, top brokerage firms said Reliance Communications is expected to report lower profit in the fourth quarter of 2012-13. However, the mobile operator is likely to post higher MoU and see a revival in RPM, propelled by a rise in volume-led revenues amid an uptick in subscriber additions, reduced competition from new operators and a sharp cutback in discounts.

Last week, India’s largest telecom player Bharti Airtel revealed that its profit decreased 49.4 percent to Rs 509 crore in the fourth quarter of FY 2013 on revenue of Rs 20,448 crore that increased 9.2 percent. Airtel’s revenue rose 12.4 percent to Rs 80,311 crore for the FY 2013. But profit decreased 46.6 percent to Rs 2,276 crore.

There are strong indications that top players Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices, Idea Cellular, will follow suit.

Three new operators – MTS India, Videocon Telecommunications and Uninor – need cost effective packages to reclaim customer base. It is not clear about their strategies. Videocon last week announced downward revision in STD charges.

Headline tariff of Reliance Communications increased from 1.2 to 1.5 paisa per second in October last year. But it did not see any traffic elasticity and there has been no fall in customer demand or change in usage patterns.

“With the telecom industry now heading for a phase of consolidation, with smaller operators shutting down or scaling down their operations and easing off hyper-competitive pressures, this will help pricing power move back to serious, long-term and pan-India scale operators and positively impact profitability,” said Gurdeep Singh, chief executive officer, Wireless, Reliance Communications.

Reliance Communications says tariffs for all Commitment Plans will go up by 20-30 percent for new and existing mobile users in India.

The increase in tariffs will have a long-term impact on RPM and profit as large part of customer base uses Commitment Plans.

For instance, Reliance Communications, which is yet to reduce its debt burden, increased mobile charges from 1 paise per second to 1.2 paisa per second for Commitment Plan 21.

As per the new package, Reliance Communications’ Commitment Plan 48 now offers 160 Local On-Net Mins, against 500 mins earlier — a reduction of 65 percent.

Commitment Plan 46 now offers 140 Local On-Net Mins, against 200 mins earlier—a reduction of 30 per cent, Reliance Communications said on Monday.

Mumbai, 06th May 2013: Details:

S. No. Commitment Plan Old Tariff / Offer New Tariff / Offer %-age Increase
Local STD Local STD
1 STV 21 1p/sec 2p/sec 1.2p/sec 2p/sec 20%
2 STV 45 1p/sec 2p/sec 1.2p/sec 2p/sec 20%
3 STV 48 500 Mins Local On-Net 160 Mins Local On-Net 65%
4 STV 46 200 Mins Local On-Net 140 Mins Local On-Net 30%


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