Category — Telecommunications

iPhone X Scores Big in India

This is the first time that Apple‘s global launch of a new iPhone included a concurrent launch in India.  From taking a horse carriage procession (or baraat that’s seen at Indian weddings) to purchase the new iPhone X to waiting hours in line before retail stores can open, Apple’s most expensive iPhone had fans in India vying to buy it. In less than a week of its November 3 launch, the iPhone X was “out of stock” at online sites and offline stores.

Several Apple fans came and went empty-handed; some authorized resellers and corporate partners were also disappointed at the limited stock handed to them, reports the Economic Times Retail. Faisal Kawoosa, principal analyst, Telecom and ESDM, CyberMedia Research suggests that the situation for Apple will take time to settle down. “Although there are initial supply issues, the situation for Apple will gradually come to normal as they strengthen the supply chain. They need to do it fast,” he added.

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Anshul Gupta, research director, Gartner India said, “Despite the high price of the iPhone X, it will remain a growth driver for iPhone sales and its delayed launch means some of the fourth quarter of 2017 demand will shift to 2018. The immediate availability of the iPhone in line with other global markets shows the growth opportunity and overall importance of the Indian market.”

 

November 7, 2017   No Comments

WhatsApp Partners with eTailers in India

With a 200 million plus user base that communicates in 10 Indian languages to generate 50 billion messages a day, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is turning toward businesses in India to monetize the platform. It has already partnered with travel portals  MakeMyTrip and Goibibo, and is now planning to add Flipkart, utility agencies, movie houses, and telecom players too. Users will be able to access the services offered and make payments on WhatsApp itself via a new WhatsApp wallet.

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In February this year, WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton, met India’s minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss ways the company could contribute to India’s digital commerce initiatives, reports the Business Standard.

 

October 31, 2017   No Comments

India Overtakes U.S. to Become 2nd Largest Smartphone Market

According to Singapore-based research firm Canalys, with more than 40 million smartphones shipped to India in the third quarter of 2017, India surpassed the United States to become the second-largest smartphone market. Shipments in Q3 grew 23 percent year-over-year in India, putting it in second place right behind China.

Samsung and Xiaomi accounted for nearly 50 percent of the market in Q3, shipping 9.4 million and 9.2 million units respectively, with Vivo, Oppo and Lenovo rounding out the top five places, reports ZD Net.

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Ishan Dutt, research analyst at Canalys noted that there are close to 100 mobile device brands sold in India, and added that growth in India will continue, attributing it mainly to low smartphone penetration and the explosion of LTE. Analyst Rushabh Doshi said, “We predict Xiaomi’s continued go-to-market innovations will allow it to overtake Samsung within a couple of quarters.”

 

October 31, 2017   No Comments

India’s Airtel Set to Become Leader in Telecom Market Share

Bharti Airtel will acquire Tata Group‘s loss-making mobile telephony business, boosting its spectrum holding and raising subscriber base while saving the Tatas from the prospect of having to shut down the struggling unit. Tata will retain the non-mobile businesses, such as broadband.

“Instead of closing down the consumer mobile business, which would have entailed a much higher cost and involved letting go of employees and vendors etc, we have chosen this route,” Tata Group chief financial officer Saurabh Agrawal said.

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This is Airtel’s 7th acquisition in five years, and starting November 1 the company will take over 4o million (4 crore ) customers of Tata Teleservices Ltd and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd in 19 telecom circles or zones on “a debt-free cash-free basis.” These 19 circles “represent the bulk of India’s population and customer base,” reports News18.

Airtel may end up as a clear market leader in terms of revenue market share, even though currently, Vodafone-Idea is ahead by a sizeable margin.

October 15, 2017   No Comments

Ford Focuses on Smart Mobility in India

Ford India hosted the City of Tomorrow Symposium in New Delhi where opinion leaders, academics, innovators, policymakers, and special TED speakers got together for an interactive symposium. The thought leaders explored the innovative use of technology and discussed collaboration between the state and private sectors on the issues of mobility and transportation solutions in India’s Smart Cities.

Ford Smart Mobility, a subsidiary of Ford established in 2016, designs, builds, grows and invests in emerging mobility services. It recently partnered with the city of Indore, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, signing a memorandum of understanding to work together to address the city’s most pressing transportation issues, reports YourStory.

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Ford shared that it had already launched new smart mobility initiatives across Asia which they would introduce in India, including:

Dynamic shuttles – It will initiate a pilot project of its smart shuttle services involving its employees in Chennai by the end of this year.

Car sharing – the company has invested in Zoomcar, India’s leading car sharing company.

Creative spaces –  Ford will launch a new Smart Mobility Innovation Hub in Chennai, where an open-plan office will bring together Ford’s Global-Data-Insight-Analytics and Information Technology teams to harness creativity and explore new data-driven approaches to solving mobility problems.

Traffic management traffic cameras will enable authorities to collect data that will inform traffic management, heighten safety, and allow long-term planning.

 

October 6, 2017   No Comments