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03/07/2014 - The company’s efforts are seen as an all-out attempt to offset the stalled growth in its PC software business
03/07/2014 - The company says it has already signed three Indian tier-2 operators along with one Sri Lanka-based operator through third party
03/07/2014 - Incumbents including Bharti Airtel now have the spectrum to match Reliance Jio’s, which has lost a critical LTE advantage that it earlier enjoyed
Most Recent Post: ^ip4g&^, would it not be a good idea to swap 2.3 GHz with 700 MHz and rule 4G !?
03/06/2014 - The pressing need for telcos today is not to have a bleeding-edge network technology but to grow customer centricity and relevance relative to OTTs
03/05/2014 - The government had earlier set digitization deadlines of September 30 and December 31, 2014 for the phases 3 and 4, respectively
03/05/2014 - Reliance Jio Infocomm has entered into a tower-sharing agreement with Bharti Infratel for a faster rollout of its 4G network
03/04/2014 - The company emphasizes that to be successful in a country like India, scale is extremely critical and much local support and investment is required
Most Recent Post: rmviswa1949, Other than Reliance Jio,all other major service providers have already in place the state of the art DWDM with mesh restoration with control plane to manage fiber cuts.These...
03/04/2014 - This enablement is part of a 10-year business transformation deal signed in 2007 between the two companies
03/03/2014 - The return on the large spectrum investments done by telcos could be much slower if OTT players like WhatsApp gain scale
02/28/2014 - An Amdocs survey notes that three out of four service providers have increased the number of their IT services vendors over the past years
02/28/2014 - Bharti Airtel’s Gopal Vittal has reportedly said his company is not looking for any more buyouts—that could be upsetting for potential sellers on the M&A block
02/27/2014 - Interest in LTE has also been rising among carriers globally, given its potential to bring down TCO and help telcos win back some lost territories from OTTs
02/26/2014 - It's more likely than not that today's 4G networks will be overwhelmed sooner rather than later
02/25/2014 - Facebook’s move to end its email service is a sign that the company could be reconsidering the idea of integrating everything into one channel
02/25/2014 - The company has also announced Airtel Africa as the first customer to use its platform for insights on predicting customer roaming, among other things
RJIo's LTE Spectrum position no more unmatched: It is not simply availability of spectrum or availability of fiber .It is that how they are leveraged.On top of all it is the time to market the product-content,the quality of service("99999" availability & a very good BER ,good traffic engineering absolutely avoiding the traffic congestion & latency)affordability of the service by "Aam Admi".So far all private TELCOs were providing better quality of Sevice at a lower tariff to all corporates solely due to the great bargaining power inherent in them while dishing out comparatively poor service to individual customers.Likewise one can easily notice the poor quality service dished out to rural brethern in comparision to customers who are in metros & mini-metros.The monitoring cell of DoT is not cracking the whip .Even if it does TV & print media unnecessarily try to take private telcos side for the fines levied.In the last 15 to 20 years,it is seen that private Telcos under report revenue earned,misrepresent customer base (when that was the basis for allotment additional spectrum),Reporting all international calls terminating as calls terminating within the county there by not making payment due towards access deficit charges,not covering the rural areas as pe liecense condition,besides keeping mTTRs for anmy fault occuring rural area interminably high & also charging post paid customers for the services & facility not requeted for.Sincerity & willingness to improve the telecom service should be the motto of Service providers.Alas that is sadly missing.Business models of most of the service providers are far away from reality mostly done by MBAs from reputed institutions with no real telecom exposure & last but not least the lack of courage to tell the truth to the top management-viz never bringing to light the stark reality of the status network namely poor availability,the capacity expansion required to address traffic congestion & latency and lastly the minimum CAPEX required to induct equipments with the state of the art technology,to upgrade the infrastructure -oF Cables,Battery,Engine alternator & the OPEX requirement to keep the MTTR down.Since the O & M of almost all service providers are outsourced as manaaged services,there is precious little done on this score.The sordid story would continue & the customers soon would face the music. So there is nothing to rejoice or worry about as the rot has already set in. Regards,M.Viswanathan,Telecom Expert,9322211009,022 25555720.on
ciena unfazed by fresh competition: Other than Reliance Jio,all other major service providers have already in place the state of the art DWDM with mesh restoration with control plane to manage fiber cuts.These DWDMS have capacity to grow upto 60 wavelength& most of them have not finished a quarter of the capacity.In addition the backhaul traffic from 3G onwards are IP,the TDM fabric if any for mesh restoration may not see any further growth & in fact some capacity existing of this TDM may have to be migrated to IP having regard to 2.5 G traffic have to carried on IP network to leverage on the fat pipes of IP accomodating additional traffic without capacity enhancement due to statistical multiplexing.Since the cost of equipment of DWDM is already sunk & significant capacity of DWDM remaining to be exploited,capacity of the PACKET fabric with aggregation capabilities of routers with STATISTICAl multiplexing gain would keep all the major service providers in good stead for some time to come -by which time hope fully some consolidation among service providers would take place & consequently the surviving telecom service providers pie of the revenue would increase (2-4 years horizon) & then the time would be ripe to get best technology to be ushered into the network.Today the cost of transport equipment of the backbone & access can at best be 8% of the total cost of the network.Hence it is time the telecom service providers synergised by sharing on infrastructure (namely fibers,transparent lambdas & co-location of the BTS sharing the towers for mounting antennae(Cellsites Antennae & antennae for Back haul Microwave).Hence there is not much left for transport Vendors unless some green field service providers enter the scene to take the telecom field by storm by putting up the state of the art Transport equipments.The above mentioned scenario appears unlikely.Reliance JIO has already chosen CIena as DWDM vendor. Hence it is "much ado about nothing" Regards,M.Viswanathan,Telecom Expert,Mumbai-400088,022 25555720,09322211009.on
Next Move of NEM is to help Service Operators transform their Business!: The NEM manufacturers have to move one step further in serving their operator customers now! Business Transformation is the next level of engagement.And the NEMs like Ericsson have to do by being their customer as well as Competitors focussed Sales strategies.Vishnu Goel T&M +919810101238on
Will aggressive bidding lead to tariff hike.: Telecom operators do not have sufficient data of customer behaviour & their paying capacity.It is not aggressive bidding but it is aggressive tarriffing with a view to be eliminating other small time telecom service providers & expansion of the network foot-print regardless of customer base with capital intensive network build last but not least more than required marketing & commercial professionals with a little or no telecom exposure at exorbitantly high costs.Lastly what is the spectrum cost 7 how much this forms a part of Network built cost.More importantly how much of additional cost incurred to aggrssive bidding & how much percentage does this translate into network build cost.It is something akin to "Toll Cost"collected virtually for perpetuity.Some vested interested entities are lobbying for tariff hike by creating the hype-"Tariff hike imminent ostensibly due to Aggressive bidding".Let healthy competition, efficient business models decide who should survive the rat race . Regards,Telecom Expert,MUMBAI-09322211009,022 25555720on
TELCOs sitting on data gold mines ,much untapped: I do not agree with this point of view. TELCOs so far have never leveraged on this knowledge(I do not think they posses this knowledge ) & have offered any personalised services.If the point made out in favour of TELCOs were to be true,the dynamic capacity creation & making certain areas carry more traffic based on busy hours of the areas & more protection and restoration bandwidths in place & making available rest of the bandwidth for internet. These aspects of leveraging on telecom network behaviour of customers were never exploited.Hence these can not be made available to other arms of business So far the policy of TELCOs have been to subsidise big corporates at the expense small,medium individual customers.Data,POTS or for that matter video streaming & internet,gaming etc,the tarifing should be on bundled services with no linkages volume of DATA used.Creation of bandwidth by having super information highways in inter & intra city is need of the hour.Creation of Bandwidth on consortium basis together infrastructure sharing would help to optimise on cost.No individual service provider can do the trick for the simple reason they not only lack vision but also mission towards creating such network Pan India.Reliance Jio might try but can not achieve in the near foreseeable future owing to enormity of the task. Consolidation of Service providers to three or four across India is a must towards achieving as this would prevent fragmentation of customer base. Reviving nearly dying BSNL & MTNL not only with liberal funding by Govt of India but also with talents(reviving Indian Telecom Service through UPSC & enhancing the salary on par with private sector to avoid flight of talent.When white elephants like AIR INDIA can be provided with enormous fiscal assistance despite showing no signs of arrival,the case of PSU Giants (MTNL & BSNL) is more deserving & would keep hapless "Aam Admi" from the futuristic plundering by Private TELCOS-the predators. Regards,M.Viswanathan,Telecom Expert,Mumbai-09322211009,022 25555720on
BSNL IPfication Gathers Steam: There are several aspects which BSNL & MTNL have to adopt. First and foremost, change in attitude towards customers, if they really want to survive in the market and make money out of the assets. There is no clear cut strategy from top level to the bottom most employees. Following point s need to be pondered over. 1. Dedication among the workers 2. Sincere attention to the customers' problems. 3. Single system across BSNL Circles & SSAs. 4. Permanent top level executives instead of Deputationists. 5. Accountability of Top level executives. 6. Commitment to work. With the quantum of telecom assets BSNL have, BSNL should make a minimum of Rs.25K Crores profit per annum instead of loss. Tendering system in Government bodies need a change. Transparency and competitiveness can change the scenario. Bureaucratic red-tapism should be eliminated. Then, the company should be headed by a technocrat and not a general administrator. Coming to the IPfication, BSNL is at par with other telcos as of now. But to be ahead of competition, they have to adopt latest technologies and buy quality products instead of Lowest through tender. This is the weakness of our tendering system. With the vast Optic Fiber asset across India and with upgrading all the equipments to IP based with technological scalability for the next 5 yers minimum can make them competitive. Backbone should be based on DWDM with 100G per channel and use of colourless, contentionless, direction less ROADMs, with the combination of OTN and MPLS can create a formidable infrastructure to provide any services any time and at any place. Last but not the least, the commitment to the customers and quick response in troubleshooting the issues can only save BSNL from the brinks of extinction. Jayaar, Telecom Consultant, 9884118567, email@example.com
700 MHz + 1800 MHz = Neat !: This is probably the best way to harmonize and reap for RJIL, with the current scenario of existing deployments. The only blocker for this is the swap of 2300 MHz in favour of 700 MHz and the path to be cleared by Digital Dividend .. However its not wise for existing Telcos and they can do better with 900 + 1800 MHz. 1800 MHz with its wide adoption can give better ecosystem and seamless international roaming. 700 MHz gives you freedom from all the coverage and building penetration issues. So buying 2300 MHz at that time was not bad after all, if they get to swap it with 700 MHz in the next year or so. Till then they can experiment with 1800 and 2300 MHz over some DSL replacement services. M&A hence happens and Videocon is a neat buy for RJIL to get additional 1800 MHz ? Loop is now Airtel, Tata could possibly be Vodafone and what is left then ?!on
Indeed smart ...: Its indeed smart to what Jio is doing,especially on combining the TDD and FDD stuff what with CA coming in the near term. So probably there is indeed some strategic thoughts behind what Jio is up to, and not all is pure luck or gamble. So definitely a good combination and harvesting is good for Jio. FDD brings ecosystem and roaming advantages, and TDD brings what everyone needs (Bandwidth). But then, just 1800 + 2300 is not going to help them. It needs to be 700+1800+2300 or 800+1800+2300 or then 900+1800+2300. With 900 not available across geography and incumbents latching on to it, the combination with 700 or 800 makes more sense. Carrier Aggregation should help them further this !on
Is RJIL really smart ?: If RJIL's strategist are so smart & visionary, can they explain the logic of putting their bets on 2300MHz for a PAN India TDD-LTE rollout ? Its nothing less than a miracle for them, that Supreme Court cancelled huge number of 2G licenses, resulting in lot of 1800MHz becoming available, thereby preventing their fiasco of betting on 2300MHz TDD-LTE.on
01/29/2014 - Vishak Raman the erstwhile director of Fortinet has joined Tata Communications as Assistant Vice President, Data Centre Security
01/17/2014 - 2014 is here to end a long period of lean salary hikes for telecom professionals in India, as Light Reading India’s Salary Survey Report shows:
Most Recent Post: ^ip4g&^, there is a good 20%+ who earns more than 30 Lakhs per annum which throws open new salary brackets to be introduced in the survey .. like 30 to 50, 50+ .. Most of the employees...
12/24/2013 - Here is a quick recap of the famous comebacks, disappointments and Jugaados of the year 2013
12/09/2013 - The year witnessed vendors honing their SDN roadmaps and products. In a first of the three-part series, we bring you the SDN strategies of Cisco, Juniper and HP
02/10/2014 - Unlike voice, growth in data era will largely be driven by telecom operators that embrace outcome-based models in India
01/22/2014 - The UBM event will bring together the NGOs, Indian corporates and the government to align for the common goals of CSR
12/10/2013 - In this exclusive interview, NSN's global technology and innovation head talks about the importance of LTE in the growth of mobile broadband, the hype surrounding the SDNs and why telcos need not be so risk averse
11/20/2013 - Also the Convener of Gigabit Networking Lab, Dr Gumaste talks about the indigenous readiness of the Lab in catering to needs of Indian telcos
09/30/2013 - Transformation,at the beleaguered yet iconic maker of smartphones,is a strategic need while unlocking the value of its assets is a tactical one
08/02/2013 - Almost all major operators are stepping out of their comfort zones and tying up with OTT players to gain competitive advantages
05 Feb 2014 - Indian subscribers might need to get ready for increased tariff unless and until Reliance Jio comes to their rescue
22 Jan 2014 - The delay in execution of the National Optic Fiber Network project would mean delaying the mobile broadband uptake in India at the grassroot level
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