Category Archives: 4G

Did Idea Cellular Fumble on 4G LTE ? Can it make a Comeback like in 2G Voice ?

Idea 4G LTE Win or LoseIdea Cellular, the master of Just in Time expansion and execution analogous to the Java compilers running your Android Apps is in deep trouble when it comes to 4G LTE Mobile Data Networks.

In the last 8 years, Idea Cellular improved its revenue market share mostly banking on 2G Voice and 2.5G EDGE Data services from 9.3% to 18.1%. During the same period, market leader Airtel’s market share grew to 30.8% from 28.1%. Idea’s market share Continue reading Did Idea Cellular Fumble on 4G LTE ? Can it make a Comeback like in 2G Voice ?

Tata’s 800Mhz Spectrum Band on Telcos Radar

Tata DoCoMo 800 Band SpectrumWith impending threat from the launch of Reliance Jio Infocomm, industry leader and India’s only integrated Telecommunications Service Provider made aggressive moves to acquire spectrum from Videocon and later from Aircel to rollout and stabilize 4G LTE Networks in coherence with existing 2G Voice and 3G Mobile Data Network. These deals and Jio RCOM spectrum trading / sharing deals have resulted in spectrum Continue reading Tata’s 800Mhz Spectrum Band on Telcos Radar

Airtel Strengthens 4G LTE Footprint ahead of Reliance Jio Launch

Airtel 4G LTE SpectrumIndia’s largest integrated Telecommunications service provider Airtel has bid for Videocon’s spectrum in six circles in the 1800MHz band, thereby significantly strengthening its 4G footprint to 19 circles from 15 earlier. It has bid at a price of Rs 44bn, which seems higher than the March 2015 auction price of Rs 30bn.

Videocon has contiguous spectrum in six circles (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, UP(E and W) , and Bihar). In MP and Haryana, Bharti already has spectrum Continue reading Airtel Strengthens 4G LTE Footprint ahead of Reliance Jio Launch

RCom all set to Join 4G-LTE Race Post-Merger with MTS Sistema

MTS MBlze 4G LTE IndiaThe Competition Commission of India – CCI has cleared the merger of MTS Sistema with Reliance Communications Ltd. This merger will future-proof RCOM’s 4G LTE play in the most efficient 800/850 MHz spectrum band, acknowledged as the best-in-class standard for data services. With MTS’ merger into RCOM, RCOM will have the largest holdings of 850 MHz band spectrum in the country — most suited for 4G LTE, which is the future Continue reading RCom all set to Join 4G-LTE Race Post-Merger with MTS Sistema

Did Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Undermine 4G-LTE Which Reliance Jio embraced ?

Airtel 4G Network ExpansionA key question I’m always asked is whether Airtel should have launched 4G even before to give it more time. The strategy behind Airtel’s 4G LTE launch was to pre-empt Reliance Jio. It launched commercial 4G operations in August-15 across 296 towns. Airtel has subsequently increased its footprint (is an ongoing process). The launch has been backed by heavy marketing to educate Continue reading Did Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Undermine 4G-LTE Which Reliance Jio embraced ?

Airtel’s Go 4G Strategy Begins Well in 300 Cities

Airtel Go 4G LTE3 Months Ago I was the first to write that Airtel’s 4G LTE Strategy is to sabotage the hype surrounding Reliance Jio Infocomm and since then the management has taken giant strides to launch 4G LTE in 300 Cities across India.

One of our users tried Airtel 4G continuously for a week in Mumbai Region and files that Airtel 4G speed averages 4x of 3G, coverage remains patchy and more (capex) needs to be done. Aitel 4G speed unsurprisingly, is Continue reading Airtel’s Go 4G Strategy Begins Well in 300 Cities