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Mobile and ICT patents transform our everyday lives

Mobile and ICT patents transform our everyday livesInnovations in cellular technology have opened us up to new digital experiences: 2G allowed us to have better conversations, 3G enabled us to surf the web, and 4G has given us seamless video streaming.

5G is now taking us to the next level and closer towards our vision of the Networked Society. It will bring rich video content with zero waiting times, immersive VR experiences and a whole range of exciting IoT services – in this connected world, anything is possible.
To continue innovating, we need to invest in the visionaries. Ericsson supports licensing under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms which remunerates companies with patent royalties.

This enables them to re-invest in future developments, from cellular technology to incredible new advances in video encoding and location-based services. It means that the fruits of early and fundamental research are contributed back to the ecosystem, which leads to technology standards being established for generations to come. (Source: Ericsson)

Videocon Telecom to strengthen Wallcam distribution network

Videocon Telecom to strengthen Wallcam distribution networkThe company started dealing in surveillance and security products in July this year with a target to clock a revenue of Rs 1,115 crore by 2021 and Rs 175 crore this fiscal.

NEW DELHI: Videocon Telecom, the telecom arm of the Videocon group, looks to double the number of distributors selling its surveillance and security products under the brand Wallcam by March 2018."We have 100 distributors selling our (Videocon Wallcam) products across the country. By the end of this financial year, we are planning to double our distribution network," Videocon Telecom CEO Arvind Bali told .

The company started dealing in surveillance and security products in July this year with a target to clock a revenue of Rs 1,115 crore by 2021 and Rs 175 crore this fiscal.

Bali said all the products Videocon Wallcam is selling are being made in India and the company is also in talks with some foreign firms to start manufacturing their surveillance products at its plant and sell them with Videocon Wallcam.

"Softwares are playing a key role in the surveillance and security segment. We have our IT company Infodart Technologies where we are developing softwares for CCTV surveillance. We are aiming to develop almost entire suite of surveillance and security product indigenously," Bali said.

He said the company will target all segments of the market.

The company has recently launched entry-level Internet- based CCTV camera solutions segment with a target to capture around 21 per cent market share by 2021.

"There is a huge demand for CCTV solutions in retail segment, which includes households, shops and offices. Organised CCTV segment is expected to grow by over three times in organised trade. Our 'Eco Series' priced at Rs 4,990 will help us gain good traction in the entry-level segment," Bali added.

Videocon estimates the overall CCTV market at around Rs 3,650 crore in the organised segment, which is expected to grow to Rs 9,500 crore by 2021. (Source: PTI)

Vodafone to strengthen enterprise portfolio with broadband: Co's MD and CEO Sunil Sood

Vodafone to strengthen enterprise portfolio with broadband: Co's MD and CEO Sunil SoodThe operator had posted double digit growth in the enterprise business and will bank on its acquisition of fibre-to-home company YOU Broadband.

MUMBAI: Vodafone India is looking at the broadbandspace to strengthen its enterprise portfolio, said the telco's MD and CEO Sunil Sood. The operator had posted double digit growth in the enterprise business and will bank on its acquisition of fibre-to-home company YOU Broadband to enter homes, reach out to small medium enterprises (SMEs), and startups.

“We want to be an enterprise solutions powerhouse, and not just sell SIM cards. We have entered the home broadband space via acquisition of YOU Broadband," said Sood. "We can now sell fixed line and content along with broadband to SMEs and startups as well," he said. The enterprise segment contributed about 17% to the telco’s India revenues in FY16-17.

Vodafone India had acquired YOU Broadband, which has operations across 16 cities, in June. It is also in the middle of its merger process with Idea Cellular which is expected to be completed next year.

Price war in the mobile space has now spilled over to the broadband segment of telecom companies. Bharti Airtel, India's leading telecom operator, on Tuesday extended its data rollover facility to its home broadband customers, under which its customers will be able to accumulate up to 1,000 GB data.

Airtel's move comes amidst Reliance Jio's efforts to roll out its free JioFiber Preview offer for its broadband service in select areas of Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Surat and Vadodara. Jio's service is widely expected to commercially hit the market around early next year.

According to reports, Vodafone is also amongst telcos and PE players that are eyeing Reliance Communications (Rcom's) assets that are up for sale.

Sood declined to comment, but said that following the merger announcement (with Idea), the company has decided not to apply for the payments banks licence since Idea Cellular had already received one. Vodafone India, which has 209 million subscribers as of September end, had previously received an in-principal licence for its payments bank.

The MD said it aims to become a telecom solutions provider and has companies, startups and various government bodies as its clients.

The telco had rolled out a Start-up Kit this September that included complimentary access to Vodafone’s internet of things (IoT), managed connectivity platform, dedicated support team and rental free package for 6 months for about 50 IoT SIMs to develop and deploy their solution.

It has worked with Tata Steel, online hotel room aggregator Oyo Rooms, educational technology firm Byju's as an enterprise partner offering them solutions to scale up business. Sood said that the operator has two lakh SME customers and 5,000-6,000 companies as its enterprise clients. (Source: ET Bureau)

Vodafone partners with CityFibre to topple the broadband giants

Vodafone partners with CityFibre to topple the broadband giantsVodafone is teaming up with CityFibre in a bid to offer a true alternative to Openreach and Virgin Media in the fibre broadband arena. In the UK today, consumers have two major options when it comes to fibre broadband. You can go with an Openreach-leased network — such as BT, Sky, or TalkTalk — or there’s Virgin Media.
CityFibre is hoping to offer an alternative to these broadband giants with its Gigabit-capable fibre network offering faster speeds than any of its current rivals. Unfortunately, the company is yet to reach anywhere near as many homes as Openreach and/or Virgin Media.

Teaming up with Vodafone offers an opportunity to speed up CityFibre’s rollout to become a viable alternative to more consumers. Vodafone even owns a small amount of backhaul after it bough Cable and Wireless all the way back in 2012.

“This agreement will unlock the UK’s full fibre future and is a major step forward in delivering our vision for a Gigabit Britain,” says Greg Mesch, Chief Executive of CityFibre. “With this commitment from Vodafone, we have a partner with whom we can transform the digital capabilities of millions of homes and businesses and establish an unassailable wholesale infrastructure position across 20% of the UK broadband market.”

According to a statement, the partnership aims to provide Gigabit fibre to around five million UK homes and business by 2025.
Construction of the first phase of deployment to one million premises is due to start in the first half of 2018 and will be largely complete in 2021. Both parties have the right to extend the commercial terms of this agreement to expand coverage to a further four million homes and businesses by 2025.

Most existing broadband connections provided by Openreach are currently FTTC (Fibre-to-the-Cabinet) and use copper for “the last mile” into the house. CityFibre and Vodafone will be rolling out FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) for a faster and more reliable connection.
Telecoms will be following the rollout closely and will keep you updated with all developments. (Source: Telecomstechnews)

Idea Cellular expects to ink 4G ICR arrangements with Vodafone, to launch VoLTE in 2018

Idea Cellular expects to ink 4G ICR arrangements with Vodafone, to launch VoLTE in 2018Idea and Vodafone had last month entered into an active Infrastructure sharing arrangement to avoid duplication of spends and make the best use of capital expenditure (capex).

NEW DELHI: Idea Cellular said it expects to close the new 4G ICR arrangements with Vodafone India at the earliest for an additional 4G coverage in nearly 5,000 new towns and neighboring villages for each operator. Idea and Vodafone had last month entered into an active Infrastructure sharing arrangement to avoid duplication of spends and make the best use of capital expenditure (capex). Both telcos have now started to enjoy expanded coverage from such shared sites.

Idea said that it is on course to introduce its own VoLTE – ‘Voice over LTE’ by early calendar year 2018.
As 4G adoption rate is ahead of initial company estimates primarily driven by affordable smartphones, expanding 4G coverage and world’s lowest ‘voice and mobile broadband tariffs’, almost all of Idea’s incremental network capital investments is allocated to 4G expansion (including fiber and capacity).

The 4G population under Idea's coverage has nearly tripled from 14.8% (~170 million) in the second quarter last year to 38.1% (~450 million), reflecting Idea’s aggressive intent to participate in emerging 4G consumer market.

In order to support the burgeoning demand of mobile broadband services, Idea has also increased its fibre backbone network by more than 50,000 kms (100,400 km in Q2FY16 to 150,500 km in the second quarter.

On overall terms Idea’s gross investment in fixed assets has now risen to over Rs 122.2 crore, a net addition of Rs. 486 billion (capex + spectrum) during the last 24 months. The capex spend for the current quarter was Rs. 19.7 billion, the telco said. As industry operating tariffs tumble, voice and data volume growth partially compensated the steep rate fall. During this low demand period, Idea's sequential quarterly voice minutes grew by 1.7% to 255 billion minutes and mobile data volume (2G+3G+4G) witnessed strong sequential growth of 73.5% (on back of 99.1% growth in the first quarter) as Idea’s pan India data network carried 438.7 billion MB.

Idea said that the broadband data usage (3G+4G) has nearly doubled to 413 billion MB in the second quarter from 228.8 billion MB in the first quarter. While the total mobile data users on Idea network remained flat at 38.2 million, the broadband (3G+4G) subscribers increased by 3.2 million to 29.6 million in second quarter. (Source: ETTelecom)

Aircel Partners With Amazon to Offer Cashback on Unlimited Calling Plans

Aircel Partners With Amazon to Offer Cashback on Unlimited Calling PlansAircel has announced a cashback offer that will provide buyers of the operator’s Unlimited plan cashback on payments made using Amazon Pay balance. The new offer is applicable only on select Aircel recharges purchased via Amazon.in via Pay balance and provides customers Rs. 75 cashback.

Additionally, the operator has launched a Rs. 146 plan that is available only via the Aircel app. The new plan provides unlimited calls and 5GB of 3G/ 2G data for 28 days.

Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel said, “We want to pitch Aircel Mobile App and Amazon as the best recharge and service destination for Aircel consumers and are confident that these value-loaded offerings on Aircel App and Amazon Pay are not only going to delight our customers but also tip the scale for the fence-sitters to adopt and embrace the convenience of digital payments, available on their phones.”

Sriram Jagannathan, Vice President, Amazon Payments, said, “We are happy to partner with Aircel to extend the trusted and convenient Amazon Pay experience for customers on their preferred telecom service provider.”

Aircel rival Reliance Jio will also announce a cashback offer on Thursday evening, wherein it will provide Prime users benefits worth up to Rs. 2,599 on purchasing recharges of Rs. 399 or more. The Mukesh Ambani-backed operator is partnering with wallet companies, e-commerce websites, and fashion and travel sites to provide the vouchers and cashbacks to the tune of Rs. 2,599. Airtel had also offered 100 percent cashback on its Rs. 349 recharge a few weeks ago. (Gadgets 360, NDTV)

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