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This is an update of India's telecoms market, covering mobile, fixed broadband, operator initiatives, consumer market trends, and regulation. It includes subscription and revenue forecasts for mobile and fixed broadband.


  • Increased collaboration between service providers and local handset vendors is taking LTE to the masses. In a new industry development, Indian incumbents have introduced VoLTE-enabled low-cost feature phones, with the aim of migrating a large base of existing GSM subscribers to LTE.
  • Slipping ARPUs spell more trouble for incumbents. Mobile ARPU plummeted over the past year, falling to $1.90 in 2Q17, from $2.40 in 2Q16. The incumbents launched offers to combat RJio’s promotional offers and free services.
  • Telcos are disposing of non-strategic assets amid the changing industry scenario. In March 2017, Bharti Airtel sold a 10.3% stake in Bharti Infratel to raise INR62bn ($958m). The sum raised was used to pare debt and to combat competition from Reliance Jio.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the growth potential in the mobile and fixed broadband market.
  • Compares the development of key operators.
  • Identifies key industry movements in telcos, TV, and OTT.

Key questions answered

  • What are the big changes in the telecoms market?
  • What have operators done to differentiate themselves?
  • What is the expected outlook for India's TMT industry?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: India Update, December 2017

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