Reliance Jio Led 4G Download Speeds in December 2018, Despite Drop: TRAI


Reliance Jio Led 4G Download Speeds in December 2018, Despite Drop: TRAI

Despite a continued downfall in 4G download speeds since October, Reliance Jio is still way ahead.

Besides being one of the fastest-growing telecom operators in the country, Reliance Jio has regularly offered the fastest download speeds of any operator. As per the latest speed chart published by the MySpeed portal of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Jio continues to lead on the front of 4G download speeds, offering an average download speed of 18.7Mbps in the month of December, which is nearly double that of Reliance Jio’s closest rival. Interestingly, Reliance Jio’s download speed has been on a downward spiral since October, but it is still way ahead of the competition.

Talking about the raw figures, Reliance Jio’s average speed in the month of December stood at 18.7Mbps (falling from 20.3Mbps in November), while Airtel took the second spot with an average 4G download speed of 9.8Mbps (up from 9.7Mbps in November). Vodafone and Idea took the third and fourth positions with download speeds of 6.3Mbps (down from 6.8Mbps in November) and 6.0Mbps (down from 6.2Mbps in November) respectively. 

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Chart showing the average 4G upload speeds (L) and download speeds (R) in December, 2018

Reliance Jio’s download speed has kept on dwindling since October, but despite the drop, the rivals have a long way to go before they can catch up Reliance Jio. The company reached the 22.3Mbps mark in October last year, but there is still a sizeable gulf when it comes to recapturing the mark of 25.6Mbps Reliance Jio attained back in 2017.

Upload speeds are, however, an altogether different story. Idea led the race here with an average 4G upload speed of 5.3Mbps (down from 5.3Mbps in November), followed by Vodafone at 5.1Mbps (up from 4.9Mbps in November). The third spot is occupied by Reliance Jio with an average upload speed of 4.3Mbps (down from 4.5Mbps) while Airtel takes the last position with 3.9Mbps (down from 4Mbps in November) on the same parameter. Reliance Jio’s bad form continues here too, with average 4G upload speeds being on a downfall since October, and the same was the case with Idea.



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ISRO Says Gaganyaan Manned Space Mission Launch Set for December 2021


India’s maiden manned space mission ”Gaganyaan” is set for December 2021 launch and is likely to include a woman astronaut, Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Sivan said Friday.

Gearing up for the mission, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the ISRO has set up a new centre to facilitate the manned voyage involving a three-member crew, he said.

“We have put everything in place. Gaganyaan has the highest priority for 2019. We are planning to have first unmanned mission in December 2020 and second for July 2021. Once we complete this the manned mission will happen in December 2021. The entire team is geared up to achieve this target,” Sivan said.

The Union Cabinet gave its nod for the Rs. 9,023 crore programme recently, he said, briefing reporters about the achievements of the city-headquartered ISRO in the previous year and the future programmes.

In his Independence Day address last year, Modi had announced that the mission would be undertaken by 2022 using ISRO’s own capabilities.

“We have resolved that by 2022, when India celebrates 75 years of Independence or maybe even before that, certainly some of our young boys and girls will unfurl the Tricolour in space,” he had said in his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort

To a question, the ISRO chief said, “We want women astronauts also should be there. That is our aim. In my opinion, we have to train both men and women. The PM has told brother and sister (boys and girls). We will be happy to do that… but it involves training and other things.”

He said a major expansion was in the offing with the launch of Gaganyaan.

“There are two aspects to Gaganyaan – engineering and human. This is a major expansion because it is not only launching human into space but a space station. Human programme is a major turning point,” Sivan said.

He said the objective of the mission is to carry a three-member crew to low earth orbit and return them safely to a predefined destination on earth.

Sivan said ISRO had launched the Human Space Flight Centre to take care of all the things related to the manned space programme.

The centre will have senior scientist Unnikrishnan Nair as its director while the project director would be Dr R Hutton, the ISRO chief said.

He said the crew members for Gaganyaan would be from India and include one from the Indian Air Force.

Gaganyaan initial training will be in the country but advanced training might be abroad, maybe in Russia, Sivan said.

On successful completion of the mission, India would become the fourth nation in the world to achieve the feat, he said.



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Tata Motors’ Global wholesales Went Down By 13.9% In December 2018


Tata Motors’ total global wholesales for December 2018, including Jaguar Land Rover, were at 100,551 vehicles, a decline of 13.9 per cent, compared to December 2017.




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Tata’s global wholesales stood at 100,551 vehicles, against the 116,783 units from December 2017

Tata Motors Group today released its global wholesale figures for the month of December 2018. The company’s total wholesales, for the last month of 2018, reached 100,551, a decline of 13.9 per cent, compared to December 2017, when the company sold about 116,783 units. This also includes the global wholesales numbers of Jaguar Land Rover and CLJR for the month of December 2018 and the Global wholesales of all Tata Motors’ commercial vehicles and Tata Daewoo range for the same month.

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Jaguar Land Rover total wholesales reached 45,474 vehicles in December 2018


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Tata Motors‘ total wholesales in December 2018 just from passenger vehicle business reached 59,898 units, seeing a 14 per cent decline, compared to the wholesales numbers achieved during the same month in 2017, which was about 69,648 vehicles. Out of the total passenger vehicles wholesales, Jaguar Land Rover’s contribution was 45,474 vehicles. JLR’s number for December 2018 also includes 5007 vehicles that came from CJLR volumes, the JV between JLR and Chery Automobiles. Jaguar wholesales for the month were 14,088 vehicles, while Land Rover wholesales for the month were 31,386 vehicles.

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Global wholesales of all Tata Motors’ commercial vehicles and Tata Daewoo range in December 2018 reached 40,653 units, a decline of 14 per cent against what the company achieved in December 2017. During the same month in 2017, the company’s global wholesales from commercial vehicle business were about 47,270 units.

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India Aims To Send Astronauts To Space By December 2021, Says ISRO Chief


India Aims To Send Astronauts To Space By December 2021, Says ISRO Chief

India has inked agreements with Russia and France for assistance in Gaganyaan.

Bengaluru:  India’s target for sending astronauts to space is December 2021, the chief of ISRO said today. The ambitious Gaganyaan project by the space agency will help India become the fourth nation to independently send humans to space. India’s second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, is planned for the middle of April this year, K Sivan said. The announcement of the Gaganyaan project was first made last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day when he said “a son or daughter of India will go to space” by 2022.





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Passenger Vehicle Sales Down By 3 Per Cent In December 2018: Dealers Association


As car sales dropped by 3 per cent in December 2018, two-wheeler sales increased by 11 per cent, while the reduction in fuel prices have helped in the revival of the auto industry post festive season slump, according to FADA.

The auto industry had an underwhelming festive season in 2018 with a host of factors contributing to the disappointing numbers. However, after a slump in sales, the Indian automobile market is on the road to recovery, according to the Federation Of Dealers Association (FADA). The dealer association said that the industry was showing signs of revival post the festive season with the drop in fuel prices contributing to the de-growth. The passenger vehicle sector though dropped by 3 per cent in sales in December 2018, whereas the two-wheeler segment increased by 11 per cent year-on-year hike in volumes.

Commenting on the December numbers, FADA President, Ashish Harsharaj Kale said, “We are seeing initial signs of revival in the industry as compared to the recent festival season. Passenger vehicle sales arrest further de-growth as good retail momentum in last 15 days indicates sentiment turning positive. 2W shows positive growth on a YoY basis although MoM trend shows decline.”

Post the festive season, fuel prices have been at their lowest levels in the last three months, which has contributed to the positive buying sentiment. Liquidity, however, remained a major constraint according to FADA. The slump in sales though has left a pile of inventory for manufacturers at the end of 2018. According to a survey conducted by FADA among its members, the current inventory of passenger vehicles ranges from 35-40 days, two-wheelers ranges from 55-60 days and commercial vehicles ranges from 35-40 days.

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The dealers association concluded that the inventory for two-wheelers was “very high”, whole that for commercial vehicles was “above normal”. For passenger vehicles, the inventory was described as “reasonable” after a slight jump in sales towards the end of December last year. FADA believes that moderation in wholesale billing of vehicles by OEMs j. January will help offset the excess inventory.

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TVS Registers 6 Per Cent Sales Growth In December 2018


TVS Motor Company registered a positive end to the last calendar year with a 6 per cent growth in December 2018 sales. The company sold 271,395 units last month, as against 256,870 units sold in December 2017. The manufacturer’s sales performance was on the rise across all segments including two-wheelers by 4 per cent, three-wheelers by 37 per cent, while and 26 per cent for export operations. The company also recorded a 19 per cent hike in volumes for the third quarter (October-December 2018) for the current financial year, over the same period last year.

In the two-wheeler segment, TVS sold 258,709 units in December 2018, growing by 4 per cent over 247,591 units sold in December 2017. Domestic two-wheeler sales meanwhile, increasing by 1 per cent up from 209,906 units last month, to 207,739 units sold in December 2017. Scooter sales grew by 9 per cent to 91,480 units in December last year, up from 86,638 units sold during the last month of 2017. TVS sold 107,189 motorcycles in December 2018, witnessing a 13 per cent hike in volumes as compared to 95,246 units sold in December 2017.


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The Hosur-based bike maker’s three-wheeler business grew as well with TVS retailing 12,686 units last month, a healthy growth of 37 per cent over 9279 units sold in December 2017. International sales too witnessed a jump for the Apache maker, which shipped a total of 60,262 units last month, a growth of 26 per cent over 47,818 units exported in December 2017. Two-wheeler exports contributed 48,803 units to total volumes shipped overseas, a growth of 22 per cent as compared to 39,852 two-wheelers shipped in December 2017.

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For the third quarter of the current financial year, TVS sold a total of 9.50 lakh two-wheelers between October and December 2018, growing by 19 per cent from 7.99 lakh units sold during the same period of the previous fiscal. Three-wheeler sales grew by 47 per cent during the same period up by 47 per cent from 0.27 lakh units between October-December 2017 to 0.40 lakh units sold in the last three months of 2018.

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Ford India Domestic Sales Up By 15% In December 2018


Ford India’s combined domestic wholesales and exports in December reached 24,420 vehicles compared to 29,795 vehicles in the same month last year.

Ford India’s combined domestic wholesales and exports in December reached 24,420 vehicles compared to 29,795 vehicles in the same month last year. The company sold 5840 vehicles in December 2018 as against 5087 units in the same period last year. Exports dropped by a considerable margin as the company exported 18,580 vehicles compared to 24,708 units in December 2017. For the calendar year 2018, Ford registered double-digit growth in domestic wholesales.

Domestic vehicle despatches in the past year stood at 97,804 units, up 12 per cent from 87,588 units in 2017. Combined domestic wholesale and exports in the calendar year 2018 grew to 265,714 units from 262,784 units in 2017. Domestic wholesales in 2018 were also the highest ever in Ford India’s history.


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Anurag Mehrotra, president and managing director, Ford India said, “2018 was a turnaround year for Ford in India as we consistently delivered on our strategy of Strong Brand, Right Product, Competitive Cost and Effective Scale to strengthen our commitment to India. Despite headwinds due to regulatory and economic changes in India and export markets, we are confident of keeping the momentum in 2019. In India, we are confident of growing better than the industry and bringing many more customers to the Ford fold to experience the promise of transparency and differentiated experience.”

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Hero MotoCorp Sales Drop By 4 Per Cent In December 2018; Ends Year With Over 80 Lakh Units Sold


Hero MotoCorp sold 453,985 units in December 2018 aacompared to 472,731 units sold in December 2017. The company’s total sales between January-December 2018 stood at over 80 lakh units.

India’s largest two-wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp registered a drop of 4 per cent in sales for December 2018. The company sold 453,985 units last month, as against 472,731 units in December 2017. While sales saw a decline in the last month of 2018, the company had a positive year overall. Hero sold 80,39,472 two-wheelers between January and December 2018, surpassing expectations. In the first nine months of financial year 2019 between April and December, the manufacturer registered a sale of 60,37,901 units.

Speaking about Hero MotoCorp’s performance during the 2018 calendar year, Chairman – Dr. Pawan Munjal said, “2018 was a challenging year for the global economy. While the continuing volatility in currency and commodities slowed down the pace of growth, the global geopolitical and trade conflicts also affected sentiments in markets and industries across the world. The increased cost of two-wheeler insurance ahead of the Diwali festive season and the prevailing liquidity crunch in the market impacted the overall momentum of growth in the industry during the entire third quarter.”


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He further added, “The cost of two-wheelers will further go up once the new set of regulations around safety comes into force, followed by the transition to BS-VI emission norms. All these will put severe stress on the extremely cost-sensitive commuters, for whom the two-wheeler is a lifeline. Given that two-wheelers provide basic mobility to the masses, there is an urgent need to reduce the GST rate on two-wheelers from the 28 per cent bracket of ‘luxury goods’ to that of 18 per cent for mass usage items. This will provide the much-needed relief to millions of two-wheeler customers across the country, as well as the entire value chain dependent on the sector. It is absolutely imperative to ensure growth in the auto sector to create and sustain inclusive economic growth. With an improved liquidity in the market, and the upcoming festive season in many parts of the country, the industry is expecting a positive turnaround in the fourth quarter.”

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Hero MotoCorp had an eventful 2018 with a strong show in the Dakar rally in January 2018, while it entered into two new segments with the Xtreme 200R motorcycle and the Destini 125 scooter. The company will be kick-starting 2019 with two launches including the Hero XPulse 200 and 200T bikes, along with the Hero Maestro Edge 125 scooter.

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New Car Launches Aid Carmakers To Sustain Growth In December 2018


Almost all major carmakers have retained growth in December 2018 as the new launches were well received in the market.




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Carmakers have witnessed a muted growth in December 2018

Carmakers in India are still recovering from the hit which car sales took from several headwinds in 2018. Automakers have been witnessing sluggish demand for the last four months which is been due to factors like rising fuel prices, onetime payment of insurance premium and a rise in interest rates. India’s largest carmaker- Maruti Suzuki has recorded a marginal volume growth of 1 per cent in December 2018 selling 119,804 units of passenger vehicles against 118,560 Units in the same month last year. The growth was largely sustained by the Utility Vehicle (UV) segment as the Vitara Brezza continued to perform well. New models- the recently launched 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and 2018 Ciaz too remained in Demand. However, the mini and compact car segment which together constitutes a huge chunk of volumes witnessed muted sales which in-turn had a significant impact on volumes.

lppunnugThe 2018 Santro has been one the key volume drivers for Hyundai since its launch.

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However, India’s second largest carmaker- Hyundai Motor posted a decent growth of 4.8 per cent in December 2018 selling 42,093 units as compared to 40,158 units it sold in December 2017. Even for Hyundai, the growth came from models which were launched in 2018- the Hyundai Creta, Hyundai i20 Elite Facelift and the 2018 Hyundai Santro. Home-grown UV maker- Mahindra has witnessed a slump in volumes selling 15,091 units of passenger vehicles in December 2018 compared to 15,543 units it sold in December 2017 witnessing a de-growth of 3 per cent. Tata Motors too remained sluggish growing marginally by 1 per cent at 14,260 units in December 2018 against 14,180 units in the same month last year. The Tiago and Nexon continued to be the volume driver for Tata Motors, thereby retaining the growth.

ford freestyle diesel review Along with the popular Ford Ecosport, new launches like the 2018 Ford Freestyle has helped Ford India to gain momentum.

Also Read: Hyundai India Sells Over 7 Lakh Cars In 2018, December Sales Up By 4.8 Percent

In spite of the headwinds, it’s the Japanese carmakers such as Honda Cars and Toyota Kirloskar Motor which have performed rather well in December. Honda car India riding the back of the 2018 Honda Amaze has recorded a growth of 4 per cent selling 13,139 units in December 2018 against 12,642 units which it sold in December 2017. Toyota Kirloskar Motor also has recorded a healthy growth of 10 per cent selling 11,830 units in December 2018 as compared to 10, 793 units which were sold in the same month last year. At the same time, Ford India has surprised us by recording its highest ever domestic sales of the calendar year 2018 in December. The American carmaker sold 5840 units in December 2018 against 5087 units which is an uptick of 14.8 per cent. Even for Ford India new launches like the Freestyle and 2018 Aspire remains one of the volume drivers along with the popular 2017 Ford Ecosport.

Also Read: Ford India Domestic Sales Up By 15% In December 2018









Carmakers December 2018 December 2017 Change
Maruti Suzuki 119,804 Units 118,560 Units 1 %
Hyundai Motors India 42,093 Units 40,158 Units 4.8 %
Mahindra & Mahindra 15,091 Units 15,543 Units -3 %
Tata Motors 14,260 Units 14,180 Units 1 %
Honda Cars 13,139 Units 12,642 Units 4 %
Toyota Kirloskar Motor 11,830 Units 10,793 Units 10 %
Ford Motor 5840 Units 5087 Units 14.8 %

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Almost all major carmakers have made price hike announcements as a part of cyclical revision which happens primarily due to rising input costs. The price hike has been effective from January 1, 2019 and will affect the entire product line-up. It in-turn may hurt sales further as it will exert a negative influence on customer sentiments which were already saddened due to various disruptions in the economy about which we spoke initially.

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Bajaj Auto’s Two-Wheeler Sales Grew By 31% In December 2018


Bajaj Auto has registered a growth of 31 per cent in two-wheeler sales for the month of December 2018, while the company’s total growth, including commercial vehicles was 29 per cent.




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Bajaj sold 298,855 motorcycles last month, against the 228,762 units sold in December 2017

Bajaj Auto today released its sales numbers for the month of December 2018, registering a total growth of 31 per cent in two-wheeler sales. The company sold a total of 298,855 units in the last month of 2018, against the 228,762 units sold in December 2017. Growth in the domestic market was much better with the company selling 157,252 two-wheelers in December 2018, registering an increase of 39 per cent, compared to the 112,930 motorcycles sold during the same month last year. Exports, at the same time, went up by 22 per cent, with 141,603 units, against the 115,832 motorcycles that were exported in December 2017.

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Bajaj’s Three-Wheeler sales saw a decline of 26 per cent with 47,344 units in December 2018


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On the other hand, the company’s commercial vehicles sales did not see similar success in the last month of 2018. Bajaj Auto‘s total commercial vehicle sales, which includes three-wheelers for both passenger and cargo segment, saw a decline of 26 per cent with 47,344 units, compared to the 63,785 units sold in December 2017. CV sales in the domestic market were down by 37 per cent, at 23,099 units, against the 36,579 three-wheelers sold during the same month last year. Exports, on the other hand, went down by 11 per cent in December 2018 with 24,245 units, compared to the 27,206 three-wheelers exported in the adjoining month from 2017.

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Bajaj’s total exports in December 2018 went up to 165,848 units, registering a growth of 16 per cent

The company combined sales went up last month by 18 per cent, with the company’s total sales, including motorcycles and commercial vehicles, accounting for 346,199 units. In comparison, Bajaj Auto sold a total of 292,547 vehicles during the same month in 2017. Combined sales in the domestic market were 180,351 units, while total exports went up to 165,848 units, registering a growth of 21 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively.

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Furthermore, Bajaj’s total sales in the 2018-19 fiscal year so far, between April and December 2018, accounts for 3,825,913 units, registering a growth of 29 per cent, compared to the 2,961,413 units sold by the company during the same period in 2017.

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