Aadhar Card / UIDAI Biometric Card Enrollment in India Touches 500Mn

UIDAI Aadhar CardThe enrollment in the ambitious Indian Government’s Unique Identity Authority of India – UIDAI a.k.a Aadhar Card has touched 490Mn [little short of 500 Mn / 50 Cr] and is all set to reach the 600m targeted by Mar’14. As we have highlighted before, UID aims to lower fraud risks and its applications such as DBT help reduce government expenditure leakages; far outweighing its US$3bn cost.

The benefits of giving every Indian a unique identity (UID) through the biometrics based UID number which is almost impossible to duplicate. The US$3-3.5bn project has already seen 488m enrollments. The number is rising by about 25m/month with rising acceptance of the same across India. Multiple efficiency improving applications can be built on UID. Direct benefit transfer (DBT) is one of the most (more…)

Escalate Complaint against Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone, Idea by Dialing 1037

1037 Mobile Helpline for Telecom ComplaintsDespite best efforts from the Government to regulate the Telecommunication industry with prudent billing norms, Operators like Airtel, Reliance, Idea Cellular have resorted to malpractices with their very own customers such as unauthorized mobile balance deductions by activating Value Added Services the customer has not subscribed to. The TRAI and the DoT established Internet / Web Based Complaint Cells but didn’t take off due to poor reach of broadband & the internet.

A High level committee looking into this problem just a while ago has told us that they have circulated a notification to all (more…)

Intel Mobile Chips Ready to Compete Qualcomm, MediaTek

Intel Mobile CPUSWhereas Intel is ahead on transistor technology, it is still playing catch-up on mobile integration and network technologies. Intel at its analyst day is showing concrete measures of accelerating its mobile push around integration of baseband, application processor and connectivity, working to catch-up to Qualcomm and Mediatek with well-developed roadmaps of integrated solutions. Intel has engaged low cost tablet makers and targets 4x growth to 40mn+ units (15% share) and will ramp LTE more sharply in 2H14. Intel in mobile will have low impact on TSMC the next 2 years, as its integrated LTE baseband + AP will not be out until mid- 2015 and its low cost chip stays at TSMC through 4Q15.

Key challenge for Intel is catching up to a crowded (more…)

Implications of 800 / 900 / 1800 MHz Spectrum Auction

Spectrum Auction IndiaThe Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom accepted Telecom Commission (TC) recommendations on reserve prices for 1800Mhz and 900Mhz band spectrum auctions. This would mean that pricing for 1800Mhz and 900Mhz spectrum would come down by ~27% and ~50%, respectively (vs. Mar-13 price)

Do Telecom Operators Have A strong in Case of Spectrum Renewal ?
Telecom minister stated that 900Mhz spectrum will not have reservations for any operator. We do not rule out the possibility of affected incumbent telcos opposing a potential 900 MHz auction, as they may believe that they have the right to extend (more…)

The Complete List of SingTel’s Investment in Digital Life Startup Companies

List of Companies SingTel Has Invested in Digital lifeIn our Previous Article we explained What SingTel’s Group Digital Life is all about and how it is chasing its dream to be a Smart Network Services Company. In this backdrop, the innovative Product Managers are exploring opportunities to be a part of Winning Applications and Services on the Telecom Networks. Our team have compiled the list of investments SingTel has made directly or through subsidiaries directly under its control in the following companies.

Shop Spot – Mobile shopping platform focused on Thai market at the moment. E commerce
Flocations – Online travel app/portal providing options based on traveller’s budgets E commerce
Bubble Motion Mobile social messaging business. Had more than 7mn users in 4 countries – (India, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines – at the time of funding. Mobile messaging
Stream Media Allows mobile transactions without exiting a mobile app. It aggregates mobile payment platforms including Android Market Inapp, Billing, Amazon Payments, (more…)

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