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With tariffs likely to go up, turmoil in Indian telecom could soon ease

Mumbai | October 09 2018 13 : 10 IST | The Economic Times

Since most tariff packs in the post-Jio era are bundled offers, telcos could recast slow-moving ones to induce customers to upgrade to a higher-value deal to get the same amount of data and free voice calls, said Bhasin. 

"The days of freebies for mobile consumers may be finally coming to an end as the high cost of money is definitely hurting telcos and putting pressure, particularly on the incumbents, which should lead to some tariff hikes in the next two quarters," Sanjiv Bhasin, executive vice-president, markets and corporate affairs, IIFL, told ET. 

Any uptick on the pricing front should be "post-April 2019," he said. 

Since most tariff packs in the post-Jio era are bundled offers, telcos could recast slow-moving ones to induce customers to upgrade to a higher-value deal to get the same amount of data and free voice calls, said Bhasin. He added that a telco could also "selectively ring in modest increases in monthly rentals of some bundled packs" to boost overall revenue. 

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/telecom-news/relief-in-offing-for-telecom-companies-as-tariffs-likely-to-go-up/articleshow/66127879.cms

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