With the extension of free trial to Mar 2017 and recent announcement of incremental investment of Rs300 bn in the telecom venture, Jio is clearly not pulling any punches. This forces incumbent telcos to speed up 4G rollouts as sunsets on 2G networks which are a drag on the precious spectrum as we head into an era of convergence.
Whilst there are media reports of incumbent telcos considering a merger, we believe that the same is unlikely to fructify given: (a) all three incumbent operators have significant revenue market shares (>19%) and are unlikely to be Continue reading Merger of incumbent Vodafone + Idea or Case for Active Infra Sharing ?
Idea Cellular has a higher rural exposure than other larger telcos. Since the rural consumers have greater usage of plain 2G Voice, Idea will be more vulnerable in case the trend of unlimited voice plans pick up (Airtel followed Jio in launching unlimited packages). Reliance Jio has further highlighted the launch of affordable VoLTE mobile handsets at price points of less than Rs 2,000 targeting the mass rural consumers.
Idea’s exposure to high-end urban consumer Continue reading Can Idea Cellular combat Jio / Airtel’s Free Voice onslaught ?
The TRAI has issued another consultation paper on Net Neutrality which is an extension of past restrictive regulatory actions (for telcos) such as prohibition of discriminatory tariffs for data services and recommendations on provisioning of free data.
The consultation discusses several critical issues such as the core principles of net neutrality (NN), traffic management practices (TMP), transparency and Continue reading Net Neutrality 2.0 Consultation Comprehensive – Your Opinion Matters
Snapchat has successfully gained popularity amongst millennials. The company is finally set to debut IPO as early as March 17, valuing the firm at between USD20-25b. Lately, we are observing an interesting trend. Facebook appears to be testing Snapchat–like features on several of its properties to compete with Snapchat. Of note, its effort to put photo and video across apps is being accelerated.
For instance, Facebook has launched similar forms of apps (e.g – Poke, Slingshot, Flash, etc.), tested its features across Continue reading FaceBook vs Snapchat may kindle interest in Snow App
4G network services have set the benchmark in terms of speed and connectivity. Consumers today are spoilt for choice especially in terms of the number of data plans and exciting tariff rates that are offered by different brands. To add to this, manufacturers are flooding the market with feature-rich 4G-enabled smart phones. Earlier, while purchasing a smart phone you simply had to look out for a device’s camera quality, processing system, and a few other features to come to a decision. However, these days, you not only have to look out for these benefits but also check whether the device you opted for is 4G-enabled.
What are the features of 4G network?
Before opting for a device that is compatible with the 4G network, it is important to understand what 4G is. There are Continue reading SmartPhones and Compatibility with 4G Network
Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Jio’s new rival, promises to change the rules of game. Amazon Prime Video’s unlimited ads free and on‐demand services come for an annual subscription of INR499 versus Netflix’s INR500 (basic pack) per month. This works out to ~INR42/month. Jio under Welcome offer is offering massive Local and International Content [Jio Cinemas and Jio TV with 412 different Channels streamed 24/7] absolutely for FREE and pricing will be anybody’s guess. Amazon Prime Video is bundled with Continue reading What do you want to Watch Now ? Netflix Vs Amazon Prime Video Vs Jio TV