The Competition Commission of India – CCI has cleared the merger of MTS Sistema with Reliance Communications Ltd. This merger will future-proof RCOM’s 4G LTE play in the most efficient 800/850 MHz spectrum band, acknowledged as the best-in-class standard for data services. With MTS’ merger into RCOM, RCOM will have the largest holdings of 850 MHz band spectrum in the country — most suited for 4G LTE, which is the future Continue reading RCom all set to Join 4G-LTE Race Post-Merger with MTS Sistema
Vodafone 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
A key question I’m always asked is whether Airtel should have launched 4G even before to give it more time. The strategy behind Airtel’s 4G LTE launch was to pre-empt Reliance Jio. It launched commercial 4G operations in August-15 across 296 towns. Airtel has subsequently increased its footprint (is an ongoing process). The launch has been backed by heavy marketing to educate Continue reading Did Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Undermine 4G-LTE Which Reliance Jio embraced ?
Vodafone believes 2G, 3G and 4G will co-exist in India for years to come and believes multiple networks can help address the needs of all strata of customers and is cost efficient. Management highlighted past failure of a 3G-only network. Vodafone is increasing its own 3G network footprint from nine circles to 16, reducing the dependence on roaming, which will help improve quality and lower costs. Vodafone is also working aggressively to launch LTE in five key markets that account for 40-50% of its data revenue by March 2016. [We think this is a bit laid-back Continue reading 2G, 3G & 4G Will Co-Exist in India – Vodafone
3 Months Ago I was the first to write that Airtel’s 4G LTE Strategy is to sabotage the hype surrounding Reliance Jio Infocomm and since then the management has taken giant strides to launch 4G LTE in 300 Cities across India.
One of our users tried Airtel 4G continuously for a week in Mumbai Region and files that Airtel 4G speed averages 4x of 3G, coverage remains patchy and more (capex) needs to be done. Aitel 4G speed unsurprisingly, is Continue reading Airtel’s Go 4G Strategy Begins Well in 300 Cities
China Mobile has finally caught up with competitors in providing high speed mobile data services to smartphone users. Using the TD-LTE network, users have reported 10x performance increase compared to CM’s legacy TDSCDMA (3G). The TD-LTE network is also increasingly ubiquitous, covering 96.7% of test locations in three Tier 1 cities, and is expected to cover 95.0% of the population by year end. More importantly, speeds of 5.4- 35.9Mbps achieved by TD-LTE are clearly a game-changing step upwards from average speeds of 0.1-1.4Mbps, which China Mobile achieved on its TD-SCDMA (3G) network. The network speeds on China Mobile’s TD-LTE (4G) are now high enough and consistent enough for seamless enjoyment of most ‘common’ smartphone usage, Continue reading China Mobile’s TD-LTE Success, Big Boost for Reliance Jio Infocomm