Telecom – Industry Updates

07-12-2018 07:12

  • When over 50% of India’s mobile phone user base has already linked their Aadhaar to their phone number Supreme Court’s Aadhaar verdict has made telcos to come up with new KYC processes. Vodafone, Airtel and BSNL have already rolled out alternate KYC process
  • Aadhar verdict has also made the Prime Minister’s grand Jan Dhan (low cost) bank account, Aadhaar and Mobile phone (JAM) vision complicated. While the government will have no problems in authenticating the actual beneficiary of its welfare scheme using the person’s Aadhaar linked biometrics, it is unclear whether the cash entitlement can be transferred to a bank account that is not linked to the same Aadhaar number, or transferred to a mobile banking mechanism where the mobile number is not linked with the beneficiary’s Aadhaar
  • Indian telecom companies are changing their focus from selling more SIM cards to more data usage per SIM card as the number of mobile users declined due to no demand for multiple SIM card after the small players being thrown out of the market and insignificant price arbitrage between SIMs after the price war
  • The days of rock bottom prices for Indian network users may be coming to an end as the government doubled import duty on multiple telecom network products to 20% to help with the week rupee
  • Jio surpassed Airtel in terms of AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue). Airtel’s AGR fell by 5.1%. Also Jio reported 10.6GB of average data consumption per user per month while for Bharti Airtel this was 7.8 GB
  • Reliance acquires 58.92% stake in Den Networks, 51.34% share in Hathway. Hathway enjoys over 52 per cent share of the total cable broadband market in India, and has the ability to reach 5.5 million homes. DEN, on the other hand, claims to have the ability to reach 9.7 lakh homes. The acquisition covers around half of its target to connect 50 million homes across 1,100 Indian cities
  • Samsung Networks, the sole 4G equipment provider to Jio, is deploying small cells in large volume for indoor coverage to meet the Reliance Jio’s notion to have 99% population coverage
  • Airtel puts Google Assistant to work as a customer care executive. Users will have to link their Google accounts with Airtel. The service has started with English which is believed to get extended to primary regional languages
  • Instant messaging-app WhatsApp and Reliance Jio have collaborated to teach people on how to use WhatsApp on JioPhone
  • Airtel is tying up with Flipkart, MakeMyTrip and Netflix to give customised offers to its subscribers
  • The Mukesh Ambani-led telco’s over 227 million users will be able to consume ZEE’s content including 37 LIVE TV channels
  • Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has joined hands with Amazon to offer Amazon Prime Membership worth Rs 999 for free to select post-paid and broadband customers. Vodafone-Idea and Bharti Airtel already offer free Amazon Prime membership to their post-paid and broadband users
  • Verizon launched world’s first commercial 5G network in four cities including Los Angeles
  • Several countries including US and Australia have banned Chinese gear maker ZTE and Huawei from selling 5G equipment in their country. India, which also banned both ZTE and Huawei early September has lifted the ban and has allowed field trials