YouTube TV across Devices goes Live at Half Cost of Cable

Google announced YouTube TV, a new streaming service across devices (TV, Tablet, Mobile)that features 40+ channels like NBC and ESPN for $35 / mo. Given the robust content and service offerings on top of YouTube’s massive user base and near-ubiquitous distribution platform, YouTube TV could easily surpass subscriber levels of competitors.

The subscription costs $35 per month with no contract (cancel anytime), and will support 6 accounts (3 concurrent streams), each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR. YouTube TV can be viewed on any screen YouTube is available on, including mobile devices, laptop and desktop computers, and (more…)

How Reliance Jio became World’s Largest 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Carrier ?

Reliance Jio started by offering free services as it wanted to test its network capacity. Jio also wanted to eliminate the fear of using data created by Airtel, Vodafone and Idea amongst Indian consumers, who were not using data due to high costs.

How Jio Built Network Capacity for 4G LTE all IP Network ?
Team Jio explained that one needs to keep in mind that it is not just spectrum multiplied by towers. Capacity is also about SINR (Signal to interference and noise ratio) multiplied by backhaul. Jio has 60% optical fibre backhaul Vs mere OFC backhaul 20% for Airtel and others. It also has 3-4 years head start on fibre, since it is difficult and expensive to lay fibre. Interference is controlled by single sector cells, signal ensured device support, and real time analytics. Even after matching plans, competition is yet to see a massive increase in consumption, owing to poor SINR. Jio already has a real-time automated network tuning and depends less on (more…)

How Artificial Intelligence is used by Industry to boost Business ?

Artificial Intelligence – AI is getting more real. It can help generate massive amount amount of wealth in the medium term. The investments in this field have increased significantly over the past two years. Companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Uber and others have significantly started to acquire companies with AI expertise.

AI is having use cases across industries like accounting, healthcare, education, the more prominent impact of AI is on the work which is more routine in nature. There have been numerous examples of companies / industries which have been impacted or disrupted through use of AI. For instance, (more…)

Is it a Good Idea to Merge Vodafone + Idea Cellular ?

Reliance Jio’s free pricing blitzkrieg has triggered the largest round of consolidation in the telecom industry. Vodafone and Idea Cellular are reportedly in talks for what could possibly be an all share merger deal; Vodafone indicated that its 42% stake in Indus is excluded from any potential transaction. Such an agreement would combine the 2nd and 3rd largest domestic telco operators, commanding ~40% revenue and 35% subscriber market share, ahead of Airtel’s 31% revenue and (more…)

Amazon Auto a Threat to eBay / True Car Businesses

Amazon is continuing its push into the auto category, now into auto parts. More specifically, Amazon has reportedly struck first party supply contracts with some of the largest auto part manufacturers, including Robert Bosch, Federal-Mogul, Dorman Products, and Cardone Industries. We have seen Amazon grow and take share in many categories through its strategy of working to improve selection, SKU availability, and the amount of inventory sold first party and available for Prime same day, 1 day, and 2 day shipping.

If adopted, the Amazon Vehicles business and Garage functionality (and accompanying improving auto parts offering) would (more…)

Indian E-commerce Hype – The Reality check

Indian Ecommerce - Reality CheckWe have already covered the phase of Indian eCommerce Startup Valuations breaking through the roof between 2013 to 2015. The year 2016 saw funding crunch, the sector has had a reality check. GMV is no longer the holy grail and the focus has now shifted to metrics such as the net promoter score, user monetisation and customer experience. Also, there is a growing recognition of the fact that India is different from China and may not necessarily mirror the early e-commerce trends and trajectory in China.

Indian e-commerce firms have pursued several initiatives including increasing the commission rates (at an overall portfolio level), controlling the logistics costs (particularly returns), rationalising discounts and shifting the portfolio mix in favour of high-margin categories to curtail the losses and create a foundation for achieving profitability. Regulations have so far been (more…)

Rise and Fall of Indian eCommerce 1.0 Startups Valuations

Indian eCommerce Storry 2013 to 2015The Indian eCommerce Saga trails the Americas by a decade. 2013 to 2015 were eventful years for the Indian internet sector. Overall, 2015 GMV growth for the e-commerce sector saw the fastest pace in the past five years, despite a higher base. Funding activity, too, peaked in 2015. Investor optimism was high as well valuations doubled in many successive rounds of funding within a gap of just a few months. There were several large funding rounds such as Flipkart’s US$1 bn one, followed by a couple of US$700 mn funding rounds over the next six months, valuing the company at US$15 bn. Snapdeal raised over US$600 mn in 2014 and followed it with another US$500 mn round in mid-2015, while Paytm raised US$680 mn in Sep-15 from Alibaba and Ant Financials (Alipay). Ola also raised over US$1.1 bn between Oct-14 and Nov-15, in three rounds of funding

The Flawed GMV Based Valuations Model
GMV was the most widely tracked key performance indicator for ecommerce companies — not only internally, but for investors as well. Companies expanded GMV without focusing much on unit economics. This led to an increase in discounting and marketing (more…)

Demonetization + Jio to impact Airtel, Vodafone Idea

jio-impact-on-airtel-vodafone-ideaDespite some respite from being allowed to accept old Rs 500 / 1,000 notes for a brief period, the two big events, i.e. demonetization and full quarter of Jio’s free services, are likely to result in a sharp sequential revenue decline. Pressure from Jio’s free launch offers is likely to be felt on three fronts – data volumes (as industry’s paid volumes take an expected knock), data pricing (as the incumbents try to hold on to data volumes) and voice pricing (initial impact of bundled offerings in line with Jio’s announced pricing construct + step-up in aggression on pure voice plans)

Jio’s free offers have resulted in a sharp (more…)

What are the Obstacles to OTT in India ?

ott-mobile-appsThere is lot of bugaboo about the proliferation of digital media in India. India too is estimated to follow the same consumption pattern as in US with surge in internet penetration . However, currently, broadband infrastructure in the country is too inadequate due to which internet penetration is limited to ~27.5%. Further, available wired broadband speeds to paying consumers in India are far below what the service providers promise. A data service package that promises 8mbps typically max out at 5mbps. This is due to high contention ratio (that measures the number of internet users sharing a fixed amount of bandwidth) given limited availability of bandwidth.

Nonetheless, mindset of consumers is rapidly (more…)

CarDekho derives 75% revenues from New Car Business

cardekho-new-business-revenue New car business accounts for 75% of the CarDekho’s revenues currently. There are three revenue streams in this segment: 1> advertisements by OEMs; 2> Lead generation for dealers/OEMs – CarDekho generates leads for ~2,000 partner new-car dealers; and 3> technology solutions including lead management systems for OEMs/dealers, virtual reality and sales & marketing solutions. CarDekho has strong OEM relationships with Renault, Ford, Nissan & Datsun, Tata Motors, Honda and M&M for a portfolio of solutions.

The revenue from the used car business is (more…)

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