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Airtel Hikes Prepaid Tariff By up to 25 Percent – Smartprix Bytes

Airtel prepaid users should prepare themselves to feel the tariff pinch as the telecom operator has announced a tariff hike up to 25 percent in the country. The new tariffs are applicable for pre-paid customers starting November 26. With this hike, Airtel aims to increase its profitability as it looks to bring new investors on board ahead of the 5G spectrum auction. Tariff for post-paid customers is also likely to be revised in the near future.

With this tariff hike, Airtel hopes to increase the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) to Rs 200. The aim is to increase it to Rs 300 to ensure reasonable returns to investors. The telecom operators usually use ARPU as a yardstick to measure profitability.

“We also believe that this level of ARPU will enable the substantial investments required in networks and spectrum. Even more important, this will give Airtel the elbow room to roll out 5G in India,” the company said in its press release.

Airtel Pre-paid Tariff Plan (Updated)

Current Price (Rs) Validity New Price (Rs) Benefits
79 28 days 99 50% more talktime of Rs 99, 200MB data 1p/sec voice tariff                                                     
149 28 days 179 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 2 GB data
219 28 days 265 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 1 GB/day data
249 28 days 299 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 1.5 GB/day data
298 28 days 359 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 2 GB/day data
399 56 days 479 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 1.5 GB/day data
449 56 days 549 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 2 GB/day data
379 84 days 455 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 6 GB data
598 84 days 719 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 1.5 GB/day data
698 84 days 839 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 2 GB/day data
1498 365 days 1799 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 24 GB data
2498 365 days 2999 Unlimited calling, 100 SMS/day, 2 GB/day data
48 Unlimited 58 3 GB data
98 Unlimited 118 12 GB data
251 Unlimited 301 50 GB data

Airtel has raised the minimum voice tariff plan from Rs 79 to Rs 99, while making changes to other pre-paid voice and data bundled plans. Data prices have also gone up.

This hike by Airtel has opened the gates for other telecom operators especially Vodafone-Idea which has been struggling to stay afloat due to crunch finances. Jio is also expected to increase its tariff for pre-paid and post-paid users in the coming weeks.

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