Mobile data to get cheaper in 2016

Mobile data to get cheaper in 2016
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Mobile Data to Get Cheaper in 2016. Increase in competition with the entry of new players like Reliance Jio could prompt telecom firms to slash data tariffs by up to 40 per cent in the next 12-18 months, broadband access and network solutions provider UTStarcom said on Thursday.

New Delhi: Increase in competition with the entry of new players like Reliance Jio could prompt telecom firms to slash data tariffs by up to 40 per cent in the next 12-18 months, broadband access and network solutions provider UTStarcom said on Thursday.

UTStarcom, which offers mobile, broadband access and data network solutions firms, counts firms like state-run MTNL and BSNL as well as private players like Airtel, Reliance Com-munications and SSTL among its clients.

“Prices are elevated, while spectrum is limited, this is a challenge across the world ....Data tariffs (in India) could drop by 40 per cent in 12-18 months as pressure on operators increases to deliver better services and as newer players come in,” UTStarcom India co-GM Shalin Y Shah said.

He added that the company sees a huge opportunity in the Indian market.

“Given the commitment that the government has towards increasing Internet penetration in the country and delivery of digital services, there is multi-billion opportunity here,” he said.

India is the second largest revenue contributor for UTStarcom.

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