Saturday, 20 October 2018

A million Km of fibre – India's quest to bring 5G to the masses

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Friday 10 August 18

In order to connect hundreds of millions of people living in rural villages across the country, India needs to lay over a million Km of additional fibre for its backbone network

With its 1.2 billion subscribers, India's telecoms market is the second biggest in the world (China 1.32 billion). Despite the phenomenal economies of scale that telcos are able to leverage in the country, India remains one of the hardest markets for operators to turn a profit. A protracted price war between the country's key players, instigated by industry disruptor Reliance Jio has left India with some of the lowest data prices per Gb anywhere in the world. As a result, telcos are being forced to trade on wafer thin margins, with many content to weather the storm any way they can. The forthcoming merger between Vodafone and Idea Cellular is a classic illustration of telcos trying to consolidate their positions in a viciously competitive marketplace…

With its 1.2 billion subscribers, India's telecoms market is the second biggest in the world (China 1.32 billion). Despite the phenomenal economies of scale that telcos are able to leverage in the country, India remains one of the hardest markets for operators to turn a profit. A protracted price war between the country's key players, instigated by industry disruptor Reliance Jio has left India with some of the lowest data prices per Gb anywhere in the world. As a result, telcos are being forced to trade on wafer thin margins, with many content to weather the storm any way they can. The forthcoming merger between Vodafone and Idea Cellular is a classic illustration of telcos trying to consolidate their positions in a viciously competitive marketplace…

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