Another round of tariff hikes in 2022 is not going to hesitate. Because this is the ARPU i.e. Average Revenue Per User in this calendar year up to Rs 200 and efforts are being made to increase it to Rs 300. This is to say by Gopal Vitthal, director of Airtel. However, he clarified that the next hike would be only after the current wave of SIM consolidation which started with the last round of tariff hike in November 2021.
Rates may increase in the second half of this year-“Tariffs in India are very low and another round of price hikes could happen in 2022. However, it is still a possibility. But it is also likely that it will happen next year,” Vittal said in Airtel’s third quarter earnings call on Wednesday. It will not happen in 3 to 4 months as the last increase due to current SIM consolidation needs to be normalized.” In November 2021, Airtel was the first to see an increase in the prices of mobile and tariffs from 18 percent to 25 percent. This was done because the telecom companies had to suffer a lot due to the tariff war that started in the market. For this, the prices of the plans were increased only last year. Talking about the number of 4G subscribers of Airtel in India in the December 2021 quarter, it has increased by 18.1 percent on a yearly basis to 195 million. Talking about the same quarter already, this number was 16.56 million. If we talk about data usage per subscriber, then it has increased by 11.7 percent from 16.37 gigabit (GB) to 18.28 GB.
[Attribution to NBT]