The early onset of the festive season this year will lead to a longer period of tepid demand of more than two months, compared with usually just a month after Diwali.
“The feature phone market increased 18 per cent on-quarter in April-June quarter, contributing to almost 54 per cent of the total market," Senior analyst at Counterpoint Research said.
In smartphone market share, the difference between Samsung and Xiaomi was a mere half percentage point in the past quarter, Counterpoint said
Xiaomi turns up smartphone heat on Samsung in Q3, Nokia makes strong moves in feature phones: CounterPoint
The revival in the featurephone segment has been on the back of models under the Rs 1,000 price band with Nokia 105, and other affordable yet high quality models Nokia 130 and Nokia 150.
Jio wants telecom regulator Trai to slash international call termination rates to 6 paise a minute, and then to zero, while rivals want it to increase it to Re 1 from 53 paise.
The warring parties, in the midst of a brutal tariff war, are backing the increase of ITR for calls coming into India from overseas, to Re 1 from present level of 53 paise a minute.
Jio, with 138.6 million subscribers, boasts of an above industry average revenue per user of Rs 156.4.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) on September 19 decided to reduce IUC to 6 paise a minute from 14 paise, from October 1and also decided to scrap the charge from January 2020.
For the market leader, the benefits are multiple — it gets spectrum at practically throwaway prices, without taking on liability of debt or giving away cash.
Airtel on Wednesday had announced the launch of an entry-level 4G smartphone at an ‘effective price’ of Rs 1,399 in tie-up with handset maker Karbonn.
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