In a era of Mobile centric application revolution, the investment dynamics moved from voice feature centric mobility devices to converged feature supporting increasing data usages by end user. In context of India where more than 300 Mn plus internet user’s attracted major investment in more or less all segments under the NCPR categorization. In lieu

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India’s mobile phone customer base rose 0.97 percent, or a net 9.31 million, in March to touch 969.89 million, data released by the sector regulator showed on Tuesday. Following is a table of mobile phone subscriptions in India, the world’s second-biggest wireless market by number of users, as of March 31. Bharti Airtel 2.89 226.01 Vodafone India 1.35 183.80 Idea Cellular 2.35 157.80 Reliance Communications 1.61 109.47 Bharat Sanchar Nigam -0.37 77.22 Aircel 0.86 81.39 Tata Teleservices -0.20 66.31 Telewings 0.46 45.61 Sistema Shyam TeleServices 0.00 8.86 Videocon Telecommunications 0.23 7.13 MTNL 0.02 3.51 Quadrant Televentures 0.08 2.73 N Active mobile subscribers in March were 862.63 million. Mobile connections per 100 people, or the tele-density of wireless subscribers, was 77.27 as of March 31. Mobile tele-density in urban areas was 143.08, compared with 47.78 in rural areas. In March, 3.84 million mobile subscribers opted to change their service providers through mobile number portability. Mobile number portability is currently allowed only within a service zone. India is divided into 22 telecommunications service zones. Total broadband connections were 99.20 million at end-March. There were 83.24 million broadband users through mobile phones and dongles, while 15.52 million were using broadband through wirelines. Internet connections with a minimum download speed of 512 Kbps are considered as broadband in India. The number of fixed-phone line subscribers fell to 26.59 million at end-March from 26.72 million at the end of February. Including fixed-phone lines, India had 996.49 million phone users as of March 31, or a total tele-density of 79.38.

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Mobile handsets market in India is expected to cross 300 million devices this year while only 46 million are likely to be built locally, says a report. “The domestic market for mobile handsets is expected to cross 300 million devices in 2015, while the number of devices being manufactured locally is expected to be only 46 million,” said a report by FICCI-EY titled ‘Speeding Ahead on the Telecom and Digital Economy Highway’ Citing the example of Vietnam, which has emerged as a global hub for manufacturing of mobile handsets because of favourable incentive schemes and stable regulatory environment, it said there was a need for incentives for setting up of new handsets and tablets manufacturing units in the country. In spite of India’s market growing at a robust rate, almost 83 per cent of the demand was met via imports, while domestic production and manufacturing continued to lag, it said. Source

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India’s mobile-phone companies are paying a record 1.1 trillion rupees ($18 billion) to keep their networks running. It’s money well spent, if the stock market is any guide. The MSCI India Telecom Services Index has rallied 14 percent from this year’s low on March 9, the only gain among 10 industries, after losing 67 percent in the preceding decade. Local funds have increased holdings to the highest in 11 months, while BNP Paribas Asset Management’s top-performing Indian stock fund is bullish on the industry. Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Idea Cellular Ltd. are rallying on optimism the expense of securing spectrum for 20 years will pay off as the world’s second-largest wireless market grows. Net incomes at the two companies have climbed at least seven times faster than the broader market over the past six quarters as smartphones costing less than $200 spur a jump in mobile-data use. Source

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Indian mobile-phone sales have dropped for the first time in 20 years, raising the question: Is a slowdown at hand for the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market? Mobile sales dropped 14.5 percent the first quarter (Q1, January-March) 2015, on a quarter-to-quarter basis, compared to Q4 (October-December) 2014 — from 62 million handsets in Q4 2014 to 53 million handsets in Q1 2015, according to a report of CyberMedia Research, a consultancy. The decline in smartphone sales from quarter-to-quarter was 7.14 percent. Cheaper “feature” phones performed worse, with an 18.3 percent sales decline over the same period. Source

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India’s computing devices market is expected to grow to over 341 million a year with mobile phones accounting for 95 per cent of the total shipments, says research firm Gartner. The market, which includes personal computers, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones, is forecast to cross 300 million units this year, an increase of 4.5 per cent over 2014, Gartner said in a statement. “The traditional PC market will grow by 2 per cent, with a 9 per cent increase in the notebook market in 2015,” Gartner’s principal research analyst Vishal Tripathi said.As per data shared by the firm, mobile phone shipment in India is expected to be over 289 million in 2015, up by about 5 per cent from 275 million in 2014. “With increased penetration of smartphones, and better features with declining prices, consumers in India are set to benefit. Smartphones are potentially a high growth segment in the Indian mobile phone market,” the statement said.

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Aircel, the fifth largest telecom operator in India, said that 4G will be the major trigger for innovation in India. In an interaction with ET’s Danish Khan, Sameer Dave, Chief Technology Officer of Aircel talks about the Indian 4G market and the company’s 3G and 4G offerings. He also highlighted the need for collaboration between telcos and OTT players in India, besides talking about Wi-fi offloading and other network technologies. What are your expectations from the 4G technology in India? 4G will be seen as major trigger for agility and innovation in the Indian telecom space. Besides, it will also push the customer experience and will allow telcos to get into more innovative products and services.The euphoria is coming back and I think 4G is going to do what voice did to the Indian telecom industry. These are going to be very exciting three years starting from June-July. Source

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Tablshipments in the Indian market shrunk a sharp 13.9% sequentially, even as Korean smartphone major Samsung improved its lead in this segment where 60% of tablets were 4G-enabled during the January-March quarter this year. According to CyberMedia Research (CMR), about 1.02 million tablets were imported for the March quarter this year, lower than 1.2 million shipped into India in the quarter ended December 2014. Samsung had a 19.7% share during the first quarter of the year, followed by Datawind with 12.7% share while Micromax came in at No. 3 with 9% share. “We had cautioned the industry that unless they make substantial differentiation in the value proposition for potential customers, tablet shipments are not going to grow. Source

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Two of India’s top three mobile telecoms network operators reported a rise in quarterly profits on Tuesday, helped by strong subscriber growth for mobile data services while strong competition continued to pressure prices for voice calls. Idea Cellular Ltd , India’s third-biggest mobile operator Vodafone India, and market leader Bharti Airtel Ltd together spent about USD 9.5 billion in the recently concluded government auction for airwaves, betting on the country’s significant mobile data potential. With a majority of the country still using more basic “feature phones”, India’s smartphone market is expected to grow at around 36 percent a year over the next five years, according to consulting firm Zinnov, making the higher margin mobile data business a potentially lucrative bet for network operators. Source

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Even though India has over 96 crore mobile subscribers, only 6 percent of them are over 50 years of age, indicating that senior citizens are not fully receiving the benefits of mobile Internet, says a survey. “Of the total mobile phone users in India, only 6 percent are over 50 years of age. This difference is exacerbated for mobile data users, with only 1 percent being 50 years or older,” according to a survey by Norway-based telecom major Telenor. As per the findings, the senior segment in some of these markets represents as little as 2 percent of active mobile users, with still fewer using smartphones. Telenor Group has released data from four of its Asian markets – India, Thailand, Bangladesh and Malaysia. “Given our vision of Internet for All, it is a source of concern for Telenor that senior citizens in our Asian markets are not fully receiving the benefits of the mobile Internet,” Telenor Group Executive Vice President and Head of Asia operations Sigve Brekke said. Telenor said as per the data, it is evident that elderly populations throughout Asian markets are less engaged with the Internet, particularly via mobile. “A demographic breakdown shows that only 10 percent of Telenor’s 45.6 million subscribers in India are over 45 years of age,” it said.

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