TRAI Report 2008 – Not all Pink

Here’s the latest Telecom Regulatory Authority of India report on the scene in India –

…the total number of Wireless Internet (GPRS + CDMA Internet Access) users, at the end of September 2007, was 46.37 million. (is churn being reported?)

Outgoing SMS per user declined approximately 11 percent, from 36 per user per month by for Q2 2007 to 32 for Q3 2007.

All in all, the total number of wireless subscribers increased from 184.92 million to 209.07 million, with 55.08 million CDMA subs (26.35%), and 153.99 million GSM subs (73.65%). GSM subs increased by 13.4% during the quarter, while CDMA increased by 12.12%.

Average Revenue Per User:
GSM: all India Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) declined by 7.4 % from Rs. 297 to Rs. 275. Post-paid ARPU declined from Rs. 655 to Rs. 632, 3.5 percent.
Prepaid ARPU declined from 7.2 %, from Rs. 248 to Rs. 230.
CDMA: ARPU (prepaid+postpaid) at Rs. 173, down significantly from Rs. 206. Lowest ARPU is in West Bengal (Rs.127) while the highest blended ARPU is in Mumbai (Rs. 274)

Internet
There were 9.63 million wireline Internet subscribers at the end of September 2007 as compared to 9.22 million at the end of June 2007, a growth of nearly 4.37%. Readers will remember that the number of subs had declined by 0.5 percent in the previous quarter. The number of broadband subscribers increased by 10.33 percent, to 2.67 million. 72 broadband service providers had a subscriber base of 2.67 million, with 98.3 percent of those subs with 13 sevice providers. Some stats:
— Broadband connections: 2174401 are DSL based; 319010 Cable Modem; 100592 Ethernet LAN; 21688 Fibre; 27664 Radio customers and 28183 Others.
— Average Revenue Per User per month for dialup Internet Subscribers is Rs. 200
Internet Telephony: Total minutes of the use (MoU) for Internet Telephony during the quarter were 129.43 million as compared to 112.26 million for the last quarter registering an increase of 15.29% over the previous quarter.

via ContentSutra 

XBMC vs. AppleTV

There’s a big community that popped up around AppleTV even before the product came out. Then came the hacks almost instantaneously. Even I found myself checking the somethingawful.com forums 5 times a day. People have ported apps, games, rss readers and what not onto the little device that could. People can open it up and install a new hard disk, but the last time I checked AppleTVHacks.net nobody has been able to mod it without cracking it open yet. Why did Apple not make it better? Sure, they are coming around to it by making ‘enhancements available for download’ sometime in the future. Who cares?
XBMC or Xbox Media Centre is the best out there. I have an original XBOX in my living room with the latest version of XBMC running smoothly. I can play every single media file known to man, stream it from the network or the internet, use plugins to interface with almost every well-known website and much more. Why has this software not been ported for mainstream use yet? Why have smaller hardware makers not embraced it for use on their proprietary machines? I recently heard about the Team XBMC hiring Linux developers for the same purpose. Wonder what can we expect to come out of this? Only good, I bet.

Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs

Tonight Bill Gates showed up at the Daily Show with John Stewart. This is definitely one of my top 3 shows. Who doesn’t love the whole Gates saga, right? Sure Gates doesn’t have the fanatic fandom of the head honcho of Apple, Inc. but he is no slouch in either the marketing department or a staggering product lineup. Whether it was Windows 3.1, 95, 98, (lets forget ME), XP and now Vista; Windows Mobile that has evidently licked Palm; Xbox that by it’s second version has (in my humble opinion) shown up the previous front-runner (Sony Blu-ray toting what?!); I wish I had more love for Zimbra, but its all about Exchange as far as I am concerned; and not even going to mention the Might Office. The list doesn’t end.
I remember seeing Gates launch the original Xbox at Times Square NYC, followed by the crazy mid-desert launch of 360. His coming out on the Daily Show with Stewart is another example that isn’t an old dog that can’t learn. Gates being whoever he is (and he isn’t the devil) does what he has to for his products. Sure, I now have a Mac (cause I love Aperture and Adobe Lightroom sucks) and my past 3 recommendations to friends buying new laptops/desktops has been OS X (Macbook and Mac Minis rock!). But I swear by their products, at least the ones I use, and somehow I imagine stat-to-stat Jobs wishes he was in Gates’ league.