Sunday, November 20, 2005

Motorola finally decides to manufacture in India

Well, it finally had to bite the bullet. With Nokia and Ericsson putting local manufacturing plans in motion, Motorola had to respond in like to compete on an equal footing.

Last week, Motorola announced plans to manufacture handsets locally as part of a three-pronged strategy. The plan calls for introducing its "ultra-sleek and ultra-chic" L6 mobile handset in India.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Why is broadband uptake in India is low?

A recent report has revealed that broadband penetration in India is only 610,000 subscribers against a stated policy target of 3 million subscribers by end of 2005. Broadband access charges are pretty reasonable (Rs. 200 - Rs. 250 per month) so the question remains ...

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is speculating that the government refusal to unbundle local access may be one reason.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

TRAI comes down on BSNL

TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) is finally coming down on BSNL for delaying interconnection to other private operators and causing congestion, especially in mobile networks. While all operators are faulted for network congestion, TRAI reveals that BSNL is the majority culprit. Hopefully, BSNL addresses this issue pretty quickly - otherwise, a growth rate of 3 million subscriber additions per month is just going to make the problem worse!

Did Vodafone get a cheap deal?

The Vodafone deal with Bharti is being parsed and analyzed by the news media. The conclusion is that Vodafone may have gotten a good deal - up to four times cheaper - compared to its deal with China Mobile in 2000. Numbers reveal that the price per subscriber that Vodafone paid for Bharti subscribers is even cheaper than the recent Telefonica - O2 transaction