- Tariff plans offered by telcos / internet service providers must conform to net neutrality
- OTTs (Over the top) providing SMS/international VOIP services do not need to get a license but license is needed for domestic VOIP services
- Legitimate traffic management is allowed but should not prejudice against app / website specific content
- Tariff plans including Zero rating plans need to be looked into by the regulator on a case to case basis
- The panel is not in favor of “Internet.org” as it believes that content and application providers should not be permitted to act as gatekeepers.
Google plans to launch a Wi-Fi first wireless MVNO in the US later this year under the brand Project Fi, with Sprint and T-Mobile US as partners and create a Meta Network [Network of all Heterogeneous Networks]. Support for multiple carriers to get “best of both” coverage. A Wi-Fi first approach (for calls and texts as well as data), with soft handoff from WI-Fi to cellular service. Any device supporting Google Hangouts can be used to access voicemail or make calls. Initially, only Google Nexus 6 SmartPhone users have been invited to test the service. [Platform Stickiness – Bill Gates Founder Chairman of Microsoft is the original Creator of “Platforms Strategy” way back in 1996-97 when Visual Studio & Microsoft Tools were given away almost free of cost for Windows Developers so that they could create applications for the platform and help Microsoft sell OS licenses] Larry Page is extending on the same in an era of Platform & Communication Convergence.
Pricing and other details were confirmed for Project Fi: $20/month for talk and text, with data priced at $10/GB, with unused data credited forward Continue reading Google’s Project Fi – Consumer Demands Addressed + Platform Stickiness
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
With the increasing penetration of Internet & embracement of IT, every company is transforming into the Digital Age. Banking and digitization are two sides of the same coin. An industry which is dominated by information and where the products and services are in a sense virtual is ideally suited to the digital revolution. Many large banks today already have a larger payroll of IT staff and software developers than the largest standalone IT companies. The latest phase in the global banking sector’s ongoing digital revolution is the current mobile banking wave. The ubiquity of smart phones in developed markets (DM) and mobiles in emerging markets (EM) is creating opportunities and disruptions across many axes.
Incumbent commercial banks in developed markets can use digital to boost efficiency via the reduction of branch networks and staffing levels. Online commerce Continue reading How Internet is Transforming Banking & Payments to a Digital Experience ?
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook delivered at Mobile World Congress said that WhatsApp was worth more than the $19bn Facebook paid for. He gave limited insights on how he intends to monetize WhatsApp but ruled out monetizing customer data. WhatsApp is scheduled to launch voice service on top of its existing messaging service in Q2-2014. The main risk for operators is the potential cannibalization of voice usage and revenues by data as is already the case for SMS. With 95% of Indian users in Pre-Paid segment, there are no bundled offerings by Telcos which can cannibalize there revenues. Continue reading Will Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular Block WhatsApp / OTT Apps Voice Traffic in India ?
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 ?