BMI View: There have been positive changes to the fluid regulatory and business environment in India, which have increased the attractiveness of India's telecoms sector . We believe that whilst voice remains the main source of revenue at the moment, operators' strategy of migrating customers to higher-value 3G and 4G services will drive data consumption and market growth over the next five years. In addition, we also highlight India's towers market to be another key area of growth, as operators are increasingly offloading their passive infrastructure to third party tower companies in order to free up the capital needed to invest in spectrum and services.
By September 2015, the Indian mobile subscriber market supported 996.7mn subscribers; we forecast 1036.7mn subscribers by the end of 2016 and 1.133bn by 2019.
The deployment of 4G TD-LTE mobile broadband networks is well underway. Added to the ongoing rollout of 3G, there are considerable opportunities for operators to counter falling incomes from voice and messaging, although we caution that the premium non-voice services market is still in its infancy.
3G/4G subscriptions are forecast to grow from 167.3mn in 2016 to 216.2mn in 2019.
Wireline broadband is undermined by the high cost of services and devices as well as a lack of adequate infrastructure. The national BharatNet project has made no progress in the last three years. We forecast total wireline and mobile broadband subscribers to rise to 36.7mn in 2016 and to 42.5mn by 2019.
Key Trends And Developments
The government's approval of spectrum sharing rules and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s licensing of four major operators as payment banks in August 2015 will give operators the much needed leeway to expand their range of services. The government's 'Make in India' campaign has encouraged international electronic manufacturers to shift production to India, and this will have the effect of driving down smartphone prices. We believe lower prices, in turn, will encourage adoption of data services, and enable operators to reap the fruit of their 4G network rollouts.
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The India Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of India's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.
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BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.
BMI Industry Forecast Scenario
Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.
- Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
- Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
- Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.
BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index
BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.
Market Data Analysis
Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:
- Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
- Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
- Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).
Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.
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