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4G: Premature For India?

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Lrindia_413658_634789008642776558

4G: Premature For India?

Tuesday May 15, 2012 01:10:20 AM

The 4G rollout is more like a trial trying to understand the market dynamics, technology issues to sort out. More often than not, the technology providers do trial in western markets and bring in the learning to India, which apparently doesn't work given the dynamics we have locally. With 2G, 3G systems yet to be tied up in terms of roaming, unified billing, 4G is only going to make the matter worse.  But Bharti should be appreciated for venturing on 4G and trying to assess a case for it. They also might be thinking that in next 24 months, the penetration of tablet would increase data usage requiring higher order systems and network capacity.
Lrindia_413658_634789008642776558

4G: Premature For India?

Friday April 20, 2012 23:05:07 PM

I agree with you totally. We have just lost the track and headed in the wrong direction as Service Providers just see LTE as another technology to sell in the metros and no more. We can analyze this through the bidding process followed by service providers who bid for the spectrum. Of course this country offers challenges that no other country has such as the screwed up spectrum policy, challenges of infrastructure in rural areas such as power, maintenance etc. 
Lrindia_413658_634789008642776558

4G: Premature For India?

Tuesday April 17, 2012 06:21:14 AM

There are a few niche applicationd for mobile high speed data- like live TV coverage, Police using this to get instant crime scene info out or get details of criminals etc. But that is niche. perhaps in the Indian context, we may evolve other uses....
Lrindia_413658_634789008642776558

4G: Premature For India?

Tuesday April 17, 2012 06:18:51 AM

Voice on TD LTE is a way off. It is not even off the lab stage now.  When people in the West talk about LTE, it is all about voice. If you are voice-oriented, HSPA+ is the way to go- it gives you voice plus high speed data. Maybe in 18 months this will be a real service, but for now, it is an afterthought.
Lrindia_413658_634789008642776558

4G: Premature For India?

Monday April 16, 2012 02:08:50 AM

Thanks for interesting comments Mr Seshasayee. The operators would need to come out with some killer applications which would really make a difference in peoples life. I agree just putting the network in place and waiting for the subscribers is not going to work. the telcos need to think out of box to push 4g services otherwise it will be a sad waste of a golden opportunity...  Also, I feel the telcos need to define the use case. There is a demand for hi-speed mobile broadband but it remains to be seen if the consumer is ready to pay huge price for it..
Lrindia_413658_634789008642776558

4G: Premature For India?

Friday April 13, 2012 14:28:09 PM

Hi. I enjoyed reading your comments. But I just want some clarification on 4G services. There is something called VoIP on LTE, which allows you voice services. So could that mean that in the future we could be having voice conversations on Mukesh Ambanis LTE network, without him owning a 2G/3G license.
Lrindia_413658_634789008642776558

4G: Premature For India?

Friday April 13, 2012 10:51:56 AM

Everyone seems to have got the BWA business wrong.  To top it, people are cmparing it with 3G. Let us understand the following: 1. the so-called 4G or LTE-TDD is NOT a voice service. 3G is voice, video and data. presently, LTE is only data. More so, TDD version of it. So there is no direct comparison. 2. Basically, BWA provides a fat pipe to the user. Right now, the whole user community (not just retail, but enterprise, E-Gov, Cloud, e-commerce etc) is crying out for reliable, high speed data links. 256K is nobody's idea of high speed except in India. At least 1Mbps is, preferably 2 Mb minimum. This is only possible with 4G/BWA. (in fact, LTE is not the only delivery mechanism. WiMax is mature and cheap, but much maligned by vested interests) . I get lousy and third-rate broadband access today from my service provider - agilt-edged name actually- who cannot believe anyone would ask for service quality on 4Mbps after paying a whopping sum for it. BWA can solve it. 3. You cannot provide a fat pipe and hope people will use it. It is like providing an expressway but there are no entry or exit points nor any cars at all, only cycles. On needs a service that uses the pipe. One needs content that the retail user will want.   I have Facetime on the iPhone and Ipad but no way of using it. There is nothing like Hulu or Netflix - no one even seems to be taking about this.  Another usage, much more serious, is that of cloud. every idiot is talking about shifting to coud. Where ids the reliable pipe that willassure you of constant connectivity ? And any kind of SLA tat i can ask for ? Using 4G in fixed mode at a speed of 20 Mbps is an ideal, low-cost way of getting into the cloud. If propoerly planned and executed, the move into cloud will benefit everyone greatly, from Telco to cloud provider to user. I would reckon the BWA provider to be a key player in this.  There are so many contrnt-based applications that can take advantage of so-called 4G that one needs a couple of pages to describe these.  Basically, it all comes down to the midnset of old=world Telcos - give a conection to someone, he will use it. That is sooooo old-world. Just look at ISPs- not a single Indian ISP is making money because typicaly they provide only Internet access or maybe VoIP.  At least Bharti has gone ahead and taken the first step. Let us hope the baby will learn to crawl, then walk and then run- all in quick time. If not, the baby is dead. BWA is a great opportunity , but we seem to be wasting it.
Lrindia_413658_634789008642776558

4G: Premature For India?

Friday April 13, 2012 06:05:37 AM

A very timely piece of reportage and analysis here.Classical Business and Marketing principles say that if we have to make any business successful,we need to ensure that our product/service is Unique, Differentiated and is competitively sustainable for next 1-3 years in the market.On top of  this,it has to be Customised! The 4G launch has to go through this "Agni Pariksha" of India market. Globally though 4G may have 1.5 Billion customers in different networks/tethered devices, Indians have to see its unique applications.Vishnu Goel T&M +919810101238

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