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Why will Operator application store in India- Airtel-App Central, Aircel-PocketApps, Vodafone, Idea - IdeaMall, BSNL, Reliance-R apps-FAIL?

There has been a slew of activity in the last few months, wherein all the big operators have launched application stores in India. Airtel launched App Central in partnership with CellMania, Aircel launched PocketApps based on Infosys Flypp platform, BSNL has partnered with CellMania, Vodafone with Arvato and Idea and Reliance have launched IdeaMall and RApps respectively on Ericsson.

India 30 June 2010 wireless data: 17.98M net adds, 635.51M Wireless subscribers, teledensity 56.83 perc

Telecom Subscription Data as on 30th June 2010
Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 671.69 Million
Wireless subscription reaches 635.51 Million
Wireline subscription declines to 36.18
17.98 Million new additions in wireless
Overall Tele-density reaches 56.83
Broadband subscription is 9.45 million

India May 2010, Wireless subscription 618M. Overall market share Bharti 22 perc, Reliance 17 perc, Voda 17 perc, Idea 11 perc, Aircel 6perc

Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 653.92 Million
Wireless subscription reaches 617.53 Million
Wireline subscription declines to 36.39
16.30 Million new additions in wireless
Overall Tele-density reaches 55.38
Broadband subscription is 9.24 million
Service providers share in overall Net additions:
Bharti 18.4%
Reliance 17.28%
Vodafone 15.89%
Tata 14.26%
Idea 10.81%
Aircel 9.87%
Full report attached

Indian government to establish nodal authority for media regulation

Indian government is planning to set up a nodal authority for co-regulation in the media industry, reports the hindu. Link to full story below:
http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article421157.ece

Huawei attempts to resolve issues with Indian Government

Huawei which recently faced heat from the India Government on ban on equipment from Chinese vendors citing malware is trying to hard to convince the authorities. A number of seniors officials from the company are meeting the indian government reports economic times.
Link to full story below:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/Huawei-re...

Uninor offers location based charging in India

Uninor became the first operator to offer location based charging in India offering discounts upto 60% based on network utilization.

Government of India bans chinese equipment vendors Huawei, ZTE

Business Line reported that Department of telecom, government of India has formally barred operators from buying from chinese manufacturers.

Link to full story below:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2010/04/29/stories/2010042952880100.htm

Uninor launches GPRS for prepaid customers

Uninor is offering free GPRS upto 6th May to its prepaid customers for a few circles. Link to the blog site below:
http://telecomtalk.info/uninor-launches-gprs-services-for-prepaid-subscr...

Reliance Com to launch its own app store with GetJar

Reliance Comm has tied up with GetJar which has the second largest app store in the world for mobile apps for its 100M subscribers reports Market Watch. Link to full story is below:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/reliance-communications-signs-strategic...

India 31 March 2010 wireless data: 20.31M net adds, 584.32M subscribers, teledensity 52.74 perc

Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 621.28 Million
Wireless subscription reaches 584.32 Million
Wireline subscription remains at 36.96 Million
20.31 Million new additions in wireless
Overall Tele-density reaches 52.74
Broadband subscription is 8.75 million
The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 621.28 Million at the end of March-2010 from 600.98 Million in February-2010, thereby registering a growth rate of 3.38%. With this, the overall Tele-density in India reaches 52.74

Full report attached

Videoncon to sell 26% stake to foreign partners

Videocon is planning to sell upto 26% stake to foreign partners reports, newscenter. Link to full story below:
http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/videocon-open-to-diluteto-26-s...

Chinese vendor companies Indianising Indian operations management

Chinese vendor companies are fast indianising their management in Indian operations. The move is essentially to change perception in India.
http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/chinese-telecom-companies-%5...

Unitech to form a new company through spin off infra and telecom operations

New center reports that Unitech intends to demerge its infra and telecom operations. Link to full story below:
http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/unitech-to-spin-off-infra-tele...

Expect 200M 3G subscribers in next three years in India

An evalueserve report states that India could have as many as 200M 3G subscribers in the next 3 years.
Link to full story is below:

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/three-cheers-to-3g/392331/

ZTE will launch its own handsets in 2 3 months

ZTE will launch its own handsets in India in 2 3 months reports economic times. Link to full story is below:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/infotech/hardware/ZTE-to-launch-CDMA...

ZTE Telecom estimates the size of 3G vendor market at $4B in India

Economic Times reports that ZTE is targeting 15% to 20% $4B 3G vendor market in India. Link to full story is below:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/telecom/ZTE-Te...

Wynn telecom signs Saif Ali Khan as brand ambassador

Wynn telecom that has Wynncom brand of mobile handsets has signed on Saif Ali Khan as the brand ambassador reports afaqs. Link to full story is below:

http://www.afaqs.com/perl/news/story.html?sid=26836_Wynn+Telecom+signs+S...

BSNL, India's IPO plan on hold

Busienss Line reports that BSNL that reported losses of over Rs. 2000 crore last fiscal will put it's IPO plan on hold until Sam Pitroda's 15 point restructuring plan is put in place. Link to full story is below:

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2010/04/16/stories/2010041656210400.htm

DoT order seeming detrimental to Chinese vendors in India

No purchase equipment has been cleared by department of telecommunications, reports NDTV Profit. Indian government earlier required all the telecom operators to seek approval from DoT before buying any equipment. This is becoming detrimental to chinese vendor companies ZTE and Huawei who have seen their Indian business grow very rapidly over the past few years. Link to full story is below:

http://beta.profit.ndtv.com/news/show/chinese-telecom-equipment-makers-w...

4G spectrum auction will follow 3G

India's communication minister A Raja said that auction for 4G spectrum will begin soon after 3G, reports hindustan times.

Link to full story is below:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/rssfeed/sectorsinfotech/4G-spectrum-auctio...

All India 3G bid touch Rs. 4324 Crore

Economic Times reports that after 16 rounds of bidding, all india license has touched Rs 4,324 crore, ensuring at least Rs 17,636 crore for the goverment. Link to full story below:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/telecom/All-In...

Olive Telecom launches India’s first QWERTY triple SIM, social networking Phone for just Rs. 6000

In the already super competitive mobile handset segment Olive Telecom launched the first QWERTY triple SIM, social networking Phone for just Rs. 6000. It will be interesting to see how this one fares against the new entrants Maxx, LAVA, and Guru.

NSN starts 3G hardware production in Chennai India plant

Business Line reports that NSN kicked off the manufacturing of 3G hardware in its chennai plant on April 10. Link to full story is below:

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2010/04/11/stories/2010041151490200.htm

ZTE to spend ~10% of VAS R&D budget in India

ZTE will spend ~10% of its global R&D budget of ~$1B in software development center in Bangalore for VAS, reports economic times.
Full story in the link below:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/telecom/ZTE-to...

Dual SIM in India at ~$100, the root of new consumer behavior

Cell bharat reports that SAR Group and Wynn Telecom will launch dual SIM in India at ~$100.
Dual SIM are becoming very popular in India and experts have questioned the relevance of Number Portability in light of consumer's ability to afford and use 2 Sim cards. Consumers now subscribe to a steady plan from an operator and keep the other slot for the lowest deal available and baragain hunting. This way they have the assurance of quality and coverage while using the cheapest plan opportunistically through other SIM.

India crosses 1 B mark in mobile web traffic on AdMob

As per telecom yatra report, mobile web traffic from India crossed the 1B mark. India has seen explosive growth with mobile web traffic increasing by ~100% in the last 12 months.

Full report is below:

http://telecomyatra.afaqs.com/news/?sid=721_Mobile+web+traffic+from+Indi...

Mock auction of 3G bids in India on 4 April 2010

Mock auction of 3G bids in India to happen today on 4th April. The idea is that bidders could get accustomed to the new system. Full story below:

http://www.livemint.com/2010/04/04222335/Mock-auction-of-3G-spectrum-to....

India, Telecom Subscription Data as on 28th February 2010 published in March

Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 600.69 Million
o Wireless subscription reaches 563.73 Million
o Wireline subscription declines to 36.96
18.76 Million new additions in wireless
Wireline subscription declines by 0.04 Million
Overall Tele-density reaches 51.05
Broadband subscription is 8.59 million

Download full report from the attachment section

Bharti announces launch of cable link between Japan & US

Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel said a global consortium of which it is a part has launched an undersea cable between Japan and
the west coast of the US, providing high-capacity bandwidth access across the Pacific.

Besides Bharti Airtel, the other partners of the Unity consortium includes Global Transit, Google, KDDI Corp, Pacnet and SingTel.

Construction of the 9,620 km submarine cable system was first announced in February 2008. The cable system was built at a cost of USD 300 million, Bharti said in a communication to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Mobile Number Portability: the Wait Lengthens

It was supposed to be implemented by March 31, 2010 - however India's wait to see the much awaited Mobile Number Portability option for mobile subscribers seem to be only lengthening as each day passes.

In the latest scenario, the government has decided to delay the introduction of MNP to June. This is because of the operators' claim that they need more to upgrade their networks so that they can enable MNP on their networks.

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