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
“Content is King” was a phrase popularized by Bill Gates former Chairman & Chief Software Architect of Microsoft Corp. However, changing tastes of a billion citizens has led to the rise of local content becoming more important than ever.
India trials its neighbor China in the Internet Revolution by at least 5 years. Taking a leaf out of Chinese saga we know that Weibo & WeChat are playing ever-growing roles in the social aspects of people’s lives and empowering users to create their own content, which is seeing a rise of KOLs – Key Opinion Leaders. While the threshold for being an internet celebrity is Continue reading RJio’s Big bet on Jio Broadcast for Live Streams AR/VR
Changes in the telecom and internet market, including significant competitive and regulatory pressures, are driving business and IT transformation within network service providers worldwide. To overcome these challenges, operators are steering their businesses towards multi-sided, cross industry collaborative models, wherein service providers equipped with the relevant infrastructure and delivery capabilities will provide managed and end-to-end services. The value additive nature of the managed services business renders it less vulnerable to technology upgradation and hence service providers can charge premium value based prices. Continue reading Tata Communications Banking on Managed Services
Tencent recently added VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) to its standalone Weixin address book app “Weixin Dianhuaben“. This service enables users to make free calls (not including data traffic costs charged by the carrier) when connected to the internet (Wi-Fi or cellular data). The new product claims to support high quality voice calls. In the absence of a Wi-fi network, the service simply shifts back toanormal telephone call, with normal charges assessed. The app also includes voicemail functionality, real time address book contact back up, Weixin contact profile picture import, group SMS and other features. Continue reading China VoIP OTT Set for Big ShakeOut as Tencent Weixin Goes Live
One thing I love about Google is they don’t do things traditionally and their Out of the Box thinking and implementation leads to Disruption in the market and eventually leads to innovation. Though Google didn’t go all out to commercialize Software Defined Networking [SDN] but they were the first ones to adopt by building own switches for years and just started building its own analog-to-digital converters last year. Recently, Facebook pivoted its Open Compute project to focus on opening up networking; and Cumulus Networks launched its switch operating system that runs on “white box” top-of-rack switches from original design manufacturers (ODMs).
While we believe software defined networking (SDN) and its loose carrier equivalent network functions virtualization (NFV) could change the complexion of several of the hardware markets (switches, routers, application delivery controllers, WAN optimization solutions, etc.), we believe it is premature to gauge the impact to specific companies in contrast to the recent hype cycle. However, architectural changes in carrier and enterprise networks take years to transpire. We do expect SDN/ NFV architectural changes to occur more quickly this time, and we believe that many enterprises and carriers are actively considering how SDN and/ or NFV fits into their organizations strategically.
SDN doesn’t pose a big risk to the Ethernet switching market yet, because it moves value out of the switches and into a separate software controller layer, making the switches dumbed-down hardware which are then subject to risk of commoditization and white box competition, following a fate similar to that of the server market over the past several years. This theory came into vogue in July 2012 when VMWare staked its claim in networking with the acquisition of software-based network virtualization startup Nicira for a notable $1.26 billion
The reality is that even highly virtualized networks still need physical switches to connect virtual networks to physical networks and move data across both networks, and these switches need to support the new emerging software control layer as well as support high speeds due to the sheer volume of traffic making its way through the network at a latency low enough to be useful – a task we believe it still very difficult to do. VMWare is partnering with Arista, Juniper, Brocade and others as further evidence that hardware still should have an important role in the network.
OTT (Over The Top) SmartPhone Apps such as Line / WhatsApp / Viber / WeChat can potentially change the advantage on operator scale, as it can be implemented across operators. Traditionally, scale was generated by subscribers within a network. The bigger the subscriber base, the more attractive an operator becomes due to cheaper on-net calling on a wider subscriber circle. Continue reading How OTT breaks down Subscriber Scale advantage for Airtel, Vodafone & Idea ?