Indian Telecom Tower companies indicated a perceptible pick-up in 3G and 4G tenancies after the spectrum auctions in February 2014. Besides, rentals have been steady and there has been no discount offered to Reliance Jio Infocomm.
The pace of 3G site additions have picked up and monthly demand was up 4-5x YoY in the First Half of 2014. While most of the tenancies are still for additional Continue reading 3G Network Expands as Tenancy & Utilization Rate Rises
In a country like India where illiterate and Corrupt Bureaucrats without domain knowledge and vision of the Telecommunications industry are the ones deciding allocation of the precious Spectrum, it is the Telecom Operators who have to find ways and means to maintain the QoS to retain customers. In heavily concentrated[High users/Sq Km & Concrete Blocks] Metro Cities Telcos are facing a big challenge of providing 3G mobile data services. In discussion with Network Engineers on the Ground here are the 6 commonly used techniques to handle the growth in 3G Data Usage with Limited Spectrum which is is also in 2.1GHZ band.
Fine-tuning / optimisation of radio networks, which includes fixing cell and antenna parameters (e.g., positioning), or increasing sectors, or resources per cell. Continue reading How do Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Mobile Data Carriers(3G) Address Network Congestion Issues ?
Reliance Communications fired a fresh salvo in the Indian Telecom Industry by halving 3G Data Tariffs across the board, pre-paid and post-paid. RCom has 3G Mobile Data Services in 13 Circles – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, West Bengal, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Rajasthan, Assam, North East, and Jammu & Kashmir.
With the external parts of the hi-speed wireless data ecosystem (smartphone penetration,awareness, apps gaining popularity) falling into place, a price reduction on 3G data packs to broaden the user base and spur usage was expected. However, the extent of cut announced by RCOM does come as Continue reading Reliance Communications Drops 3G Prices – Will 3G data Tariff War Extend Beyond Reliance Circles ?
China offers one of the most diverse wireless networks with limited disclosures and guidance, and a shifting regulatory framework. However, the China 3G story is working , as cheaper devices, data packages and mobile apps ecosystem drive a rapid transition to data services. China is a unique 3G market with three national networks, based on three different wireless network technologies, with almost no network sharing.
China 3G Subscribers & Revenue Growth
China is in the early stages of the transition to 3G smartphones and we see FY13 as a break-out year. Based on the April 2013 sub numbers, China has 293m 3G subs or just 25% of the total sub base of 1.15bn. China Telecom has been the most aggressive on the 3G transition, and with 48% of subs now on 3G that suggests the company will focus on higher quality net adds rather than just scale. China Unicom is in the middle Continue reading China 3G Data Grows Faster with Affordable SmartPhones and Mobile Apps ecosystem
The Headline 3G Data Revenue Numbers are disappointing on the face of it with < 5% Revenue Contribution and thus the popular perception that 3G in India so far has been a failure, three years after the 3G auctions.
In our analysis, most of the top cities are already under 3G coverage for leading telcos, and 13-14% of mobile voice traffic is already flowing through 3G networks. This 3G voice offload is helping Continue reading 3 Years after 3G Auction in India, 3G Data’s Uptake Slow; 3G De-Congesting Voice Networks
India is still in nascent stages of Data boom with consumers having good access to 2G and 3G networks and selectively to 4G as well. Let us see what is the state of Mobile Data in other Asian countries.
Indonesia – Like India the focus is on upgrading from 2G to 3G. Mobile data tariffs are relatively high at US$7-10/GB (versus the US$3-4 ARPU) for entry-level plans. Re-pricing of data tariffs could be a slow process and driven by the telcos network capacity. Mobile data revenue has been largely due to the 2G/2.5G handsets-driven internet usage. Smartphone penetration is reasonably low at ~12%, but expected to reach 15% by 2013 and 24% by 2015. Availability of US$50 smartphones could be a key factor in driving the take-up rates and in turn data usage. Continue reading State of Mobile Data in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand