Akash Ambani, Chief Strategy Officer at Reliance Jio Infocomm has selectively dropped hints of the forthcoming 4G VoLTE feature Phone Launch sending shivers down the spine of Airtel and Vodafone executives.
When is the Launch of Jio Basic / Feature Phone ?
Timing of launch depends on the market segment Jio is planning to target. If target market is urban low-end, launch may be any time. However if target market is Continue reading Akash Ambani’s Jio 4G Feature Phone Strategy – A Tariff War or Platform War ?
Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular operated like a Big Lobby of GSM Wireless service providers without much focus on the market nor offerings. I’ll discuss this in detail on how Airtel and Idea Cellular miserably failed to innovate and take the first mover advantage in my next article. Currently at least 50% of A-Vo-ID Operators subscriber base is still plain vanilla 2G Voice and today Jio is unable to target them with 4G VoLTE. However with a low cost 4G feature phone, it can reach this segment of Continue reading Jio’s Lyf 4G Phone for Aam Aadmi
China’s Ministry of Industries and Information Technology (MIIT) plans to allocate a total of 500MHz of spectrum for 5G. Although this is only similar in total spectrum size to the current 2G/3G/4G allocation for the three Chinese telcos, which is 507MHz, the major difference is that the 5G spectrum being planned is contiguous spectrum (300MHz contiguous spectrum between 3300 and 3600MHz, and 200MHz contiguous pectrum between 4800-5000MHz), while the current allocation is split into small parcels between 800MHz and 2600MHz. The ITU suggested a minimum contiguous spectrum size of 100MHz for genuine 5G services, and it is very difficult for most countries to find such spectrum at a low frequency level (below 3GHz). That is why 5G will, in most cases, take place at a higher frequency level and Continue reading How China Plans to Allocate 5G Spectrum ?
The TRAI of India met the captains of the Indian Telecommunication companies on the pricing issue post the Jio launch which has disrupted the Voice & Data market completely.
Demands of Leading Telcos in meeting with the TRAI officials are as follows. Continue reading Post Jio Launch – Demands of Incumbents with TRAI
Vodafone India CEO Sunil Sood and CFO Thomas Reisten in an analyst call said that they are comfortable with the current market circumstances.
Since Jio started charging for its services, Vodafone has retained its high value mobile broadband customers and has seen a lower rate of revenue decline in Continue reading Vodafone retains High End Mobile Broadband Customers, Subs Base at 38 Mn
The extension of promotions by Jio were a negative for Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone Lobby as incumbents would have expected some of their customers using free Jio services to start paying them once the free services of Jio concluded; however with free services from Jio continuing for one more quarter, the expected recovery is delayed. Jio’s free service put pressure on all existing operators and is driving industry consolidation. Smaller operators with low revenue market share, low data investments, low margins and Continue reading How Jio Launch Disrupted entire Indian Telecom Industry ?