Tata Communications launches Exchange for OTT Mobile Apps Service

WEChat - Monetization RealityTata Communications, a leading provider international Bandwidth like Flag Telecom, has launched its Mobile Messaging Exchange service. The exchange will enable Over-the-top (OTT) providers [Wechat, WhatsApp, etc] and SMS aggregators to connect to a large community of MNOs globally, while allowing MNOs to monetize the SMS traffic with an added layer of security. This service provides a mutually favourable and profitable solution for all the stakeholders in the value chain.

The new Mobile Messaging Exchange stands to create an effective ecosystem built on efficiency, trust and transparency. It will not only bridge the user communities served by the OTT and SMS aggregators, who want to reach more mobile subscribers, but also MNOs, who want to (more…)

Tata Communications Neotel sale a high probability

Neotel BroadbandVodacom has entered into exclusive discussions to acquire a 100% stake in Tata Communications subsidiary, Neotel. Neotel is the second fixed-line operator in the South African market and caters to carrier and enterprise demand with a 7% market share in FY13. TCom owns a 67.3% stake in Neotel as at FY3/13. Vodacom, which is majority-owned by Vodafone Plc, is a mobile operator in South Africa and four other African countries.

Neotel has the assets that would interest Vodacom’s (more…)

The Great Broadband China Strategy Includes SmartCities

China Broadband StrategyThe State Council announced several measures to encourage the growth of China’s IT-related sectors. First of all, a Broadband China strategy will be introduced to accelerate the construction of the country’s telco infrastructure. The government will promote further its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) scheme to enable broader access to higher internet speeds. The operators are moreover tasked to further expand the coverage of 3G networks, while the regulator will strive to approve 4G licenses by 2013-end. We expect these measures to improve the demand outlook (more…)

Broadband / Mobile Internet in India @ Tipping Point – Big Take Off

Broadband Internet in India - Big Take OffIndia’s internet story is at a tipping point, underpinned by favourable demographics, expanding access to high-speed wireless networks, cheaper broadband connections, and a proliferation of cheaper devices. By 2015, we estimate India’s internet user base to rise to 300m, almost 3x the current base. Large, single-ticket deal sizes of private equity and venture capital funds indicate that well positioned companies are set for rapid growth.

A number of enabling factors for driving up India’s internet penetration are now in place. Affordability has increased due to lower access charges (more…)

MTNL Mumbai – Triband VDSL Speed Reaches 10 Mbps

State Owned, Loss Making Telco serving the metros of Mumbai and Delhi has launched Triband – VDSL Broadband with download speed reaching 10 Mbps and upload speed capped at 5 Mbps. However, Triband VDSL is available for customers who are in the 2 Km vicinity of the Exchange or the DSLAM Equipment. As the Customers move further away from the DSLAM equipment, speed deterioration starts unless the ISP comes to the rescue with further boosters.

MTNL Mumbai Triband VDSL Plans with Fair Usage Policy are as follows

  • VDSL Power 990 Upto 10 Mbps/5 Mbps till 25 GB and 512 Kbps/512 Kbps afterwards
  • VDSL Power 1290 Upto 10 Mbps/5 Mbps till 45 GB and 512 Kbps/512 Kbps afterwards
  • VDSL Power 1690 Upto 10 Mbps/5 Mbps till 75 GB and 512 Kbps/512 Kbps afterwards
  • VDSL Power 2290 Upto 10 Mbps/5 Mbps till 150 GB and 512 Kbps/512 Kbps afterwards

The above plans are cheaper than those offered by Airtel VDSL Broadband in select cities.

Broadband Subscribers Reach 15.05 Mn + Wireless 867.80 Mn

Broadband Subscribers in India reached 15.05 mn at the end of March-31-2013, as per the Data Released by Govt of India. State owned BSNL & MTNL together control over 65% of the DSL broadband Market in India.

The Top five Broadband Service Providers in terms of market share (based on subscriber base) are:
BSNL DataOne (9.93 million),
Airtel Broadband (1.40 million),
MTNL Tirband (1.08 million), [Serves only Mumbai & Delhi]
Hathway (0.37 million) and
You Broadband (0.31 million).

Wireless Subscriber base has reached a whopping 867.80 Mn after months of decline because of license cancellation and cleaning out low end multiple SIM users. While the Active Wireless Subscriber base is 723 Mn based on Visitor Location Registry. India has 525.30 Mn Urban Mobile Subscribers while Rural number stands at 342.50 Mn.

Mobile Number Portability reached 89.70 million at the end of March 2013 from 86.83 million subscribers at the end of February 2013.

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