Analysis

BlackBerry’s global market share is declining despite its efforts

Even after launching low cost smartphones, BlackBerry's global market share seems to be declining. In its report regarding smartphone market share, Kantar WorldPanel has tossed BlackBerry in the low-lying “other” category along with powerless platforms such as Symbian and Firefox. Three other major platforms; iOS, Android and Windows Phone either hold steady or march ahead. Prior this year, BlackBerry’s market share fell to just 0.4 percent in the United States

Are Indian Mobile Operators running in a Cartel Mode?

Since I have been traveling for a month now, it's fun to notice what operators have to offer in different regions. Specifically, what I have noticed is there's little or no differentiation when it comes to tariffs offered by different operators for services like SMS, voice calls or data. It almost makes me want to question whether these top private operators are running a cartel. For the uninitiated, a cartel is

Mobile Data Boom: How Indian Operators can Chart a Growth Strategy?

With unprecedented penetration of smartphones across users of all socio-economic strata, demand for mobile data is ever growing all over the world. Telecom service providers around the globe are bracing up to come up in terms with this trend and improve their offerings in terms of network quality and pricing. Airtel's new The Smartphone Network campaign asserts the fact that even operators are aware about the significance of data being

Is Oppo’s partnership with Amazon enough to improve sales?

Off late, it has become a fashion among smartphone brands to have an exclusive tie-up with online retailers. Motorola, Asus and Xiaomi are in exclusive tie-up with Flipkart while brands like Micromax, Xolo and Oplus have launched some of their devices exclusively on Snapdeal. Now, Oppo has announced a partnership with major online retailer; Amazon. It has also mentioned that all the devices from Oppo will be available from Amazon. Although Oppo entered the Indian market sometime

DoT to move Supreme Court against 3G intra-circle roaming, will this bring an end to 3G ICRA ?

Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has now decided to move the Supreme Court against 3G intra-circle roaming (ICR) agreement between operators. DoT had earlier banned 3G intra-circle roaming, saying they enabled the companies to offer 3G services without buying spectrum. Tribunal Settlement and Appellate Tribunal(TDSAT) however, on April 29 this year overturned the DoT’s ban and had issued orders that permitted telecom operators to offer 3G services even in the circles

TRAI’s Recommendation on Spectrum Sharing – Let it Happen!

Long- awaited spectrum sharing policy (pooling of spectrum held by the two operators for simultaneous use) for Indian mobile operators can soon be a reality, as Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released its final recommendations to DoT. If we can go back, in 2010 & 2011 TRAI published their views on spectrum sharing among operators. Due to various causes DoT did accept them partly and there were many