All stories by Surajeet Das Gupta
Digital Aatmanirbhar: Indian apps gear up to face the challengeRediff.com16 hours ago
Beside RIL's Jio Switch and Jio Browser, smaller Indian app companies who have been overwhelmed by TikTok are again seeing a big rush - even though till the second week of June they might not have been even listed in the top 100 apps in the country.
Banned Chinese apps may shift servers to IndiaRediff.com4 days ago
The Indian authorities feared that these apps were transferring consumer data to locations outside the country, especially China, in an unauthorised and surreptitious manner. With servers in India, the data of local consumers would be stored in the country.
'JioMeet is better than its competitor Zoom'Rediff.com6 Jul 2020
JioMeet, which has already got the endorsement of top government officials and politicians, saw a huge surge in its ranking on Google Play, based on its downloads.
Mobile makers turn down DoT's demand for source codeRediff.com1 Jul 2020
The mobile phone manufacturers are planning to plead with the government that the new rules suggested by the DoT could leave them with no option but to stop introducing new phone models in the country if the stringent rules are eventually approved.
How Vodafone Idea can 'win' the telecom battleRediff.com29 Jun 2020
Globally, the focus has moved back to India, especially in terms of telecom assets. Vodafone Idea, with some 300 million customers, continues to be attractive with shares available at a low price.
Can 'hatred for China' be business opportunity for India?Rediff.com26 May 2020
Work is underway in identifying global companies in sectors ranging from electronics, auto components and medical equipment to shift part of their existing or incremental manufacturing to India.
Is Ola, Uber resuming services in your city?Rediff.com19 May 2020
While Ola will be restarting services in over 60 cities across the country from Tuesday, Uber, on the other hand, will restart services in 13 more cities from Tuesday, increasing coverage to over 35 cities.
PE players see new opportunities in post-COVID worldRediff.com13 May 2020
Private equity players said their research had shown that the PE share after COVID-19 could go up to 8-10 per cent.
Without govt's help, 25% retailers may have to down shuttersRediff.com8 Apr 2020
The sobering news is that retailers - including big firms like Reliance Retail - and exhibitors are contemplating issuing force majeure notices to shopping malls and real estate owners, and are in discussions with them to formulate an action plan for sharing the financial burden of the lockdown.
'Lockdown should be extended for another 15 days'Rediff.com2 Apr 2020
'In the first phase, you might allow 30 per cent of the workforce to come in and see how it goes,' says industrialist Harsh Goenka.
In essential items, e-commerce is no match to kirana storesRediff.com1 Apr 2020
Despite the failure of most e-commerce players to meet orders through the first week of the lockdown, there has been no serious crisis, thanks to supplies from 11 million small kirana and mom-and-pop stores across the country with the support of over 300,000 distributors and wholesalers.
'It is bound to be a slow and strained recovery'Rediff.com31 Mar 2020
'When 99.9 per cent of the most vulnerable are above 65, I see no logic in this sweeping lockdown in a country in which 94 per cent are below 65.' 'The most sensible thing to do would be to recalibrate this unnecessary lockdown as soon as possible.'
The murky trail of Rana Kapoor's firm DOITRediff.com24 Mar 2020
DOIT is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Morgan Credits in which Rana Kapoor's daughters Radha, Roshini and Raakhe, are directors. In 2018-19, the company incurred a net loss of Rs 48.76 crore on revenues of Rs 59 crore - a sharp contrast to 2017-18 when it had profits of Rs 2.7 crore on revenues of Rs 43 crore. To fund these aggressive investments into its subsidiaries in 2018-19, DOIT used debt which doubled to Rs 600 crore in 2018-19 from the previous year.
ISPs find work-from-home has boosted demand for dataRediff.com22 Mar 2020
Feedback from telecom members indicated a 10 per cent increase in traffic, but no fears of choked networks. Telcos currently use 65-70 per cent of the network capacity. In other words, they have enough additional capacity to handle the new pressure without clogging the system.
Ambani vs Chandra: Media convergence set for a new gameRediff.com28 Feb 2020
In terms of market capitalisation, Zee alone has a market cap of Rs 24,000 crore compared to Rs 15,000 crore of the merged Reliance entity.
The billion-dollar question before Vodafone GroupRediff.com24 Feb 2020
Based on Statista data for 2019, Vodafone has 17.2 million subscribers in the UK, 29.5 million in Germany, and over 13.7 million in Spain. Without Voda Idea, the Group will become smaller than Airtel and Jio.
What consolidation of telcos mean for the customersRediff.com20 Feb 2020
The Indian market is more in sync with mobile markets of advanced countries like the UK, Japan, and South Korea, where there are fewer players - three to four.
Lalit Modi in the midst of a Rs 10,000-cr family feudRediff.com5 Feb 2020
Telcos, DoT discuss part paying AGR ahead of SC rulingRediff.com28 Jan 2020
The companies have offered to pay upfront the principal amount due for licence fees and spectrum usage charges (SUCs) on the basis of adjusted gross revenue (AGR). This amount will not include the interest, the penalty, and the interest on the penalty.
How Ashish Bharat Ram transformed SRFRediff.com29 Dec 2019
High-end phone smuggling is costing govt exchequer Rs 2,400 crore annuallyRediff.com28 Dec 2019
As much as Rs 8,000 crore worth of mobile phones in this segment - out of a total of Rs 15,000 crore - come into the country through the grey market. The government imposed the duty on these phones primarily to encourage domestic production but the strategy has failed as the bulk of high end mobile phones are currently imported.
How Uber plans to cover 200 cities by 2020-endRediff.com25 Dec 2019
The key driver of this expansion will be not car-hailing but bike-taxi service. The company is willing to partner local players that have a similar offer and would like to come on their platform.
If Voda Idea shuts shop, Airtel to gain the mostRediff.com11 Dec 2019
If Vodafone Idea shuts, a bulk of the high-paying ARPU customers will move to Airtel as Reliance Jio does not have a comprehensive postpaid offering like it, and have aggressively preferred to play in the prepaid market. The bulk of Vodafone Idea customers use 2G phones and only a few of them use data. It will be easier for Airtel to woo these customers as they can shift seamlessly to its 2G network without changing handsets or even SIM cards,
Reliance, Airtel and 2 others bid for three Anil Ambani group companiesRediff.com26 Nov 2019
The three companies for sale are Reliance Communications, Reliance Telecom and Reliance Infratel.
The story behind Vodafone's fall in IndiaRediff.com24 Nov 2019
Cut-throat competition, high spectrum costs, and frequent flip-flops in government policies have made it difficult for Vodafone to make money in the country.
Why air tickets in India are going cheapRediff.com18 Nov 2019
Airlines say that they are keeping their fingers crossed for December - another peak period - when, based on current bookings, the air fares for those who buy early are more or less in line with last year.
Telcos told to clear AGR dues in 3 monthsRediff.com14 Nov 2019
However, the government is readying a relief package and it could include a cut in the licence fee to 5 per cent, two years' moratorium on paying spectrum charges with interest, and referring the GST tax refund issue to the Council.
Airtel bids for RCom spectrum, Jio seeks deadline extensionRediff.com13 Nov 2019
It is believed that apart from Bharti Airtel and Bharti Infratel, there are four players that have made a bid.
Indian skies fall short on wide-bodied aircraftRediff.com7 Nov 2019
The collapse of Jet Airways has everything to do with the falling number of wide-bodied aircraft.
How govt plans to untangle the telecom messRediff.com30 Oct 2019
Analysts have pointed out that with the dues arising out of the SC judgment there could soon be only two private telcos in the country, and not three - Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea - as now.
Smokers, no need to kick the butt yetRediff.com25 Oct 2019
Phillip Morris says its research shows that the product while giving the same delivery of nicotine to smokers, does not produce the toxic and carcinogenic effects of cigarette smoking known as harmful and potential harmful constituents.
Diwali relief for viewers: Zee, Star, Colors drop pricesRediff.com12 Oct 2019
The move by these broadcasters comes close on the heels of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India announcing a review of its earlier tariff order, announced six months ago, which among others capped the prices for la carte channels.
Will Apple's latest strategies help push India sales?Rediff.com26 Sep 2019
Recently, Apple did two things differently. First, it entered video streaming sector with cheaper options and second it has opened up its OTT service for non-Apple users too.
Telecom biggies are ignoring Chinese firms for 5G trialRediff.com23 Sep 2019
The move comes against the backdrop of the US and some of its allies banning the purchase of Chinese telecom gear over security concerns and pressuring other countries to follow suit.
Why ride-hailing firms are lobbying for concessionsRediff.com13 Sep 2019
Ride-hailing services are also lobbying the government for the recognition of a new category for motorcycle-shared services, where the owner should not have to take a commercial licence. Pooled services is another area where taxi aggregators are hoping to make the government listen to them.
DHFL resolution plan: Stakeholders seek legal protectionRediff.com14 Aug 2019
The stakeholders want protection from any litigation which might arise due to fresh claims against the company, especially after PE funds have bought stake in the company and the resolution plan has been cleared by the bankers.
Reliance Jio targets 75 million households with fibre-to-home roll-outRediff.com10 Jul 2019
Globally China, Japan, Russia and South Korea and the US are the top FTTH markets.
With Jet off the radar, skies are wide open for Tata's airlinesRediff.com12 Jun 2019
Both Vistara and AirAsia India, along with their partners, are quietly putting together an aggressive plan to become a formidable force in the skies. At the core of this new push is their plan to go international this financial year.
IndiGo Airlines: The story of two unlikely partnersRediff.com31 May 2019
Some years ago, Rakesh Gangwal reportedly said his relationship with Rahul Bhatia evolved in an amazing friendship, which he termed 'blind trust'. The question is whether that is under scrutiny now.
Chandras may sell small stake in Zee EntertainmentRediff.com29 May 2019
The promoters expect to get Rs 9,000-10,000 crore from the sale of their assets