India Wireless Telecom Market: October 2012

U.P. (East) regains top spot from Maharashtra driven by higher proportion of active mobile users
Source: TRAI
India’s active mobile subscriber base increased to 703.92 million in October 2012 from 698.96 million in September 2012 …
·        Indian wireless telecom market ends October 2012 with subscriber base of 904.23 million, decline of 2.39 million, monthly growth rate of -0.26%
·        Overall mobile teledensity stands at 74.21% (Urban:  153.06%, Rural: 39.78%)
·        Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 62.68% to 37.32%
·        Rural market added 2.50 million mobile subscribers at a monthly growth rate of 0.75% while urban subscriber base declined by 4.88 million, growth of -0.85%
·        According to VLR data, India had 703.92 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 57.77% by October 2012
·        In October 2012, about 5.36 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests which is about 0.59% of total mobile subscriber base in India

Bharti Airtel leads with 24.4% share while players focus on active subscriber base ….
·        Bharti Airtel maintains its leadership position with 24.3% market share in India
·        Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 95.37% followed by Bharti Airtel (91.72%) and Vodafone (90.89%)
·        Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 82.3% market share in terms of active subscriber base
·        Airtel added highest number of mobile subscribers at 491,570 followed by Vodafone (480,336) and BSNL (357,148). While Tata’s subscriber base shrunk by 1,607,347 followed by Uninor (1,106,438) and Reliance (844,735) mainly due to disconnections of inactive users by telecom operators


U.P. (East) grabbed No.1 position …
·        U.P. (East) with 57.87 million active mobile subscribers is leading followed by Maharashtra with 57.50 million active mobile users
·        During October 2012, subscriber base of U.P. (East) shrunk by 840,083 while Maharashtra & Goa added 743,542 mobile connections
·        However, U.P. (East) improved its proportion of active user base to 78.47% in October 2012 compared with 76.19% in September 2012 while Maharashtra’s proportion of active user base shrunk from 84.71% to 83.62% in the corresponding period
·        As a result, in terms of active mobile user base U.P. (East) overtook Maharashtra to regain No.1 position
·        Andhra Pradesh (53.76 million) is third followed by Tamil Nadu (53.56 million) at fourth. Bihar with 47.04 million active mobile subscribers is the 5th largest market wireless telecom market in India

India Wireless Telecom Market: September 2012

Maharashtra & Goa regains top spot from U.P. (East) driven by higher proportion of active mobile users
Source: TRAI
India’s active mobile subscriber base decreased to 698.96 million in September 2012 from 701.87 million in August 2012 …
·        Indian wireless telecom market ends September 2012 with subscriber base of 906.62 million, decline of 1.74 million, monthly growth rate of -0.19%
·        Overall mobile teledensity stands at 74.49% (Urban – 154.64%, Rural – 39.52%)
·        Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 63.06% to 36.94%
·        Rural market added 1.70 million mobile subscribers at a monthly growth rate of 0.51% while urban subscriber base declined by 3.44 million, growth of -0.60%
·        According to VLR data, India had 698.96 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 57.43% by September 2012
·        In September 2012, about 4.86 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests which is about 0.54% of total mobile subscriber base in India

Bharti Airtel leads with 24.4% share as top 5 players owns 82.4% market….
·        Bharti Airtel maintains its leadership position with 24.5% market share in India
·        Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 94.46% followed by Bharti Airtel (91.83%) and Vodafone (90.14%)
·        Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 82.4% market share in terms of active subscriber base
·        Aircel added highest number of mobile subscribers at 655,117 followed by BSNL (393,016) and Reliance (213,444). While Bharti’s subscriber base shrunk by 981,621 followed by Vodafone (686,183) and Idea (508,782) mainly due to disconnections of inactive users by telecom operators


Maharashtra & Goa dethroned U.P. (East) to grab No.1 position …
·        Maharashtra & Goa with 57.62 million active mobile subscribers is leading followed by U.P. (East) with 56.82 million active mobile users
·        During September 2012, subscriber base of U.P. (East) shrunk by 451,819 while Maharashtra & Goa experienced 825,204 mobile disconnections
·        Driven by higher proportion of active users in at 84.71% , Maharashtra & Goa reclaimed No.1 position from U.P. (East) circle which has 76.19% of its mobile users as active
·        Andhra Pradesh (53.49 million) is third followed by Tamil Nadu (53.36 million) at fourth. Bihar with 45.81 million active mobile subscribers is the 5th largest market wireless telecom market in India

5 reasons why Dhoni should give up T20 captaincy


After recent exit from World T20 in Sri Lanka by India, time has certainly come to review Dhoni’s status as T20 Captain looking at the future  


1.      Need to develop new leadership:

India must start developing new leadership which can eventually take the responsibility from M.S. Dhoni in next 2-3 years time. T20 is the shortest form of the game and can be used by Indian team management to groom new younger leaders such as Virat Kohli.
Many leading cricketing nations such as England, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan are implementing these strategies.

2.      Failure to make Semi-Finals in last 3 editions of T20:
Although India won the inaugural edition of T20 World Cup by defeating arch rivals Pakistan in the finals, it had not performed well since then.
In the last three editions of the tournaments, India could not make it to the semi finals under Dhoni’s captaincy.
3.      Dhoni’s age and heavy workload:

Dhoni is 31 years old now. The age factor is certainly started playing on him more so because he has to perform dual role of wicket keeping and captaincy on the field. Looking at the fact Dhoni could play cricket for next 4-5 years at least, India must start managing him well to prolong his career.

4.      Dhoni as batsman is not utilized wisely by Dhoni as a captain:

Due to extensive load of captaincy on Dhoni, he is utilizing “Batsman Dhoni” effectively and efficiently. He is certainly far better batsman to come at No.7 behind players like Raina, Rohit Sharma or Irfan Pathan.

If Dhoni is relieved from captaincy then he can completely focus on his batting which could benefit India in T20 version of the game.

Currently, Dhoni has a strike rate of just 109.58 in T20 format which is far below his true potential.

5.      Dhoni is really precious for India:

The players like Dhoni are extremely precious for India cricket team. He has been serving Indian team for last eight years as batsman and wicketkeeper in all formats of the game. Also, for the larger part he has been captain of the team in all three formats.
Considering his contribution for Indian cricket we must avoid burn out due to excessive stress on him.

If he is relieved from T20 captaincy, then Dhoni can focus more on longer formats such as ODI’s and tests which can enhance India’s performance in the future.

India Wireless Telecom Market: July 2012

Finally telecom industry accepts “Active Subscriber Base” as true barometer
Source: TRAI
India’s active mobile subscriber base increased to 698.08 million in July 2012 from 695.82 million in June 2012 …
·        Indian wireless telecom market ends July 2012 with subscriber base of 913.49 million, decline of 20.61million, monthly growth rate of -2.21%
·        Overall mobile teledensity stands at 75.21% (Urban – 157.11%, Rural – 39.54%)
·        Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 63.37% to 36.63%
·        Rural market experienced reduction of 1.92 million mobile subscribers at a monthly growth rate of -0.57% while urban subscriber base declined by 18.68 million, growth of -3.13%
·        According to VLR data, India had 698.06 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 57.47% by July 2012
·        Active mobile subscriber base of 698.06 million in July 2012 is an increase over 695.82 million active subscribers in June 2012. Hence, actually India’s wireless telecom market has shown positive growth unlike reported by all other analysts / reporters
·        In July 2012, about 4.98 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests which is about 0.55% of total mobile subscriber base in India

Bharti Airtel leads with 24.5% share as top 5 players owns 82.3% market….
·        Bharti Airtel has strengthened its leadership position with 24.5% market share in India
·        Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 92.80% followed by Bharti Airtel (90.46%) and Vodafone (89.16%)
·        Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 82.3% market share in terms of active subscriber base
·        Reliance’s subscriber base experienced 13.25% decline as the company disconnects 20.48 million inactive customers from its network.
·        The clear trend where telecom players are focusing on “active subscriber base” as the true barometer for the industry. Boneless Research has been saying this since February 2011


U.P. (East) retains leadership position despite negative subscriber additions…
·        U.P. (East) with 58.25 million active mobile subscribers is leading followed by Maharashtra & Goa with 56.94 million active mobile users
·        During June 2012, subscriber base of U.P. (East) shrunk by 1.89 million while Maharashtra & Goa experienced 2.38 million mobile disconnections
·        Andhra Pradesh (53.12 million) is third followed by Tamil Nadu (53.03 million) at fourth. Bihar with 46.79 million active mobile subscribers is the 5th largest market wireless telecom market in India
·        Impact of large scale disconnections by Reliance as well as to the some extent from Tata DoCoMo was quite visible as 19 out of 22 telecom circles posted negative subscriber growth

Telecom sector in India to use equipments worth Rs. 2.5 Lakh Crore

Indian telecom sector is expected to use telecom equipment worth Rs 250,000cr during 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017), informed Deora, Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology.
Launch of 4G and TD-LTE services coupled with expansion of 2G and 3G as well as increased penetration of broadband internet in the country would be driving the demand for telecom equipments. This would translate into large scale business opportunity for telecom equipment vendors such as Nokia Siemens Networks, Samsung, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC and Alcatel-Lucent.

India’s PC market increased by 17% during the second quarter of 2012

Source: Gartner
PC market posted robust growth mainly driven by higher sales entry level products in the consumer segment as well as mobile PCs   
·        India’s PC market sales touched 2.9 million units in second quarter of 2012, year on year growth of 17%

·        Consumer PC sales registered 24% growth driven by low cost entry level products. Notably, in India media tablets are yet to cannibalize PCs as it happened in the western markets

·        Mobile PCs registered 54% growth year on year driving the overall PC market growth during the second quarter of 2012

·        Lenovo strengthened its leadership position driven by factors such as aggressive pricing, stronger sales channel and gaining significant share of Tamil Nadu government order. As a result, Lenovo’s PC shipments posted 86% rise   
·        Driven by higher demand during the festive season due to increased consumer spending coupled with education buying as well as significant demand created by Tamil Nadu Government order for PCs; third quarter is likely to witness robust growth in the PC market




News – Auto: M&M to launch Electric Verito sedan in next two years

Auto major M&M plans to leverage from its acquisition of Reva Electric Company to expand its product portfolio   
·        Indian automobile company Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is planning to introduce electric version of its Verito sedan in next two years

·        After breakup of Renault-M&M joint venture, Logan was rebadged as Verito by Mahindra

·        Moreover, M&M expanded its footprints into electric car market with acquisition of Reva Electric

·        To benefit from expertise of Reva and combining it with core competency of M&M; electric version of Verito would be launched in coming two years by the company. The specification of new electric Verito is one of the best kept secret by the company

·        With entry into electric car market, M&M would not only compete with global auto giants but likely to take the competition with domestic rival Tata Motors to the next stage

News – Telecom: MTNL customers can order new connections through SMS and to get home delivery

MTNL desperately trying to regain lost ground through customer friendly initiatives …

·        The state-run telecom operator Mahanager Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) is desperately trying to regain its lost ground in telecom market by announcing customer friendly initiatives

·        New customers can order for MTNL mobile, landline or broadband connection by sending an SMS to 9868552121 from any mobile while existing MTNL Dolphin customer can send it to 52121 toll free number

·        MTNL promises faster response and door step service to the new customer by making home deliveries of connections

·        MTNL currently operates in Delhi and Mumbai circle where it has lost considerable ground to its competitors. Currently, MTNL ranks 6th in Mumbai with 3.9% market share while in Delhi it is 7th largest mobile operator with meager 3.8% share

·        However, the company still holds significant market share in landline as well as broadband segments

Things which could transform Indian Railways as customer centric organization

Indian Railways is not only one of largest network in the world but it is a backbone of passenger travel system in India …
In order to become truly world class organization with enhanced focus on customer service and satisfaction, Indian Railways can improve on few points in the near future. This would help its customer to get better travel experience as well as increased revenue of Indian Railways

1.      Online Ticketing :
Indian Railways offers online ticket booking facility through “IRCTC”. It can certainly look at following points to improve online ticket booking system 
(A)  Charges

·        Removing “additional charges” on online ticket booking through IRCTC as well as on credit card payment. This would lower cost of ticketing for online customer and eliminate discrimination among various customers.
·        On the contrary, Indian Railways should offer some kind discount as incentive to book through online portal as against ticket counter. As online mode of ticket booking not only saves time of customer but also helps Indian Railways to improve utilization of its manpower. Also, it helps to save paper as well as reduce the burden of cash management for Indian Railways

(B)   Ticketing Layout

·        The biggest problem faced by online ticket buyer is non-availability of any kind of information about exact seat number possible till actual booking process is completed
·        While at the physical ticket counter, customer can ask booking clerk about seat numbers and book the ticket according to preference
·        If Indian Railways can provide “Bogie Layout” something similar to what happens in airline ticket booking, then online customers can select exact seats as per their preferences
·        Else, Indian Railways should offer more conditions to the customer while booking the ticket online. It really does not make any sense when customer gets seats just adjacent to toilets when entire train is empty at the time of booking
·        It would really help if customer can select B4 49 Lower Berth than system throwing some random seat number as a lucky draw

(C)   Point to Point Reservation option

·         Indian Railways is vast and extensive network and people used to travel through many places which are not directly connected by using multiple connecting trains
·         Why can’t customer book just one ticket with multiple train journeys with reserved seat numbers
Example:
If person wants to travel from Ratnagiri (Maharashtra) to Guwahati (Assam), then Indian Railways does not have any direct train. However, passenger can get a connecting train from Mumbai to reach Guwahati
If it is possible to book entire journey as a “single ticket” with details of multiple trains then it would save cost for the customer and also provide greater comfort
Indian Railways can start this facility for “confirmed tickets” only on a trial basis



2.      Chair Car / Second seating bogie in each train
Indian Railways runs many trains with seating only bogies mainly focusing on shorter travel routes. However, if it can offer chair car or second seating facility for all the long distance trains as well then more number of passengers can travel in the same train improving occupancy
For example, if train runs between Delhi to Mumbai via Bhopal then majority of passengers travelling between Delhi and Bhopal can opt for Chair Car or Second Seating which would save their travel cost as ticket rates are cheaper compared to Sleeper Class
3.      Customer Loyalty and Rewards
Customer satisfaction has gained huge importance in today’s competitive environment. Indian Railways can add value for its customer by offering various loyalty and rewards schemes
·        Indian Railway Loyalty Card: This would help the passenger to earn loyalty points as against purchase of rail tickets which can be redeemed in future either for tickets of merchandise
·        Discount vouchers to AC customers: Everywhere in the world organizations are rewarding its high value customers in order to get repeat business. Indian Railways can provide discount vouchers of various merchants for its AC customers. Considering the vast reach of its network, many marketers would explore this option providing discount vouchers against advertising of their products / services by Indian Railways
·        Lucky Draw: Each train departure of Indian Railways carries at least 1,500 or more passengers. If it offers prizes through lucky draw according to PNR to travelers then it would create positive experience for them on each and every trip. Needless to say, Sponsors would be more than happy to explore this effective marketing channel
·        Free tickets to cargo customers: Cargo revenue has already become backbone for Indian Railways. If it offers free tickets to its cargo customer which are mainly corporate then it can regained some of its corporate travelers
·        Additional discount for female passengers: If Indian Railways can offer discount of 5%-10% to female passenger then it would certainly enhance its brand image as a woman friendly organization

Above mentioned points are just few of the possible improvements which management of Indian Railways can consider to enhance its existing service which is already deserves lot of admiration
We certainly wish lot of best wishes to our dear Indian Rail which is serving this country with lot of dedication

Indian Railways: Highlights of Elevated Rail Corridor in Mumbai


Mumbai suburban air-conditioned rail corridor on western line to be completed by 2019-2020 …
·        Indian Railways has planned ambitious 63.27km long elevated air-conditioned rail corridor costing $4 billion

·        Two track elevated rail corridor would connect South Mumbai to Northern point of Virar through 26 stations out of which 19 would be elevated, 5 underground and 2 at grade (ground level)

·        The trains would run at a optimum speed of 100 km per hour while service will be offered for 19 hours a day starting from 5am with a capacity to carry 90,000 passengers

·        Technical feasibility study of the project is already completed and project is expected to be awarded by March 2013. Elevated rail corridor project would be completed through public private partnership (PPP) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) and expected to commissioned by 2019-2020

News - India: Indian Railways announced setting up four bio-diesel plants to boost green energy production

Indian Railways would try to reduce its carbon footprint by setting up bio-diesel plants …

·        According to new railway policy, diesel used for locomotives must be blend with at least 10% of bio-diesel

·        As a result, Indian Railways has announced setting up 4 bio-diesel plants so as to boost green energy production as well as reduce its carbon footprints

·        First two bio-diesel plants would be of 30-tonne capacity each costing $5.44 million to be installed at Tondiarpet, Tamil Nadu and Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Both these plants are expected to be commission by 2013. Location and capacity of other two bio-diesel plants is yet to be finalized

·        Currently, Indian Railways has agreement with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) since 2003 to plant, extract and blend the fuel into high-speed diesel. As a part of this agreement, Indian railways had given 500 hectares of land speared across Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jaipur to IOC for plantation which is expected to provide approximately 800 tonnes of bio-diesel