Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Jio’s new rival, promises to change the rules of game. Amazon Prime Video’s unlimited ads free and on‐demand services come for an annual subscription of INR499 versus Netflix’s INR500 (basic pack) per month. This works out to ~INR42/month. Jio under Welcome offer is offering massive Local and International Content [Jio Cinemas and Jio TV with 412 different Channels streamed 24/7] absolutely for FREE and pricing will be anybody’s guess. Amazon Prime Video is bundled with Continue reading What do you want to Watch Now ? Netflix Vs Amazon Prime Video Vs Jio TV
Tencent recently added VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) to its standalone Weixin address book app “Weixin Dianhuaben“. This service enables users to make free calls (not including data traffic costs charged by the carrier) when connected to the internet (Wi-Fi or cellular data). The new product claims to support high quality voice calls. In the absence of a Wi-fi network, the service simply shifts back toanormal telephone call, with normal charges assessed. The app also includes voicemail functionality, real time address book contact back up, Weixin contact profile picture import, group SMS and other features. Continue reading China VoIP OTT Set for Big ShakeOut as Tencent Weixin Goes Live
In the last few weeks we have covered enough about OTT Apps and its disruption to the entire Telecom industry. However, during course of my research on VoLTE, I found out that OTT Apps are not at the same level of Advantage as VoLTE Apps which Telecom Operators will bind to their Network. Of course their argument will be the High cost of Spectrum and Network investment.
In general terms VoIP sounds like transmitting Voice over IP network but with the underlying 4G LTE Network. However, technically they differ and we’d like to enlighten the difference between VoIP and VoLTE.
- VoLTE leverages the packet tagging capabilities of IPv5 to give priority routing to voice related packets, resulting in a significantly higher quality of service (QoS) relative to “normal” VoIP.
- VoLTE also can fall back onto 3G voice seamlessly if coverage becomes patchy, whereas the VoIP call would likely be dropped. This should make it a much more robust product.
- VoLTE calls are handled at Continue reading VoIP Vs VoLTE – How Airtel / Reliance Jio can Fend Off Competition from OTT Apps ?
OTT (Over The Top) SmartPhone Apps such as Line / WhatsApp / Viber / WeChat can potentially change the advantage on operator scale, as it can be implemented across operators. Traditionally, scale was generated by subscribers within a network. The bigger the subscriber base, the more attractive an operator becomes due to cheaper on-net calling on a wider subscriber circle. Continue reading How OTT breaks down Subscriber Scale advantage for Airtel, Vodafone & Idea ?
Voice over LTE or VoLTE may be launched within 2014. In particular, AT&T and Verizon are keen to move voice traffic currently occupying 2G/3G spectrum. As a reminder, before VoLTE is launched, all voice calls currently drop down to either 2G or 3G network, using a technology called Circuit Switched Fall Back (CSFB). Thus, globally, LTE is purely being used for data traffic at present.
The intention of AT&T and other Telcos is to shift the voice traffic to VoLTE, in order to then free up their 2G/3G spectrum resources. These resources would then Continue reading Will Voice Over LTE takeoff as OTT Apps Threaten Telco Revenues ?
The management of Idea Cellular reiterated that it expects double-digit growth in the voice business as industry is still at ~62% VLR penetration, which offers strong growth opportunity in the voice business. However, one should note that IDEA’s FY14E traffic growth decelerated to 9% vs 17% in FY13, due to lower subscriber growth, so isn’t the Idea management a bit over optimistic here ?
How Idea Plans to Migrate users from 2G to 3G ?
IDEA’s 3G users consume 2.5x data vs 2G users, leading to Continue reading Idea Cellular see double-digit growth in Voice, OTT Threat to Long Distance Calls