BlackBerry Messenger Continued Falloff in Services & Users

BlackBerry - The FutureBlackBerry device units of 1.6M, up 25% q/q and down 76% y/y missed our arguably optimistic 2.52M est based on Z3 sell-in for Devices rev of $377M.

BlackBerry Messenger – BBM
Management expects another stair step once BBM comes loaded on Nokia Lumias and guided to $100M in BBM related revenue for FY16, from enterprise sales, ads, and some consumer upsell. We believe this is a lofty target as the company struggles to find a sustainable and profitable business model going forward, especially as it likely relies on enterprise users that now total just 10M. On the consumer side, we continue to believe Blackberry likely has a difficult time monetizing its ~85M BBM monthly active user (MAU) total sub base that barely (more…)

List of All Online / Mobile Payment Gateways / Channels in India

Citrus Payment Gateway India - Split BillsWe have received numerous request from Readers / potential entrepreneurs to make a list of all the Payment Gateways for Online & Mobile Transactions in India. By Popular Readers’ demand, here is the list based on the who was the fast in the Indian market.

  • Payseal/ICICI Bank ICICI Merchant Services 2000
  • Billdesk Ltd 2000
  • CCAvenue Avenues India Private Limited – 2001
  • Transecute Transecute India Pvt Ltd (Directi) 2001
  • EBS E-Billing Solutions 2005
  • Paymate Wallet Paymate India PVt. Limited 2006 [Mobile]
  • DirecPay/Timesgroup TimesofMoney Ltd. 2008
  • (more…)

Reliance Jio to Launch With Scale of Airtel / Idea

Reliance Jio LaunchAt the AGM of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani told that Reliance Jio Infocomm network will be ubiquitous, covering 5,000 cities and towns (90% of urban population) and 215,000 villages “initially”. To put these numbers in perspective, Airtel is present in 5,121 towns and 461,000 villages as of Mar-2014. Thus Reliance Jio’s network coverage at launch is likely to be quite comparable to Airtel / Idea’s in terms of reach (more so in terms of revenue targeting, given the urban markets have
higher ARPU’s and hence account for significant share of revenues). Over the longer term, (more…)

Amazon’s Mobile – “Fire” SmartPhone – The GameChanger

Amazon Fire Phone the Game ChangerWeb Computing Giant Amazon’s smartphone (the Fire Phone) represents to us the latest in the shift of Internet companies to compete in smart hardware to not only improve their market shares but also to drive mobile e-commerce.

The long-awaited smartphone (under development since 2011) with a price of US$649 (32GB) without contract. The new phone is equipped with 1) a 4.7-inch display, 2) Qualcomm 4-core CPU and 3) most importantly, 3D camera modules that carry sets of four sensor cams plus 13MP/f2.0 normal cameras.

Amazon’s Game Changing Technology
According to Amazon, (more…)

Reliance Jio Targets Big Bang Nationwide Launch of Fiber Broadband, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE Services

Reliance Jio FTTH BroadbandLast month in a conference of Indian Telecommunications progress on 4G-LTE front, Reliance Jio’s B2B executive made a presentation and excerpts from the same are as under.

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJio) has laid lot of stress on the fact that fibre connectivity is required [Even in 1999, Mukesh did the same which is now with RCom]. Reliance Jio plans to connect as many buildings with fibre as possible. Over the longer term, RJio’s offering will be a mix of fibre [FTTH], LTE and WiFi. Management explained that chargeable WiFi (not free) will be an integral part of the company’s (more…)

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