Telcos want a bailout — again. Here’s why it is bound to make things worse, and what can save the day.
The recent history of Indian telecom is littered with financially stressed firms asking the government for relief. The time has come for them to take ownership of their extravagant strategies in the name of customer retention. And for the government to rethink what it really wants from the sector.
TRAI has sought stakeholders’ views on which services can be categorised as “same” or “similar” to those provided by telcos. That will be key to deciding how OTT players can be regulated and made to pay up.
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Airtel and Vodafone's party overseas may be over. Jio is going after them with deadly international roaming tariffs.
The pay-as-you-go tariff of INR2 per minute of voice, data, and SMS promises to be a giant killer.
Mukesh Ambani wants to control half of India's cable TV homes by the end of FY19; Fastway, Ortel, and UCN are the next targets.
A war chest of USD2 billion-USD2.5 billion is ready to fund acquisitions.
Fierce competition and dawn of 5G are all fine, but why can’t telcos deliver plain-vanilla voice calls properly? Blame their khichdi network!
Patchy implementation of VoLTE, which was actually supposed to provide better services, has been the biggest cause for call drops. Lack of mobile towers adds to the woes.
Telcos can still travel far with 4G. But if the government wants 5G to be the destination, it better build the road.
Financially strained incumbents are reluctant to invest in 5G, but the government’s agenda might leave them no choice. The truth: A smooth passage to 5G is impossible without regulatory and licensing reforms.
The new land of IoT beckons with its myriad opportunities, but telcos need to traverse it with caution. Here’s a handy GPS.
For a terrain that involves multiple standards and technologies, Indian telecom players need to spend their money wisely. Narrowband IoT could be worth investing in.
Now that the market disrupted by Jio has gone through various phases of churn and consolidation, the incumbents should adjust their sails since they can't change the direction of the wind.
There are many experiments but few certainties as desi companies begin to take on the might of Netflix and Amazon Prime.
From Dubsmash to musical.ly — the evolving history of these platforms in India also has an outsize imprint of China.
It is important for incumbents to focus on implementing the right subscriber-retention strategies instead of matching Jio’s price points.
Telcos fear that the telecom regulator's latest recommendations will further affect their revenues and lead to service-quality issues.
Smarting from Jio's onslaught, Airtel is clawing back by improving content curation and user experience.
Telecom companies have to overhaul their network architecture to offer the slew of consumer and enterprise services that define the digital future.
It's not the next 'G' of technology but a new 'G'eneration of leadership that will act as a catalyst to the future of telecom.
The future of telecom is not telecom. Jio understands this and has gone about building a comprehensive bouquet of digital services at warp speed. The incumbents have been slow and found wanting in vision.
The draft policy tries its hands at almost everything but, like past policies, fails to outline a road map to execute its expansive plans.
The industry needs a thorough overhaul and move towards full-stack digital products and services — but the transition has proved thorny.
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