How to get spectrum in India and around the world
A growing number of Indian telecom companies are now offering packages with a limited range of internet services, but some of them are offering even less bandwidth than the ones available in the rest of the country.
A Times of America report on Wednesday detailed the growing range of packages offered by several Indian telecom firms.
The report said that some telecom operators in the country have a “lack of spectrum and the need to build capacity” for the vast majority of customers.
But some companies are offering packages that are nearly identical to those offered in other parts of the world, including in South Korea, the Times of China and India.
The Times said the Indian telecom operators offering the packages have not been publically identified, and that the “information about the content and prices are scarce.”
The Times report said the pricing for services offered by the telecom companies varies by service and by location.
For example, the report said, the telecom operators of Telenor in India offered a range of services ranging from a “basic” package with a few gigabytes of data per month to a “subscribers-only” package, with no access to the internet or even voice calls.
The service is also offered by a handful of companies, including Reliance Communications, Bharti Airtel and Tata Communications, according to the Times.
A telco spokesman said that while the spectrum available to the company is “substantially” the same as in other countries, the services offered are different, and not identical.
“We have no information on the content of these packages,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman added that some of the service providers offer their customers the option to pay the extra cost for voice calls, as well as to purchase a “special” package for data.
Reliance has the most subscribers, followed by Bhartic Airtels and Tata Teleservices.
Reliant, which has been operating since the 1980s, has an internet speed of 25Mbps for its subscribers and 1Gbps for those who buy data plans.
It has an average data speed of 3Mbps, according a Times of Russia report.
The average data rate for data packages offered in India is 1.5Mbps for those with a data plan, 2.2Mbps for users who buy unlimited data plans, 1.6Mbps for subscribers with a 1G data plan and 1.3Mbps for the “special plan.”
A Times India report on the spectrum issue also said that Reliance offers an unlimited internet speed package, which includes access to Skype, YouTube, YouTube Music and other apps.
However, the company has no plans to sell such services, and has been offering the services to customers only through mobile apps.
The company’s data service plans range from 1G to 5Gbps, depending on the tier, and it charges customers a fixed monthly fee of Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 10,000, depending upon the speed.
Tata Teliservices offers a plan with speeds of 1G-5Gbps.
Tata, the fourth-largest telco by market cap, has no data plans and no plans for selling such services.
The data plans range in price from Rs. 15,000 for unlimited to Rs 2,000 per month, depending of the plan, according the Times report.
Reliances data plan is priced at Rs 1,500 for unlimited data, with a monthly fee ranging from Rs 10,500 to Rs 40,000.
Religions data plans are priced at 1G for unlimited and Rs 1.8 for a data limit of 10GB per month.
The other operators that offer data packages in India are Bhartia Telecom, Reliance Communication, Tata Telcom, Vodafone India and Telefonica India.