Scatmag.com

September 2017


CONVERGENCE NEWS

 

ACT: 150 MBPS B'BAND IN DELHI

ACT Fibernet rolled out its 150 Mbps broadband service in Delhi on 1 August.

ACT has also upgraded its customers to the next higher plan, free-of-cost.

Atria Convergence Technologies CEO Bala Malladi said, "In Delhi we have always witnessed an ever-growing demand among consumers for high-speed broadband connectivity. We believe this upgrade will further strengthen our presence in the market and help us bring new customers on board".


TRAI: APPLE 'ANTI-CONSUMER'

TRAI had in June last year launched its 'Do Not Disturb' app, enabling customers to report the n u m b e r sending unsolicited messages.

Apple has refused to include the app on its iOS platform.

After a year of futile discussions with Apple, the TRAI told the press that Apple was engaging in "data colonisation" in India "anti-consumer" by not allowing customers to pass on details about pesky calls and unwanted messages to authorities.

"While Google's Android supports our Do-Not-Disturb (DND) app, Apple has just been discussing, discussing, and discussing. They have not done anything," TRAI Chairman, Sharma told the press.


ONLY 11% ON OTT

Video viewership is growing at about 8.5 hours a month & is expected to double over the next year.

However, 89% of video viewership is on YouTube and Facebook & only 11% is shared amongst Indian OTT players, according to Akamai Technologies country sales manager Sandeep Reddy. There are 150 million Indian online viewer & 60% watch online video in 28 Tier-III cities. "There is a challenge of reach," he added.

Reddy said that by 2020 there will be more online viewership than on traditional broadcast TV.

Building a brand, partnership, reach, scale, and economy are the quintessential parameters to make a successful OTT.



NO CASHLESS ECO WITHOUT 'NET

US-headquartered Internet Society has said Internet lockdowns by the government are counterproductive for a country like India which is pushing for a less-cash economy.

Form Jan to June 2017, 29 incidents of states blocking Internet services were reported in the country, according to the Software Freedom Law Centre.

After the demonetisation drive in November last year, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government is focusing on cutting transactions in cash. It has set a target of 25 billion digital transactions for the current fiscal.

In May this year, payments over mobile devices aggregated to ₹ 2,13,300 crore, while m-wallet transactions stood at ₹ 7,200 crore, according to data from the Reserve Bank.

Across digital platforms, the total value of transactions was ₹ 1,36,89,700 crore.

The Internet economy accounts for about 5% of India's GDP, doubling to $250 billion by 2020 and accounting for 7.5% of GDP.

ISPs added 60 million new subscribers in 2016, taking the user base to 391 million, according to TRAI.


BHARTI NOT TO BUY TATA TELE

Subsequent to vocal objections by its institutional investors, B h a r t i Enterprises h a s dropped a plan to pursue a megaalliance with the Tata Group's telecom, overseas cable and enterprise services & DTH.

Bharti, burdened with debt of ₹ 87,840 crore at the end of June, will instead focus on strengthening its books through a strategic stake sale in tower arm Bharti Infratel and on closing acquisitions including the takeover of Telenor India


TATAS TELE TO RIL?

Unconfirmed press reports indicate that the Tata Group is exploring sale of its struggling telecom and related assets to Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL).

Bharti has formally declined its interest in Tata Tele.

The 2 groups haven't had much business ties in the past and even restricted recruiting employees from each other.

The Tata Group holds a majority stake in Tata Tele and 49% in the listed Tata Communications. It has 60% in Tata Sky with Murdoch and Temasek owning the balance.

Anil Ambani's RCom is also learnt to have evinced interest in Tata Tele but its own debt woes and an uncertain merger with Aircel is seen as weighing down on further deal-making.


UK A BINGE VIEWER NATION

The UK has become a nation of binge viewers, Ofcom research reveals, with 79% adults now watching multiple episodes of their favourite shows in a single sitting.

The findings are part of Ofcom's annual Communications Market Report 2017, which reveals stark differences in how older and younger people watch television.

40 million (79%) people use catch-up TV such as BBC iPlayer, or subscription services such as Netflix, to watch multiple episodes of a series in one sitting, wiping out the wait for next week's instalment. 35% do so every week & 55% do it monthly.


U.S. CABLE EMBRACES NETFLIX

A growing number of U.S. cable operators are forming alliances with Netflix Inc, their earlier foe.

Charter Communications Inc will provide Netflix on its STBs, joining more than a dozen top U.S. pay television operators adopting a model first rolled out in Europe. Some U.S. providers could start selling the streaming service as part of their Internet and video packages.

Altice is trying that approach in France, and the company aims to extend the deal to the United States.

U.S. market leader Comcast Corp in November embedded Netflix into its Xfinity X1 set-top box, which is used by 55% of its 21.5 million residential video customers. 30% of X1 users have subscribed to Netflix.

Netflix reported 51.92 million U.S. streaming customers as of June 30, and 52.03 million in international territories.


TRAI: SLASH VSAT FEE

"The entry fee for captive VSAT licence may be reduced by 50%, that is, from ₹ 30 lakh to ₹ 15 lakh," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in statement here.

"There is no justification for charging additional 25 per cent amount as reuse factor for number of VSATs more than the number of carriers. These charges should be eliminated for calculation of Royalty charges," the TRAI added. n