Deepak Khanna, Joint President, India Enterprise Business, RCOM

Deepak Khanna, Joint President, India En...

The biggest challenge before Deepak Khanna is ensuring that Reliance Communications (RCOM) maintains its lead in the enterprise space. “The challenge – or rather, the big opportunity – is moving up the value chain and positioning the company as a strategic and trusted partner of enterprises. Equally important is providing world-class services while constantly anticipating customer needs and being the first to meet them. These opportunities will help the company enhance its share in the enterprise market,” he comments.

According to Khanna, industry boundaries are blurring between telecom, IT and media services. “RCOM had foreseen this trend. Hence, we are no longer a traditional operator merely providing pipes but are a holistic enabler of enterprises, providing a portfolio of services and solutions such as cloud applications, storage, world-class data centres, hosting infrastructure and managed services. We meet the end-to-end requirements of the chief information officer of any enterprise.”

As joint president of RCOM’s India enterprise business, Khanna’s role includes enhancing revenues, profitability and market share while ensuring customer satisfaction. “The company’s enterprise business covers the top 5,000 enterprises in India, including small and medium businesses and data centres,” he says.

Khanna brings to his present role several years of experience in telecom segments such as consumer, household and enterprise. “Each of the assignments I have been a part of has been memorable. The telecom business is never short of excitement; it is like betting on race horses – each race is memorable,” he says.

Khanna’s style of management is based on a high level of ownership and patience. “How one develops as a leader and shapes the ecosystem defines leadership behaviour, which is vital to anyone’s career graph. The telecom business gives you this opportunity,” he says. He believes that good leaders must make things happen. “They must have the ability to maximise returns on investments and create an environment where people develop the highest level of confidence in themselves. I try working on these principles along with strategic insights with the aim of building a seamless interlock between what one strategises and what one executes,” he elaborates. Given that commuting to work takes up a significant part of his day, Khanna rues that he is unable to find time to play his favourite sport, golf. Nevertheless, he ensures he spends adequate time with his family and friends.

Deepak Khanna, Joint President, India Enterprise Business, RCOM

Deepak Khanna, Joint President, India En...

The biggest challenge before Deepak Khanna is ensuring that Reliance Communications (RCOM) maintains its lead in the enterprise space. “The challenge – or rather, the big opportunity – is moving up the value chain and positioning the company as a strategic and trusted partner of enterprises. Equally important is providing world-class services while constantly anticipating customer needs and being the first to meet them. These opportunities will help the company enhance its share in the enterprise market,” he comments.

According to Khanna, industry boundaries are blurring between telecom, IT and media services. “RCOM had foreseen this trend. Hence, we are no longer a traditional operator merely providing pipes but are a holistic enabler of enterprises, providing a portfolio of services and solutions such as cloud applications, storage, world-class data centres, hosting infrastructure and managed services. We meet the end-to-end requirements of the chief information officer of any enterprise.”

As joint president of RCOM’s India enterprise business, Khanna’s role includes enhancing revenues, profitability and market share while ensuring customer satisfaction. “The company’s enterprise business covers the top 5,000 enterprises in India, including small and medium businesses and data centres,” he says.

Khanna brings to his present role several years of experience in telecom segments such as consumer, household and enterprise. “Each of the assignments I have been a part of has been memorable. The telecom business is never short of excitement; it is like betting on race horses – each race is memorable,” he says.

Khanna’s style of management is based on a high level of ownership and patience. “How one develops as a leader and shapes the ecosystem defines leadership behaviour, which is vital to anyone’s career graph. The telecom business gives you this opportunity,” he says. He believes that good leaders must make things happen. “They must have the ability to maximise returns on investments and create an environment where people develop the highest level of confidence in themselves. I try working on these principles along with strategic insights with the aim of building a seamless interlock between what one strategises and what one executes,” he elaborates. Given that commuting to work takes up a significant part of his day, Khanna rues that he is unable to find time to play his favourite sport, golf. Nevertheless, he ensures he spends adequate time with his family and friends.

Bharti Airtel reports 89 per cent increase in its consolidated profit for the fourth quarter ended March 2014

Bharti Airtel has posted financial results for the fourth quarter ended March 2014 and full year 2013-14. Driven by a growing usage of data services and higher voice tariffs, Bharti Airtel has reported 89 per cent increase in its consolidated profit to Rs 9.62 billion for the fourth quarter ended March 2014. The company had reported a net profit of Rs 5.09 billion for the corresponding period last year.

Further, operator’s consolidated revenues grew by 13.5 per cent from Rs 195.82 billion during quarter ended March 2013 to Rs 222.19 billion during the corresponding quarter in 2014., Bharti Airtel’s mobile data revenues grew by 93.4 per cent on a year-on-year basis and reached Rs 19 billion at the end of fourth quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, the company’s average revenue per user increased from Rs 159 per month in the fourth quarter of 2013 to Rs 162 in the corresponding period in 2014. Bharti Airtel’s 3G user base stood at 10 million at the end of fourth quarter of 2014.

For the fourth quarter ended March 2014, operator’s non-voice revenue accounts for 17.3 per cent of the total income from mobile services. At the same time, data usage per user has increased by 48 per cent to 277 MB.

Operator’s international revenues grew by 17.2 percent with Africa growing by 16.4 per cent and South Asia by 30 per cent.

For the full year ended 2014, Bharti Airtel’s consolidated revenues at Rs 857.56 billion grew by 11.5 per cent over the previous year. The operator’s net income for the year under review increased by 21.8 per cent to reach Rs 27.73 billion.

Commenting on the company’s financial performance, Gopal Vittal, managing director and chief executive officer, India and South Asia, said, “The year has ended on a satisfying note, both in operational and financial terms. Network and spectrum investments, a refreshed IT strategy, innovative service platforms and an energised organisation will enable sustained growth in India and South Asia.”


 

Bharti Airtel reports 89 per cent increase in its consolidated profit for the fourth quarter ended March 2014

Bharti Airtel has posted financial results for the fourth quarter ended March 2014 and full year 2013-14. Driven by a growing usage of data services and higher voice tariffs, Bharti Airtel has reported 89 per cent increase in its consolidated profit to Rs 9.62 billion for the fourth quarter ended March 2014. The company had reported a net profit of Rs 5.09 billion for the corresponding period last year.

Further, operator’s consolidated revenues grew by 13.5 per cent from Rs 195.82 billion during quarter ended March 2013 to Rs 222.19 billion during the corresponding quarter in 2014., Bharti Airtel’s mobile data revenues grew by 93.4 per cent on a year-on-year basis and reached Rs 19 billion at the end of fourth quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, the company’s average revenue per user increased from Rs 159 per month in the fourth quarter of 2013 to Rs 162 in the corresponding period in 2014. Bharti Airtel’s 3G user base stood at 10 million at the end of fourth quarter of 2014.

For the fourth quarter ended March 2014, operator’s non-voice revenue accounts for 17.3 per cent of the total income from mobile services. At the same time, data usage per user has increased by 48 per cent to 277 MB.

Operator’s international revenues grew by 17.2 percent with Africa growing by 16.4 per cent and South Asia by 30 per cent.

For the full year ended 2014, Bharti Airtel’s consolidated revenues at Rs 857.56 billion grew by 11.5 per cent over the previous year. The operator’s net income for the year under review increased by 21.8 per cent to reach Rs 27.73 billion.

Commenting on the company’s financial performance, Gopal Vittal, managing director and chief executive officer, India and South Asia, said, “The year has ended on a satisfying note, both in operational and financial terms. Network and spectrum investments, a refreshed IT strategy, innovative service platforms and an energised organisation will enable sustained growth in India and South Asia.”


 

GSM operators add 4.32 million rural users in March 2014: COAI

According to the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), GSM operators added a total of 4.32 million rural users in March 2014, registering an increase of 1.49 per cent over February 2014. For the period under review, the total rural subscriber base stood at 294.58 million.

For the period under review, Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest operator by revenue and subscriber had the largest rural subscriber base of 93.76 million. Idea Cellular added the maximum number of 1.52 million rural users during the month of March 2014, taking its total rural subscriber base to 74.72 million. Meanwhile, Telewings Communications Limited witnessed lowest addition of rural subscribers (0.25 million).

Circle-wise, Uttar Pradesh (East) reported maximum number of rural subscribers (31.01 million).   In the month of March 2014, Uttar Pradesh circle added about 918,319 rural subscribers.