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July 23rd, 2021 7:57 PM 1 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Set to Hike Tariffs, Jio Postpaid Has Limited Traction

Bharti Airtel, the second-largest wireless operator in India is set to record a 3% increase in revenues in its upcoming quarters, say multiple analysts. The operator on Thursday announced “upgrades” to its retail and corporate postpaid plans to “serve evolving” user needs with the minimum plan for corporate users now priced at Rs 299, up from Rs 199. Similarly, Airtel has also tweaked its retail postpaid plans with the price... Read More

July 21st, 2021 5:38 PM 0 COMMENTS

Netflix Records Spike in Indian Users, Games for No Additional Cost

Netflix, the American over-the-top (OTT) streaming platform, witnessed “some increase” in user acquisition in India in its second quarter, Spence Neumann, chief financial officer at Netflix, said in its earnings call. The streaming giant on Tuesday reported its second-quarter financial results, with Netflix recording US$7.3 billion (around Rs 544 billion) in revenue, translating to a 19% year-over-year (YoY) increase. The company said that its operating income hit US$1.8 billion (around... Read More

July 16th, 2021 7:45 PM 0 COMMENTS

Global Expansion Remains Top Priority for Streaming Players: PwC

Cinedigm India division is set to “develop streaming services” for the Indian and South Asian markets, says Gary Loffredo, chief operating officer at Cinedigm. The independent streaming entertainment company in early March announced the creation of its India division, with Cinedigm highlighting that its team will “begin development and planning for a new, branded global ‘umbrella’ service.” In its release, Cinedigm said that its new “umbrella service” will “showcase” the... Read More

July 14th, 2021 8:08 PM 0 COMMENTS

BSNL Will Continue to Hold Largest Share of Multiplay Households

Tata Sky along with other standalone cable and Direct-to-Home (DTH) players “could get affected with the growing adoption of multiplay services in the urban areas,” says Deepa Dhingra, senior telecom analyst at GlobalData. According to a report released by GlobalData, a data and analytics company in late June, multiplay service revenues are “expected” to record a 5.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2020 and 2025. Among the multiplay households,... Read More

July 9th, 2021 6:48 PM 0 COMMENTS

ZEE5 Set to Gain Traction From Original Content

ZEE5 and Sun NXT, the over-the-top (OTT) streaming platforms run by ZEE Entertainment Enterprises and Sun TV are “expected” to drive up the subscription revenues for the respective companies, say analysts. In the first quarter results of the current financial year, multiple analysts expect the broadcasters including ZEE Entertainment Enterprises and Sun TV to record a “sequential dip” in advertising revenues. However, the analysts say the broadcasters are set to... Read More

July 7th, 2021 6:50 PM 3 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Hanging by a Thread Says Analyst

Vodafone Idea, the third-largest operator in India is “hanging by a thread,” says Edelweiss Research, a leading domestic institutional brokerage in a report on Friday. Edelweiss Research said that the third-largest operator in India “slightly undershot street’s expectations” on its fourth-quarter revenue. Vodafone Idea on June 30, 2021, reported its fourth-quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2021, with the operator highlighting that its revenue declined by 11.8% quarter-on-quarter... Read More

July 2nd, 2021 7:12 PM 0 COMMENTS

Wired Broadband Low Penetration Turned TV Into Preferred Medium in India

Bharti Airtel, the second-largest wireless operator in India, on Friday said that it “is in talks” with over-the-top (OTT) streaming services for “seamless integration with Black plans.” The development was shared by the Airtel management on Friday with the operator unveiling its Airtel Black, an “all-in-one solution for homes.” Airtel management in the press briefing said that the time spent by its users on the television has increased due to... Read More

June 30th, 2021 6:27 PM 2 COMMENTS

Close Competition Expected For 5G Launch in India

Indian telecom operators are in “rush to become the first player to launch 5G” and “it is expected to be a close competition,” says Deepa Dhingra, senior telecom analyst at GlobalData. Dhingra told TelecomTalk that the “major” telecom operators in India including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are all “highly competitive” and that these operators “have been carrying out 5G trials.” In early June, it emerged that Bharti... Read More

June 26th, 2021 9:35 AM 7 COMMENTS

JioPhone Next User Experience Key for Adoption Than Pricing Say Analysts

JioPhone Next, the upcoming smartphone “jointly developed” by Jio Platforms, a majority-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries, and Google will have to deliver on user experience for large scale adoption, say multiple analysts. Initially announced in July 2020, Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries chairman at the company’s annual general meeting on Thursday, shared further details of the smartphone. Ambani said that the upcoming JioPhone Next will be “by far, amongst the most... Read More

June 23rd, 2021 3:26 PM 5 COMMENTS

Reliance Dials JioPhone for Growth, Jio Momentum Unlikely to Sustain Say Analysts

Bharti Airtel, the second largest wireless operator in India is “not affected” with the momentum generated by the JioPhone in March, says Motilal Oswal Financial Services. The Indian diversified financial services firm in a report on Saturday said that Reliance Jio, the largest wireless operator in India received a “boost from the launch of JioPhone.” Motilal Oswal said the “JioPhone effect” enabled the largest wireless operator to “revive” its user... Read More

June 18th, 2021 7:15 PM 0 COMMENTS

Disney+ Hotstar Tailors Offerings to Match Low Bandwidth In India: Disney CEO

The Walt Disney Company, a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise, will “focus down on Hotstar, both from an entertainment standpoint and a sports standpoint,” says Bob Chapek, the company’s chief executive officer. Chapek on Monday said in the annual Credit Suisse Communications Conference that the choice made by the company to target sports and entertainment for Hotstar is due to its “benefits in those regions.” The Walt Disney... Read More

June 16th, 2021 4:44 PM 1 COMMENTS

Sun NXT Records Over 40% Increase in Monthly Active Users

Sun NXT, the over-the-top (OTT) platform run by Sun TV, will not enter into a ”bidding game” as the management feels the platform can use “existing content and still deliver reasonable results.” SL Narayanan, group CFO of Sun TV Network on Friday said that the company has “done a decent job instead of just frittering away resources on opportunities which are suboptimal.” The group CFO of Sun TV said “it’s... Read More

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