Category — Telecommunications

Amazon Expands Prime Video in India

Having launched its Prime Video at a lower price than Netflix, Amazon India is now consolidating partnerships to expand its user base in the country. It recently partnered with Vodafone, which, after its merger with Idea Cellular in a $23 million deal, is the biggest telecom company in the country with a customer base of 400 million. Amazon aims to penetrate this user base and also build a competitive edge against Reliance Jio and other Indian service providers that are offering streaming services on mobile phones.

Forbes reports that Amazon India is focusing on local content and targeting smartphone video consumers in India. Mint claims that India is expected to have 650 million internet users by 2020, making it a huge market for video-on-demand consumption.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon’s strategy of partnering with a telecom operator that can provide 4G services on mobile phones will likely work since the majority of India’s population is not likely to invest in a fast landline broadband connection to view content on large screens.


March 20, 2017   No Comments

India’s Jio Hope to Be World’s Fifth Largest Telecom Operator

Reliance Jio, which launched India’s first nationwide LTE network in September 2016, signed up more than 100 million 4G subscribers in less than six months. South Korea’s Samsung is Jio’s sole LTE network provider.

End February this year, Jio and Samsung extended their partnership, and announced plans to enhance the LTE network in rural areas to cover 90 percent of the population by the end of the year. Jyotindra Thacker, president of Jio, said, “We’ve taken the country from data shortage to data abundance,” adding that the company aims to be the fifth largest operator globally, reports Mobile World Live.

Reliance Jio

Jio and Samsung have plans to work together to improve “efficiency in the RAN as well as the core”. Jio’s senior vice president Tareq Amin recounted the company’s many achievements: the first in the world to offer LTE multicast services on a large scale; the first in the country to deploy TDD-FDD LTE carrier aggregation, and to offer LTE Cat 6. He also said that Jio’s network has the highest density of hetnets in the world.

March 20, 2017   No Comments

Smartphones Change Lives of Rural Women in India

28-year old Manisha Badekar runs a design and tailoring shop in Supane, a village in India’s western state of Maharashtra. Though she is well-versed in basic tailoring, Badekar has never been to a design school. Yet, her advanced design learning has been via a smartphone, which she uses to look up designs and re-create them. She is the first both in her family, and among the women in Supane from her generation, to use a smartphone and access the Internet. Badekar also keeps in touch with friends on WhatsApp which she accesses on a 4G connection. She says, “I think everybody should learn how to use the Internet. ”

Another 28-year old from the same region, Monali Shinde, spouse of a soldier in the Indian Army, is excited about the smartphone. Though she doesn’t own one herself, she uses one belonging to Asha Kamle, a well-respected woman in the village who has taught many women how to use smartphones. Shinde is an Arts graduate and a teacher by profession. Interested in design, she learned how to cut fabrics, and paper, and also how to fashion mehendi (henna) designs, and clothes designs. “I used to be so excited, every evening, when I had time for a half hour or an hour, I used to come sit with Tai (Kamle is respectfully referred to as ‘older sister’) and learn,” Shinde says. Aside from learning about possible home businesses, she wants to use the Internet to teach her children. “It is a really a useful way for them to learn, with pictures, and videos,” she says.

Nubia Smartphone

In the same village of Supane, is 33-year old Pallavi Kamble, whose husband is a daily wage earner. She has discovered recipes on the smartphone which she tries out at home to entice her children to eat their vegetables (which they hate)! She doesn’t own a smartphone buts looks forward to a time when smartphones will be available in a range of $38 – $45 so that she can buy one, reports The Hindu.

March 20, 2017   No Comments

Blackberry Will Make Android Devices in India

Waterloo Canada-based Blackberry announced its partnership with New Delhi, India-based Optiemus Infracom, an existing distribution partner for BlackBerry devices in the country. Blackberry will license device software and brand assets to Optiemus, which will design, manufacture, sell, promote, and support BlackBerry-branded devices in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Alex Thurber, senior vice president, general manager, Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry said, “India is a very important market for BlackBerry, so we are delighted our latest licensing partnership will extend the BlackBerry software experience to more customers and support the Indian government’s ‘Make In India’ agenda. This is an important milestone in our strategy to put ‘the smart in the phone’, providing state-of-the-art security and device software on a platform relevant to mobile customers, with more localization.”

Blackberry Handset

BlackBerry will continue to control and develop its security and software solutions and maintain trusted BlackBerry security software, including regular Android security updates to the platform, reports telecomlead.

March 20, 2017   No Comments

Huawei: India Will Adopt 5G Technology Soon

Huawei India CEO Jay Chen said that India’s telecom operators will start adopting 5G technology from this year onward.

“I can tell you massive MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out) technology (part of 5G technology) will go to India this year. We have had discussions with leading telecom operators who are interested, and right now it is only available with Huawei for commercial deployment,” Chen told the Press Trust of India in an interview.

5G Technology on a Mobile Phone

Chen has discussed the 5G solution for business to business, business to consumer, and business to home services with Airtel‘s chairman Mittal, and added that 5G standards will be firmed up next year when wide scale commercial deployment of 5G will begin, reports

“Earlier there was spectrum scarcity in India. There were 13 operators who were involved in tariff wars. Since last year we have not seen operators complaining about spectrum scarcity. Availability of spectrum gives them the opportunity to deploy the latest technologies like 5G. With Huawei we see this as a very positive move. Our growth has also improved in India in the last two years,” Chen said.

March 8, 2017   No Comments