iWorld

Broadband on cable fibre declining?

Broadband on cable fibre declining?

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2018/08/17/JIO_4G.jpg?itok=mJnvt9a7

BENGALURU: Is broadband on cable fibre on the decline in India? Results over the past few quarters of some of the multisystem operators or MSOs seem to indicate just that. Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani’s largest start up in the world Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (JIO) is the one of the biggest upheavals that has happened in the Indian telecommunications ecosystem ever. With its operations of scale and low cost services, there just does not seem to be a better bet for the prudent Indian internet user. What is missing is quality of services, but, then that is the case also with all the major mobile  and internet service providers in India, be it an Airtel or a Jio or a Vodafone or the public sector BSNL and MTNL.

Wired broadband internet subscriber numbers have been declining, while wireless broadband internet subscribers have been growing according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) data. Among the top five wired internet services providers in India, BSNL and MTNL have been slowly and steadily losing subscribers. However, the overall loss of wired broadband subscribers is higher than the numbers bled by these two public sector behemoths. Subscription numbers of the other three players in Trai’s top five wired broadband internet service providers list such as Bharti Airtel, ACT and Hathway have been either increasing slowly or have been steady month-on-month in calendar year 2018 according to Trai data. MSOs and LCOs are among the other wired internet service providers in the country. Financial numbers released by major and other MSO and wired internet service providers such as Siti Networks, Den or Ortel indicate lower revenues from their respective broadband segments, implying either loss of subscribers or lower ARPU due to competitive pricing or both.

Is the laying of fibre cable or FTTH (fibre to the home) that Jio has planned to provide broadband internet services to the doorstep out the right way forward? Anything that Reliance does will be on a huge scale. However, why not pause and limit the size of Jio’s FTTH plans and then leapfrog and start offering 5G services? 5G is a wireless service to the user’s door and needs no messy holes or wires for access into the user’s home. All that is needed by the user is a modem that works like a wireless modem.

Affordable 5G services could effectively change how a user receives internet and related services. It’s not going to be easy and will require a huge amount of capital for the infrastructure for line of sight transmission in crowded cities, etc. But, already players such as AT&T and Verizon in the US have planned a slow but steady rollout of 5G services in the US. One the US majors will roll 5G services first in four cities by the end of 2018 and then across the US over time. Players in the US are planning to bundle 5G services with offers such as free Youtube.com TV and Apple TV 4K for a limited period of time. Jio has the resources, the wherewithal to do so.

Of course 5G could be even more bad news for the current Indian cable TV ecosystem’s wired broadband offerings, maybe even the current Indian media and entertainment ecosystem, but could be a huge beneficial and cost effective game changer for the user. Using the cliché, change is the only constant, well maybe the entire ecosystem that brings entertainment to the common Indian does need a huge shakeup?

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/16/AMBANI.jpg?itok=zNibmglX
RIL close to buying majority stakes in DEN, Hathway

Reliance Industries is expected to buy controlling stakes in two of India’s largest cable TV and broadband service providers

iWorld Telecom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/16/Taranjeet%20Singh.jpg?itok=dnumI-hj
ZEE5 appoints Taranjeet Singh asChief Revenue Officer& Business Head - New Projects

ZEE5 India, India's second largest OTT platform known for its muscle in multi-lingual content, today announced the appointment of Taranjeet Singh as the Chief Revenue Officer & Business Head – New Projects for the platform.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/16/netflix.jpg?itok=bVIQH9bf
Netflix Q3 app revenue up 90% y-o-y

Netflix's financials show it had a strong Q3 on mobile. The app dramatically observed an upswing by generating gross $243.7 million which represented a 90 per cent year-on-year increase as compared to Q3 2017. The popular streaming app has surpassed an estimated $1.4 billion in total gross revenue...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/15/avia.jpg?itok=D8QtSi-I
AVIA announces new members

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) today announced that Netflix has joined as a Patron member, alongside Globe Telecom as a Corporate member, strengthening the mandate of the Association to represent the interests of companies across the broader video industry in Asia.

iWorld Telecom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/15/coai.jpg?itok=9s-1J2pW
3 more quarters of losses for telecom industry, says COAI

According to COAI director general Rajan Mathews, the telecom sector will probably experience three or more quarters of losses, as the telcos remain under pressure due to high levies and unsustainable tariffs.

iWorld Telecom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/15/hulu.jpg?itok=_ijK9rAv
India’s Porus Rises In the land of the Rising Sun- Japan

One Life Studios premium historical drama series Porus, which depicts the legendary warriors battle against the world’s biggest conqueror Alexander the great will now be showcased in one of the top premium OTT platforms in Japan- Hulu.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/13/Data-breach.jpg?itok=TX7OnSWg
Data of 29 mn users hacked says Facebook

MUMBAI: Social media company, Facebook, on Friday stated that hackers had accessed 29 million user data in the breach which was disclosed late last month. Facebook previously had said that 50 million users were affected due to the data breach.

iWorld Social Media
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/13/internet.jpg?itok=HaFuQsbm
No internet shutdown in India confirms Cyber Security official

A news report by international television network Russia Today shocked the world as it reported about an internet blackout all over planet earth.

iWorld Social Media
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/13/telecom.jpg?itok=cgzeksJR
Import tariffs hike to hurt telcos' network expansion: Report

The government, on Thursday, announced a plan to rein in imports and bolster a falling rupee. It will raise import tariffs on several electronic items and communication devices. The tariff hike was the second such move by the government in a two-week span according to Reuters.

iWorld Telecom

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories