Telecom battle shifts to cheap phones

Telecom companies offer faster services from a user-friendly handset, cheap phones etc. along with different features.

The plan of the Government is to lean towards digital services. To support this it has launched Bharat Net project with a huge capital outlay to provide last mile connectivity and provide Wi-Fi services in all the village Panchayats. The pace at which Bharat Net is progressing is remarkable. Within a span of three years, it has covered a distance 322 km of OFC to 2.37 lakh km.

To popularize the net application among the masses, Airtel has shown interest in 10,000 villages, Reliance Jio in 30,000 villages, and other airwaves carriers. This has resulted in an increase of Mobile wallet users from 99.6 million to 225.4 million during last 12 months. This has been achieved so far with the existing 50% cap on different airwaves spectrum bands. Recent liberalization plan on spectrum band has helped the contemporary carries use any high-speed bandwidth as per customers need with a tariff restriction.

The demand for mobile handsets especially Smartphone of high speed is gradually increasing. In the recent drive On Make in India, with the incentives on Tax exemption, many experts in the field on handset manufacturers such as Samsung, Xiaomi,  Lenovo, Nokia, Moto, Reliance Jio have joined to cater services using Government driven infrastructure seamlessly to the users. People need faster services from a user-friendly handset along with different features such as camera, internet facility, and high capacity battery with rapid charging facility at an affordable price.

To receive multitasking services, one should have a durable smartphone powered by Snapdragon 625 to 820 chipset, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage processor. Now the airwaves of any spectrum band is available to the different airwaves carriers. The only difficulty is to provide cheap handset with multitasking facilities.

In remote villages, cheap phones or mobile hands set are still less in comparison to urban sector. We can also notice that village people are less educated but willing to take a selfie and play games. The existing features of mobile phones have created curiosity to all village people from students to senior level people. Due to lack of awareness, they are not able to access other digital modes of services available to them such as PayTM, internet access, banking activities etc. Suitable awareness camps may maximize the usages of new generation handsets.

Burning Question about Cheap Phones:

Now the question is, is it possible to provide a handset having high-speed internet access, camera, higher battery life with faster-charging facilities, with lower price? Only a simple handset will not suffice to fulfill the objective of digitization. Cheaper handset making will be possible by producing in volumes. For a single manufacturer, it may not be possible to produce below Rs.14000 plus. Manufacturers may look upon a quality product at an affordable price range of Rs.1000 to 1500 through joint efforts. This will reduce overhead cost which contributes a substantial cost of the handset. With this proposed style of working, every individual will be able to buy new generation handsets at a cheaper rate and access information technology services. Thus, the real telecom battle will be won.

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