If you are a regular reader here [As If I update Regularly ?], you know Broadband is my Food 🙂 I can go without food for a Day but not Broadband. I knew that Airtel and Reliance Communications have been deploying Wireless Point to Point Technologies for SMEs where they couldn’t wire. I had a brief communication with one Mr. Wali in Airtel Delhi and he was all excited to establish a connection for me while Reliance Communications call went unanswered.
So what is this P2P Wireless Broadband ?
P2P is Point to Point Communication using the underlying Free Spectrum of 2.4GHz of 5.8GHz which also overlaps as WiMax. Additionally, I shared the details of both the operators deployment and a subject expert Mr. Sam Churchill of DailyWireless was courteous enough to respond stating as under, Continue reading Airtel & Reliance Connect 16K SMEs With P2P Wireless Broadband
Bharti Airtel, India’s largest Telecom Company has come a long way from being a 2G Voice operator in Delhi circle by acquiring license exactly 20 years ago to launching of 4G LTE Broadband Data Services in Kolkata a week ago.
For curiosity, I happened to compare the 4G LTE Pricing of Top 4G LTE Operators Globally and Airtel is the Cheapest when it is compared on Price / MB Scale, even though it pinches our pocket in INR Terms and not to forget the $160 Dongle 🙁
The following Chart Shows the Comparison of Pricing of 4G LTE Broadband Services for various Data Usage Plans Globally. Continue reading Airtel 4G LTE Broadband – Cheapest Plans Globally
Their can’t be a better news than the release of Huawei E303c and Huawei E560 3G USB Dongles for High Speed Mobile Broadband Access. Both are Network Independent Devices – Meaning Change your SIM and access 3G network of the new operator on the fly.
Huawei E303c This is a 3G USB Dongle Modem with which you can access 3G Broadband on your Laptop / PC / Tablets, etc irrespective of the Telecom Operator. E303c / E560 are compatible with Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance, Aircel and all other 3G Operators operating in India. Detailed Spec available here.
Huawei E303c Indian Rupee Price Continue reading All Mobile Operator Compatible 3G USB Data Card / Dongle Huawei E303c + E560 in India
Before I write about the M&A in Indian Telecom, I’d like to write a little more on the evolution of Wireless Data / Broadband services.
Investment Bankers and Strategists at Telecommunication companies are pitching that Data as the next Big driver for the sector, especially with the advent of cheaper access devices. Let us study the Rise of Data as Percentage of Revenues for Telcos in Asia Pacific – Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Malaysia. All these markets are ahead of India in the Telecom revolution and thus they have a lesson which Reliance / Mukesh Ambani and others can peruse through to learn from. Continue reading Wireless Data / Broadband – Percentage of Total Revenues + Risk = Caution to Reliance
Reliance / RIL LTE / 4G the $8Bn Project has sent feelers that it will disrupt the Indian Data / Broadband services market with mere Rs 10 / GB tariffs when rolled out next year. But will this disrupt the Voice Telephony ?
RIL’s LTE / 4G Strategy – RIL will focus on data and offer cheap (or free) voice calls on VoIP technology as a loss leader strategy to build a subscriber base. RIL would be better placed than the incumbents to offer higher data speeds, which it is likely to leverage to drive down data pricing. In addition, Continue reading Can Reliance LTE / 4G Disrupt the Indian Mobile Market ?
Reliance / Mukesh Ambani is well known to influence the Indian media [Reference Nira Radia Tapes]. Anyway, our interest is Broadband and lets see if their new story of Rs 10 / GB of Wireless Broadband is doable.
Today’s ET reports that Reliance 4G LTE will be offered at Rs 10 / GB, a tenth to fifth the cost at which other operators are offering broadband services on competing technologies [ 3G / EVDO]. Reliance / Infotel Broadband have paid close to USD 2.2 Bn for the Spectrum and yet have a steep uphill task of getting the network up and Continue reading RIL Infotel Broadband’s 4G / LTE at Rs 10 / GB – Perfect Media Bomb / Gift to India ?