Sep 17, 2013

The Changing Facet of Telecom

The change in the tech and telecom industry is palpable with a host of mergers and acquisitions recently. Whether it’s the Nokia-Microsoft deal or Verizon-Vodafone deal, one thing is certain, that this sector is heading for a wide transformation. Nokia, once the king of good times, has finally found shelter under Microsoft with the latter deciding to buy it out …

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May 3, 2013

‘Right to Information Act’: Need for Process Improvement and Infusing Scalability

India is a country with strong fundamentals supported by a constitution that has been clearly laid down. The Right To Information Act (RTI) was introduced to ensure that everyone in the country has a constitutional right to inquire and retrieve information about the government and public bodies that operate within the purview of the Central and State government framework. The …

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Dec 6, 2012

2G Verdict: An Easy Exit Route or Fresh Troubles?

The Supreme Court’s recent judgement to cancel all the 122, 2G licenses issued by the former Communications Minister, A Raja is being touted as a landmark judgement to aid and assist the sector to grow and mature in the long run. However, the short-term impact is threatening. (See India in Shock as 122 Licenses Canceled, 2G Verdict: SC Cancels 122 …

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Oct 10, 2012

Why U.S. Probe Won’t Hurt Huawei in India

The India operations of Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. are unlikely to be affected by concerns voiced by U.S. lawmakers that telecommunications equipment made by Chinese companies pose a security threat, analysts say. A report released earlier this week by the U.S. Congress, warned that equipment produced by these companies could be used for spying and that they may have violated …

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Oct 10, 2012

Telecom PSUs on a Drip

They are like the spoilt kids of a rich father. Born with a lot of promise-the father has huge expectations from them therefore pampers them in all the ways that he can, and supports them and meets all their demands. But while growing up, they never come up to the expectations and suffer both financially as well as personally. The …

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Sep 11, 2012

Smart Devices and VAS

Once the Indian mobile subscriber base touched the tipping point, thanks to better coverage and reducing prices, telcos started focusing on getting more out of their users. Everyday the biggest challenge was to ensure sustainability and profitability constrained by hyper competition and inconsistent regulatory environment. As users matured on the network, their expectations from their network providers moved from basic …

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Aug 28, 2012

Apple verdict not to affect Samsung’s India business: Analysts

The recent US court verdict that penalizes Samsung for alleged infringement of some of Apple’s patents where the Korean major is asked to pay over $1 bn to the iPhone maker as compensation does not see much impact in its India sales, at least in the recent term, believe experts. ‘The verdict no doubt has dented the brand image of …

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May 23, 2012

Connecting The Dots

Mobile phone service providers make a lot of noise in a crowded market but this time around there are some clear voice Apparently close to a third of Indians are more likely to give up sex than their handheld mojos, suggests a recent survey by global research firm Ipsos. That hiding the salami is less popular than chewing the fat …

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Apr 10, 2012

BhartiAirtel: Strategy gone sour

Bhartiairtel, the country’s largest integrated telecom operator with more than 175 mn mobile subscribers and sizeable fixedline and broadband user base, is the leader in the Indian telecom space. The company’s entry to Africa in 2010 with operations in 16 countries in that continent also makes it the fifth largest telecom opera-tor (in terms of user base) in the world. The Sunil …

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