Airtel India’s Data revenue growth continues to be strong though data pricing in India remains amongst lowest in the world. Management highlighted that weakness in data pricing has to be seen in the context of changing customer behavior. More and more subscribers are going for data and the decline in data yields is temporary.
Airtel Management informed that their entire 3G service is through loading on existing towers and this will remain the same in near future as there is no plan for 3G only towers as of now. Here are some more revelations in a Q&A with Bharti Airtel Continue reading Airtel 2.0 is a Big Mobile Data Story, Tight Lipped on 1800MHz FDD-LTE Launch
Every time spectrum comes for auction in India, uncertainty increases for operators. The spectrum auction earlier this year saw an unexpected contest for 1,800 spectrum as the entry of pure 4G players required incumbent operators to add 4G spectrum selectively. Since then, the most interesting trend has been robust data revenue growth; while this is positive, it raises the need for additional capacity spectrum. Continue reading Why Indian Operators require at least 10MHz+ Spectrum ?
Internet has evolved to send a much greater proportion of traffic down to the user relative to the amount of traffic sent back up to the Networks. The rapid rise in demand for high-bandwidth applications, such as online video and gaming, have accelerated the proportion of downstream traffic on the wired Internet to as much as 90%.
For many decades, regulators across the world have generally licensed spectrum in paired bands, whereby 50% of the spectrum was allocated to the downlink and 50% was allocated to the uplink. These allocations made sense in the “old world” of wireless in which 2-way voice was the predominant use for the spectrum.
In the new world, mobile broadband is the primary driver of traffic growth and most of the traffic consumption is flowing downstream from the network to the mobile device, which is similar to the wireline experience. This is a huge shift for network traffic management Continue reading Why Paired Band Spectrum Makes Less Sense in an Era of Mobile Broadband Apps ?
The great Telecom Spectrum Auction in 1800Mhz and 900Mhz band which has given some clarity and stability to the Telecommunications sector on the policy front has met with mixed views amongst global institutional investors . Here are some views of the key analysts at various research entities,
Jefferries in a Report said,
the duration and aggression shown by operators has taken everyone by surprise. With clarity on prices and quantum of spectrum finally emerging, one can now Continue reading Views on 1800Mhz & 900Mhz Spectrum Sale – Operators Strategies for 3G vs 4G
LTE Advanced is the next step in the evolution of LTE. As happened to I study in-depth on how exactly LTE Advanced works, here is an insight to readers to get a sense of the technology that can give upto 1 Gbps of High Speed mobile Broadband on your SmartPhone. Continue reading Mobile Data Technology Evolution – Explaining 4G LTE Advanced, VoLTE
As expected by us, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd [RJIL] has entered the Bidding Fray for Telecom Spectrum in 900/1800MHz along with 7 other operators of which Aircel, Uninor and Tata DoCoMo were surprise entrants. Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio made the initial mistake of bidding for in-efficient 2300MHz spectrum in 2010 hoping 4G Data Take Off by 2014. However, with spectrum prices lower and industry conditions (including tariffs) better than 2012, RJIL now seems keen to acquire additional spectrum. The immediate impact is that of intense competition in auctions. Continue reading Demystifying the Reliance Jio Infocomm Mobile / Data Services Enigma