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Can India Hit 500Mn Mobile Broadband Subs by 2020 ?

The Indian telecom industry had clocked a robust triple digit data volume growth in FY14 and FY15 with proliferation of smartphone shipments and 3G adoption leading to spurt in number of subscribers and data usage per customer. However, data volume growth is already tapering as the pace of smartphone penetration is losing steam. Along with weak macros, postponement of handset purchases by users awaiting RJio 4G launch or lower discounts on e-commerce portals stemming impulse buying could be possible reasons for slower shipments.

IDC has reported continued deceleration in smartphone shipments with meager 3.8% YoY growth in Q1FY17 versus 5.4% in Q4FY16. One could attribute the slowdown to lower discounts on e-commerce portals and stress in rural economy. With currently the SmartPhone base at Continue reading Can India Hit 500Mn Mobile Broadband Subs by 2020 ?

Mobile Data the Key Theme for Indian Telcos in 2015 Leading Towards Convergence

Convergence on IPIn India, Mobile Data Service is already substituting traditional revenue streams like SMS, with data use per sub increasing 316%, vs a decline of SMS sent per subscriber by 34%, over the past 2 years.

With the upcoming launch of LTE on a large scale, incumbent operators [Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel] have chosen a middle path between making large investments to develop an LTE-based network and protecting their existing voice-driven businesses. While operators recognize the potential of the data opportunity, we see the level of investments to build data Continue reading Mobile Data the Key Theme for Indian Telcos in 2015 Leading Towards Convergence

Airtel 2.0 is a Big Mobile Data Story, Tight Lipped on 1800MHz FDD-LTE Launch

Breaking News - Airtel 2.0 Data StoryAirtel 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

No TRAI Help on Mobile Broadband Download Speed – Recos against Narendra Modi’s Roadmap

exclusiveBased on thousands of complaints of pathetic 3G / Mobile Broadband Speed, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had invited consultation on prescribing Minimum Speed on Wireless Broadband using either 3G / 4G LTE or EVDO services. Till date, in the history of existence TRAI, this paper had got the highest comments from Individual Users.

In the Consultation Paper, the TRAI had on its own accord had set a benchmark 1 Mbps download speed for 3G. However, after receiving comments from the mighty high handed telecom operators, TRAI took a complete “U” turn ignoring representations from Associations and Individuals and have backed the Pathetic Telecom Operators A-Vo-ID Lobby.

TRAI Unilaterally went ahead and has Modified the Wireless Data Service Regulation as below,

3A. Download speed for wireless data service
(1) Every service Provider shall, in all its Wireless data plans, indicate the minimum download speed available to the consumers.
(2) Every service provider shall ensure that the minimum download speed, specified by it in its wireless data plans, is available to Use consumer for not less than eighty percent of the usage time

The Onus now lies on the Telecom Operator to Prescribe & Print Minimum Download Speed, let it be whatever, 56 Kbps on 3G or 512 Kbps, TRAI has empowered the Operators rather than the consumers. The regulation further states as below,

(4)Every Service Provider shall ensure that the details of Minimum download speed available to the consumer, in its wireless data plans, are –
(a) printed on the vouchers of the wireless data plans
(b) published on its websites and all advertisements of wireless data plans; and
(c) available at its complaint centers and sale outlets

Are TRAI’s Recommendations Against Narendra Modi’s Roadmap ?
Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shir Narendra Modi Ji has time and again said that Technology and Internet must be used to drive efficiency and productivity across India from Government to Rural Education. When we have such a visionary PM driving the country and the regulatory team doing a poor job, not even taking the first step in prescribing minimum download speed for mobile broadband, we feel let down. I’m taking the first step and writing to all the Individuals who participated in the consultation paper and to our esteemed PM as well.

Mobile / Wireless Broadband Subscribers at 2.8x Wired – 55.2 Mn Users at end of 2013

Mobile Broadband IndiaThe lethargic Indian Telecom Regulator, TRAI has finally started collecting data from operators on the status of mobile / wireless broadband. At the end of 2013, India has total 55.2 Mn Broadband ( > 512Kbps speed) subscribers (~5% of the population) of which a whopping 40.27 Mn Subscribers are using it either on SmartPhones or through USB Dongles. Mobile Broadband Subscribers are 2.8x times more than Wired (Cable / DSL / OFC ) broadband subscribers whose numbers remain at a pathetic 14.54 Mn. In the wired segment, we like the progress Beam Telecom is making with its strategy of wiring the entire townships being developed in Tier-I cities with super-fast blazing speed broadband. Continue reading Mobile / Wireless Broadband Subscribers at 2.8x Wired – 55.2 Mn Users at end of 2013

Indian Consumers Expectation Run High form Mobile Operators for 3G – Ericsson Survey

Indian Mobile Consumer Expectations from Operators ERICSSON ConsumerLab conducted a survey in the age group of 15-50 years interviewing 4000 people across 16 Cities in India. Face to face interviews were also carried out with 200 customer care agents manning call centers for mobile operators across 8 Indian cities. They’ve also mined Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and Consumer Forums to understand the Mobile Broadband Experience among Indian Online users. Continue reading Indian Consumers Expectation Run High form Mobile Operators for 3G – Ericsson Survey