This is a draft response to TRAI on their consultation paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services. Please feel free to comment, suggest improvements and most importantly use in part or in whole to send in your comments in support of Differential Pricing for Data Services. (Structure borrowed from the STI campaign) Emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Sir,
Thank you for this Consultation
Paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services; The TRAI should bring in rules that foster
innovation not just in the Internet services Domain, but also in the domain of
Internet access. This will invariably mean to allow a free hand to TSPs to
innovate in distribution and pricing. This would include differential pricing -
especially the practice of “Zero Rating” and other such innovations. I hope the TRAI considers my
answers. Thanking you My answers: Question 1: Should the TSPs be allowed to have differential pricing for
data usage for accessing different websites, applications or pla…
We all love to make predictions and I made one to @shachinb and Steffen Harting when I met them in early 2014.
Which was: Apps are temporary phase (of indeterminate length), eventually most apps will switch back into the web browser. Only games and apps that require continuous access to phone sensors such as accelerometer, GPS etc will remain as apps. For most other purposes a well designed mobile website is going to do a world of good.
So, when Forbes declared that the mobile browser is dead and the mobile app is the new new thing, I retested my earlier hypothesis and came to the same conclusion. I.e. We are hung up on apps way more than required
Due to this hang up, we are sacrificing the mobile web experience.
It pleased me no end to see an old friend @jassim make this comment Super impressed with the Twitter mobile web experience, replaces the app for me
This just goes to show it is possible to achieve what I stated as a hypothesis above.
One look at the NDTV mobile websit…
Last Wednesday I was at the ASSOCHAM Packaging Summit 2012 giving a talk on the new opportunities for the packaging industry.
Very wisely (as I would discover at the event), at the outset, I decided to eschew the usual Packaging related topics. i.e. innovation, new trends, numbers, stats etc.
Instead, I talked about how the Packaging Industry could look beyond the traditional confines of rigid, flexible packaging etc. and look at their business as a service.
If you rewind a little over a hundred years or so, you will see the example of Levi's. Levi's made his fortune during the original California gold rush supplying riveted jeans.
And then fast-forward a hundred years from there, you have Bill Gates, who made his fortune by providing tools for the information age. As you would have guessed from the title, the analogy I drew was that in any gold rush, people who provide infrastructure (Amazon/Microsoft Cloud anyone?) are the ones most likely to walk away with the prize,