Chinese co Oppo plans to make in India

Source: Times of India, Sept 03, 2015

NEW DELHI: Smartphone maker Oppo on Wednesday said it is exploring options of manufacturing in India, a move that will help the Chinese firm bolster its presence in the burgeoning Indian handset market.

The company, which entered the Indian market last year, said it is in discussions with electronics major Foxconn for the facility and is likely to take a decision on the same by October this year. “India is one of the most important part of our expansion plans around the world…

We are exploring options,” Oppo Mobiles India chief executive Mike Wang said. He added that the company may also look at the option of setting up its own assembly line.

One of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally, India is poised to overtake the US as the second-largest market in the next few years.

Shipments in India grew 44% to 26.5 million units in April-June, as per research firm IDC.

Telecom tower companies turn to renewable energy

Telecom tower companies turn to renewable energySource: The Economic Times, Aug 26, 2015

MUMBAI: Telecom tower companies are looking for ways to reduce power consumption and exploring the option of renewable energy amid mounting pressure of fixed rentals from leased slots and costly diesel generated power.

Power and fuel used to run telecom towers account for about 60% of a telecom operator’s cost, according to Mohit Rana of AT Kearney, and of this diesel makes up 40%. Although the crash in crude oil prices spells a relief in the coming days, executives said the tower companies are working on a viable and environment friendly model for the long term.

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Telcos eye a share of over $1-billion 4G revenue

TelecommunicationSource: The Economic Times, Aug 25, 2015

New Delhi: Telecom equipment makers such as Nokia Networks, Ericsson and Huawei are eyeing a share of an over $1-billion (about Rs 6,600 crore) revenue opportunity as India’s mobile phone operators prepare to launch high-speed broadband services on the 4G LTE technology.”4G presents an exciting opportunity even before the launch as we assist our customers to prepare the network to deliver on the promises which the technology holds,” Srini Sundararajan, president and managing director, Alcatel-Lucent South Asia told ET. Alcatel-Lucent is in the process of merging with Finnish rival Nokia Networks.

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Mobile services market in India to reach $ 21.4 bn in 2015: Gartner

Source: Business Standard, Aug 19, 2015

Bengaluru: Riding on exponential growth of mobile users in the country, mobile connections in India is expected to grow by five per cent this year, said a Gartner report. Mobile connections will increase from 837 million connections in 2014 to 880 million.

The report said the year will also see spending on mobile services increasing four per cent to $ 21.4 billion.

Driven by increasing use of data-centric cellular services such as tablets and notebooks, data services is expected to grow 15 per cent to touch $6.5 million in 2015. Mobile services is driven by data services.

“In India, the rise in spending on data-only connections will be driven by two user scenarios – first, to complement their fixed broadband connectivity, so they can use their larger-screen data-centric devices on the go. In other use cases, data-only connections will be the way for consumers to access broadband connectivity because of a lack of fixed networks,” said Neha Gupta, senior research analyst at Gartner.


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Cabinet clears spectrum sharing norms

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Aug 12, 2015

New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday approved guidelines for the sharing of telecom spectrum. Trading guidelines, also to be cleared on Wednesday, were, however, kept in abeyance.

“Spectrum sharing has been approved, but trading has been kept for the future because of some tax issues raised by the Finance Ministry,” Ravi Shankar Prasad, Communications and IT Minister, told BusinessLine over the phone.

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India to overtake US as the 2nd largest smartphone market by 2017

India to overtake US as the 2nd largest smartphone market by 2017Source: Business Standard, Aug 12, 2015

Mumbai: With 26.5 million smartphones shipped in the second quarter of India representing a 44 per cent growth year-on-year (y-o-y), IDC predicts by 2017 India will overtake US to be the second-largest smartphone market globally.

IDC expects India to maintain a double-digit growth rate over the next few years as people switch to smartphones and gradually upgrade to 4G.

This strong June quarter performance saw smartphone shipments grow 19 per cent following a sluggish March quarter, said International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. A total of 18.4 million units were shipped for the same period last year.

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New Call Telecom plans Rs 1,920-crore worth acquisitions in India

Source: The Economic Times, Aug 12, 2015

NEW DELHI: UK-based internet service provider (ISP) New Call Telecom is looking to acquire three-four new companies in the software and infrastructure segments to support its over-the-top (OTT), or app, strategy in India. It could invest around $300 million (Rs 1,920 crore) in the next six to 12 months in the country, CEO Nigel Eastwood said.

“We have spent time over the last few months looking at a number of companies. We have got around eight-nine companies that we are talking to and three to four we would end up acquiring. We will be making announcements about two of them very shortly,” Eastwood told ET. He added that these acquisitions will be aligned to the company’s app plan.

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