I Phone Date Announced for India

Airtel has finally given the launch date for the eagerly awaited I-Phone in India.  As of August 22nd 2008 , one will be able to purchase an I-Phone from Airtel relationship centers across India.

The price has still not been released and i concur with the reasons given by Trak.in , which suggest that the strongest possible reasons are :-

1. Street expectations for the price are around 16,000-18,000. Its possible that Airtel plans on releasing this at a higher level which would in turn affect sales. By announcing it early,it would give consumers time to look at it rationally and go in for cheaper options.

2. They have no idea on what Vodapohone plans on doing and are waiting as much as they can to get clarity on their strategy and price it accordingly.

Good news for everyone waiting for this gadget. I hope that the pricing is attractive as well.

The other parties which will get affected are all the small players who have been selling the Iphone in India , through the internet, for as much as 28 , 000 – 30,000 given the scenario. Their days of literally having a bit of a monopoly are over.

Tata Nano’s Bookings Opening Next Month

Tata Motors will be opening as many as 100 retail outlets next month to enable booking for the Nano.

Our dealers will open these special, retail counters to push sales,” Tata Motors managing director Ravi Kant said in an interview.

Tata officials have already started interacting with their dealers, updating them on the proposed bookings, dates for which have not been finalised.

“Supplies could start from August,” Kant said.

There are chances that the group could tie-up with a financial institution for bankrolling those keen on the product. Company sources said talks have started with both HDFC, Reliance Capital and ICICI. In addition, financing for the car will also be available from Tata Motors Finance.

Internet Connectivity in India worst in the world.

The theory that India suffered from the worst quality bandwidth, both in terms of speed, response and reliability was always more of a ‘unofficial fact’. A recent report released by Internettrafficreport.com has brought into light figures which now make it pretty official.

The site reports that overall Indian has an index of 74 with a response time of 253 milliseconds – which pretty much puts us in the backseat as far as this issue is concerned. Comparable countries like the USA has an index value of 98 and a response time of just 13 milliseconds. The higher the index the better , the lower the response time the better.

The hindubusinesline suggests that the reason for this is that despite having some of the best services, it is artificial choking and high prices that are to blame. Artificial cap restrict the availability and higher prices restrict smaller ISP’s from being able to buy the necessary bandwidth required to service their connections and thus eventually leads to a customer satisfaction nightmare.

Operator’s on the other had disagree and state that there is enough capacity and it is on a rise whereas prices are determined by ‘free market’ dynamics.

Irrespective of who is to blame or where the issue lies, it is vital for all concerned to improve the quality , reliability and overall customer satisfaction drastically. With Indian poised to be one of (if not the) largest Internet consumer with respect to connections, issues such as these hit deep and hard into slowing the overall growth of the industry with additional affects on the online advertising industry in India as well.  Unless we are able to reach a critical mass which results in a bulk of the large spenders moving online, or having online budgetary components the growth in internet advertising spends remains restricted as well.

My other thought on the matter is – If operators state supply to be more than demand in India, then why the hell am i still downloading at 10KBps on a 256kbps connection ?