Reliance Jio – Not just a 4G Carrier, A Complete Digital / Infotainment / Commerce Platform

jio-digital-platformMukesh Ambani made a mark for himself in India in the early 90s when he persuaded his father Dhirubhai Ambani to go for backward integration in the booming petrochemicals and further took the dream ahead into Oil & Gas business. He was also the brain behind the erstwhile Reliance Infocomm now Reliance Communications managed by his brother Anil Ambani in a bitter separation during 2005.

Mukesh Ambani had the vision about Digital India and thus began his unraveling of the complete Telecom, Content, Infotainment, eCommerce and digital blueprint from his brains on to the strategists’ drawing board at Reliance. Jio’s entry in the telecom space is a vehicle to deliver content and services riding the world class (more…)

How to get Jio 4G SIM Activated Guaranteed in 12 Hours ?

Reliance Jio Infocomm launched Preview Offer of its Jio 4G VoLTE services for Free on Voice and Data until the 31st Dec, 2016. There was a mad rush to get Jio SIM Card to make the best of it by floating Wireless Consumers who switch to any operator who offers Freebies. India is per-dominantly (95%) a Pre-Paid Wireless market with bottom of the pyramid having no loyalty to any operator as they scout for deals. In this backdrop, Large Number of SIMs were issued, some sold by retailers in Black but the back end of Jio is unable to handle the mass activation as they have to process each and every Customers Application Form [CAF] Manually by digitizing the same.

On the 5th of September, they launched eKYC Platform in-line with Jio’s automation across all processes inside the company. We’d like to let our readers know how Easy and a Guaranteed process it is to get your Jio 4G SIM Activated within 12 hours, if you go for the Aadhar based eKYC.

Customers Need to Carry the Following:
1. Aadhar Card
2. Jio’s Coupon / Bar Code
3. SIM Optional [If you have already bought, else if it is available in Jio Store]

Step-1:Make sure your handset is compatible with Jio 4G. Go to the App Store and Download the My Jio App from Playstore and generate the Coupon / Bar Code as shown below. Take a Screenshot / Print (more…)

Who are Google Cloud’s Big Corporate Customers and their Applications?

google-cloud-corporate-customersWe have researched on who are the Big Corporate Customers of Google Cloud, the Best Cloud Computing Platform globally and what Google’s Cloud Services they have been availing during their shift from Traditional Client Server Computing over the past 20 years dominated by Microsoft and IBM.

We list the name of the Company and the Google Cloud Service they have availed for what kind of Application serving their (more…)

Why Google Cloud acquired Apigee API Platform ?

google-apigee-cloudGoogle Cloud Platform business unit acquired Apigee, a provider of application programming interface. Apigee provides an API platform that can be used by companies to make their services available on multiple mobile devices. Apigee also provides its customers analytics to measure the activity coming from the apps. As an example, Walgreens uses Apigee to manage the Walgreens APIs that developers use to build apps for the Walgreens ecosystem.

This enhances Google’s push into corporate computing as they look to take advantage of the evolving industry dynamics. Google’s head of cloud computing Diane Greene stated as follows (more…)

Reliance Jio 4G Activating 1 Lakh SIMs Every Day, Reach 5 Mn Subscribers

jio-4g-sim-activationTelecom Analysts conducted sales and distribution channel check to understand consumers’ response to RJio’s recently launched Welcome Offer, wherein users can access free pan-India voice and data services.

Jio 4G SIM Cards are currently distributed only via the Reliance Retail channel Only. Distribution in mom-and-pop and modern stores will be started in 15-20 days. RJio has mapped 2.5lac SIM distributors, and over the coming quarters, it is expected to reach closer to the current number of (more…)

Jio’s 4G Plan Pricing to Mislead Airtel, Vodafone, Idea

Jio Commercial Plans MisleadingReliance Jio announced it has filed tariff plans with TRAI. These would be applicable from 1st Jan-17, post-expiry of the free service offer, renamed as Jio Welcome Offer . Akash Ambani appears to have mastered the lessons of Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and has hit Airtel, Vodafone and Idea where it matters most – Voice Revenues which account for 75% of their Billing.

We do not think Jio’s plans would have a significant impact on mass mobile broadband data market with ARPU of Rs200 400, because (as per Jio media release), there are no monthly packs (more…)

Google’s Low Cost Car Pooling via Waze to cut Uber’s Dominance

Google Car Pooling to Cut Uber BusinessGoogle plans to offer carpooling service via its Waze app to the broader San Francisco area beginning Fall 2016. The company originally tested carpool services with Waze in Israel in 2015 (now broadly available in Israel), and then launched a pilot program near its CA headquarters in May 2016. The next step is reportedly the San Francisco pilot for roughly 25k employees of large San Francisco firms including Wal-Mart Stores and Adobe, in which riders will be limited to two rides a day (for commute). Longer-term, the plan appears to be a broader SF roll-out for all Waze app users in the area.

Waze is a popular navigation app in which users can post notifications and alerts about traffic, accidents, police activity, etc. Google acquired Waze in 2013 for $966mn, which has grown to 65mn active users and continues as its own unit within Google. The carpool feature is similar to that of Uber and Lyft, but not exactly apples to apples. Whereas the latter focuses on a taxi-like service, Waze carpool aims to connect riders to drivers already going a (more…)

Indian SmartPhone Market Dominated and Run on Android

Android Dominates Indian SmartPhoneIndia is the world’s second-largest telecommunications market, with about one billion mobile subscribers. Handset shipments in India have been rising strongly, at a CAGR of 29% over the last year. India stood second in terms of total handset shipments, next only to China, in 2015.

India is also the largest feature-phone market in the world. Even though the market share of feature phones is declining, these low-cost phones still account for almost 55% of the overall mobile phone market. Out of the total smartphone market, 67% of devices shipped are priced under $200.

Smartphone shipment in India has been growing continuously and India is poised to surpass the United States to become the second largest smartphone market by 2018-19E. Currently India is the third largest smartphone market in the World. The biggest pie of the smartphone market lies (more…)

Jio Gets Aggressive to Push VoLTE SmartPhones

Long Queues for JIO SIMsAkash Ambani managed Reliance Jio Infocomm has launched VoLTE service [Mobile Voice] on a unique ecosystem (850 + 1800/2300MHz) along with 4G Mobile Broadband. A very small number of smartphones will currently work on the Jio ecosystem (<5mn), as <3% of the smartphones have VoLTE capability. However, Reliance insiders say that, Jio has a large inventory of LYF branded phones. In order to encourage VoLTE penetration, we see the possibility of Jio subsidizing the LYF handsets, which may act as a catalyst for increased smartphone growth.

Currently there is awareness about 4G phones and consumers are demanding future ready smartphone (i.e. 4G over 3G), there (more…)

Bharti Infratel Tenancy Sluggish, Reliance Jio’s Light Weight Towers

Bharti Infratel Growth SluggishBharti Infratel saw reduction in tenancies currently as the smaller operators are exiting the market. There was a reduction of 1,179 tenancies in this quarter due to such smaller operator exits (Largely Videocon’s Exit). But even excluding the impact of such exits, gross tenancy addition of 2,546 is muted vs the prior four-quarter tenancy addition of 3,185. This suggests that even the Big 3 (Airtel, Vodafone, Idea) have been slow in rolling out tenancies/towers in this quarter, in part seasonal and in part due to the nearness of the upcoming spectrum auctions.

Strong loading on existing sites has led to a ~3% Y/Y increase in average rentals (~Rs 35,039 for Jun-16). Almost all 3G/4G build-out by operators (more…)

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