Vodafone India CEO steps down; takes parting shot at authorities

Martin Pieters (pictured), after six years at the Vodafone India helm, stepped down yesterday, but not before airing his views once again about how difficult it is for India’s operators to generate attractive returns for shareholders. In his last day …

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India’s top 3 operators account for 85% of auction spend

India’s largest three mobile operators have committed to spending a total of INR895 billion ($14.3 billion) – 85 per cent of the record INR1.1 trillion ($17.6 billion) the government will generate from the auction of four spectrum bands. Bharti Airtel, …

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Vodafone India expands 3G spectrum base, spends $4B

Vodafone India announced that it will pay INR258.1 billion ($4.12 billion) to acquire a total of 78.4MHz of spectrum in 12 regions, or “circles”. India’s spectrum auction, which closed earlier this week after three weeks of bidding, will bring in …

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Vodafone India to fight regulator’s wholesale charges in Supreme Court

Vodafone India is challenging the country’s new tariff structure in the country’s Supreme Court, under which the mobile call termination rate has been reduced by 30 per while the interconnection usage fee for all types of calls made from fixed-line phones has …

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Airtel, Vodafone refused Indian licence extensions

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India have failed in their bids to have spectrum licences extended for 10 years, which would have avoided them giving up airwaves for an upcoming auction. According to The Economic Times, the two largest operators in …

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India’s mobile connections near 950M

India’s mobile connections increased 7 per cent last year to reach 946.2 million, according to GSMA Intelligence. It is the second largest mobile market in the world, behind China with 1.3 billion connections. Despite six players gaining or losing between …

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Asia Briefs: Indonesia’s tower firms make play for fibre, no relief for Taiwan Mobile 4G customers & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: Indonesia’s tower firms make play for fibre Indonesia’s two main tower operators – Solusi Tunas and Tower Bersama Infrastructure – have plans …

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Vodafone faces another tax hurdle in India

Vodafone India’s tax problems have once again worsened after a tribunal arbitrating a dispute ruled last week that the tax authorities have the power to demand the operator pay tax in a transfer-pricing case. The case involves the sale of …

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Piramal sells stake in Vodafone India

Indian conglomerate Piramal Industries has sold its 11 per cent stake in Vodafone’s Indian operation for almost $1.5bn, generating a 50 per cent return on an investment made during the 2012 financial year. The stake was sold to Prime Metals Ltd, an indirect subsidiary of Vodafone Group, Piramal said.