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Indian telecom stocks fall after Jio cuts tariffs

REUTERS
Published Jan 24, 2018, 1:35 pm IST
Updated Jan 24, 2018, 1:35 pm IST
Shares of Airtel declined as much as 6.22 pc to 461.5 rupees on Wednesday, their lowest since Oct 18, 2017.
Jio entered India’s highly-competitive telecom market in late 2016 and disrupted space with free-voice and cut-price data plans.
 Jio entered India’s highly-competitive telecom market in late 2016 and disrupted space with free-voice and cut-price data plans.

Shares of Indian telecom service providers fell on Wednesday after Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd cut tariffs to counter bigger rival Bharti Airtel Ltd’s revision in data plans.

Jio, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries Ltd, said on Tuesday the revision was “a response to Airtel’s tariff changes”, which would help it maintain “its price leadership”.

 

Bharti Airtel, India’s No 1 mobile carrier, revised its data plans earlier this week.

Shares of Airtel declined as much as 6.22 per cent to 461.5 rupees on Wednesday, their lowest since October 18, 2017.

Idea Cellular Ltd, India’s third-biggest telecom network operator, dropped as much as 5.7 per cent to its lowest since December 18, 2017 ahead of its quarterly results later in the day.

Debt-ridden Reliance Communications Ltd slipped as much as 2.2 per cent.

Jio entered India’s highly-competitive telecom market in late 2016 and disrupted the space with free-voice and cut-price data plans, forcing rivals to match its tariffs and dragging their margins lower.

 

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