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Advantages of 4G Hotspot Devices

jio-4g-hotspotTechnology has revolutionized the way we connect with the world. It has enhanced our convenience, which can be attributed to the Internet. The Internet services have, in short, opened up a window to endless opportunities.

This online access is only possible if you have a broadband connection or a data SIM card. Yet, both these options are not particularly helpful if you travel frequently and intend to use multiple devices. The solution to this dilemma is a pocket-sized Wi-Fi hotspot.

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A hotspot device functions with the help Continue reading Advantages of 4G Hotspot Devices

How 4G VoLTE aids for Unlimited Calling Plans ?

With the launch of Reliance Jio Infocomm’s Unlimited Calling Plan, entire Telecom industry is gearing to match Jio in offering the same. Jio took a lead over the rest of the industry by directly logging on to the superior 4G Mobile Data and VoLTE Network.
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Industry interactions suggest that the top three are preparing for VoLTE launch, and the IMS core, which forms an integral part of a VoLTE network is Continue reading How 4G VoLTE aids for Unlimited Calling Plans ?

What was Idea’s idea behind procuring 2500 MHZ Spectrum ?

idea-spectrum-in-2500mhz-bandThe Executive strategy team at Idea Cellular acquired capacity bands, citing two reasons: 1. They wanted to be competitive in their leadership circles and offer best services. 2. In the non-leadership circles, they were able to acquire spectrum by spending a modest Rs. 5-7bn, which enables them a good hedge for small spends.

On 2500MHz ecosystem, Idea Cellular said that since now China has allocated 2500MHz, the deployment is expected to be fast. Additionally, they want Continue reading What was Idea’s idea behind procuring 2500 MHZ Spectrum ?

Fixed / Mobile Convergence – Airtel Feels Heat before Jio FTTH Triple Play Launch

airtel-jio-fixed-mobile-convergenceAnybody tracking the Indian Telecommunications sector can say that Sunil Mittal lost sight of India when he went for acquisition in Africa and other countries as Indian market threw lots of surprises. Worst nightmare for Mittal is his entire Revenue model in Voice being under threat as Reliance Jio wants to offer FREE Voice Calls forever. Airtel is also severely lagging in offering huge Mobile Data Bundles compared to Jio. Airtel not only neglected but turned clod shoulders towards its DSL Broadband Subscribers for over a decade now – No F***ing innovative offerings nor upgrade in Infrastructure to offer higher speeds barring few areas of only Metro Cities [Forget Tier II and Tier III] where FTTH was laid.

To date, all the Indian telcos have had Continue reading Fixed / Mobile Convergence – Airtel Feels Heat before Jio FTTH Triple Play Launch

Jio Launch – Mobile Data ARPU Decline Inevitable, Subs / Volume Growth Tepid

Mobile Data ARPU Delcine IndiaThe 800 pound gorilla, Reliance Jio Infocomm’s entry will shake the Mobile Broadband Data Market in India at a much faster pace than it had in the past when Challengers [Aircel, DoCoMo, Uninor, etc] entered the Voice market in India and expect it to repeat but at much faster pace in the Mobile Data War.

Airtel’s data ARPU is Rs 200 and Idea’s data ARPU is Rs 150 – today, 20-25% overall subscribers of these companies are data subs. If data upgrades takes place Continue reading Jio Launch – Mobile Data ARPU Decline Inevitable, Subs / Volume Growth Tepid

Can India Hit 500Mn Mobile Broadband Subs by 2020 ?

The Indian telecom industry had clocked a robust triple digit data volume growth in FY14 and FY15 with proliferation of smartphone shipments and 3G adoption leading to spurt in number of subscribers and data usage per customer. However, data volume growth is already tapering as the pace of smartphone penetration is losing steam. Along with weak macros, postponement of handset purchases by users awaiting RJio 4G launch or lower discounts on e-commerce portals stemming impulse buying could be possible reasons for slower shipments.

IDC has reported continued deceleration in smartphone shipments with meager 3.8% YoY growth in Q1FY17 versus 5.4% in Q4FY16. One could attribute the slowdown to lower discounts on e-commerce portals and stress in rural economy. With currently the SmartPhone base at Continue reading Can India Hit 500Mn Mobile Broadband Subs by 2020 ?