Surajeet Das Gupta

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A new battle rages on between Jio and Airtel

A new battle rages on between Jio and Airtel

Rediff.com2 days ago

While only 78.15 per cent of Jio's total subscriber base was active, Airtel boasts of 98.14 per cent active customers.

Vistara plans to spread its wings beyond India skies

Vistara plans to spread its wings beyond India skies

Rediff.com6 days ago

By 2023, Vistara's hangars will house a total of 70 aircraft, up from the current 42.

India may pip China and Vietnam to become mobile export hub

India may pip China and Vietnam to become mobile export hub

Rediff.com7 days ago

The government gave clearance to five global and five Indian players that have made a commitment to a production value of 12.5-trillion phones in five years under the Production Linked Incentive scheme.

Airtel, Vi bat for tariff hike, but Jio is sitting tight

Airtel, Vi bat for tariff hike, but Jio is sitting tight

Rediff.com12 Oct 2020

Vodafone and Bharti have pointed out that, for data, their revenue realisation should be at Rs 30-35 per GB for them to cover their costs as opposed to the current figure of over Rs 11 per GB. But Jio has suggested a gradual increase to Rs 15 per GB and then maybe to Rs 20 per GB after six to nine months.

Cricket apps climb up the order in play store downloads

Cricket apps climb up the order in play store downloads

Rediff.com6 Oct 2020

The dizzying ascent of these cricket apps, some from near oblivion, after the IPL tournament began on September 19 in the UAE, has been meteoric.

Covid woes: Mumbai, Delhi bring little cheer for telcos

Covid woes: Mumbai, Delhi bring little cheer for telcos

Rediff.com30 Sep 2020

Telecom operators say the reason for the low increase in ARPU in the two metros could be linked to the massive reverse migration of labour.

Indian telcos' 5G rollout is mired in controversy

Indian telcos' 5G rollout is mired in controversy

Rediff.com23 Sep 2020

The operators say that the move to have an India-specific standard will raise the costs not only of telecom networks but of chipsets for mobile devices because they will have to be made for the local market and, as such, will not enjoy global economies of scale.

How IT cos' WFH plan is turning the planet green

How IT cos' WFH plan is turning the planet green

Rediff.com22 Sep 2020

Indirect emissions account for a major chunk of emissions by Indian IT firms. Business travel and commutation, together, are a key reason for it. If travel and daily commuting go down, so does carbon emissions.

Kia Sonet: Made in India, made for the world

Kia Sonet: Made in India, made for the world

Rediff.com22 Sep 2020

The compact segment where Sonet will be launched is crowded with the Maruti Vitara and Brezza, which top the sales' list, and a bevy of models from Mahindra & Mahindra apart from Hyundai's offering. But volumes in this are slightly higher than those in the mid-segment, making it attractive, says Surajeet Das Gupta.

Telcos must fork out Rs 44,000 crore to replace expired spectrum

Telcos must fork out Rs 44,000 crore to replace expired spectrum

Rediff.com21 Sep 2020

The figure is based on the base price of spectrum for the upcoming auction fixed by the TRAI and on the assumption that there will be no bidding war.

Brand Dhoni pads up for new innings

Brand Dhoni pads up for new innings

Rediff.com21 Sep 2020

He has slashed his price by half after retiring. Now his rates are in line with Amitabh Bachchan or Ayushmann Khurrana. In 2012 he had 22 endorsements, now he has 40!

No plan to exclude Chinese firms from 5G infra projects: Minister

No plan to exclude Chinese firms from 5G infra projects: Minister

Rediff.com18 Sep 2020

The announcement quells fears among some telcos that Chinese players might be banned from participating in 5G trials and roll outs.

Jio plans to roll out 100 million low-cost phones by December

Jio plans to roll out 100 million low-cost phones by December

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

To help 2G customers who have to buy a new phone to upgrade to 4G, the company had earlier introduced 4G feature phones, to make it affordable for them to make the switch.

With Ambani upping the ante, Jio looks to dial disruption 2.0

With Ambani upping the ante, Jio looks to dial disruption 2.0

Rediff.com11 Sep 2020

Jio's global partnerships took shape this year when Jio Platforms, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Reliance Jio which has invested in various digital platforms, was able to woo a bevy of marquee investors: Facebook, Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and a numerous PE funds.

Is this the best time for Amazon, Verizon to invest in Voda Idea?

Is this the best time for Amazon, Verizon to invest in Voda Idea?

Rediff.com11 Sep 2020

In order to determine whether this would be sound strategy for them, one needs to look at two issues: One, on the alliances being built globally between telcos, on one hand, and cloud service firms, on the other, especially with the advent of 5G; and two, how their business strategies in India will blend into with such a deal.

Wings clipped, ad body looks at a 'co-regulating' role with govt

Wings clipped, ad body looks at a 'co-regulating' role with govt

Rediff.com2 Sep 2020

Newly formed CCPA will now regulate false and misleading advertising and also take action to punish offenders, whether through fines, discontinuance, alteration of the ad, or even jail. ASCI as a voluntary, self-regulatory body, had no legal powers to enforce its actions.

WhiteHat Jr making an aggressive bid to go global

WhiteHat Jr making an aggressive bid to go global

Rediff.com24 Aug 2020

Next month, the edtech start-up, that teaches coding to kids online, is launching operations in five new markets - the UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

In 3 years, RIL forked out $ 3.1 billion on acquisitions

In 3 years, RIL forked out $ 3.1 billion on acquisitions

Rediff.com20 Aug 2020

The acquisitions were made in areas which are closely related to Reliance's key businesses - telecom, internet, retail, digital, media, education, digital, chemicals and energy.

How Mukesh Ambani plans to expand his empire

How Mukesh Ambani plans to expand his empire

Rediff.com19 Aug 2020

Its trajectory in telecom is well known but now it is pushing for a similar leap into the ranks of the top players in its other businesses: media and entertainment, e-commerce, a series of online businesses ranging from health to education, and retail.

Star to charge Rs 1 million for 10 second IPL ad

Star to charge Rs 1 million for 10 second IPL ad

Rediff.com14 Aug 2020

Star earned ad revenues of around Rs 30 billion during last year's IPL. Whether it hits last year's figure will depend on how the economy picks up during the festival season.

25 years of telecom in India: Who won, who lost

25 years of telecom in India: Who won, who lost

Rediff.com14 Aug 2020

While smart boys like the Ruias of Essar, Ajay Piramal, Max India promoter Analjit Singh laughed all the way to the bank, the Tatas, Anil Ambani, Malaysian tycoon T Ananda Krishna of Maxis (which invested in Aircel), Sistema, and Norway's Telenor burnt their fingers, notes Surajeet Das Gupta.

Huawei's future in India depends on its role in 5G

Huawei's future in India depends on its role in 5G

Rediff.com13 Aug 2020

It has invested $2 billion and spent $200 million on its R&D centre in Bengaluru, the largest such centre outside China where some core technologies are under development.

Apple to shift 10% of manufacture to India in 5 years

Apple to shift 10% of manufacture to India in 5 years

Rediff.com10 Aug 2020

Two of Apple Inc's global vendors -- Wistron and Foxconn (through Han Hoi), which already manufacture Apple phones in India -- and a third entity, Pegatron, which will be setting up a new plant, have applied to the government to be eligible under the PLI scheme for large-scale electronics manufacturers.

How govt plans to stop telcos from buying Chinese equipment

How govt plans to stop telcos from buying Chinese equipment

Rediff.com4 Aug 2020

Under these rules, telecom gear makers have to share their source codes and get their equipment tested by third-party labs accredited to the government.

India's telcos continue to dial the wrong number

India's telcos continue to dial the wrong number

Rediff.com2 Aug 2020

India's telecom sector has been through dizzying peaks, troughs, policy U-turns, court battles, brutal competition, and daily controversies. India could go back to a private sector duopoly with just Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel surviving the mayhem. The third player, Vodafone Idea, could be history.

Why cinema halls won't open for now

Why cinema halls won't open for now

Rediff.com28 Jul 2020

Companies say that unlike in the US and other countries, in India the high cost of rentals and lower ticket price makes it unviable to run an operation without half the seats available for sale.

Global 5G players brace for Reliance Jio challenge

Global 5G players brace for Reliance Jio challenge

Rediff.com23 Jul 2020

Reliance is leveraging the technological change of building a virtualised 5G network which would see the current hardware-dependent networks shift to software-centric platforms.

In India, a lot is at stake for both Google and Facebook

In India, a lot is at stake for both Google and Facebook

Rediff.com22 Jul 2020

Apart from digital advertising revenue, both companies want to reach out to the 'next billion' Indian customers. After all, around half of the 1.3 billion population is still not on the net and this represents a challenge as well as an opportunity.

The 3 biggies who will power next-gen 5G telecom networks

The 3 biggies who will power next-gen 5G telecom networks

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

According to software company Mavernir, the new virtualised networks would lead to a saving of 40 per cent in capex and 34 per cent in terms of lower operations cost for operators.

Digital Aatmanirbhar: Indian apps gear up to face the challenge

Digital Aatmanirbhar: Indian apps gear up to face the challenge

Rediff.com14 Jul 2020

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 India

Banned Chinese apps may shift servers to India

Rediff.com10 Jul 2020

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'

'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 code

Mobile makers turn down DoT's demand for source code

Rediff.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 battle

How Vodafone Idea can 'win' the telecom battle

Rediff.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?

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?

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 world

PE players see new opportunities in post-COVID world

Rediff.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 shutters

Without govt's help, 25% retailers may have to down shutters

Rediff.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'

'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 stores

In essential items, e-commerce is no match to kirana stores

Rediff.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.

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