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India Smartphone Markets (Q3 2013) – IDC

Posted in Industry updates by Manas Ganguly on December 4, 2013

Indian smartphone markets is witnessing explosive growth in the smartphone segment primarily driven by lower priced smartphones from domestic handset makers are eating into market share of feature phones in India. IDC’s Q3 2013 report records increase in smartphone numbers by 229% (YoY) to clock 12.8 mln units in Q3, 2013.

India Smartphone Q3 2013

The overall mobile phone market (Feature Phones and Smartphones) had a 12% growth YoY and a 7% growth quarter over quarter (QoQ) with the share of feature phones sliding further to make 81% of the total market in 3Q13 despite the feature phone market growing at 3% in 3Q2013 over 2Q2013.

SP FP Contribution India Q3 2013

The growth trend in smartphones is expected to continue in the future because of the narrowing price points between high end feature phones and the entry price point of low end smartphones.

India Mobile Phone Q3 2013 market shares

India Mobile Phone Q3 2013 market shares

Q3 2013 India Smartphone Market shares

Q3 2013 India Smartphone Market shares

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Visible Light Communication- The future is Li-Fi

Posted in New Technologies by Manas Ganguly on December 3, 2013

Data is migrating from Radio and Microwave to Light. Light Fidelity or Li-Fi is seen as the next order in wireless communication systems moving past radio communications to light based communications. Light emitting diodes are used to transfer light from one source to another – with every light blip signifying binary 1 and 0 otherwise.

Benefits

1.       While the spectrum of Radio communications is limited, light spectrum is endless – with no limitations on capacity. The visible light spectrum is 10,000 times larger than the entire radio frequency spectrum. In contrast, US Federal Communications Commission has warned of a potential spectrum crisis because wi-fi is close to full capacity.

Spectrum Radio Versus Light

2.       LiFi has the advantage of being used in radio/electromagnetic  sensitive areas such as aircrafts and nuclear power plants without interference

3.       Also LiFi is limited in terms of ability to penetrate walls – making it relatively secure to  WiFi

The key scale scenario is the ability to use LED lights / 14 billion LEDs in synch with sensors and photo-detectors which could then be used to beam data to the remotest corners of the planet. Even while some parts of the technology are not detailed fully i.e uplink for data from a receptor device to source – it is expected that answers to such issues would come through in the next few years.

LiFi- How it works

The LiFi consortium which is an eco-system of LiFi promoting partners believes that while 1.6Gbps speeds have been simulated in controlled environments, LiFi has the potential of getting to 10Gbps data thruputs in near future.

The state of mobile internet

Posted in Industry updates by Manas Ganguly on December 1, 2013

So what Android dominates device shipments with a 80% market share and Apple is dropping down at 14%. NetApplications’ November 2013 report shows that Apple still rules the mobile internet space contributing to 55% of traffic to internet from devices.

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Apple has been loosing on the mobile internet share over the last 12 months given the onslaught of Android devices. Given that Apple is now reduced to a minority with no low end presence to take on the might of the Android’s, this share is set to fall further.

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