Tikona to Launch 4G Services in 30 Cities in 2016

Mumbai-based Indian Internet Service Provider (ISP), Tikona Digital Networks, is preparing to roll out its 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services in 30 cities of the country. The company aims to launch the services during the first half of 2016. The company holds 20 MHz of 4G spectrum in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West, and Rajasthan circles.

Plans of Tikona

Tikona launched a pilot project of its 4G Home Broadband Service in Varanasi in October 2015. It focuses on homes and small offices for its services. Tikona has made an investment of INR 20 crores to cater to over half a lakh households in the city.

Tikona is keen on providing services to more users, with its customer-base absorbing around 1,200 new users each month. This is around 2.5% of the monthly market share, revealed Heramb Ranade, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Tikona. After the marketing campaign, the company expects to witness an increase in its customer base. Attractive Tikona internet plans will help the company to achieve this goal. Ranade said, “With the campaign, this number should double, if not more. We can sustain it for at least two quarters.”

Tikona has increased its customer base from 2 lakhs to 3 lakhs in the past year. “We are clocking annualized exit revenue in the region of INR 3.5 billion”, Ranade added.

Tikona Broadband will be expanded to 5 circles in the initial period of 2016, after the company goes through the feedback from the Varanasi project. This will help Tikona provide flawless services, as it expands and begins its network rollout.

The company is planning to offer complete coverage with Tikona 4G in cities and towns where it will deploy its services. Tikona’s product will feature 10 Mbps connections and this will be 5 to 10 times higher than the existing Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)/3G based products. More such plans can be viewed on their new dedicated website, tikona4g.in.

Tikona’s Associations

Tikona has chosen Chinese company, Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment (ZTE) Corporation, for the deployment of Time-Division (TD) LTE equipment in Tikona’s circles. This will let Tikona establish a strong broadband network.

As per the deal, ZTE will be supplying TD-LTE switching and radio equipment in the circles where Tikona holds 4G LTE licenses. It already supplies the equipment in Varanasi and other cities. Outdoor LTE Customer-Premises Equipment (CPE) will be supplied by Telenet Systems, using Sequans chipset.

Last year in November, Tikona had raised USD 4.5 crores in a new round of funding. The highest investment of 2.5 crores was from International Finance Corporation (IFC). The remaining 2 crores came from funds managed by Oak Investment partners, L&T Infrastructure Finance, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and Everstone Capital.

Tikona’s 4G: A Robust Business Strategy

Tikona Digital Networks is one of the leading broadband service providers in India. The company announced the roll out of its 4G home broadband service in Varanasi during September end.

Service in Varanasi

Tikona provides its ‘Zabbardus’ service in Durgakund, Sigra, Nadesar, Paharia, Kamaksha, and Gadholiya areas of Varanasi. Consumers can enjoy a high speed of 6 Mbps at just INR 950 per month with a data cap of 50 GB. Users who have higher data requirements can opt for Zabbardus 10 Mbps “flexi usage plan” at INR 3999 which has flexible validities and usage limits depending upon the user’s requirement. The user can also extend the validity as per his needs.

Founder, Managing Director (MD), and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tikona, Prakash Bajpai, revealed that the company launched its first 4G service in the city of Varanasi. It will soon roll out the service in other cities, as well. Bajpai is sure that users in Varanasi will enjoy the best possible experience, when using their home broadband services for multiple purposes.

Tikona’s 4G plans

Tikona is one of the biggest companies to focus on indoor home broadband services, since its inception. It is also one of a kind because all other operators are focusing on outdoor broadband services. Additionally, Tikona is working to provide complete coverage to all the cities in its five telecom circles and will bring nearby villages under its coverage, as well.

Tikona had bagged 4G spectrum license in 5 circles in 2010. These include Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (East), and Uttar Pradesh (West). The company is planning to replicate its Varanasi model in these areas and is gearing up to launch its commercial 4G services by the end of this year.

“Tikona has perfected a technology that is wireless in the last mile, but provides wireline technology. We have created a cost structure that is 1/10th of a wireline company’s costs, in terms of deployment, and the focus is on providing Indian innovation to meet the problems of the Indian broadband industry”, Bajpai said.

Tikona’s 4G strategy is different from other telecom operators. The company is aggregating fiber from operators like RailTel, Vodafone, Airtel, and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), among others. Unlike others, Tikona simply needs to focus on offering broadband connectivity for homes and offices to serve the ever-increasing demand. The company believes internet is the prime source of content and hence it does not feel the need to build a content ecosystem. The growth of internet and smart phones will itself leverage the usage and data consumption, and thus, the profits for the company.

With its launch of 4G services by the first quarter of calendar year 2016, Tikona plans to approach 50% market share and 70% traffic share in cities for home broadband services. Industry experts are highly optimistic about the endeavor and expect the company to grow considerably in the reminings years of the decade.

Tikona to Launch its 4G Services in 2016

High-speed internet has touched the lives of several users. The latest fad entering the Indian telecom market is the Fourth Generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

Tikona’s 4G Service

In keeping with these trends, Tikona Digital Networks, one of the leading wireless broadband internet service providers has planned to roll out its 4G services in the following year. The company has decided to cover 30 cities across its five circles by June 2016.

The Mumbai-based company is already conducting a commercial pilot project in Varanasi. It plans to offer complete coverage in areas where it is setting up its network. The company is building high-speed internet services for home as well as office users.

Tikona’s Chief Marketing Officer, Heramb Ranade, stated that the company has rolled out a 10 Mbps product. This product offers speeds that are five to ten times more than the products currently available in the market, which are based on Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or Third Generation (3G).

Ranade revealed that the company will offer high-speed data connectivity to users at just 20% of current 3G service prices. Through such endeavors, the company aims to provide a superior user experience and greater satisfaction to consumers. Multi-device users will be highly benefitted. Besides, Tikona will maintain the pricing advantage to attract more and more customers.

Tikona’s Preparations for 4G

Initiated in 2008, Tikona serves 25 cities and 2.75 lakh customers across the country. This includes 10,000 small businesses. The company is known to have established some of the biggest networks in the country for businesses, mobile, Direct-to-Home (DTH), and broadband services.

Tikona had bought 20 MHz of a 4G spectrum in five important regions in the 2010 spectrum sale. The five regions are Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (East), Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh (West). The spectrum cost the company around INR 1,058 crore.

Ranade feels that these regions are relatively unexplored, as they only had Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) operating there. He stressed that Tikona is the only viable alternative for users, as its product is better and it provides enhanced data usage at affordable rates.

Tikona is investing a huge chunk for establishing the network, securing customer premise equipment, and for operational costs. It has partnered with Chinese company, Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment (ZTE) Corporation for end-to-end deployment of Time Division (TD) LTE equipment in all of its regions. As per the agreement between the two companies, ZTE will supply TD-LTE switching and radio equipment, in the regions where Tikona holds the 4G license. This will help the internet service provider to establish its high-speed broadband network.

Wireless Broadband: The Ideal Internet Service

Broadband has revolutionized business and transformed life in India. Broadband services may be delivered via access networks such as Cable Internet, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), or Wireless. Of all these methods, wireless broadband is rapidly emerging as the most popular among the users.

Growth of Wireless Broadband

Wireless broadband service was first introduced to customers with 3G technology. It provided users with bandwidth speeds of nearly 10 Mbps. After this, 4G with WiMax technology entered the market, offering speeds of over 30 Mbps. The latest technology being adopted by many developed and developing countries is Long Term Evolution (LTE). It is said to be a game changer as it provides speeds up to 100Mbps.

Wireless broadband comes in two types. Fixed wireless is mainly found in companies, while mobile wireless is primarily employed for personal use. Over the past few years, wireless broadband internet has been the fastest growing segment in the telecom sector. The number of subscribers in developing countries in 2011 was 472 million, a figure that has risen to 1.16 billion in 2015. It is estimated that worldwide wireless broadband connections will reach 6.5 billion in the next three years.

Benefits of Wireless Broadband

Wireless broadband is better than other traditional services. It has a wider reach and may be easily accessed by users. Unlike other methods, companies do not have to invest much to roll out wireless broadband internet services.

For customers too, the service is beneficial. Wireless broadband offers varied customized tariff options. Data roaming features improve accessibility of the service to consumers. Companies also get many suitable options for their workplace. One huge advantage of wireless networks over traditional wired networks is the obvious absence of wires. This eliminates unnecessary clutter, makes it easier to keep your office space neat and clean, while the inherent maintenance problems associated with physical wires are eliminated instantly.

Tikona Digital Networks

Tikona Digital Networks is one of the leading companies in the wireless broadband sector. Tikona is striving to offer world-class wireless broadband services to both home as well as office users. It serves 2.75 lakh customers across 25 cities in the country. The company is also building a framework so that global internet service providers may deliver best services to their customers.

Tikona offers high-speed connections at affordable rates. For instance, a user can enjoy a 4 Mbps data connection at just INR 600 per month. Users on this plan can use up to 15 GB of data, with the data limit being doubled upon payment of just INR 150 more.

The growth in internet usage will only boost wireless broadband services. New applications, cloud services, interactive sessions, and social media, among other technological innovations that are dependent on high speed internet will continue to expand the scope of wireless broadband. Tikona’s wireless broadband services are quickly emerging as some of the most competitive, with attractive offers, seamless service and high-speed connections drawing more users.

The Growth of Tikona Digital Networks

Tikona Digital Networks, launched in 2008, has been a popular name and is deploying broadband services in 25 cities across India.

Growth story of Tikona Digital Networks

During the company’s launch, the global economic environment was unstable. However, Tikona managed to raise funds amounting to $110 million from international companies like Goldman Sachs, Everstone, and Oak Investments. During that time, 4G was non-existent; teledensity was 80%, while broadband penetration was only 1%. When other companies were looking for voice spectrum, Tikona opted for wireless broadband. With wireless and 4G coming to India, the potential of broadband has increased substantially.

Tikona established its business on a free-for-all spectrum. It offers plans with speeds of up to 4 Mbps. As a result, it has lightened its risks by earning profits from the unlicensed spectrum.

Tikona has its headquarters in Bhandup, Mumbai. It acquired HCL Infinet, a networking services company, in 2011. Subsequently, Tikona got some bigwigs as customers like HDFC, Cipla, IndiGo, and Mahindra. The price Tikona bid for 4G was six times lesser than what other companies bid for 3G. The circles acquired by the company will cover 30% of the population.

Current scenario, Tikona Digital Networks

At present, Tikona has 2.5 lakh customers spread out in 25 cities. This consists of 12,000 SMEs and 1,000 large corporations. It has also acquired 4G licenses and spectrum in five states. This presents a huge market for the company.

The average revenue of the company per user is INR 600. The company reached the profits in its third year itself whereas other broadband companies generally take 12-14 years for leveling out.

Broadband is distinct from voice technology. It needs Information Technology (IT) support round the clock to solve any problems. Tikona has a wide experience in IT services. It is all set to launch its 4G services next year. The prices of 4G will be lower than 3G because of lower spectrum rates. Only pricing and customer experience will help any operator to succeed in 4G. Tikona has an edge over other companies due to its wide experience in dealing with broadband customers. Tikona is expected to exploit this opportunity to the fullest and emerge a winner in this field as well.

Growing Broadband Users in India

The internet has evolved phenomenally in the recent years. It has gained additional popularity in India in the past few months. Some of the recent research results show that the number of broadband users in the country has been increasing rapidly.

Total number of users

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has noted that there has been an increase of 3.71% in the number of broadband users in one month. The number of users in May 2015 was 104.96 million and in June 2015 it increased to 108.85 million.

In February 2015, there were 97.37 million subscribers which increased by 1.88% to 99.2 million subscribers in March 2015. In May 2015, broadband users in the country crossed the 100 million mark for the first time. The number of users is increasing by 2% every month.

Increase in varied segments

Out of the total number of subscribers in June 2015, 15.70 million use wired broadband services while 0.45 million people use fixed wireless services. Wi-Fi and associated services are considered as fixed wireless services. The remaining majority 92.70 million users use the most popular service which is mobile broadband. The same subscribers in May 2015 numbered 15.56 million, 0.44 million and 88.96 million, respectively. This means that there has been an increase of 0.90% in the number of wired broadband subscribers, 1.96% in the number of fixed wireless broadband subscribers and the highest—4.21% in the number of mobile broadband subscribers.

Broadband as per TRAI is data connection that has a minimum speed of 512 KBPS. In 2014, TRAI altered its definition and changed the minimum speed to 256 KBPS.

Decrease in wireline services

Apart from the increase in popular segments, there has been a decrease in the use of wireline services because of the increasing trend of wireless technology. The number of users declined by 0.44% as there were 26.27 million users in May 2015 and 26.15 million users, a month later. In urban areas, wireline users including those for Tikona Broadband were 81.27% in June, this year while the rest were from rural areas.

Broadband Companies to Benefit from Digital India

The digital revolution is touching all parts of the globe. We are witnessing digital transformation in different sections of the society. This transformation is majorly impacting industries and societies in India, too.

Digital India

The government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative is giving a greater push to the digital revolution. The program opens up a million opportunities for development in the Information Technology (IT) sector and businesses will need to adopt digitization to survive the ever growing competition in this arena.  Through Digital India program, the government aims to bridge the gap between citizens and the government. The government wants to improve its service through the use of technology. It has facilitated money transfers and mobile banking through Jan Dhan Yojana. It also offers subsidies with the support of technology.

The Internet in varied sectors

The penetration of the internet in Indian companies had been low. But the past few months are showing a different trend. Organizations from varied sectors are embracing broadband services.

For companies offering broadband services, Digital India brings in a lot of scope of business. There is development needed to establish internet infrastructure, provide real-time solutions, set up the payment systems, etc. With the facilities, companies also need to develop and strengthen cyber security. With online banking and transactions on the rise, the risk of fraudulent activities and data loss increases. Having a secured network will thus be essential.

In the healthcare sector, there is considerable potential for technology, especially in areas like telemedicine and remote health. The ‘Smart Cities’ project under Digital India is another big area of opportunity. Setting up the framework, offering online services to government departments, and providing various services to citizens are the important sections of the program.

Once the companies embark upon these steps, there are newer technologies waiting for them. Upcoming technologies such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, etc. will create a huge platform to prepare the country for such trends.

Make in India

Associated with the Digital India initiative is the ‘Make in India’ program. The government is stressing upon devices being manufactured locally. This will help digitization realize a brighter future. Some of the initial results of the program have been positive. The electronics manufacturing giant, Foxconn has announced an investment of USD 5 billion in Maharashtra. Besides, Redmi is also setting up its new plant in Andhra Pradesh. These steps will decrease the overall costs of devices and thus boost the consumption of the internet and internet-based services.

The government will have to ease policies to make its ambitious project successful. It will have to build a friendly environment for companies. With a little support, the broadband companies, which are bombarded with opportunities, will take the Digital India program to a greater height.

4G LTE to Change the Face of India

4G is the latest technological trend in India. It has revolutionized the market in China and is all set to do the same in India. According to Cisco, mobile traffic per connected device in India will increase to 1.1 GB per month in 2018 from 60 MB in 2013.

Many companies are embarking upon TD-LTE (Long Term Evolution) services. LTE has introduced access to newer spectrum bands in the market. Wireless connections will be popularized. Besides, digital usage will also increase significantly.

Credit Suisse reports that LTE services will take at least two years to boom in India as the current infrastructure is poor. Besides, mobile devices are also not available at affordable rates for the masses.

The newer names in the 4G market may give a stiff competition to the existing telecom operators. A new entrant will impact the existing companies. It will lead to decreased revenues, dropped margins, expensive spectrum bands and increasing capex. All of these factors will affect the business of the companies.

LTE is Super-Fast!

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and it’s the next phase in wireless broadband in terms of speed. Simply put 4G LTE is just like 3G but is faster. The key thing to note is that 4G has an incredible amount of potential for businesses as well as education. With incredible speeds, businesses can expect to have greater reliability as far as video conferencing, file transfers, and monetary transactions. In India, education has taken a quantum leap with the availability of internet. With LTE networks, online learning, MOOC’s and other aspects related to education can truly break down the urban-rural divide and bring people closer than ever before.

Tikona popularizing LTE services

Tikona Digital Networks (TDN), a leading broadband service provider in India, had announced that it will roll out its 4G services only after it is fully prepared for the market. TDN will be offering LTE devices of Sequans Communications across the country. Telenet Systems is the designer of the LTE Customer Premises Equipment (CPE).

The CPE is created to serve subscribers in multi-dwelling units. Users will enjoy high-speed connectivity and many enhanced services from 4G LTE. The LTE technology used inside the new Telenet Systems CPE is Sequans Mont Blanc LTE chipset platform, which will provide efficient performance results.

Sequans Communications is a 4G chipmaker. It excels in offering single-mode LTE chipset solutions to wireless device makers across the globe. Its LTE chipsets offer superior performance at the best rates.

“The CPE is designed to serve customers in multi-dwelling units who will now have access to robust high speed internet service and other advanced services enabled by 4G LTE.”

India to lead the Internet of Things Revolution

India is advancing towards a world of smart devices. Internet of Things (IoT) is the next revolution that will touch the lives of millions in the country.

IoT is the collaboration of advanced technologies like robotics, sensors, analytics and artificial intelligence. It connects the devices, which communicate with each other with the help of the internet. The outcome of this is customized choices and timely solutions for the users. IoT will connect devices like your phone with your car, home lights, security system at the door, and more. These devices will have built-in sensors which will help them perform and react smartly without any external instructions.

Future of IoT in India

IoT is at the nascent stage in India. It will soon transform the way we live. Companies across the country will make use of smart devices, cloud technology, sensors, high-speed data and analytics software to offer optimum solutions to the customers.

Experts suggest that around 26 million smart devices will be connected through IoT. Besides, the products and services are expected to earn $300 billion in revenue and $1.9 trillion in value for India Inc.

Previous technological revolutions

Earlier, India had failed to participate in technology revolutions of mainframes, desktops, minicomputers, laptops and smartphones, on which countries like the USA, China and South Korea have embarked upon. But now, India cannot miss participation in the innovation of IoT.

The computer revolution let companies like Google, Dell, Yahoo, Microsoft and IBM establish an indelible presence in the Information Technology (IT) world. Similarly, the smartphone revolution made companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, globally popular. The upcoming IoT revolution opens up greater opportunities for Indian companies to carve out their names globally. Tikona broadband is all set be one of the leading names in this revolution.

Opportunities for India

Since the past 20 years, India has been developing technology in the fields of IT and engineering services. But now, the country is backed with solid resources and can pay attention to innovative products along with manufacturing and services. There are untapped opportunities for the country to come up with new devices, systems, software analytics, data centers, and more.

To lead this revolution, Indian companies will have to work at product level innovation and create the right ecosystem. This may also be triggered with the right kind of support from the government and policies. The ‘Make in India’ initiative should not be restricted to manufacturing companies alone but should also be extended to making tech products. A strong collaboration among all will offer customers the choice of innovative products, services and solutions and let India lead the revolution.

Get High Speed Internet for Better Performance

The internet has become an inseparable part of our lives. Its consumption has increased greatly in the recent years. Everybody wants to carry out online activities with ease and convenience. Another factor that users look for is high speed.

All internet users including home users, students and businessmen are always in a rush. Everybody wants to complete their tasks on priority. Thus, having a humdrum internet connection is simply not sufficient anymore. A connection with fast speed is what subscribers look for.

Some of the reasons why you too should get a high speed connection are as follows:

Quick page loading

Earlier because of slow internet connections, it took many seconds or minutes to load a page. But with the advancement of technology, this can now be averted. Faster internet speeds provide a better surfing experience and pages are loaded quickly. Besides, you may operate a number of tabs at a single time without the need to wait.

Efficient video viewing

You need the internet to watch entertainment and educational videos on popular websites like YouTube. With high-speed connection, your videos will open quickly and you may also get rid of the constant buffering. Faster internet speed enhances the video viewing experience.

Multiple Users

High-speed internet will help many users to efficiently surf the web at the same time.  Many network issues are faced with slow internet connection. Due to the efficient speed, all your family members or office employees may carry out varied tasks together.

How Businesses Benefit 

Many companies turn to a high-speed connection to boost their businesses. It helps them earn greater profits and survive even with growing competition. Many important tasks are difficult to complete with a slow internet connection. A slow internet connection may also make you lose many of your customers. It will incur several losses and will be harmful to your company. On the other hand, a high-speed connection will let you perform efficiently and keep your customers happy. It plays a significant role to take your business forward.

All of these reasons will compel you to upgrade to a high-speed internet plan. For the best plans, contact Tikona Digital Networks and enhance your internet experience.

Your requirements will determine what speed you need for the internet. Popularly, the speed of the internet in India starts from 512 KBPS and extends up to 4 MBPS. You will need a plan that offers a speed of at least 2 MBPS if you need to stream music and videos regularly. Check the varied plans from Tikona and pick the right one for you.