Guest Post : Data services in India

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This is a Guest post by Chandan Mishra ; a Wireless Marketing professional, with over 10 years of experience in telecom and IT and media companies. Had Lead Marketing and Business operations for multimillion-dollar companies in Media and Telecom across Geographies in India, APAC and Australia.

A strategic thinker of the next level of possibilities and designing the future roadmap of the business.  Expert in the Marketing and Developing next level strategies for products in mobility and enterprises.

Data services in India

It was when I was working with Hutch, my sales head told that the handsets in any market follow the technology available in the market.  Telecom companies came and Handsets followed, initially basic, then after advent of 2G, 2G handsets followed. With 2.5G GPRS Handsets were out in the market with 3G it turn for 3G handsets and with 4G handsets will again follow suite.

But market is not only about Technology and Handsets it is how people use these services in daily lives.

Video calling is dead and may not happen great deal in any market especially if the market is price sensitive.

The real use of 3G will be enabling broadband for the retail users or general public. So net net in few months from now 3G will be all about what speed and how much data available for browsing on handsets and computers. If you are thinking people will Download and what services it will be then it may lead to Online Gaming, Music, Mobile TV, you tube and social networks. The only billing service from a Telco perspective will be Mobile TV, the rest is consumable data with plans.

So Mobile Operators need to look at their portals and check how much integrated it is with the internet world or if it doesn’t make sense, customers may use the same like they use Google. They come and move on to separate sites.

People need more of browsing services, the first step build Data services like News, social, messaging and other services on the portal. They need to evolve and get away with the normal sites of selling wallpapers and Music. With the advent of 3G, they need to replicate all the services like music and videos on streaming products. No one will ever want to download content on phone. The Days of download led behavior are gone.

Telcos will have to sooner or later have to leave control of the customers on directing them to their particular walled garden. The Moment they drop the wall consumers will have choices and that will bring in revenues.

My strategy below 10 points if I am the product manager for Data services –

  1. Browsing revenues is the key, this will generate your 50% of revenues
  2. Lucrative Data plans is the key, rentals will generate another 30% of revenues.
  3. Target specific phones and O/S like Android, I- phones as they will generate 90% of revenues
  4. All downloadable content to be outside the home portal will contribute 20% of revenues.
  5. Make portal easy to browse as much as possible, Keep Google search on Top.
  6. Apps like you tube, Facebook, Twitter, Maps, Music, Images and Yahoo on the first page.
  7. Adult services at bottom of the page( Don’t shy as this will generate at least 70%- 80% of your revenues)
  8. Apps on E- Mails at the end of the page or may be at second.
  9. All your other content should be on second page/third page.
  10. Make your site in tabular format since customer discovers more on such sites.

As a Content provider if you are big enough a regional players you might have to worry a little in the next few years but if you are a integrator and buying and supplying content, trust that 80% of such ventures will either loose out to bigger and better players or close down as they will not be able to scale up.

Scale up to what people with look forward to. Look at the future or desktops/laptops; there will be no portable media transfer like Disc very soon on laptops. Music, images, videos, movies will soon is never to be sold on discs and move up to Data drives and internet.

Replicate Desktop internet on mobile and offer your services. What service it will be is a challenge.

If you think the above prediction was scary there is the second one, if you are offering Voice based services, proposed extinction date will be from three to five years from now if it is not a killer service. For a killer one take an extra one year.

Below is snapshot of the population of the world you are a part of –

 Age structure

0-14 years: 26.3% (male 944,987,919/female 884,268,378)

15-64 years: 65.9% (male 2,234,860,865/female 2,187,838,153)

65 years and over: 7.9% (male 227,164,176/female 289,048,221) (2011 est.)

Median age

Total: 28.4 years

male: 27.7 years

female: 29 years (2009 est.)

The world is young and India is Younger. Look at India Snapshot

 Age structure

0–14 years: 30.8%, male: 188,208,196, female: 171,356,024

15–64 years: 64.3%, male: 386,432,921, female: 364,215,759

65+ years: 4.9%, male: 27,258,259, female: 30,031,289 (2007 est.)

Median age

25.1 years

Rural Population

72.2%, male: 381,668,992, female: 360,948,755 (2001 Census)
30% of less than 15years population is yet to grow they have not known a life without internet.

In next 5-7 years this will be a huge population which will be tremendous user of internet and web based services. The Existing population is fast migrating to internet and web based services. The question is what services Voice will play as I don’t see the future in it. All services of Voice will also migrate to web and mobile web to let customer choose. It will be a world of internet and internet alone… and customer will be king before Content.


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