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Airtel Becomes No 2 By Beating Voda-Idea

Focus on data subscribers and weeding out low revenue customers have helped Bharti Airtel, while its peer Vodafone Idea could not implement the strategy.

However, network and content costs are on the rise for Bharti as it witnesses a steady rise in mobile data customers.

Further, Airtel’s reported mobile revenues for the April-June quarter (Q1) was Rs 10,866 crore.

This makes it the number 2 player after Reliance Jio in terms of mobile services revenues, analysts claimed.

Airtel Becomes No 2 By Beating Voda-Idea

Vodafone Idea, which does not share the break-up of revenues, reported an overall revenue figure of Rs 11,269 crore for Q1.

Adjusting for it, the mobile service revenues for Vodafone Idea would be Rs 10,669 crore, making it the third-largest telecom firm by mobile revenue after Jio’s figure of Rs 11,679 crore.

Bharti Airtel lost only 1.5 million subscribers in June quarter, against 14 million subscribers lost by Vodafone Idea.

Airtel had managed to keep operating expenditure costs under control over the past two years, with only 7.5 per cent growth YoY.

The aggressive spending on content has, however, converted to rapid growth in Airtel’s 4G base in the past one year.

In Q1 FY19, Airtel and Vodafone Idea had almost equal, roughly 58 million, 4G subscribers.

In Q1 of 2019-20, Airtel raced ahead to 95 million subscribers, 11 million ahead of Vodafone Idea’s.

While Vodafone Idea gained 4 per cent in terms of average revenue per user (ARPU), even as it lost 14 million subscribers, Airtel registered an industry-best ARPU of Rs 129 for Q1, a 5 per cent growth.

In the bargain, it only lost 1.5 million subscribers.

Analysts see this as a positive sign.

Airtel was able to retain its top slot in the market in terms of revenue, as its top line was up 2.8 per cent at Rs 15,345 crore.

Vodafone Idea posted revenues of Rs 11,269.9 crore in Q1 and Jio’s revenues were Rs 11,679 crore. Bharti Airtel’s India revenue is an integrated number comprising wireless, landline and broadband services.

In Q1 of the current financial year, Airtel’s mobile revenues witnessed YoY growth of 3.7 per cent.…

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Pocophone head and Xiaomi global spokesperson quit organisation

Highlights:

  • Xiaomi Global Spokesperson Donovan Sung has also resigned the company.

  • Pocophone global head has quit the company.

  • Mani’s twitter description notes “Ex-Product Manager of POCO phone and Xiaomi India.”

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Not just Mani, Xiaomi Global Spokesperson Donovan Sung has also quit the company.

Sung announced his exit from the company via an  Twitter post. He wrote Thanks Manu! It’s been an amazing 5 years working together. So many fun memories as @XiaomiIndia became the most loved technology brand in the country!Keep up your infectious smile, and looking forward to seeing what’s next for Xiaomi India!

In the same post, sung mentioned that he will be joining Google to help advance the company’s payments initiatives in emerging markets. “I’ll be joining @Google in Singapore to help advance Google’s payments initiatives in emerging markets. GooglePay a google’s payment option has made great progress in India, and I’m excited to continue the mission of bringing cutting-edge technology innovation to the next billion users, Sung mentioned in the Twitter post.

He also said that, “I’m forever thankful to Lei Jun and the Xiaomi leadership team for giving me the opportunity to join this rocket ship. In the past 5 years, we’ve expanded to 80+ countries and built a global community with hundreds of millions of fans.

We’ve been India’s #1SmartphoneBrand for 7 consecutive quarters, and I’ll always remember our first global Mi Pop in Mumbai where we danced onstage with India Mi Fans. I’ll also remember visiting landmarks like the Taj Mahal & pyramids, which I wanted to visit since I was a kid.” He finally said, “After much consideration, I decided that now is the right time for me to move to the next phase of my journey.”…

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Airtel Offers A Massive Discounts On Dth Connections:Offers Additional Benefits Of 1000Rs

Airtel has reduced the prices of its set-top boxes in the country.Also offering a additional price benefits for existing subscribers.

Highlights:

  • The HD Set top box which usually costs 1953, now costs 1453
  • Airtel is also provides additional benefits of 1000rs.
  • Subscribers will get a bundle of 150 channels extra.

Airtel Offers A Massive Discounts On Dth Connections:Offers Additional Benefits Of 1000Rs

The Operator is currently preparing to offer as many benefits as possible to tackle the possible incoming threat from Jio’s upcoming TV service. Hence, all major players such as Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV and Hathway have been offering a lot of benefits.

Tata Sky recently reduce the price of its set-top boxes in order to generate more interest from subscribers. Following on the footsteps, Airtel has also introduced a similar plan for its own set-top boxes.

Similar to tata sky, airtel also slashes its set top box prices across the country.

The basic HD set-top box, which costs Rs 1,953, is available for Rs 1,453, so company is giving discounts of rs 500.

Along with the reduced price for the HD set-top box, Operator is also bundling benefits worth Rs 1,000 to the subscribers.

Airtel Internet tv set top box now costs 2269 Rs(excluding NCF,Installation,Other Charges) which includes pack of Rs 452/month.

For existing Airtel Digital TV subscribers who want to upgrade to the HD box, they will have to pay Rs 699 for the set-top box with Rs 150 service charge.

If the subscriber wants to upgrade to the Internet TV box, the subscriber will have to pay Rs 1,999 along with Rs 250 as service charge.

The Internet Tv Box is smart set up box from which we can also enjoy services like netflix and prime directly from their tv.The box Also stream 4k resolution.This mnc is tried getting harder to attract customers befor jio come to the market with its dth services.…

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Google honours haematologist Lucy Wills with a doodle on 131st birth anniversary

Google is commemorating English haematologist Lucy Wills with a cutesy doodle on her 131st birth anniversary.

Born in England, in 1888, she is best remembered for her exemplary research work into the prevention of prenatal anaemia. It was her research that led to the creation of a prenatal vitamin that helps prevent birth defects.

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This vitamin is folic acid, a man-made form of folate, a B-vitamin which occurs naturally in dark green vegetables and citrus fruits. It is important for forming red blood cells. When taken by women before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent birth defects in the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

Wills was the first one to bring this to the fore with her research paper about anemia in pregnant women in India.

She earned her first honours degree in botany and geology at Cambridge University’s Newnham College in the year 1911. In 1914, she became involved in medicine – when she volunteered as a nurse in Cape Town when the first World War broke out. In 1915, she enrolled at the London School of Medicine for Women and became a legally qualified medical practitioner in 1920, earning bachelor degrees in medicine and science.

It was while she was researching in India on anemia in pregnant women, she figured out that there is a correlation between their dietary habits and the likelihood of their becoming anemic during pregnancy.

During a lab study, she found out that a monkey’s health improved after being fed a breakfast spread, Marmite. Further research proved the factor to be folic acid, which is now recommended to pregnant women all over the world. This discovery is known as the ‘Wills Factor’.

She spent the remainder of her life travelling and researching on the impact of nutrition on pregnancy, before she passed away on 16 April, 1964.

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Skype Introduces Background Blur Feature for Video Calls

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Skype is still one of the most popular services for professional video calls and video conferencing. Now the company has added an interesting and important feature.

Now you don’t need to stress out about cleaning up your room before the next Skype call with your bosses. The video conferencing service has now introduced a blurred background feature, which means that whatever is behind you gets blurred out while you, the participant in that video call, remains in focus.

Microsoft is adding this feature to Skype, some months after it introduced this to another service called Microsoft Teams. In Skype, all you need to do is select the select “blur my background” option to activate this for the duration you leave this option enabled.

The background blur feature in Skype and Teams rely on artificial intelligence (AI) which has been trained in human form detection and is used to keep the person in focus during the call. The detection is trained to understand human hair, hands, skin, facial contours, and limbs, and constantly analyses the surroundings basis the movement of the person on the call screen, to keep the rest of the background blurred.

But all this does come with a caveat. Microsoft does clarify that “we do our best to make sure that your background is always blurred, but we cannot guarantee that your background will always be blurred.”

Microsoft says that background blur is now available on most desktops and laptops with the latest version of the Skype app. Quite handy then, if you haven’t had the time to tidy up, before that important business call.…

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