India 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…)
Akash 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 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…)
The management of Idea Cellular stated that only ~10% of consumers are on packs of >1GB on 3G / 4G LTE networks in a month / 30 day cycle. Hence the higher allowance for high usage packs will not by itself result in sharp ARMB decline.
Idea carries the second highest data traffic in the industry by garnering 20.5% data RMS [Revenue Market Share] in FY16, which is higher than its overall RMS. Its incremental data RMS was 27%. Idea deployed close to 40,000 3G/4G sites in the past year in addition to (more…)
To bring in personalized user experience, MakeMyTrip has added features such as mobile virtual assistant (GIPS) to assist customers while on trip, notifications when fares for searched routes / hotels fall, etc made possible by data mining and use of Artificial Intelligence algorithms. MakeMyTrip has also been continuously upgrading its mobile platform, which has led to reduced latency rate, lower app size, 100% crash-free performance, etc. – enhancing customer experience and hence retention and repeat rates.
MakeMyTrip had 5.2mn monthly active users on its platform in F1Q17 vs. 4.2mn in F4Q16. Downloads of the MakeMyTrip app have exceeded 23mn as of the end of F1Q17. The company’s nationwide TV campaign has resulted in 63% growth in new users acquired and 59% growth in total users. Mobile has been the key driver of (more…)