Reliance Jio vs Airtel vs Vodafone vs Idea Cellular vs BSNL: The Top Data, Calling Plans on Offer

Reliance Jio vs Airtel vs Vodafone vs Idea Cellular vs BSNL: The Top Data, Calling Plans on Offer

The Jio dependence has a great entry into the telecom sector in India in September last year and has completely changed the way the market works.

Free calls and Jio data forced market leaders Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and BSNL to launch the competition plans, a trend that is expected to continue at least until Mukesh Ambani’s brand began its paid services.

However, even after the payment of the Jio service in April this year, rivals have continued to distribute prepaid packages and postpaid plans. In fact, the market sees a new plan announced by the telecommunications companies.

Here we look at quickly the best data offers and discussion points started by all the operators of the Jio surprise summer offer.

With its launch in September last year, Reliance Jio revealed the Jio welcome offering with free data services, call, SMS and applications to customers.

Even though the operator says that the call will remain free in its VoLTE network, its promotional launch of free data, SMS and applications has been extended for three months starting in January with the Happy New Year offer.

The Jio branch started its payment services in April and also presented the Jio Summer Surprise offer three months to customers who buy Jio Primer – R – 99. members valid until March 2018.

The Jio Summer Surprise offer offers 1 GB of data 4G per day to 90 days in Rs. 303 and 2 GB 4G data per day up to three months for Rs. 499.

postpaid customers receive 60GB 4G data for the billing cycle, the FUP is set to 2 GB per day. However, this offer did not last long – with TRAI ordering Jio to end its supplementary services – and was separated by Reliance Jio in a matter of days.

As a replacement, the company proposed a similar offer to that of Dhan Dhana Dhan Jio for key users offering 1 GB of data per day up to three months for Rs. 309 and 2 GB of data per day up to three months at Rs. 509.

There is a big difference between the summer surprise offerings and Dhan Dhana Dhan however – three more months of additional services.

If you were one of the first people to opt for Jio first and perform a later recharge of Rs.

303 or greater value, to be eligible for the offer summer surprise, which gave free free data, free SMS and application services to three months, after which the Rs. Load value 303 (or higher) entered into force.

Customers who do not take advantage of the summer offer Jio La surprise and who were to offer Dhan Dhan Dhan Jio did not receive the services previously described free for the first three months.

The value is loading Rs. 309 and Rs. 509 per day covering 1 GB and 2 GB per day up to three months respectively. After three months, customers will have to restart their Jio number to continue their services.

Now that the Jio summer surprise offer began to expire adopt for the first time, Jio launched new projects to ensure customers get the best deals.

First, there are the Rs. 399 Dhan Dhana Dhan Jio providing for an additional 84 days, providing 1 GB of data per day, and all other services.

The other new Jio plan, priced at Rs 349, provides data users with 20 GB for 56 days with no daily limit on consumption data; However, users will receive 10GB of data during the first 28 days and the remaining 10 GB for the last 28 days with this plan, instead of 20 GB together.

Asus ZenFone AR With 8GB RAM Unveiled at CES 2017; ZenFone 3 Zoom Camera Smartphone Also Showcased

Asus ZenFone AR With 8GB RAM Unveiled at CES 2017; ZenFone 3 Zoom Camera Smartphone Also Showcased

Asus launched the smartphone Zenfone AR with 8 GB of RAM as well as Google’s augmented reality program support and virtual reality software DayDream Tango during CES 2017 technology news with society Asus Zenfone AR unveiled the smartphone Zenfone 3 zoom with a 5000 mAh battery in the event.

The new Asus Zenfone smartphone with AR AR + VR functionality, which was replaced by Qualcomm in recent days, come in several versions; Asus has confirmed at least one version with 6 GB of RAM.

Asus Zenfone AR, like the other Tango device – the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – is designed around the camera’s vision with a camera and sensor configuration that provides motion tracking, a depth perception and Learning zone.

Unlike other Zenfone smartphones, Asus Zenfone AR has a fingerprint scanner on the front built-in button on the start button. It has a Super AMOLED QHD (1440 x 2560 pixels) 5.7-inch screen that is likely to play an important role in virtual reality. The company added that the Asus Zenfone AR exceeds 79% screen-body ratio.

Under the hood, Asus Zenfone AR uses the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that the company claims to have been customized for Tango.

With Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 announcing the new SoC, the choice of the Snapdragon 821 processor for the smartphone enabled Zenfone AR Tango and Daydream seems outdated.

Asus at the event confirmed that the company will have an exclusive Asus ZenUI VR 360 degree operator in PhotoCollage, Gallery and ZenCircle applications.

The Taiwanese company also confirmed that the Asus Zenfone AR has a cooling system to prevent overheating of the steam.

The Asus Zenfone AR camera supports a Sony IMX318 23-megapixel camera with TriTech + autofocus system, dual PDAF, second generation Laser Focus and continuous AF.

The rear camera supports the OIS 4-axis (optical image stabilizer) and the 3-axis EIS (electronic image stabilization) for video recording in parallel to the 4K video storage media.

The company opted for a camera in front of the camera 8 megapixels with a f / 2.0 and a large lens angle of 85 degrees.

The Asus Zenfone AR, based on the 7.0 nougat Android, will be available in the second quarter of 2017, with the company announcing the price near the introduction in the market.

Asus has not yet revealed all the specs details for Zenfone AR. Other specifications include specified up to 256 GB of integrated memory expandable by microSD card (up to 128 GB) in a dual-SIM hybrid configuration (Micro Nano +); One 3300mAh battery; C-port type Connectivity USB 2.0 and Bluetooth v4.2 and WiFi 802.11ac.

Asus Zenfone Zoom 3, by contrast, is considered a smartphone “the thinnest and lightest” with a 5000mAh battery, which is a device sound element. It is only 7.9 mm thick, weighing 170 grams.

Like previous Zenfone zoom models, the Asus Zenfone Zoom 3 works like a power bank can charge other smart phones.

Flipkart Said to Be Readying Up to $950 Million Offer for Snapdeal

Flipkart Said to Be Readying Up to $950 Million Offer for Snapdeal

The e-commerce leader Flipkart should make a revised offer of 900-900 million dollars (about Rs 5,800 crore – Rs.6122 crore) for the purchase of rival Snapdeal, according to sources.

The new offer is almost equivalent to the original $ 1 billion sale price for the acquisition of the besieged e-commerce market, private development sources said.

They do not want to be identified because the discussions are always over and the agreement has not been signed.

A source said a new offer of 900-900,000,000 should be made next week.

When contacted, Snapdeal, Flipkart and Softbank declined to comment.

The Snapdeal Board has already rejected an offer of $ 800 million to $ 850 million (about 5.5 million pounds) of Flipkart when it felt that the amount has underestimated the company since the due diligence report was clean.

SoftBank, the largest investor Snapdeal, played a mediating role in the sale for several months. The Snapdeal Council was also represented by its founders (Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal), Nexus Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital.

Snapdeal also participates in separate talks to sell FreeCharge (mobile portfolio operations) and Vulcan Express (logistic arm).

These offers are also likely to be closed in the coming weeks.

The case between Snapdeal and Flipkart, if completed, will mark the largest acquisition in India’s e-commerce space.

One of the major competitors in the Indian segment of retail electronics, Snapdeal has seen its fortune fail amid intense competition from Amazon and Flipkart.

Snapdeal’s valuations also fell around $ 6.5 trillion in February 2016. SoftBank has canceled more than $ 1 billion for the valuation of its investment in Snapdeal.

COVERSTORY BSNL/Bharti Reliance Tata Reliance Vodafone Idea Aircel Trik

more evolved for 4G, while Jio ini­tially took on 2,300 MHz. Only later did Jio apply and securel,800 MHz in the auction of February 2014 by paying Rs 11,100 crore as spectrum fees. In the auction this year in March, Jio secured spectrum in the 800 MHz band for another Rs 10,100 crore. The spectrum auction fees are not paid in one go, but is spread over the licence period. And yet, it is still a substantial cost to op­erators and the reason why their in­vestment in infrastructure is low.

Jio employees say they have been able to integrate the 1,800 MHz and 2,300 MHz bands for rolling out their services. Industry sources say this integration is not easy and is a technology challenge. Industry ob­servers say the company is still work­ing on the integration of800 MHz, while the 1,800 MHz and 2,300 MHz integration is complete. This means the rollout will not be a big one of both voice and data across the country. The first phase will be in those 13 circles in which Jio has both 1,800 MHz and 2,300 MHz. This will be followed later with a rollout in circles where Jio has just 800 MHz.

Data Is King

Jio may roll out over the coming years and cover 800 cit­ies, but it is not seen as a challenge for voice services. Its biggest advantage is that it is a data network and offers far superior speed than anything else (The Thrills of Speed).

Data revenues are growing fast for all the operators. In

RISING RETURNS

Data revenues are growing fastforalloperators

fact, the smaller operators with lim­ited circles sell more data packages than voice. For instance, if you notice the advertising of Sistema Shyam Teleservices, which sells telecom ser­vices under the brand name MTS, you would think it is an Internet ser­vice provider, selling dongles. Simi­larly, Tata-DoCoMo also positioned itself as a data service provider. Air- tel’s data revenue as a percentage of total mobile revenue is in the range of 16 per cent to 17 per cent and growing much faster than its voice revenues. Every operator is witness­ing a similar growth in data volumes and revenues. This is the low hang­ing fruit that Jio is expected to capture by becoming the second SIM in existing handsets. Consumers may con­tinue to use voice with their existing providers, but for heavy data usage they will shift to a Jio SIM.

Which is why one of the first apps that Jio launched is a WhatsApp clone called, uninspiringly, Jio Chat. The app allows users to video chat, besides a few other bells and whistles. It may not have caught popular attention but it did trigger an action from operators, who first began fa­vouring some apps and choking bandwidth for others. While the issue was labelled as a Net Neutrality battle, it was really more of a peremptory strike by incumbents against Jio’s app-based strategy.

Jio’s strategy is not just about apps; it includes a combi­
nation of products and services. Jio Chat is an example of one such product, which can be downloaded on any phone and can work with any operator, though to realise its true potential you might need a second SIM card from Jio.

Breaking Out In Hotspots

A similar product is offering broadband wi-fi services in select locations. Jio has been studying user behaviour pat­terns in Ahmedabad by offering broadband wi-fi services in six-eight locations. These services are in malls and open public spaces. The company may offer more such hotspots to let people experience Jio services.

Wi-fi is an important area for all telecom operators. Vodafone, Airtel and even Idea seem to be developing hot­spots or working with wi-fi operators. Jio is using a blend of LTE and wi-fi networks to provide connectivity in select spots, but this will only proliferate. It is working with state governments and city authorities to provide wi-fi services, according to the Reliance Industries annual report for 2014-15.

 

RAMPING UP APPS        Another product that Jio is

Jio s WhatsApp clone, Jio planning to launch is My-fi, a Chat, triggered action       „              …             , . , , .

from rival operators               small credit card-sized device

that one can carry to create small wi-fi zones. This is a product for todays digital connected- everywhere generation. Jio officials confirm the device ex­ists and there are pictures of it floating online. The pricing for My-Fi is said to be Rs 1,800-2,000 but this is conjec­ture. Technically, people could use their existing phones combined with My-Fi to make voice or video calls, pro­vided the data charges are low; so low that users won’t think about their consumption patterns while using it.

High-speed broadband connectivity over fibre and wireless-to-home is another product that the company is developing, according to its annual report and other
sources. One of its breakthrough products uses a micro base station installed outside the home. This will provide a number of services. Technically, this base station can provide video content for IP-enabled TVs and of course, broadband into the house. This is expected to disrupt DTH service providers, who are the only HD quality TV services providers.

Jio has also developed a bigger version of its micro base station to service a whole colony. This unnamed station can also function as a wi-fi hub like the GBM towers. It is small enough to be placed on an electric pole and has been developed by Cisco under its small cell network. It covers a radius of50-60 metres.

Within its content services, Jio is also planning to launch a set-top box that can replace existing DTH boxes. With these, one can watch the past seven days of pro­gramming from the cloud. It also allows people to buy and download movies and keep them in the cloud to watch later. To make this possible the company has invested in a data centre to host these services. While the size and ca­pacity of the centres is not known, its existence gives Jio a big edge and pitches them against not just telecom opera­tors, but also digital services providers like Googles You­Tube or even Facebook’s WhatsApp Messenger. Both these Internet companies are not able to offer high quality HD content as their data centres are outside the country.

The data centre is also important as Jio is offering VoLTE that perforce requires a telecom cloud. Sandeep Girotra of Nokia says, “For VoLTE to successfully take off in India, an underlying IMS (IP multimedia systems) net­work is a must. This also requires a gradual shift towards Telco Cloud, where many of the IMS infrastructure can be on a cloud platform, making it faster and easier for new applications like VoLTE to be deployed.”

As for Airtel’s plans to bundle content along with its 4G service, Srini Gopalan says: “Differentiating telecom ser­vices using content is old school. There are obvious limita­tion of both content and bandwidth here. There is a short­age of spectrum and till it is resolved it is not possible to realise the potential of mobile broadband.”

Airtel is not the only sceptic. Other companies like Vodafone and Idea are also not following a strategy to seed the market with both content and devices. Jio, as a pioneer, has to create the market and has no choice but to shoot the arrows and scare away competition. It is also hoping that the seeds it has been sowing for so long, will give it a rich harvest soon. ED

  1. Yatish Rajawat is a smiorjournalist based in Delhi

& @yatiskrajawat For more on telecom, visit www.businessworld.in

HE ROLLOUT OF RELIANCE JIO’S 4G SERVICE this time may cause ripples, but not waves or a tsunami as the entry of Reliance Infocomm had caused in 2001, supported by distortions in policy framework then. There have been massive expectations in the tele­com sector ever since Reliance Industries (RIL) acquired a majority stake in Infotel Broadband, which won pan-India broadband wireless access (BWA) licenses in the 2010 auction. The expectations have hinged on Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance’s re-entry into the telecom space through Reliance Jio Infocomm. The Reliance group’s foray into the mobile segment in 2001 via Reliance Infocomm had challenged and practically trans­formed the country’s telecom landscape through its market-disruptive strategies through blatant policy manipulations and large-scale operations. Back then, Reliance was instru­mental in introducing various offerings at dirt-cheap prices, which went on to revolution­ise wireless growth in India. The industry, experts and users are now expecting a very similar wave to sweep the broadband segment.

Coming to the positive side, Reliance Jio does have several inherent strengths as a com­pany. It always had the financial backing of RIL, one of the largest business entities in the country. Due to this, the company always had sizeable resources and in the past, it has been a market changer with disruptive marketing strategies. That is no longer a plus

point, when incumbents too are well entrenched, tech­nologically and financially. In the past three to four years, Reliance has managed to build up significant ca­pacity. It has a fairly large and geographically well- spread network and Reliance has always seemed to maintain cordial relations with top government offi­cials. Somehow, whenever someone decides to analyse its history, they realise that various policies were tweaked to favour them from time to time.

Reliance Jio aims to become India’s largest telecom player within three years of its service launch and to break even by the end of the third year of operations, many believe that Reliance Jio can change the pecking order in the world’s second-largest telecom market. But personally, we feel there are some major obstacles that Reliance Jio might be facing at the entry level. The po­tential challenges are very basic in nature, i.e. a weak device ecosystem, lack of backhaul network support and issues related to the low density of 4G networks. The al­ready saturated urban voice market and the incum­bents’ underutilised 3G networks will definitely pose challenges. Passive infrastructure sharing with existing incumbents will help Reliance Jio in the short-term only, but pan-India service strategy will require the es­tablishment of new towers and cables, leading to huge capital expenditures.

We believe that while the company may want to adopt the strategy of disruptive pricing again, the scenario has changed significantly over the past decade or so. Cus­tomers are more educated and spoilt now. They would need a strong reason to switch from one operator to an­other. Either the quality of service being offered by Reli­ance Jio has to be the key differentiator or the price strategy of the service has to be extremely attractive for majority Indians. However, this doesn’t seem to be an easy task in the ruthless telecom market that currently