About the author: Born in India, Yogesh loves to travel and has lived in multiple countries including New Zealand and Canada. His bylines can be found on various newspapers and blogs throughout the world, including Vancouver Sun, Surrey Now-Leader, Daily Hive , Investing News Network and Rach F1.

October 3rd, 2021 10:13 PM 0 COMMENTS

Indian Users Expected to Spend More on OTT, Sony-Zee to Cash on Market Growth

Indian users are expected to spend more on over-the-top (OTT) platforms in the next few years, say analysts. Prabhudas Lilladher, a research based financial services organization, in a note said it expects users in India to make “higher spends on digital side” as there is a “shift in viewing habits.” The firm in its note on Thursday highlighted that the viewing patterns have shifted from linear television to digital media... Read More

September 26th, 2021 11:05 AM 0 COMMENTS

American Tower CEO Hopes Indian Telecom Operators Reinvest Into Telecom Infrastructure

The telecom market in India had been a “tough” space for the operators in the past two to three years, says Tom Bartlett, chief executive officer at American Tower. Bartlett said that American Tower witnessed “outsized net growth” when the company “originally” entered the Indian telecom market. However, the chief executive officer at American Tower said that the growth was “clamped down” as the Indian telecom market underwent “consolidation” and... Read More

September 22nd, 2021 9:08 PM 1 COMMENTS

Telecom Operator Arrangements Critical to Disney+ Hotstar

Disney+ Hostar, the over-the-top (OTT) streaming platform run by Walt Disney owned Star India, has over 18,000 hours of “unparalleled content,” says Bob Chapek, chief executive officer at Walt Disney. Chapek said that Walt Disney’s approach with its direct-to-consumer offerings “across the world is that one size does not fit all.” The chief executive officer at Walt Disney said that the company heads to the market with “different propositions, different... Read More

September 19th, 2021 10:02 AM 45 COMMENTS

Telecom Sector Duopoly Still a Possibility with No Tariff Hikes

The Telecom industry in India can still “slip towards a duopoly” in absence of a “sizable tariff hike,” multiple analysts say. The Union government on Wednesday announced a set of “structural and process reforms” for the telecom industry to “promote healthy competition” and to “generate employment opportunities.” The measures announced by the Union government included a four-year moratorium for telecom companies to repay dues to the government along with the... Read More

September 16th, 2021 10:11 AM 4 COMMENTS

ACT Fibernet to Provide Superior User Experience, CEO Says Significant Progress Made in Internet Speed

Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT), the fourth largest wired broadband service provider in India “believes in radical social transformation,” says Bala Malladi, chief executive officer at ACT. Malladi told TelecomTalk that the company seeks to empower “individuals with access to high speed data,” with ACT “working to fulfil” its vision through the Hy-Fi project. The Telangana government in partnership with ACT, the company offering wired broadband service under ACT Fibernet launched... Read More

September 12th, 2021 8:10 PM 0 COMMENTS

OTT Platforms Emerge As Focal Point for Telecom, DTH Operators

Vodafone Idea on Tuesday said that the “telecom industry is undergoing a digital transformation” due to the “growing” consumption of over-the-top (OTT) platforms along with the Internet of Things (IoT) “acceleration.” The operator shared the development in its annual report with Vodafone Idea also highlighting that the telecom operators are “transitioning from being pure telecom service providers to integrated digital service providers.” Vodafone Idea said that the operators are providing... Read More

September 8th, 2021 7:57 PM 0 COMMENTS

HBO Max India Launch Uncertain, Subscriber Growth Expected from Lower ARPU Regions

WarnerMedia, a leading media and entertainment company regularly conducts market research with its users to “test a wide range of possible offers and price points” for its services, says its spokesperson. In response to a query sent by TelecomTalk, a WarnerMedia spokesperson said that the reports suggesting a potential launch of HBO Max in India “do not reflect any current plans.” HBO Max, a streaming service run by WarnerMedia, is... Read More

September 3rd, 2021 5:37 PM 21 COMMENTS

Indian Telecom Operators Upgrading Networks, Replacing Huawei Equipment

Telecom operators are “actively replacing Huawei networks in India,” says Gary Smith, chief executive officer at Ciena, a networking systems, services and software company. Smith said that Ciena has “certainly been the beneficiary” of the telecom operators replacing Huawei equipment from their networks. Further, the chief executive officer at Ciena said that the company has “seen this dynamic for a while” and that “it is clearly a multi-year tailwind” for... Read More

September 1st, 2021 8:01 PM 13 COMMENTS

Bharti Airtel Getting Set for Bigger Battles

Bharti Airtel, the second-largest wireless operator in India is “building a war chest for upcoming growth opportunities” but its plans to raise the funds was “not necessary” at this time, say multiple analysts. The operator on Sunday announced that its board in a meeting approved its plan to raise up to Rs 21,000 crore through a rights issue. In an investor call on Monday, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Bharti Airtel chairman... Read More

August 27th, 2021 7:23 PM 18 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Survival Crucial for India, Collapse Could Overburden Airtel, Jio

The telecom market in India will be “falling into duopoly” with Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio “sharing the subscriber market share among themselves” if Vodafone Idea does collapse, says Kantipudi Pradeepthi, research analyst at GlobalData. Pradeepthi said that the country till now has the “lower and cheapest mobile data plans around the globe” largely “due to the launch of Jio in 2016.” The research analyst at GlobalData believes that “there... Read More

August 25th, 2021 7:39 PM 10 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea 4G User Additions Evoke Mixed Response from Analysts

Vodafone Idea, the third largest operator in India added 18 lakhs new 4G users in June, with the additions generating mixed responses from the analysts. According to the data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Monday, Vodafone Idea 4G user base touched 12.14 crores in June. In the previous month, the Trai data highlights that the operator had 11.96 crores 4G users, translating to an 18... Read More

August 20th, 2021 7:19 PM 2 COMMENTS

Data Consumption in India Expected to Hit 40GB Per Smartphone

Data consumption in India is “expected to grow over three-fold to 40GB per smartphone” by 2025, says Doron Arazi, chief executive officer at Ceragon Networks, a company that offers wireless backhaul and fronthaul solutions. Arazi said that India with over 62 crore internet users has the “world’s second largest user base” and that the user base is also set to increase to 90 crores by 2025. The CEO at Ceragon... Read More

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