Monday, July 27, 2015

Idea Cellular posts good Q1FY16 operational performance

Idea’s consolidated topline grew by 4.5% on a qoq basis, led by strong 5.8% growth in the voice traffic for the quarter. Normalized for the reduction in the IUC charges (effective March 1st 2015), the qoq revenue grew by 6.9% on a sequential basis.
Healthy revenue performance coupled with cost optimization and leverage on SGA expenses, resulted in the operating profit growth of 5.3% qoq, consequently the operating profit margin expanded by 31 basis points from 36.4% in Q4F15 to 36.7% in Q1FY16.
Led by higher depreciation and interest cost on account of spectrum cost being built into the financials, the net earnings declined by 1.2% on a qoq basis.
The data volume for the quarter grew by 15% on a yoy basis, while the voice realization declined by 2.9% on a sequential owing to reduction in IUC charges and reduction in upper cap of national roaming charges.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

OnMobile launches digital music store with Grameenphone

OnMobile Global Limited (OnMobile), a leading provider of mobile music offerings, launched an avant-garde digital music store for Grameenphone, a leading telecom operator in Bangladesh. Grameenphone Music which will be available on the Web and as an Application will reach out to more than 50 million subscribers in Bangladesh. Grameenphone Music encourages music lovers to download their favorite tracks through the GP Music site or the Android application available on the Google Playstore. OnMobile has powered the technology for Grameenphone Music by seamlessly integrating state-of-the-art CMS, billing technology and superior content rights management. With a simple yet interactive user experience, affordable pricing and a host of exclusive releases by popular artistes, GP Music will encourage music lovers to opt for paid original music tracks.
GP Music is expected to transform the music industry in Bangladesh having already established exclusive tie-ups with 15 artistes in Bangladesh. It is also seamlessly integrated with OnMobile’s cRBT Platform and will offer music lovers a highly personalized experience allowing them to set favorite tracks as their Welcome Tunes. “We are very excited about partnering with Grameenphone to launch GP Music. Offering favorite music tracks in a stunningly simple and easily accessible manner, GP Music will be a successful combination of top-notch technology and popular music,” stated Sanjay Bhambri, OnMobile’s Chief Commercial Officer. “As the product evolves, we are confident that its appeal will be enhanced making it a fun and cool way to listen to favorite music tracks.” “GP Music is an endeavor to empower Bangladeshi music and talent, simultaneously curbing piracy,” said Yasir Azman, Chief Marketing Officer, Grameenphone. “OnMobile has been a valued partner for Grameenphone since 2008. We expect the launch of GP Music to promote legalized distribution of digital music in Bangladesh. This is in line with our vision of providing much needed recognition to struggling artistes and reviving the music industry in the country.” OnMobile’s successful track record in launching RBT and Music products with Grameenphone were crucial in forging this partnership. The launch of GP Music further reinforces OnMobile’s global leadership position in mobile music offerings.

BSNL launches Rs. 56 Internet data pack for 30 days

BSNL is trying to put its stature in all aspects for its existing and new customers for both Prepaid and Post-paid 3G Mobile Services. Just think if you a average monthly data user and requires lowest data with a longer validity. As of now its not possible, but to make it possible, BSNL announces the launch of new cheapest priced best data plan with longer validity of 30days having 250MB and free data roaming across India. 
 New prepaid data STV Rs 56 offer 250MB 2G/3G data for 30 days. For postpaid subscribers Rs 50 data add-on is available offering same benefit. Data charges of 2p/10KB for prepaid and 1p/10KB for prepaid after exceeding bundled free data. Both data packs are available starting 16-07-2015 across all circles. After recent revision of data tariff, cost of BSNL’s lowest available monthly data pack was Rs 198, 1GB for 28 days. With the introduction of new data pack, BSNL subscribers can enjoy whole month internet for as little as Rs 56.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bharti Airtel is now 3rd largest mobile operator in world

Bharti Airtel , the market leader in Indian telecom space,  has achieved the milestone of having the third highest subscriber base in the world according to the latest data released by World Cellular Information Service (WCIS) . Bharti Airtel has 303 .10 mn customers across 20 countries after China Mobile’s 626.37 mn and Vodafone Group’s 403.08 mn . Airtel’s mobile networks cover over 1.85 billion people across its operations in 20 countries and carried over 1.23 trillion minutes of calls and over 333 petabytes of data in FY 2014-15.  In India Airtel covers 86.8% of the country’s population with subscriber base of 229.44mn as on May’15 and boasts of having the largest rural mobile customer base with over 100 million mobile customers.
Top Five Global Mobile Operators by Customers 
1. China Mobile  626.27
2. Vodafone Group  403.08
3. Bharti Airtel  303.10
4. China Unicom  299.09
5. America Movil  274.14

In Africa it  is the largest mobile operator in the continent in terms of geographical footprint.  It offers 2G, 3G services and Airtel Money across all 17 countries in Africa. In Bangladesh, Bharti Airtel is the fastest growing mobile operator, with a distribution network comprising over 146K retailers across the country. The company offers a wide range of 2G and 3G services in Bangladesh, including voice, value added services, entertainment, m-commerce and m-health.
In Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel offers a range of mobile services which includes voice, data and enterprise solutions on its state-of-the-art 2G and 3G HSPA+ network. Airtel’s 3G presence across over 70% of its network is amongst the highest 3G ratio available across the subcontinent.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BSNL Wi-Fi zone goes Live at Taj Mahal

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Honble MOC & IT, Govt of India inaugurated wi-fi hotspot zone created by BSNL at Historical monument Taj Mahal at Agra on 16th June 2015. Shri Ram Shankar Katheria, Hon. MOC (MHRD) graced the occasion as special guest. Shri Anupam Shrivastava CMD BSNL, Shri N.K. Gupta Director BSNL, Shri Pradeep Kumar CGM (UP-W) and other senior officers of BSNL were also present to grace the occasion. The facility has been created by BSNL with the optical fibre backbone using GPON technology which can provide backhaul broadband bandwidth upto 100 Mbps through BSNLs state of art MPLS network. BSNL would be providing free Wi-Fi services, for 30 minutes per 24 hrs (three time in a month) which visitors can utilize in multiple sessions. After free usage limit of 30 minutes is exhausted, a customer can continue using the service on paid basis for which subscription plans are available in the denomination of Rs. 20/-, Rs. 30/-, Rs. 50/- and Rs. 70/- for validity of 30 min, 60 min, 120 min and one day respectively. BSNL has also planned to expand the coverage of the wi-fi facility to other tourist & religious locations like Khajuraho, Jagannath puri etc by March 2016.
Minister of Communications & IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad informed that BSNL has plans to invest more than 1200 crores in UP(W) Circle during 2015-16. Out of this approx. Rs. 200 crores will be invested in upgrading and expanding mobile network. A total of 795 number of new 2G BTSs sites are being commissioned in all Secondary Switching Areas (SSAs) of UP(W) Circle to increase the coverage of BSNL mobile services. BSNL is expanding its 3G network in all SSAs by installing a total of 596 new 3G BTSs. This expansion will help in providing improved 3G services to existing BSNL subscribers as well as in 152 new cities/towns. Approx Rs. 982 crores will be invested in National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) under Phase-I covering 14,474 village panchayats spread over 227 blocks covering more than 30,000 villages of UP(W) Circle. Hon. Minister further added that BSNL is replacing 30 years old switching technology with latest Next Generation Network (NGN) technology. In initial phase more than 50,000 such telephone lines are allotted to UP(W) Circle covering Meerut, Ghaziabad and Noida areas.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sun TV channels may go off air as Centre denies security nod

Union home ministry has struck down an information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry's proposal for giving security clearance to 33 television channels of Kalanithi Maran-promoted Sun TV Network, a move that could lead to cancellation of their broadcasting licence. The I&B ministry has been informed about the decision of the home ministry, which was believed to have been influenced by pending criminal cases against Maran and his brother and former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran, official sources said. The Maran brothers are facing a CBI probe over alleged allotment of 300 high-speed BSNL telephone lines to the residence of former communications and information technology minister Dayanidhi Maran in Chennai which were extended to his brother's channel.
Last September, the Madras High Court set aside an order of the I&B Ministry cancelling the Multi System Operator licence to Kal Cables, a subsidiary of the Sun TV Network. Even then, the denial of security clearance by the MHA was based on the fact that the brothers were facing criminal cases. But the High Court took the view that if the licence were to be cancelled for security reasons as cited in the I&B Ministry’s report, it is the licence of the broadcaster of TV channels that should be cancelled and not that of a distributor.  In the current scenario, the MHA has declined clearance for the TV channels which may become a key point if the media network moves court.  When contacted, K. Vijaykumar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Network, refused comment. “The shares collapsed in the morning and started recovering,” said S.L. Narayanan, Chief Financial Officer of the Sun Group. But the shares closed at Rs. 278.90, against its previous close of Rs. 356.35.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

BSNL sign deal with BSCCL to buy internet bandwidth from Bangladesh

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) sign its first agreement outside India to buy bandwidth from Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) to provide internet services in the northeast. The agreement between the two companies is likely to be signed during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Dhaka that starts tomorrow, according to an official from the department of telecommunications. It is also exploring South Africa for expansion, and may pick up equity stakes in one of the country’s telecom service providers. Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company has agreed to sell its unused bandwidth to BSNL for $1.2 million a year. Initially, BSNL will buy 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) capacity, which will be increased to 40 Gbps over time. The agreement between the two companies was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Dhaka that starts tomorrow, according to an official from the department of telecommunications. In statement of intent on Bangladesh-India Education Cooperation (adoption) and an agreement between Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for leasing of international bandwidth for internet at Akhaura.

 

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