Category — Telecommunications

iPhone Assembler to Expand Operations in India

With Apple‘s earnings in India doubling year-on-year, Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron, primary iPhone assembler in India, is scouting for 100 acres of land in Bangalore to expand its facilities.

Though Apple is currently a minor player in India, its potential is huge. CEO Tim Cook said on the earnings call in early November that there was much work to be done to fulfill this potential.

He said he’s confident the company can gain ground, but it will take work on many fronts.”It’s building stores. It’s building channels. It’s building markets. It’s building the developer ecosystem,” he said. “It’s having the right product lineup for the market. And I feel like we’re making good progress there and are gaining understanding of the market, but we still have a long way to go.”

Picture of PM Modi and Tim Cook

The India government’s Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion wrote to the firm saying it was “actively involved in resolving issues raised by Apple” and the various key departments in charge of vetting these concessions are “positively inclined to the proposal,” according to a document from an official to Apple that was reviewed by Bloomberg News.

November 12, 2017   No Comments

iPhone X Scores Big in India

This is the first time that Apple‘s global launch of a new iPhone included a concurrent launch in India.  From taking a horse carriage procession (or baraat that’s seen at Indian weddings) to purchase the new iPhone X to waiting hours in line before retail stores can open, Apple’s most expensive iPhone had fans in India vying to buy it. In less than a week of its November 3 launch, the iPhone X was “out of stock” at online sites and offline stores.

Several Apple fans came and went empty-handed; some authorized resellers and corporate partners were also disappointed at the limited stock handed to them, reports the Economic Times Retail. Faisal Kawoosa, principal analyst, Telecom and ESDM, CyberMedia Research suggests that the situation for Apple will take time to settle down. “Although there are initial supply issues, the situation for Apple will gradually come to normal as they strengthen the supply chain. They need to do it fast,” he added.

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Anshul Gupta, research director, Gartner India said, “Despite the high price of the iPhone X, it will remain a growth driver for iPhone sales and its delayed launch means some of the fourth quarter of 2017 demand will shift to 2018. The immediate availability of the iPhone in line with other global markets shows the growth opportunity and overall importance of the Indian market.”

 

November 7, 2017   No Comments

WhatsApp Partners with eTailers in India

With a 200 million plus user base that communicates in 10 Indian languages to generate 50 billion messages a day, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is turning toward businesses in India to monetize the platform. It has already partnered with travel portals  MakeMyTrip and Goibibo, and is now planning to add Flipkart, utility agencies, movie houses, and telecom players too. Users will be able to access the services offered and make payments on WhatsApp itself via a new WhatsApp wallet.

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In February this year, WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton, met India’s minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss ways the company could contribute to India’s digital commerce initiatives, reports the Business Standard.

 

October 31, 2017   No Comments

India Overtakes U.S. to Become 2nd Largest Smartphone Market

According to Singapore-based research firm Canalys, with more than 40 million smartphones shipped to India in the third quarter of 2017, India surpassed the United States to become the second-largest smartphone market. Shipments in Q3 grew 23 percent year-over-year in India, putting it in second place right behind China.

Samsung and Xiaomi accounted for nearly 50 percent of the market in Q3, shipping 9.4 million and 9.2 million units respectively, with Vivo, Oppo and Lenovo rounding out the top five places, reports ZD Net.

Samsung Smartphone

Ishan Dutt, research analyst at Canalys noted that there are close to 100 mobile device brands sold in India, and added that growth in India will continue, attributing it mainly to low smartphone penetration and the explosion of LTE. Analyst Rushabh Doshi said, “We predict Xiaomi’s continued go-to-market innovations will allow it to overtake Samsung within a couple of quarters.”

 

October 31, 2017   No Comments

India’s Airtel Set to Become Leader in Telecom Market Share

Bharti Airtel will acquire Tata Group‘s loss-making mobile telephony business, boosting its spectrum holding and raising subscriber base while saving the Tatas from the prospect of having to shut down the struggling unit. Tata will retain the non-mobile businesses, such as broadband.

“Instead of closing down the consumer mobile business, which would have entailed a much higher cost and involved letting go of employees and vendors etc, we have chosen this route,” Tata Group chief financial officer Saurabh Agrawal said.

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This is Airtel’s 7th acquisition in five years, and starting November 1 the company will take over 4o million (4 crore ) customers of Tata Teleservices Ltd and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd in 19 telecom circles or zones on “a debt-free cash-free basis.” These 19 circles “represent the bulk of India’s population and customer base,” reports News18.

Airtel may end up as a clear market leader in terms of revenue market share, even though currently, Vodafone-Idea is ahead by a sizeable margin.

October 15, 2017   No Comments