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|October 17, 2012||News for the Telecom Industry|
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| |2G spectrum scam case: Reliance Telecom Ltd told bank to transfer Rs 974.49 crore to STPL, says witness
Reliance Telecom Limited. (RTL), had instructed a bank in March 2007 to transfer from its account Rs 974.49 crore to Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd. (STPL,) which belonged to the Reliance ADA Group (RADAG), CBI witness, Henry Richard, Registrar of Companies, told a Delhi court trying the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, on October 16. Deposing as a prosecution witness in the case, Richard told Special CBI Judge O P Saini that RTL, Reliance Communication Ltd (RCL) and STPL were "associates of each other" and that these companies belonged to RADAG. Richard's deposition assumes importance as CBI had, in its charge sheet filed on April 2 last year, alleged that RTL had used STPL, an ineligible firm, as its front company to get 2G licenses and the radio waves.
|Sever mobile numbers ported from Loop: TRAI
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Telecom regulator TRAI has asked Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices (TTSL), Reliance Telecom, and Aircel, to disconnect, within next 48 hours, all mobile numbers which were transferred to them from Loop Telecom network through MNP services. The regulator also asked the operators to submit a compliance report to it in 15 days. The directive follows a complaint by Loop Telecom, which claimed that 5,923 numbers had been ported out illegally from its network to various operators.
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| |TRAI- A woeful downslide (Premium) - View Free Sample
The Indian telecom sector's current situation merits a more progressive line of thinking from the regulator to ensure that the sector continues to progress on the government's stated agenda of inclusion. But TRAI's recommendations for 2G auctions and spectrum reforming would actually end up achieving more of the opposite. In July 2012, India's mobile GSM subscriber base reached 679.05 million from just over 1 million in 1998 through just voice services for the most part. And by that time, CDMA subscriptions had reached around 230 million (AUSPI). This stupendous growth in subscriptions has been a revelation of sorts globally, along with the surprisingly low price points at which Indian telecom players are providing these services. From an ARPU of Rs.362/user/month for GSM players in December 2005, the figure has declined to Rs.100/user/month in March 2011 as per a PwC report. The report further highlights that India's ARPUs are around 3 and 10 times lower than developing and developed countries respectively on an average. However, the recent trends point to trouble in paradise. For a sector that is already struggling with low ARPUs, slowing penetration and high debt, the last straw would really be a lack of appreciation of its achievements and insensitivity towards its pressing issues.
| |Can Samsung keep its edge in smartphones (Premium) - View Free Sample
The South Korean player enjoys a clear lead over its Finnish rival in the smartphone sweepstakes currently but there are quite a few curveballs to come in the hyperactive mobile phone market before a clear winner can emerge. Until as recently as 2008, Nokia had an invincible lock on the mobile phone market in India. The Finnish giant was by far the strongest Richmond in the field, controlling a humongous 75% of the Indian mobile handset market by volume. But over the next couple of years, even as the handset market was going through a watershed technological change and churn, Nokia made the mistake of taking its eyes off the emerging market trends and has had to pay a heavy price for the lapse. By the time it realised its mistake, the South Korean major Samsung had already taken the market by storm, introducing a whole new dynamic to the Indian mobile phone market: smartphones, which have operating systems just like PCs (with Android being the most popular). The past two years have seen Samsung make hay and sunshine of the Indian handphone market while Nokia has been left to nurse a bloody nose in the smartphone sweepstakes.
| |VAS- The Growth Catalyst- An in-depth report (Premium) - View Free Sample
VAS is not just a value-add partner, it's a catalyst for overall growth. And it's time SPs wake up to that fact. The Indian value added services industry is a curious case in the entire Indian telecom space. A country that boasts of having more than 900 mn customers out of a 1.2 bn strong population on its telecom network, has so far failed to leverage on the huge demand of added applications for their consumers. It still seems that the entire ecosystem of the Indian telecom industry works in silos. Instead of considering the VAS players as a catalyst for growth of the entire industry, they have been treated as 'lesser partners' in the whole business. The Indian VAS industry that is estimated to reach $15 bn by 2015, currently contributes only around 15% to the operators' total revenue. It's because traditionally the Indian market has been voice centric and the operators' prime focus remains on acquiring more customers. Even after reaching a mature stage in mobile services with data centric services like 3G and 4G on a roll, the uptake of VAS is still poor.
| |Smart Devices and VAS (Premium) - View Free Sample
As users mature on the network, the movement towards bundled offerings of data, devices, and services is changing the dynamics and the consumption of VAS. Once the Indian mobile subscriber base touched the tipping point, thanks to better coverage and reducing prices, telcos started focusing on getting more out of their users. Everyday the biggest challenge was to ensure sustainability and profitability constrained by hyper competition and inconsistent regulatory environment. As users matured on the network, their expectations from their network providers moved from basic voice to quality and value of services. Users are now listening to music, clicking pictures, and becoming socially active on the online social media platform. The movement towards bundled offerings of data, devices, and services is changing the dynamics and the consumption of VAS. Though the average revenue per user (ARPU) has declined over the years, the VAS APRUs has consistently increased and gone up by 28% in the last one year. Currently, it stands at 27% of the ARPU according to IAMAI. However the VAS market in India is still evolving.
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