For Nokia, Redemption Lies in the Mid and Low Segments

For Nokia, Redemption Lies in the Mid and Low Segments

Nokia has been in the news recently as the company is slated to make a comeback in the smartphone market. Reports suggest that during the first half of 2017, we might finally see some ‘real’ Nokia-branded smartphones running on Android. This has been a dream of several smartphone enthusiasts for years. However, that dream was crushed the moment Microsoft purchased […]

 
     
 
 

Why Continuing the Free Offer is More Harmful than Useful for Reliance Jio

Why Continuing the Free Offer is More Harmful than Useful for Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio officially launched its free welcome offer for public on September 5th this year, and it’s almost three months since the launch. In these three months, Jio has raked in as many as 50 million subscribers. The company’s initial plan was to offer free services till December 31st and then start charging subscribers from January 1st onwards. However, Jio […]

 
     
 
 

Conversational Computing Platforms: Google vs Amazon vs Apple vs Facebook

Conversational Computing Platforms: Google vs Amazon vs Apple vs Facebook

The primary purpose of any computing platform is to get work done. Earlier, this was done by mainframes, then came PCs and they were then followed by smartphones. With the smartphone market facing just single-digit overall growth and with almost everyone in the developed countries owning smartphones, the hunt for the next computing platform is at an all-time high. There […]

 
     
 
 

Content is no Longer King, it is a Sidekick

Content is no Longer King, it is a Sidekick

Almost all of us consume content in some form or the other on our smartphones, tablets or PCs. Be it for reading books, watching movies, listening to music and so on. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that the internet has destroyed value to some extent for a variety of content from news to music. A big reason for this […]

 
     
 
 

Will Unlimited Mobile Data Ever be a Possibility in India?

Will Unlimited Mobile Data Ever be a Possibility in India?

Everyone loves unlimited data except, of course, the telecom operators themselves. The ability to watch Youtube videos in Full HD or watch the latest season of Narcos on Netflix at 4K without having to worry about running into overages is a very compelling proposition. However, ever since the data revolution began in India, none of the incumbent telecom operators have […]

 
     
 
 

Chinese Smartphone OEMs: Rising in the West

Chinese Smartphone OEMs: Rising in the West

Indian smartphone market has been a volatile one with smartphone manufacturers changing ranks almost every single quarter. While Samsung and Micromax have maintained their No.1 and No.2 positions for quite a few quarters, the third, fourth and fifth rankings are in a constant flux. It is difficult to predict what would happen in the Indian smartphone market, but certain themes […]

 
     
 
 

Convergence of Content and Distribution in the US

Convergence of Content and Distribution in the US

There has been a growing trend for a while in the European telecom and broadband markets where companies have been selling bundles. This phenomenon is known as Triple Play or Quad Play. These bundles generally have home broadband, Pay TV, wireless and landline, all bundled together. The US had long resisted bundles. Although some companies did provide two or more […]

 
     
 
 

MVNOs in India and the Opportunities they Present

MVNOs in India and the Opportunities they Present

MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. The concept of MVNO is very popular in the US and Europe. An MVNO doesn’t operate a network of its own. They rather buy talktime and data in bulk from an already well-established MNOs (the actual telecom operator) and resell them. Think of MVNOs as retailers and MNOs as wholesalers/manufacturers. MVNOs have not […]

 
     
 
 

How Apple and Google are Trying to be One Another

How Apple and Google are Trying to be One Another

Recently, Google launched a range of hardware products ranging from the Pixel smartphones to the upgraded Chromecast to a new Google WiFi router. Google hired back Motorola’s Rick Osterloh to lead its hardware division. At the October 4th event, Google talked at length about how they thought it was necessary to build their own hardware in order to provide a […]

 
     
 
 

The Spectrum Auction 2016 Analysis

The Spectrum Auction 2016 Analysis

The Spectrum auction in India that started on October 1, 2016, has finally come to an end. The auction ended well within a week of its start and there are many interesting things to draw from this auction. Many people are underestimating the significance but it’s an important auction considering that it is going to shape the 4G networks that […]