India Trends 2008 : 5 Technology trends to watch out

WiMAX It is a telecommunications technology aimed at providing wireless data over long distances. Many companies are closely examining WiMAX...

It is a telecommunications technology aimed at providing wireless data over long distances. Many companies are closely examining WiMAX for "last mile" connectivity at high data rates. The resulting competition may bring lower pricing for both home and business customers or bring broadband access to places where it has been economically unavailable.This year saw VSNL, BSNL, Bharti and small companies like Microsense using fixed WIMAX networks as pilots.
Mobile Value Added Services (VAS):
With an Estimated market size of 4560 crores this year and a 60% growth year on year this is one of the fastest growing industry.Telcos are turning to value-added services (VAS) for growth. They are betting big on music — next to SMS, it is the biggest money spinner under VAS. Caller ring back tones or CRBTs, for instance, have a 15-25 per cent market share, followed by ringtones with around 15-20 per cent, while the remaining can be attributed to full song downloads. And mobile data revenues are expected to increase from 7 per cent of the total operator service revenues to approximately 20 per cent by 2009.
Unified Communications
A recent study by Insignia Research for Siemens Communications reports that an average 1,000-employee enterprise, for instance, could lose around Rs 50 crore a year — solely as a result of being unable to communicate and collaborate with others in real time. With large-size IT companies, having an employee base in excess of 40,000 people, losses could well be in the range of Rs 2,000 crore annually.
The way out : Integrate all your communication platforms. Unified Communications or UC, as it’s known in the industry, promises to do just that. Analysts tout that UC will transform business communications the world over as fundamentally as e-mail did in the 1990s.
Among the early adopters include, Mumbai International Airport (MIAL), FMCG goods company Marico, IT major Wipro, South Indian Bank, aluminium major BALCO and business houses like Godrej to name a few.
Video and Music on Demand:
Distribution of video-on-demand through cable and broadband networks has emerged as a $1.1 billion business this year globally. In India IOL Broadband has already launched India’s first IP-based on-demand television service along with IPTV offering from players like MTNL, Bharti and Reliance, the ‘on-demand’ entertainment is business is hot.
in 2006, is likely to cross Rs 1,700 The Indian gaming industry emerged in a big way during 2007.The Indian gaming segment , comprising mobile, computer and console games and development, which touched Rs 192 crorecrore by 2010. The launch of dedicated gaming spaces along with introduction of easy-pay schemes, like pre-paid cards, also came into the forefront during the year. Zapak, which already has 10 gameplexes (dedicated cyber cafes that promote online gaming), will more than double the number in 2008. Sify will use its gamedormes to further the gaming cause.
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