The 2017 agenda: Reliance Jio to soon venture into DTH, broadband services

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Reliance Industries plans to spend a further Rs 18,000 crore additional investment in Jio


Reliance Jio stormed into the telecom industry with the launch of ultra-affordable high speed 4G internet services combined with free voice calls, SMS and Jio apps. To keep the momentum going, Reliance Jio Infocomm is reportedly gearing up to expand the company’s product portfolio by venturing into diverse areas such as broadband services and Direct-to-Home (DTH) TV services.

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Things to expect from Reliance Jio in 2017

Reliance Jio FTTH broadband services

Reliance Industries plans to spend a further Rs 18,000 crore additional investment required for its fibre network as it expands Jio’s 4G reach, reports Business Standard. The Reliance Jio fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services has already been offering trials at a few locations and the services will expand to more cities soon.

Based on the information posted by users on social media networks, the Reliance Jio FTTH broadband services offers speed ranging from 70 Megabits per second (Mbps) to 100 Mbps. This is way faster than what the competition is currently offering in the market.

As with Reliance Jio, pricing would be a key factor for the success of Reliance Jio broadband services.

Reliance Jio DTH service

Reliance Jio is expected to launch direct-to-home (DTH) TV services, which will broadcast native TV channels and stream online content with the help of Jio’s broadband services.

The Reliance Jio DTH service would offer more than 350 channels – with at least 50 high-definition (HD) channels. Also, the DTH services will make use of Jio’s cloud capabilities to store content for later viewing purpose and therefore the user will get the flexibility to save the program directly on cloud, therefore, eliminating the need of external storage device.(read more)


Paytm to raise Rs 12,000 crore from Softbank in largest e-commerce funding


The funding, expected to materialise in 3 weeks, to help push firm’s banking and finance investments



Alibaba-backed online marketplace company Paytm, which is in a rapid expansion mode, is in talks for a fresh round of funding for investment in banking and finance, besides other expansion plans. The company, it is learnt, is looking to raise around Rs 12,000 crore from Japan’s SoftBank, in the single-largest investment in an e-commerce company.


The funding, it is believed, could materialise within the next three weeks, though Paytm Founder and Chief Executive Officer Vijay Shekhar Sharma did not comment on it.

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Paytm, in tie-up with MMTC’s Swiss venture PAMP SA, on Thursday launched a wealth-management platform that allows you to invest in gold for as low as Re 1, in the first such initiative anywhere in the world. It announced the launch of ‘Digital Gold’, a vertical to allow its 200-million plus users to buy, store and sell gold instantly. CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma referred to the new offer as a wealth management product that would be part of its proposed payments bank, still awaiting a final nod from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).


The company would need around Rs 10,000 crore of investments in banking and finance for over three years, Sharma pointed out. The company has been burning a lot of money as well while on the growth path. In the fourth quarter of FY2017, the company spent over $105 million on various projects, including expansion in Canada. Payments banks can accept deposits from individuals and small businesses of up to Rs 1 lakh per account. To deepen financial inclusion in the country, the RBI had allowed small finance banks and payments banks to start services.(read more)

Expect record opening: Baahubali 2 likely to rake in Rs 1,000 crore

'Bahubali 2 likely to rake in nearly Rs 1,000 crore

The movie has stirred a box-office storm even before it hits the screens on Friday


Nearly two years after releasing the first part of his magnum opus “Bahubali-The Beginning”, director S S Rajmouli is all set to release the concluding part of the saga.


“Bahubali 2: The Conclusion” has stirred a box-office storm even before it hits the screens on Friday.


The first part, which ended at perhaps the most titillating junctures in the recent cinema history, opened to blockbuster collections in the range of Rs 50 crore on day one and went on to collect a massive Rs 650 crore (gross) at the worldwide box-office. The Rs 200-crore franchise is expected to take a record opening, getting close to or even exceeding its predecessor’s record.


Starring Telugu actors Prabhas and Rana Dagubatti along with Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty, the film will be released in as many as 6,500 screens in the country, including 3D and IMAX — the third film from India to be released in IMAX format (the first two being Dhoom 3 in 2013 and Bang Bang in 2015).


With no other movie releasing on the same day as Bahubali-2, the movie is well-positioned to break box-office records in the southern states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.


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According to trade analysts, the movie will out do its prequel and rake in around Rs 1,000 crore (gross worldwide) in its life time. Experts bet that the opening day figure could breach Rs 80 crore (gross).


Reports said the film would be released in 9,000 screens worldwide, a record for an Indian film. While 6,500 screens will be for India, 1,400 screens have been earmarked for the US and the remaining 1,100 for the rest of the world.(READ MORE)

Tata Motors to supply 3,192 Safari Storme SUVs to Indian army

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The company elaborated that the SUV will replace Maruti Gypsy in the 4×4 light vehicle category


Automobile major Tata Motors on Thursday said it will supply 3,192 units of its sports utility vehicle (SUV) Tata Safari Storme to the Indian Army.

The contract was signed with the Indian Army for the supply of the SUVs under a new category of vehicles — GS800 (General Service 800), according to the company.

“The Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) had floated a request for proposal (RFP) for vehicles with three basic criteria — minimum payload capacity of 800 kg, hard roofs and air conditioning,” the company said in a statement.

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“Developed indigenously, the Tata Safari Storme 4×4 has completed a total trial duration of 15 months in various terrains across the country, demonstrating supreme performance in the most demanding conditions with capabilities of coping with extreme on- or off-road terrains.”

The company elaborated that the SUV will replace Maruti Gypsy in the 4×4 light vehicle category.

“First, a replacement of Tatra by Tata High Mobility Vehicle 6×6 in the 10-tonne class, and now a replacement of Maruti Gypsy by Tata Safari Storme in the 4×4 light vehicle category reiterates Tata Motors’ position as a leading supplier of defence mobility solutions to the Indian Armed Forces,” the statement said.(read more)

Vivo V5s with 20MP selfie camera launched at Rs 18,990 in India

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V5s claims to have a faster fingerprint sensor that unlocks the screen in just 0.2 seconds


Taking its selfie revolution a notch higher, Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Thursday launched V5s smartphone in India that comes with a 20MP front and 13MP rear camera.


Priced at Rs 18,990, V5s will be available starting from May 6 at retail stores and online on


“After launching the Vivo V5Plus Limited edition, we are thrilled to introduce yet another masterpiece, the Vivo V5s. Through the launch of this device, Vivo aims to provide the best selfie camera phone in the market,” said Kent Cheng, CEO, Vivo India, in a statement.

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V5s runs on Funtouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM, which is expandable up to 256GB.


The device is powered by octa-core 64-bit processor and houses 3,000mAh battery.


V5s claims to have a faster fingerprint sensor that unlocks the screen in just 0.2 seconds.


The “Smart Screen-Split” feature allows users to multitask without having to switch back and forth every time a message pops up. Users can chat and watch videos simultaneously on one screen.(read more)

PM Modi launches UDAN scheme from Shimla; now fly to Himachal for Rs 2,000

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Air India subsidiary Alliance Air will operate the Delhi-Shimla flight

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the UDAN regional connectivity scheme on Thursday from Shimla that will allow tourists to fly to Shimla from New Delhi for just Rs 2,000.


Modi during his day-long visit to the Queen of Hills launched the central government’s UDAN, or “Ude Desh ka Har Nagarik” scheme, building efficient regional air connectivity, from Jubbarhatti, the tabletop airport located 2,196 metre above sea-level and some 22 km from here.

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Accompanied by Himachal Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Union Ministers P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Jayant Sinha and J.P. Nadda, Modi simultaneously flagged off the inaugural UDAN flights on the Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad sectors through video conferencing.


The Shimla Airport had been shut for scheduled flights since September 6, 2012, affecting tourists and business travellers to the state.


Air India subsidiary Alliance Air will operate the Delhi-Shimla flight.(read more)

PM Modi to flag off first RCS flight from Shimla tomorrow


Himachal govt yet to approve viability gap funding demand made by Alliance Air of Rs 1.4 lakh/flight


An Alliance Air ATR-42 aircraft with 15 passengers will take off from Shimla airport on 11.15 am on Thursday heralding the launch of regional connectivity scheme (RCS).


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the Shimla-Delhi flight from Himachal Pradesh capital and launch two other services (Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad) under the government policy, which aims to link unconnected towns with affordable fares.


The Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderbad flights will be operated by TruJet and minimum tickets on these two routes is priced at Rs 1,000 one way.


“We will operate the ATR-42 aircraft five times a week between Delhi-Shimla. The demand is positive and seats on the route are filling up fast,” said Alliance Air chief executive officer C S Subbhaih. Alliance Air is a subsidiary of Air India.

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Under the RCS  an airline is bound to sell 50% of the seats at subsidised fares and on Delhi-Shimla route one way ticket is priced at Rs 1,920. The ATR-42  aircraft has 48 seats but due to restrictions at the Shimla airport Alliance Air will only be able to fill 35 seats  to Shimla and 15 seats for its return leg to Delhi. The highest system fare on Delhi-Shimla route has been kept at Rs 20,000 one way.  (read more)

MCD election 2017: Threat for AAP govt, Delhi may see early Assembly polls

MCD results fallout: Warning bells for BJP MPs; Kejriwal's image in tatters

As Gujarat CM, Modi replaced at least a third of all sitting legislators before assembly polls


The results of the Delhi civic polls lead to some obvious conclusions, and not so obvious near-term possibilities. These include fresh assembly polls in Delhi by the end of the year, the likelihood of several incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha members might be replaced in 2019 Lok Sabha polls and more leaders quitting the Congress party.


  1. Modi wave


The BJP victory in the polls is primarily because of the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, brilliantly leveraged by party chief Amit Shah with deft organisational work.

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It is true that BJP won the last two civic polls as well, but the party campaign in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls focused on Modi’s leadership, not of any local leaders. Today, Shah credited the victory to Modi’s leadership.


The emphatic win also suggests that the party has recovered the vote share it received in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, which slipped out of its hand in the 2015 assembly polls. In 2014, the BJP won all seven Lok Sabha seats and a vote share of over 45 per cent. This reduced to 34 per cent in 2015 assembly polls, where Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 67 of the 70-seats.


The Uttar Pradesh assembly polls have contributed to BJP’s popularity in areas where migrants from eastern UP and Bihar predominate. There was a time when AAP held sway on the ‘purabiyas’ of Delhi.(read more)

No end to data wars: Reliance Jio free offers to continue for 12-18 months

Reliance Jio likely to continue free offers

Jio reached the 100 million user mark in the first 170 days


The free schemes and recharge options that Reliance Jio is offering to its customers is likely to continue for the next 12-18 months, which means other telecom services providers like Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL will have to step up efforts to counter Jio’s strategy.

Jio’s tactic would lead to pressure on the average revenue per user (ARPU) of incumbent operators, US bank Morgan Stanley said in a report. It added that ARPU for Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India has been effectively capped at about Rs 300 due to Jio’s current offers, a report published in The Economic Times said.

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Jio prepaid plans start from as low as Rs 19, and go up to Rs. 9,999, while postpaid plans are available at Rs. 309, Rs. 509, and Rs. 999 denomination. Jio launched its 4G service commercially on September 5, 2016 for free and crossed 50 million subscribers in just 83 days, and 100 million in 170 days, adding at an average rate of 6 lakh subscribers per day.

The company said that in terms of data usage it “has become the largest network globally” and plans to add one lakh mobile sites in coming months to double the network size.

The Morgan Stanley report mentioned that Jio, which started services on September 5, has netted 6 per cent of the country’s wireless subscribers and aims to get at least 15 per cent.

Reliance Jio extended the free usage period for Jio services to its existing and new customers till March 31, 2017. Jio reached the 100 million user mark in the first 170 days, adding consumers at an average of 600,000 a day.(read more)

TCS, Infosys got only 8.8% of total H-1B visas: Nasscom’s rebuttal to US

TCS, Infosys got only 8.8% of total H-1B visas: Nasscom's rebuttal to US

Indian IT firms account for less than 20 per cent of the H-1B visas


Indian IT industry’s apex organisation has said that the two top companies — TCS and Infosys — got only 8.8 per cent of the H-1B visas for placement of workers in the United States.


“Of the six Indian IT companies, software majors TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) and Infosys received 7,504 H-1B visas in FY 2015, which is 8.8 per cent of the total H-1B visas,” said the National Association of Software Services and Companies (Nasscom) in a statement here.


The apex body’s clarification was in response to a US official last week accusing top Indian IT firms TCS and Infosys of unfairly cornering majority of the H-IB visas, by applying more in the lottery system.

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Only six Indian IT firms were among the top 20 recipients of the H-1B visas in fiscal 2015 for their professionals to work in the US, said Nasscom.


US President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week to reform the H-1B visas norms by replacing the lottery system with a merit-based immigration policy.


“Every reputable data source in the US has documented a growing shortfall between the supply and demand for computer science majors in the US workforce, especially in cutting-edge fields such as cloud, big data, and mobile computing,” asserted Nasscom.(read more)