Pan India 2015 spectrum holding data sheet (updated)

Recently concluded auction has redrawn the mobile spectrum map of India. The latest auction has paved way for entry of new 3G operator in at least 12 circles. Also operators are free to using 900MHz won in the auction for 3G service as the entire spectrum won in this auction is liberalized. Accordingly we have updated the Pan India spectrum holding data sheet. Reliance Jio won 800MHz spectrum 10 circles, Reliance Communications in [...]

Toll-Free Apps Help Build Smart Pipes for a Digital India

The booming digital economy has implications for a country soon predicted to have 283.8 million users - the world’s second largest Internet user base after China. Internet traffic in India is expected to increase five-fold by 2018, with a CAGR of over 40%, according to a recent consultation paper prepared by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). In this article, I address how India is grappling with infrastructure, innovation [...]

Analysis: Mobile tariff unlikely to go up after auction

Telecom Spectrum auction is a great success for the Government, it garners around Rs.1.10 Lakh Crore from the sale of mobile phone airwaves after 19 days of fierce bidding. The amount is more than Rs.1.06 Lakh Crore raised during the year 2010. The Finance Minister may happy that one-third of the amount will come to Governments kitty within 15 days and it is very useful for him to reduce the [...]

A handy guide to frequency bands used for telecommunication in India

Use of radio frequency bands of the electromagnetic spectrum is regulated by governments in most countries, in a Spectrum management process known as frequency allocation or spectrum allocation. Radio propagation does not stop at national boundaries which is why governments have sought to harmonise the allocation of RF bands and their standardization. A number of bodies work on standards for frequency allocation, including: International Telecommunication Union (ITU) European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) Radio [...]

RCOM Vs DoCoMo who offers the best CDMA smartphone postpaid data packs?

CDMA is the lesser popular counterpart of mobile telephony which is losing its charm in the GSM dominated Indian telecom industry. As of today, we have just 3 serious CDMA operators in the country, namely Rcom, DoCoMo and MTS. For the sake of this comparison we are considering only Rcom and Docomo since both these operators offer standalone unified HSD(EvDO) packs for postpaid smartphone users while MTS only offers these [...]

Analysis on VAS activation procedure followed by Indian Operators, Reliance GSM creates confusion during activation

We have already stirred a hornet's nest with our recent poll - Mobile VAS, is it really driving the Indian telecom market? Now that we have already started something, just wanted to cover all the aspects of VAS in a consumer-centric approach and we have come up with an analysis on VAS activation procedure followed by most of the Indian telecom operators before we come up with our poll results. [...]

Analysis : List of Operators who messed up Call forwarding/Divert Services

Ever tried to forward or divert your mobile calls to another mobile/voice mailbox number and faced tough times with the process? If you are in any situation where you feel the importance of call forwarding/divert services, go ahead and continue reading. Your reason can be anything, be it network availability or you are in a situation unable to take calls. Call forwarding/diverting feature may come to rescue under any such [...]

Wi-Fi’s Own ‘Magic Hour’ : Airports Reflect A Deeper Consumer Behavioural Shift

Public Wi-Fi is becoming as ubiquitous as lighting, heating and air conditioning in public spaces; today, it’s only the absence of such amenities that would be worth remarking upon. Globally, more than half of the world’s Internet users access the Web through mobile devices – that’s more than 1.5 billion people – a figure reflected in the rising sales of mobile devices. In India, this represents 86 million of the [...]

Is Qualcomm readying Snapdragon 815 and Snapdragon 820 after heating issues found in Snapdragon 810?

After Apple surprised every mobile processor brand by releasing a 64-bit A7 chipset with the iPhone 5S, its competitors were forced to release new chipsets with support for 64-bit computing. An year after Apple's announcement, Qualcomm unveiled a complete line-up of 64-bit processors. This line-up included the Snapdragon 410, the Snapdragon 610, the Snapdragon 615, the Snapdragon 808, and the Snapdragon 810. But it seems that all is not well [...]

This is what you should expect from Samsung at the MWC 2015 event

Samsung has been loosing market share and consumer interest from the past one year, especially in the low-end segment after the entry of Chinese smartphone brands like Xiaomi and value for money devices from brands like Motorola and Asus. The South Korean smartphone giant was once comfortably positioned as a premium smartphone manufacturer in the phablet arena, but Apple invaded its town last year and the issues further mounted for Samsung. This resulted [...]

Net Neutrality – The Concept and its Importance in the Indian Context

SYAM (an imaginary Indian Character) read the news about the recent NET NEUTRALITY Debate in India and seeing his anger his friend Ram became curious about what this is all about. Ram: What is net neutrality? Syam: The term implies that all traffic on the Internet has to be treated equally by ISPs (Internet Service Providers). This is why today we pay for only the data that we consume and not [...]

CES 2015 Roundup: A list of all the important device launches and updates from the event

The CES 2015 is over, and we've seen some interesting smartphone and mobile technology launches during the event. We've tried to cover and report about all the important launches, which happened during the event. Here's a summary of all the products and technologies announced during the event, which was held in Las Vegas from 6 - 9 January, 2015. LG G Flex 2 is a successor to the G Flex, [...]

4G calling; 2015 has promises and challenges for the Indian telecom sector

Another year comes to an end for the Indian telecom market. While 2014 year was significant, 2015 will be crucial in defining the Indian telecom market. We present below the key trends which we believe will dominate the industry in 2015. OTT wars: Fresh from the Airtel’s move to charge internet usage differently, we expect to see many such wars between operators and OTT players in 2015. While the wars were [...]

10 smartphone trends in 2014: phablets, selfies, 4G LTE, exclusive tie-ups, and more

It has been an action-packed year so far, when it comes to smartphone launches, sales, and a number of technological improvements. In this article, I have listed 10 smartphone trends which I noticed in the year 2014. 1. Entry of new smartphone brands in India Some new, yet popular smartphone brands entered India, as the country is on it's way to become the largest mobile phone market in the world. Xiaomi, which is being portrayed as the "Apple of China", [...]

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