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Monthly Archives: October 2008

GREAT NEWS SOON!

Number portability on GSM in the Metros of India
More hear-say
International Mobile operators in India

Hi All,

Mobile Number Portability for India By Q4 2008
In a much awaited move, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) announced the introduction of “number portability” in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai giving about 18% of the total mobile subscriber base in the country, or over 37.5 million mobile customers the option to change their operators without changing their mobile number. This move, which should come into play by the fourth quarter of 2008, is expected to increase the overall churn in the industry, forcing the mobile operators, to enhance both their service as well as their offerings. Hopefully, it would also lead to lower prices for the consumers, and give new players a better playing field.
“The average churn in the industry is 3 to 4 per cent but with portability it could go up to 8 to 10 per cent. It is bound to impact incumbents who will lose some of their high-paying customers,” said an analyst.
However, so far it has only been introduced for mobile subscribers – wonder if and when it would come in for landlines as well.

-> Read: http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=304144

GREAT NEWS SOON!

More hear-say on the same:
1. CDMA is yet not compatible to adopt Number Portability
2. Tata and Reliance will come with a SIM that can double up as a CDMA+GSM SIM card
3. Six new operators including Aircell (Chennai), Tata, Reliance, Virgin, Shyam Telecom(yes, you heard it right) and Idea are coming to Bangalore
4. Aircell have inaugurated their office in BTM Layout already.

One more recent Article says:

Norway’s Telenor buys Unitech’s telecom firm
BS Reporters | Business Standard | New Delhi, October 30, 2008

Sees scope for growth despite crowded market.

Norway-based Telenor, the world’s seventh largest telecom operator with a subscriber base of about 159 million, has bought new-generation telecom company Unitech Wireless, which holds a licence for 22 circles, by paying Rs 6,120 crore for a 60 per cent stake.

The company is promoted by Delhi-based realty group Unitech, which was in the news last week after its share price was hammered down on rumours of payment defaults.

The telecom firm will invest Rs 15,000 crore in the next three years and roll out services in 22 circles, for which it has received a licence in phases. In the first phase, it will roll out services in 13 circles, for which it has received spectrum, or the radio frequencies that enable wireless communications, by the middle of next year.

Although Chandra said the company received a “fair price” for the value of the licence, the price at which the deal has been struck is lower than a similar deal struck by Etisalat last month. The UAE-promoted firm bought 45 per cent in another new licence holder, Swan Telecom, for Rs 4,050 crore for 13 circles that gives Swan an enterprise value of Rs 10,350 crore.

Also, in June this year the AV Birla group’s Idea Cellular bought BK Modi’s 40.8 per cent stake in Spice Communications for Rs 2,700 crore for just two circles with over 4.5 million subscribers.

Unitech, however, paid Rs 1,650 crore as licence fee for the pan-Indian licence, for which it gets a valuation of over Rs 11,000 crore.

Telenor has operations in Bangladesh (where it is the largest mobile operator), Pakistan, Malaysia and Thailand. With over 65 million subscribers in Asia, it is the fourth-largest global player in this market after SingTel, NTT DoComo and Vodafone.

-> Now, this means there is going to be more players in the Communications arena.

– > Anyone has any more updates, kindly mail and contribute to our knowledge.

A decade ago, everyone tuned into the DoorDarshan at 9 to watch the latest happenings that could turn headlines on the newspapers of the next day. Today we have close to 70 News Channels, churning out News and related information every minute of the day.

EVen more shocking is the fight of News providers to grab attention on the Press, TV, Radio and even the Internet. With close to a billion keen audience of current affairs it seems like all these Channels are battling day and night on who can grab more eyeballs.

Though close to 333 million TV audience spent 114 minutes of their time watching news in 2000, in 2007 the 437 million people could accomodate only 92 minutes in a day for this activity. And where the newspaper/press readers of 232 million have gone up by 302 million, the minutes per day spent on reading them, had gone down from 32mins a day to 27minutes per day in 2007.

Considering that the increase in number of subscribers is due to the constant incline in literate population, and current affairs is hot property even today, where is the news seeker running to access it?

A recent study says where a few months back News-on-the-move through your mobile phone was just about 30 thousand subscriptions, today, in just about 15months its an amazing 3 million. Now we know why the iPhones and the handhelds are making their markets.