India - Broadband Market, Internet Services and Forecasts
While India initially embraced the Internet with a degree of ambivalence, there was tremendous enthusiasm among dial-up users and an estimated 60% of Internet users were still regularly accessing the Internet via the country's more than 10,000 cybercafes. When it came to high-speed broadband access, however, there was a reluctance to embrace, especially within the corporate sector, and the growth of broadband remained relatively slow. By early 2011 there were just over 13 million broadband subscribers - a lowly penetration (by population) of slightly more than 1%. Wireless broadband technologies were attracting considerable interest in India as operators paid large licence fees on the back of the government's spectrum auction in mid-2010. Significant network rollouts were underway and there was no doubt that this accelerating the adoption of broadband. This report looks at the stage the development of broadband Internet has reached in India.
The broadband market has started to growth, but from a low penetration of 1%; wireless broadband networks are being rolled out across the nation; the operators are testing a variety of wireless-based platforms, the allocation of frequency spectrum has become a sensitive issue as the government attempts to free up blocks held by other ministries; the government continues to promote growth strategies and has prepared a National Broadband Plan; the government has been placing a major emphasis on getting broadband into the rural areas.
Companies covered in this report include:
Aircel/Dishnet, Bharti Airtel, Idea/Spice, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone Essar, Bharti Telenet, Reliance Infocomm, Tata Teleservices, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL), Tata Indicom, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), Augere.
Last Update: 6 Jul 2011 Number of Pages: 22
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India - Broadcasting and Digital Media
India has long had a fascination with television. After years of steady growth, the country has emerged as one of the largest TV markets in the world in terms of viewers. In the last decade the television programming landscape has been totally transformed. India now has one of the largest broadcasting networks in the world in terms of infrastructure. Doordarshan, the Indian National Television Network, reaches more than 90% of the population. But there remains much work to be done as India still has a significant component of the market that is analogue (an estimated 90 million analogue households by 2010). Transitioning the mass market to digital is a major challenge. There are already rapidly expanding digital segments in the TV market, notably IPTV/Broadband TV and with some digitalisation of the traditional platforms proceeding at a good pace. The type of expansion being witnessed in digital media is expected to continue at an increased rate.
Transitioning the mass market to digital is a major challenge for India; regulation of the pay TV market also remains a problem as there many unlicensed operators; the government had set 2013 as the target year for completing the conversion to digital; however pressure was building to extend the deadline to 2014.
Companies covered in this report include:
Doordarshan, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Tata Sky, Aksh Optifibre, Viacom, Network18, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL).
Last Update: 3 Jul 2011 Number of Pages: 21
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India - Fixed Network Operators
Domestic fixed-line telephony in India had traditionally been the preserve of the state-owned operators, BSNL and MTNL. Almost 10 years ago, the Indian government opened up the whole fixed-line telephone business to an unlimited number of operators in each of the defined telecom circles (regions). Prior to this, only one private company had been allowed to compete with an existing state-run player in each circle. VSNL, the former monopoly provider of international telephony, also lost its exclusive status in 2002 when the international market was opened to competition. This report provides an overview of India's fixed network voice services and the operators involved in providing these services.
Last Update: 20 Jun 2011 Number of Pages: 22
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India - Internet Market
Despite the considerable popularity of Internet in India, the ISP market was for a long time in disarray. It appears to some extent to have settled down. After a period of market rationalisation, there are now around 160 operational ISPs in the country. Despite the large number of providers, just 10% of the ISPs have 90% of the subscribers. In fact, 5% have 88%. The state-owned BSNL and MTNL continue to dominate the market, holding first and second place in terms of Internet subscribers and a massive 70% of the total subscriber base. Cybercafés have certainly been playing a major role in fuelling the development of Internet in India. About half of the total Internet subscriber base finally had broadband access coming into 2010. Despite this relatively high proportion, development of broadband Internet in India remains particularly slow, to the deep consternation of the government. This report also takes a look at the Internet market in India as the country moves slowly towards its online objectives.
Last Update: 20 Jun 2011 Number of Pages: 13
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India - Key Statistics, Telecommunications Market and Regulatory Overview
India continues to be one of the fastest growing major telecom markets in the world. It is also one of the largest. Sweeping reforms introduced by successive Indian governments over the last decade have dramatically changed the nature of telecommunications in the country. The mobile sector has grown from around 10 million subscribers in 2002 to pass the 750 million mark by the end of 2010 and the market was growing strongly into 2011. GSM technology continued to dominate the mobile market in India; while CDMA still clings to a market share of around 15%. The boom in the mobile industry was expected to continue at least into the medium term, boosted by the allocation of 3G licences in 2010 and the large scale roll-out of networks in 2011. The fixed-line market, which had grown strongly for a while, was experiencing zero and negative growth of late. There has been a fresh effort made to promote broadband internet access throughout the country; after a period in which broadband development languished and the government became concerned, there was new hope for a serious expansion phase in this segment of the market. In the meantime, the government has been continuing to push to complete the restructuring of the telecommunications regulatory regime. The opening up of the market to full scale competition has been dramatic; however, some major challenges remain.
This report presents the key measures and takes a general look at India's telecom market together with the direction it is heading. It also considers the evolving regulatory landscape.
Overall growth in India's telecom market remains strong; mobile subscriber growth remains surprisingly strong in a highly competitive market; broadband internet has seen substantial growth over a number of years; wireless broadband systems have been helping increase the penetration of broadband across the market place; regulatory reform continues to be high on the government's agenda; the 2G corruption scandal, although embarrassing for the government, will no doubt see some important changes to the way much of the sector is regulated and managed.
Companies covered in this report include:
Aircel/Dishnet, Bharti Airtel, Loop Mobile (BPL Mobile), Idea/Spice, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone Essar, Uninor (Unitech), Videocon, S Tel, Bharti Telenet, Reliance Infocomm, Tata Teleservices, Sistema (Shyam Telelink), Swan Telecom, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), Videocon.
Last Update: 6 Jul 2011 Number of Pages: 25
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