Idea 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 ?
Nokia’s latest report on the state of Mobile Broadband in India suggests that the Indian data market continues to be in a sweet spot backed by – high-end 2G data users are migrating to 3G, 3G/4G device penetration is accelerating on the back of decreasing handset prices, video, audio and social networking are driving traffic and average usage on 3G in India is reaching global benchmarks.
Indian Consumers get Taste of 3G High Speed Networks
3G data traffic growth in Metros stood Continue reading Mobile Broadband in Sweet Spot – Ecosystem Favors Growth
Bharti Airtel India’s leading Integrated Telecommunications service provider has made steady progress on 4G/LTE and initiated 4G rollout in 23 cities. Airtel’s first mover advantage has the following implications – (a)Dilute value proposition for Reliance Jio 4G by being the first to launch 4G and let Airtel have a lead versus other incumbent telcos (b) De-congest 3G selectively – LTE rollout allows Airtel to de-congest 3G selectively, particularly in markets where it is constrained by 5 MHz of 3G spectrum. Reference can be made to Delhi where Airtel has a 5 MHz block of 3G spectrum and 4G service in addition will allow Bharti to divert traffic from 3G in the medium to long term by segmenting the data market with the two offerings. Continue reading Airtel Mobile Data Strategy – 4G LTE Band to De-congest 3G Or Sabotage Reliance Jio Hype ?
South Korea’s SK Telecom has taken the lead with the start of LTE-A service on 26 June and became the first player in Global Telecommunications history to launch LTE-A services, followed by LGU on 18th of July. The merit of LTE-A has been that it is mainly achieved through software upgrades (multi carrier and carrier aggregation) and hence precludes the necessity of major additional capital expenditure.
SK Telecom daily subscriber growth has picked up from 5,000-6,000 in June to 12,000 in July. SKT has thus far secured LTE-A 150,000 users. LGU has launched its LTE-A service on 18 July. Both operators Continue reading South Korea Mobile Data Usage Doubles, 4G LTE Data Usage Quadruples in a Year
MTS Sistema India, with 11mn wireless subscribers in India, is down to operations in 9 circles now, but is still sounding upbeat on exploiting its data capabilities (LTE outlook) and focusing more on tier 2/3 cities. These 9 circles represent 75% of their existing revenues and around 60% total market coverage.
MTS Sistema India in a Conference Call said that it is well positioned to grow LTE on 800MHz given regional developments on this band and also now that the spectrum is considered “technology neutral“, allowing it to offer LTE eventually all operators could benefit upon license renewals. As seen in most other countries, the 4G / LTE spectrum is expensive and here in India, theoretically, operators can now get 4G at lower prices, which could be very compelling given the data growth expectations. Continue reading MTS MBlaze to Deploy 4G LTE Network in 800MHz Band – Upbeat about Data in India
Today we’d like to enlighten on the Backhaul Connectivity of Indian Wireless Networks [2G / 3G / 4G-LTE]. For now, read Backhaul as the connectivity between the tower (site) and the inner parts of the network through which the aggregate of all traffic from mobile terminals served by a tower is transported to the core network (to be passed on to other parts of the network /Internet / other networks, etc.).
In conversation with various industry experts, we gather information that a whopping 70% to 80% of towers in India are fed by microwave-based backhaul, with very few towers being fed by optic fibre connectivity. Microwave has limited capacity while fibre can offer theoretically unlimited capacity. Microwave backhaul is sufficient for towers that mainly handle voice, but for high-traffic loads Continue reading Indian Mobile 2G /3G /4G Powered by Microwave Backhaul than OFC