Alipay / WeChat – Tenpay – Leaders in Chinese Online / Mobile Payments Market

Chinese Mobile Online Payment LeadersOnline payment is the basic infrastructure of internet finance. In China, online payment is essential for the development of the e-commerce market, as consumers need to complete the entire purchase process through online third-party payment services.

Launched in 2004, Alipay is now the largest third-party payment service provider in China, taking a 47.6% market share in the third-party payment market of China in 3Q15, according to iResearch. In April 2015, Alipay disclosed monthly active users (MAU) at 270 mn, from 190 mn in Oct 2014, with an average of 45 mn daily transactions. We estimate that Alipay has around 500 mn annual active users.

Alipay has established partnerships with (more…)

Can Just Dial Reverse Slowing Network Effect with Omni / Search Plus Launch ?

Just Dial Slowing Sales - Omni SME LaunchJust Dial’s revenue growth for Core Search business has decelerated meaningfully over the last few quarters. While growth may have bottomed out, the initiatives taken by the management will take a few quarters to yield results, in our view. Management reiterated that the slowdown in revenue growth was not led by any increase in competitive activity, but due to a lesser focus internally on the search business. It plans to add 2,000-2,500 people to its sales team (both tele-sales and “feet on street”) over the next 9-10 months, which should address the issue of growth.

The total listings on Just Dial platform is ~16mn and it has the potential to move up to 20-25mn. It is planning to start a program of (more…)

Blind Gaming by Incumbents Amidst Reliance Jio Launch

Mobile Broadband Vs VoiceGiven the impending threat of Reliance Jio entry, incumbents – Airtel, Vodafone & Idea have accelerated the pace of mobile broadband data network rollout in a blind game forgetting the Economics of Return on Investments. Cumulatively, they have added 72.8K 3G/4G BTSs over the past four quarter (total installed base of 172.5K), with Airtel having added 35.7K, Idea 19.8K and Vodafone 17.3K during the quarter. Idea increased its capex guidance to INR75bn (from INR60-65bn earlier), the third increase in capex guidance over the last 9 months (1.5x of initial guidance), on account of faster data rollout.

Two key debates would continue for the sector – 1) pricing vs volume and what it does to the market dynamics; and 2) capex intensity vs returns – how much is enough given the slowing mobile data growth [3G / 4G].

Idea which in the past has (more…)

TRAI NetNeutrality Regulations Impact on Airtel Wynk / Jio Mags – Play – Beats Apps

TRAI Net Neutrality Exploit WeaknessThough TRAI accepted / acknowledged most of our Regulations on NetNeutrality one of them is highly debatable and can create lot of controversy. In TRAI’s Consultation Paper [CP] the fourth question posed was – Is there any other issue that needs to be considered. We at DSLIndia have been tracking the Indian Telecom Sector for over 15 years and we know the pulse of each of the service provider. Our goal is to Maximize revenue to the Government and bat for high quality consumer experience. In this backdrop, we went into Out of the Box Thinking Mode and it is we who brought this idea to light to the officials of the TRAI to keep the entire Telecom Network Neutral and made the following suggestion, [Source PDF] (more…)

TRAI Regulation on Net Neutrality – Most of Our Recommendations Accepted

TRAI Accepts DSLIndia Recommendations on Net NeutralityTime for some self pat as TRAI accepts most of our Out of the Box Recommendations on Net Neutrality in India and structuring their final Regulations based on the core points we have highlighted in our compilation which is available here [PDF].

TRAI Recommendations released just a while ago on Net neutrality is available here [13MB PDF File].

Everybody have opposed Differential Pricing of Data Tariffs, so we will not take credit for the same, but here are some of the Unique Points which were addressed only by DSLIndia’s Telecom Analysts and acknowledged by the TRAI in its Regulations which are notified for Gazette Publication.

1. If you have read through (more…)

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