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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Bengali OTT Hoichoi on expansion mode; enters foreign markets

Bengali OTT Hoichoi on expansion mode; enters foreign marketsBengali over-the-top content provider, Hoichoi, is planning to reach out to global audiences particularly the Bengali speaking diasporas with region specific offerings. It is entering Bangladesh and UAE markets with an original web-series catering to audiences there.

The company is also in the process of introducing ‘pay-per-view’ option to its transactional video-on-demand (TVoD) model. Under this, This means, after the theatrical release, Hoichoi will host the movie on its platform and viewers can pay for the content on a-la-carte basis.

Hoichoi, backed by SVF – eastern India’s largest entertainment and film production company – has also introduced top-up cards to facilitate subscriptions. The move is targeted primarily for the non-Metro audiences which accounts for 40 per cent of its subscriber base, the company said in a release.

Some of the original content that Hoichoi has on its platform will also be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Arabic to enhance the OTT player’s reach. Hoichoi offers content under various gneres including fantasy, dark comedy, musical thriller, sitcom, travelogue, mystery, paranormal drama, kids, treasure hunt, psychological horror, detective and erotica.(Source: The Hindu BusinessLine)


BSNL inks deal with Softbank, NTT to roll out 5G, IoT service

BSNL inks deal with Softbank, NTT to roll out 5G, IoT serviceState-run telecom firm BSNL has inked a pact with Japan’s Softbank and NTT Communications to roll out 5G and Internet of Things technology in India, a top official has said. “We have signed agreement with Softbank and NTT Communications to roll out 5G and IoT products and services in India. Under the agreement, we will look at solution specially for the smart cities,”

BSNL chairman and managing director AnupamShrivastava told PTI in an interview. He said most of the BSNL competitors are still looking at monetising their 4G services and hence leading companies have started looking at the state-run firm for 5G services roll out.

“We have benefited by lead taken by our minister (Manoj Sinha). He has held various meetings at global level on 5G. We capitalised on those opportunities and signed agreement for the next generation technology,” Shrivastava said. Telecom minister Sinha has said that 5G service launch in India will happen at par with other leading nations.

Stating that 3G services was launched in India after seven years the technology was available in other foreign markets and 4G services was launched after a lag of four years, Shrivastava said, “5G will be launched in India in 2020 as soon the standards are freezed by ITU.”

He said that BSNL is working to finalise test cases where 5G can be used in India.“We are in advance stages of starting 5G field trials. Government is in agreement to provide us 5G spectrum for trials. We expect to start field trials very soon,” he said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has recommended auction of about 8,644 MHz of telecom frequencies at an estimated base price of Rs 4.9 lakh crore. The government is yet to finalise details of allocation of spectrum for 5G services.

Under the agreement with Softbank, BSNL will look at collaborating with the Japanese firm for its satellite constellation which will have around 900 satellites to provide high speed internet services across the globe. BSNL has signed agreement with Nokia and Cisco as well for developing 5G ecosystem. (Source: ETTelecom)


Vodafone’s incoming CEO weighs masts sale

Vodafone’s incoming CEO weighs masts saleNew chief says disposal a ‘consideration’ as he details job losses to cut £31bn debt. The incoming chief executive of Vodafone has said he is considering a sale of tens of thousands of mobile masts to reduce the company’s €31bn debt pile, if the right deal can be struck.

Nick Read, chief executive designate until he takes over from Vittorio Colao next month, detailed plans at a Goldman Sachs conference in New York to shake up the business. This comes after a recent trading update that provided investors with a uninspiring outlook for the rest of this financial year because of steep competition in its Italian and Spanish markets. The telecoms company has 110,000 towers across Europe — about 55,000 of which are directly controlled — but has been resistant to a disposal under Mr Colao. Barclays has calculated that Vodafone’s European towers could be worth €12bn.

Mr Read sought to address concerns over Vodafone’s €31bn net debt and the sustainability of its dividend payments in the wake of its €18bn takeover of Liberty Global’s German and eastern European operations. He argued that improving earnings performance and asset sales would help reduce borrowings. “Towers are also a consideration,” he said, adding that Vodafone would be “pursuing” the strategy although there was “nothing today” to announce.

Mr Read also said the company would shed 1,700 jobs across shared service centres in Egypt, India and Romania this financial year, roughly 8 per cent of the workforce in that side of the business. The cuts are part of a wider drive to strip €8bn of costs from the business as more back-office functions are taken over by “robots” according to Mr Read with customer service, technology and operations set to be overhauled.

The company will detail more of its plans in November when it reports results as Mr Read tries to improve confidence in the company’s strategy. “When you look at our share price the glass is half empty,” he said. Nick Read Vodafone’s share price has fallen by a fifth over the past year. The weak stock price has opened the door to activist shareholder Elliott Advisors, which has bought shares in the company and, according to one person with direct knowledge of the situation, could push for Vodafone to sell off its mobile masts.

The incoming Vodafone CEO is a company veteran having led Vodafone’s UK and then emerging markets operations being promoted to chief financial officer. That experience included the formation of the Indus Towers joint venture in India, where he spent many years on the board and learned how best to structure a separation of masts from the active parts of the network. Mr Read said that he had been looking at how to balance Vodafone’s strategic network needs against the efficiency gains of offloading its masts on to a specialist company. He argued that there has been a shift in the tower industry where private equity-backed specialists and independent group including Cellnex have bought thousands of masts from struggling telcos. He argued that potential buyers had become more flexible and “more open to different formulas”, which could include joint ventures rather than disposals. Deutsche Telekom has also been linked with a potential disposal of its towers while companies including Sunrise in Switzerland and Altice in Portugal have already struck deals. European operators have been slower than other markets, notably Africa and the US, to sell off their masts to create value and focus on the active parts of their networks.

Mr Read added that a float of its New Zealand business would likely take place in 2019 as Vodafone continues to tidy up its global operations. It has merged with rivals in India and Australia in the past year but smaller deals in New Zealand and Malta have collapsed. (Source: Financial Times)


Reliance Jio may redial Cisco to foray into 500 billion enterprise market

Reliance Jio may redial Cisco to foray into 500 billion enterprise marketJio’s arch rival Bharti Airtel, as of quarter ending June 2018, has more than 4.55 lakh enterprise customers that contributes close to 15% of its total revenue while state-run BSNL, that mostly serves public sector companies, garners 25% revenue from enterprise business. Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) and the US-based Cisco Systems are likely to extend their partnership to tap the ₹50,000-crore strong enterprise market with a services portfolio which the Mukesh Ambani-owned telco plans to commercially launch shortly.

“As they (Jio) make enterprise move, Cisco would start working with them closely for the intuitive network, collaboration, cloud and security,” an industry source told ET Telecom. In 2012, India’s new telecom entrant and the California-based networking major entered into a strategic alliance across multiple technology areas including deployment of voice over long-term evolution (VoLTE) -- a fourth-generation (4G) technology-based networks -- for its consumer business.

Jio, according to the source, would be using the company’s key technologies to deliver network-based services that Jio would aim to offer to large companies. With telcos’ consumer business likely to become stable only by the end of 2018, following the merger between Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, Jio is now preparing to tap the ₹50,000-crore strong enterprise market pie dominated by Bharti Airtel and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

Reliance Jio didn’t respond to ET’s emailed queries till the time of going to press. Jio’s arch rival Bharti Airtel, as of quarter ending June 2018, has more than 4.55 lakh enterprise customers that contributes close to 15% of its total revenue while state-run BSNL, that mostly serves public sector companies, garners 25% revenue from enterprise business which it plans to further grow.

The telco has created a complete greenfield Internet Protocol or IP-backed network based on VoLTE technology, and its partnership with Cisco includes IP/MPLS, data centre, integrated mobile core, service provider Wi-Fi, contact center, security, and enterprise IT.

The industry source said that since digital services are being delivered through telecom networks created by operators, the role of mobile carriers have become central to the entire digital play across sectors. The telecom arm of the oil-to-retail conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) is aggressively rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) wireline offering JioGigaFiber, particularly in commercial establishments across India’s top cities.

“They have not launched enterprise solution yet which is few quarters away. Go-to-market talks are underway, and they (Jio) are looking at what extra services can be delivered,” the person familiar with the matter added. In order to gain first-hand business experience, Jio has already deployed Cisco’s enterprise solutions in its Mumbai’s headquarters premise that houses 5,000 employees. These include Cybersecurity solution and WebEx collaboration tool in addition to routers and switches.(Source: ET Telecom)

Global Telecom Enterprise Services Market 2018 Demand

Global Telecom Enterprise Services Market 2018 DemandGlobal Telecom Enterprise Services Market 2018 Demand ,Customer Needs, Growth Rate,RevenueTrend, Manufacturers and Forecast to 2025

The report consist of the all the information required for the growth of the Telecom Enterprise Services market.it covers market, size, demand and future market scenario’s which helps to get better view of the market.it also covers the top key players,application’s,type and provides forecast to 2025.

The objectives of the research is to define important Portion and competitors of the market with respect to market size, volume,value. This report also covers all the regions and countries of the world, which shows a regional development status,it also includes Business Profile, Introduction, Revenue etc.This report provides the forecast upto 2025.The keyword market report maintained a relatively optimistic growth for the last few years.

Following are the Key Manufacturers: AT&T, Verizon, China Mobile Ltd, Vodaphone Group, Sprint, T-Mobile, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications, Windstream Holdings, SoftBank Corp, Ericsson, Bharti Airtel, China Unicom, Telefonica, Orange, America Movil (Source: Convergence Plus)


Savitri Telecom Services presents Spirent’s Highest Density 400G Ethernet Solution for Next Generation Network Testing

Savitri Telecom Services presents Spirent’s Highest Density 400G Ethernet Solution for Next Generation Network TestingSetting the standard for high density testing of emerging 400 GbE core routers and switches with high-scale, complex routing and access protocols. An industry leader in test and measurement, today introduced the world’s first 8-port 1U-high rack mountable solution for testing 400/200/100/50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). A single pX3 400G appliance offers 8 ports and up to 255 pX3 units can be interconnected to provide synchronized timing for a total of 2,040 ports.

These appliances will interoperate with and complement Spirent’s extensive high speed Ethernet test modules and chassis offerings. The new pX3 400G Appliance incorporates Spirent’s “Enhanced Results”, with powerful and context-sensitive drill-down views that enable a user to quickly navigate to specific ports or streams and identify problematic events in a matter of seconds, even with the largest and most complex test configurations.

Spirent’s new pX3 400G Appliance is the world’s highest density QSFP-DD tester, designed to validate the forwarding performance and quality of service of ultra-high-scale, next-generation-enabled, multi-terabit routers and switches, all contained in a single rack space.

Features
8 400GbE ports per 1U High appliances , deliver highest density high-speed Ethernet solution
Each port support 400/200/100/50GBE
Support for optical fiber, active optical cables and direct attached Cable
Support for Ethernet (FEC) AN& LT
Protocol testing for L2/3 routing / switching Data Centre test case

Benefits
Industry’s highest density QSFP-DD test appliance
Conduct Performance, stress, and industry standard benchmark tests
Provides large capacity testing for a variety of services

Applications
Cloud Computing/Streaming Services—Validate data plane QoS on thousands of flows at line rate and test complex routing, data center and access protocols on switches and routers. Data Center ToR and EoR Switches and Fabrics—Validate forwarding performance, latency, MAC capacity and functional capabilities of ultra-high-scale, next-generation enabled multiterabit cloud data center fabrics. This platform will allow synchronized timing of 255 systems.

Terabit Routers—Test latest generation of core routers with high-scale, multiprotocol topologies. (Source: Convergence Plus)

Savitri Telecom Services presents Spirent’s Highest Density 400G Ethernet Solution for Next Generation Network Testing

Tech Mahindra to roll out 5G pilot projects next monthSetting the standard for high density testing of emerging 400 GbE core routers and switches with high-scale, complex routing and access protocols.

Setting the standard for high density testing of emerging 400 GbE core routers and switches with high-scale, complex routing and access protocols

An industry leader in test and measurement, today introduced the world’s first 8-port 1U-high rack mountable solution for testing 400/200/100/50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). A single pX3 400G appliance offers 8 ports and up to 255 pX3 units can be interconnected to provide synchronized timing for a total of 2,040 ports. These appliances will interoperate with and complement Spirent’s extensive high speed Ethernet test modules and chassis offerings. The new pX3 400G Appliance incorporates Spirent’s “Enhanced Results”, with powerful and context-sensitive drill-down views that enable a user to quickly navigate to specific ports or streams and identify problematic events in a matter of seconds, even with the largest and most complex test configurations.
Spirent’s new pX3 400G Appliance is the world’s highest density QSFP-DD tester, designed to validate the forwarding performance and quality of service of ultra-high-scale, next-generation-enabled, multi-terabit routers and switches, all contained in a single rack space.

Features
8 400GbE ports per 1U High appliances , deliver highest density high-speed Ethernet solution
Each port support 400/200/100/50GBE
Support for optical fiber, active optical cables and direct attached Cable
Support for Ethernet (FEC) AN& LT
Protocol testing for L2/3 routing / switching Data Centre test case

Benefits
Industry’s highest density QSFP-DD test appliance
Conduct Performance, stress, and industry standard benchmark tests
Provides large capacity testing for a variety of services

Applications
Cloud Computing/Streaming Services—Validate data plane QoS on thousands of flows at line rate and test complex routing, data center and access protocols on switches and routers.
Data Center ToR and EoR Switches and Fabrics—Validate forwarding performance, latency, MAC capacity and functional capabilities of ultra-high-scale, next-generation enabled multiterabit cloud data center fabrics. This platform will allow synchronized timing of 255 systems.

Terabit Routers—Test latest generation of core routers with high-scale, multiprotocol topologies.

Tech Mahindra to roll out 5G pilot projects next month

Tech Mahindra to roll out 5G pilot projects next monthTech Mahindra expects to launch about five pilot projects on 5G services by next month and execute big projects on the new generation network from next financial year onwards, said a top executive of the IT giant.

Tech Mahindra expects to launch about five pilot projects on 5G services by next month and execute big projects on the new generation network from next financial year onwards, said a top executive of the IT giant. C P Gurnani, CEO and managing director of Tech Mahindra also said the company hopes to garner over $100 million as revenues from Blockchain Technology during the current fiscal.

"My personal belief is that by September we would launch. Tech Mahindra will be launching its complete service offerings along with its partners. We expect within this financial year to do about five 5G trials and hopefully in the financial year, starting April 1 2019, we will be executing some big projects," he told PTI during his recent visit to the city.

A senior official of TechM had earlier said they had set up an innovation lab powered by Intel architecture to accelerate 5G roll out in India. The Centre constituted a high-level committee last year, comprising secretaries of the telecom department, IT and electronics ministry and science and technology department, to work out the vision, mission and goals for India's 5G ambitions and prepare a road map and action plan for the same.

Telecom industry body COAI has said auction of spectrum for 5G services should happen only around the second half of 2019 as it would offer telcos better visibility into market dynamics and potential revenue streams of the next-generation mobile services. "My (Tech Mahindra's) appetite is very very large and the opportunity of 5G is very large," Gurnani said.

TechM has been offering services to its clients using Blockchain Technology, the official said, adding that they started focusing on the emerging technology for the past three years and implemented solutions, mainly for Government and banking customers. "It started happening. By the year end I would think is that it will become significant (revenues) by my standards. That means I am talking of $100 million plus. By somebody else's standards it may not be significant... We are in 90 plus countries.

Tech Mahindra is going to spend a lot of its energy and time on skill development. We don't have a India based platform for Blockchain. China has Neo. Koreas has their own. Why would not we have our own?," he said when asked about the expected revenues through Blockchain Technology. He said Tech Mahindra has a Research and Development team of about 150 engineers based out of Hyderabad and Bangalore.

The IT major recently said it would invest CAD 100 million over the next five years on a Centre of Excellence based out of Toronto, which would work on major technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. It also signed an MoU with the Telangana government for setting up India's first 'Blockchain district' in the State. (Source: ETTelecom)

Reliance Retail takes fight to Flipkart, Amazon doorsteps

Reliance Retail takes fight to Flipkart, Amazon doorstepsWalmart-owned Flipkart and Amazon may soon face intense competition from Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail, which has just ventured into online sales of smartphones, televisions, refrigerators and air-conditioners, two senior industry executives said.

Reliance Retail, which is the country’s largest brick-and-mortar retail chain, has launched an online shop front for its smartphone and electronics format Reliance Digital, which is also the country’s largest electronics retailer. These categories are the largest pie of Indian ecommerce accounting for almost 55-60% of the business of Amazon and Flipkart. Reliance will be gearing up to take a sizeable share of online sales of smartphones, televisions and electronics for the upcoming festive season with price-competitive deals and offers matching that of these two top online marketplaces.

An industry executive said Reliance will run heavy discounting from time to time on some products like exclusive models and old models like other online marketplaces, while other products will be priced at par with the Reliance Digital offline stores. “Nevertheless, Reliance Digital already has an aggressive pricing for its offline stores which are, at times, even the lowest in the market and top brands like LG, Samsung, Sony, Xiaomi and PanasonicNSE 6.63 % now control most of the online discounts so pricing will be quite competitive with Amazon and Flipkart,” he said.

The company will also differentiate itself with its in-house service wing, ResQ, which does installation, demo and aftersales service for the products. The Reliance Digital and smaller Jio stores will act as fulfilment centres for the online orders. Reliance was piloting online sales of mobile phones and consumer electronics for employees for over a year. “The commercial operation has just been launched across India. While this is an omni-channel expansion of Reliance Digital, there will be dedicated focus on making the online operation successful,” another executive said. An email sent to Reliance Retail did not elicit any response till Sunday press time.

Online accounts for around 38% of India’s smartphone sales, while for televisions it is around 12% and 6-7% for appliances. For personal care gadgets like shavers and dryers, online is around 15-20% of total sales. Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm Mall, and Xiaomi’s Mi online store are the largest players in online sales of smartphones and electronics in India. Currently, Reliance runs ecommerce operations for the fashion formats — Ajio.com and Reliance Trends, and online grocery, FMCG, fruits and vegetables under Reliance Smart which is at present limited to Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru. The company has plans to scale up Reliance Smart across the country.

Reliance Digital has 305 stores as of June, and 4,530 smaller Jio Points that also sell smartphones and do catalogue selling of appliances and televisions. Around 10% of the Reliance Digital sales last quarter were driven by catalogue sales through the Jio stores. Reliance Digital sales last fiscal crossed.`15,100 crore accounting for around 34% of the retail business revenue. (Source: Economic Times)

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