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Interconnect Charges – Indian Telecom Oligarchy makes way for Jio, victimizes Airtel / Vodafone

The Republic of India is known as the “Largest Democracy” in the World but when it comes to lucrative sectors such as the Telecommunications / Military / Defense, etc it is the oligarchy that prevails, wins and runs the nation.

TRAI the so called Indian Telecom Regulator is a parasite organization run on ideas contributed by intellectuals outside it and all that TRAI does is try to maintain veto power. In the recent Interconnect Usage Charges revision consultation paper, we Continue reading Interconnect Charges – Indian Telecom Oligarchy makes way for Jio, victimizes Airtel / Vodafone

How Jio Launch Disrupted entire Indian Telecom Industry ?

The extension of promotions by Jio were a negative for Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone Lobby as incumbents would have expected some of their customers using free Jio services to start paying them once the free services of Jio concluded; however with free services from Jio continuing for one more quarter, the expected recovery is delayed. Jio’s free service put pressure on all existing operators and is driving industry consolidation. Smaller operators with low revenue market share, low data investments, low margins and Continue reading How Jio Launch Disrupted entire Indian Telecom Industry ?

Airtel, Vodafone, Idea to divide market into Voice vs Mobile Data to counter Jio

divide-telecom-marketAirtel, Vodafone and Idea [A-Vo-Id Operators] have come up with a very clever strategy to counter Reliance Jio Infocomm’s Mobile Data revolution. A-Vo-Id lobby will split the Indian Telecommunications services market based on Voice Vs 3G/4G Mobile Data. Justifying their stand, they put up an argument that 2G phones still dominate. Of the approximately 1 billion connections, there are 750m/200m/50m 2G/3G/4G handsets. [We estimate there are 65 Mn 4G handsets expected to reach 100 Mn by end of 2016] The 4G market will move to bundled plans whereas 2G/3G will remain unbundled.

Annual subscriber additions in India is about 75 Mn. A-Vo-Id lobby further assumes Continue reading Airtel, Vodafone, Idea to divide market into Voice vs Mobile Data to counter Jio

Jio Silences Airtel / Vodafone / Idea Cash Register with Free Unlimited Calling

Jio DisruptiveTariff StructureThe much awaited Jio Tariffs have taken the industry by storm. It could well disrupt the industry as cheaper data and free unlimited calls have sent telecom captains into tizzy and massive anxiety. Bundling of free voice along with data service offering was not at all a surprise to us. However, we are not sure whether free voice (which would be VoLTE) would be billed any data or Continue reading Jio Silences Airtel / Vodafone / Idea Cash Register with Free Unlimited Calling

Vodafone India Mobile Data Growth Worst among A-Vo-Id Operators

Vodafone India Internet Traffic DropsVodafone India’s Mobile Data [3G] revenue grew by meager 4% to INR23.9bn. This explains the weak data absorption, which is worse than Idea’s 7% and Airtel’s 10% growth. This is led by 13.5% data volume growth, largely offset by a
sharp 8% data pricing fall in line with industry’s data rate fall reaching INR 0.28/mb. Data usage / user has increased 11.5% to 438mb/month led by 9% increase in 3g subscribers 25.9mn (consuming higher data), but overall data subscriber growth have remained flat.

Vodafone added 7,600 3g sites during Continue reading Vodafone India Mobile Data Growth Worst among A-Vo-Id Operators

Incumbents Oppose DoT’s 900MHz Spectrum Block Size in Pre-Bid Conference

The Department of Telecom (DoT) conducted a preā€bid conference for addressing the queries and concerns of the stakeholders for the upcoming 800, 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz mega spectrum auction in Feb 2015.

One of the major points of discussion was the block size of 5 MHz for 900 MHz band where TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) had Continue reading Incumbents Oppose DoT’s 900MHz Spectrum Block Size in Pre-Bid Conference