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Information focusing on service enablers behind the actual telecom service, e.g., Infrastructure, Retailers, Content Generators, Third Party servicer providers, outsourcing service providers etc
Posted by telcobizpedia on August 26, 2009
On 26 Aug 2009, 0041 hrs IST, Joji Thomas Philip, ET Bureau at http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/BSNLs-Nokia-tender-disqualification-upheld/articleshow/4934659.cms.
NEW DELHI: BSNL has overcome two major challenges in its attempt to award the world’s largest telecom contract, clearing the way for it to open price negotiations with the two companies it has shortlisted for the deal.
An ‘integrity panel’ set up with the permission of the country’s top anti-corruption body, the Central Vigilance Commission, has endorsed the state-run company’s decision to disqualify, on technical grounds, Nokia Siemens Networks from its Rs 35,000-crore tender to supply equipment for 93 million mobile phone connections.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court, too, ruled on Monday that BSNL was justified in disqualifying NSN because it did not meet the technical requirements.
“We are glad both the integrity panel as well as the courts have cleared us of any wrong doing given the fact that there were allegations that we were not transparent with the selection process,” a top BSNL executive said. BSNL, the executive added, will immediately start price negotiations with China’s Huawei and Swedish company Ericsson. “The only possibility of this tender being further delayed is if NSN were to approach the Supreme Court.”
BSNL has been making huge operating losses in the past two years, only managing to stay in the black because of interest income from its accumulated cash reserves. It ran out of capacity to expand cellular services nearly 18 months ago and no new major contracts for mobile networks and equipment have been awarded in the past 24 months.
NSN said it has obtained the report of the integrity panel — whose members are former chief election commissioners TS Krishnamurthy and BB Tandon — and is “internally reviewing the contents.” A company official added that it has still not received the order of the AP High Court.
The panel was set up after NSN approached the anti-corruption body seeking a probe into its disqualification. It also filed petitions in the Delhi and Chandigarh High Courts as well as the AP High Court. While the Delhi High Court said the case did not fall under its jurisdiction, the Chandigarh High Court asked BSNL to get NSN’s bid evaluated by an independent panel. The AP High Court had in May asked BSNL to put on hold the tendering process until it took a decision.
In May, a year after the tender was floated, Ericsson was short-listed as the lowest bidder for the northern and eastern regions, while Huawei made the cut for the western, eastern and southern zones. NSN has argued before the courts that it was not given proper reasons for its disqualification and claimed all details that BSNL wanted were provided.
On the other hand, BSNL has maintained that all the four companies which were disqualified — NSN, China’s ZTE, Alcatel-Lucent and Nortel — were purely because of technical reasons.
BSNL executives have told ET that they suspect ‘vested interests’ are behind the legal challenges to delay its tender and stymie the state-run company’s expansion. They cited a similar petition in Delhi High Court in 2006 by Motorola, which delayed BSNL’s expansion plans by about a year. Motorola later withdrew the case. BSNL’s last tender in 2006 for about 43 million lines, then the largest, was finally reduced to 13 million lines after telecoms minister A Raja’s intervention.
The umbrella body representing all employee unions of BSNL has asked the telco’s management to act against NSN for delaying BSNL’s expansion plans.
NSN denies any such motive and says it has “long-standing relationship with BSNL” and “look(s) forward to supporting them in the future as well”.
Posted in BSNL, Equipment Manufacturer, Infrastructure And Service Enablers | Tagged: A Raja, Alcatel-Lucent, BB Tandon, BSNL, communications ministry, CVC, Ericsson, High Court, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, NSN, TS Krishnamurthy, ZTE | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on August 25, 2009
On 25 Aug 2009, 1909 hrs IST, Niranjana Ramesh, ET Bureau at http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Sify-targets-voice-telecom-pie-via-VoIP/articleshow/4933615.cms
CHENNAI: Sify Technologies, a pioneer among private internet service providers (ISP) in India with 5.7 lakh subscribers and a 5.8% market share, is now targeting yet another area of telecommunications for a first mover advantage – Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), for the mass consumer market, as and when government regulation permits it within the country.
“It is a foregone conclusion that we would have a tremendous edge in the VoIP space, technically, when such telephony is allowed in India,” said Sify chief architect (CTO) Arvind Mathur. “Sify’s ISP network is spread across India covering all states with 900 points of presence.” A point of presence (POP) in internet protocol is analogous to a base station or a telecom tower in mobile telephony. But, the capacity of a POP is expandable based on the nodes attached to it.
Sify also holds significant spectrum in the 2.4 GHz, 3.3 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands. 2.4 GHz has, recently, been chosen for the purpose of Wimax services in India, and is yet to be auctioned off. “We will comply by whatever regulation that the government stipulates for the usage of such spectrum,” Mr.Mathur said. “But, we hold enough spectrum to be able to effectively provide last mile connectivity as well as POP to POP connectivity through the wireless mode. We have also invested in buying or leasing cable from carriers for long distance connectivity.”
The company has, in the past few years, ramped up its data centre capacity to augment its core competency of internet protocol based communication. It has invested Rs.100 crore in building data centers in different locations with a total capacity of 2 lakh square feet, to process and store all the transactions – voice or text – that goes via Sify’s IP network.
Presently, the company’s revenues are more leveraged from the managed network and ICT services that it provides to its corporate and enterprise customers. The share of corporate services in the company’s revenues has gone up from 55% to 70% over the past three years, while that of retail service has gone down from 39% to 21% in the same period of time.
“But, when triple play (voice, video, data) is allowed using internet protocol, as it is using mobile telephony today, we will have our network and data centers all ready to expand operations in the consumer market,” Mr.Mathur said. The company has been providing VoIP services for international calls as well as the BPO industry. It presently has 150 BPO customers, doing 100 million minutes of voice calls annually. It also provides virtualisation, cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) applications and solutions to its clients.
Posted in Data Center, Infrastructure And Service Enablers, Managed Services, New Developments, Other Infrastructure, Carriers and Logistics, Spectrum, VoIP | Tagged: Arvind Mathur, Data Center, Internet, ISP, Managed Network, SaaS, SiFy, subscribers, VoIP, WiMAX | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on August 25, 2009
From http://www.hindustantimes.com/News/interviewsbusiness/25-years-of-connecting-India/Article1-446342.aspx on August 25, 2009
Established in 1984 the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) has been responsible for developing state-of-the-art telecommunication technology to meet India’s need for telecommunication network. C-DOT’s Executive Director P.V.Acharya spoke to Hindustan Times. Excerpts:
After 25 years later, how would you describe the journey so far?
From the starting point of developing digital switching systems, C-DOT has traversed the complex Telecom landscape, developing products in the area of optical, satellites and wireless communication from circuit switching technology of yesteryears, C-DOT has proven its expertise in ATM and Next Generation Networks.
C-DOT was set up to meet India’s unique requirements. Has this objective been achieved?
C-DOT started as a mission oriented centre with a mandate not only to develop digital switches, but also to create a mass manufacturing and vendor’s base. Within a very short time, telecom switching products ideally suited to Indian conditions started revolutionising rural telecommunication in the form of small rural automatic exchanges for towns. This was followed by induction of higher capacity digital switches known as main automatic exchanges (MAXs). C-DOT technology spread across the country through its licensed manufacturers with very strong technology transfer methodology.
C-DOT made a commitment to develop products in 36 months for Rs.36 crores. Twenty five years later, what is the road ahead?
C-DOT has realigned its efforts and defined its roadmap with a focus in four major directions keeping in view the relevance and need in the present scenario. The major developmental schemes in these directions, for the 11th Plan period (2007-2012) include the shared GSM Radio Access Network, which is currently under development, will give a fillip to business in rural India.
Posted in Equipment Manufacturer, Infrastructure And Service Enablers, Other Infrastructure, Carriers and Logistics | Tagged: CDOT, GSM, NGN, P.V.Acharya | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on August 25, 2009
From http://www.medianama.com/2009/08/223-news-digest-db-groups-myfm-rcom-shaadicom-irctc-tringme-nokia-sbi-irda-frontline-tejas/ on August 25, 2009
By Preethi J
MyFM To Raise 15.2M
Synergy Media Entertainment Ltd, DB Group’s FM radio division, will raise Rs. 1.52 crore through preferential allotment of fully paid up equity shares. It has received approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Synergy runs 94.3 MyFM in 17 cities.
Related: Dainik Bhaskar IPO Filing: Digital Kiosks; IndiaInfo.com; I Media Corp
RCOM Launches Antakshari
Reliance Mobile launched a new VAS – Antakshari - on its R-World platform which will allow the subscriber to play antakshari with anyone. Charges are Rs.30 per month with 30 minutes free usage. This service is being launched on both GSM and CDMA networks. (TelecomIndia Online)
IRCTC’s Online Sales Boom
Around 34% of the 880,000 tickets sold daily by the Indian Railways are booked online, ticket sale data between April and July 2009 by the IRCTC reveals. This is not all – online booking of the tickets is also popular amongst low income groups. An thumping 63% of online tickets were booked by them. (Business Standard)
Our Take: IRCTC continues to be the poster boy of Indian e-commerce. We only wish it were more efficient – instead of spending hours standing in a queue, we now spend hours on the website – logging back in due to jittery timeouts and searching for train names and numbers.
Related: IRCTC Does $102 Million In Online Transactions In August; Payment Trends; HDFC, ICICI, Cash Cards Significant
This Bangalore based 2007 startup has a platform that helps developers create voice-enabled widgets for the Internet. Tringme hosts some 22 million call minutes per month and expects this to soar to 40 million in the next 3-4 months. One of its clients is Indiamart. (Moneycontrol)
Our Take: Such a platform could spark off more apps and options in the VoIP domain – so far ruled by Skype and Fring. Ofcourse there is still the regulatory hurdle to cross before VoIP usage picks up.
Strike At Nokia’s Manufacturing Plant in TN
Nokia employees at its handset manufacturing factory in Sriperumbudur have demanded a wage increase of €21 for all employees. (Evertiq)
State Bank of India has added 20,000 mobile-banking customers in 2 months, taking the total to 33,000. M-banking is rising in popularity for small value transactions. (PTI)
All Mobile Banking posts
The site has 300m page views a month. 6,000 new profiles are added every day. (Guardian
Insurance Inst Opts For Online Exams
Complaints of malpractices has led the Insurance Institute of India to make entrance exams for insurance agents online. The institute will be aided in setting up the online examinations by NSEiT, a subsidiary of the National Stock Exchange and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority. (ET)
HomeShop18 To Raise Funding
The retail TV channel and online site is in discussion with prospective financial and strategic partners to raise money in the next year. It has outlined three priorities – be visible in every television household; to invest in customer experience; and, to reward loyal customers. Network18 owns 65% of HomeShop18. (VCCircle)
PE Firm Frontline Strategy Picks Up Stake In Tejas
The amount and stake are not known, and the stake was picked up by Frontline through a secondary transaction. Tejas has been backed by Battery Ventures, Cascade Capital Management, Mayfield Fund, Intel Capital, Goldman Sachs and Sandstone Private Investments. (VCCircle)
Change In Regulations Deferred: DoT
International telcos in India have been dealt a poor hand by the Indian government. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has postponed plans to remove the double taxation they currently have to comply with for offering long distance calls. They pay license fees twice to the government – for bandwidth which they purchase off domestic operators and again when they resell it to enterprises and their customers. (ET)
Etilsalat Awards IT Contract To Tech Mahindra
Following the move by other telcos to outsource their IT operations, Etisalat DB, which runs new telco Swan Telecom (renamed to Etisalat DB Telecom India), may award the majority of its Rs 150 million outsourcing project to Tech Mahindra. (ET)
Other telco-IT company relationships are: Unitech Wireless – Wipro ; Idea Cellular – IBM ; Bharti Airtel – IBM; Aircel – Wipro
Posted in Bharti Airtel, Ecommerce, Etisalat, Government, Handset Manufacturers, Idea Cellular, Infrastructure And Service Enablers, MCommerce, Other Infrastructure, Carriers and Logistics, Outsourcing, Revenue Performance Etc, Unitech, VAS Misc | Tagged: Aircel, banking, Bharti Airtel, DoT, Ecommerce, Etisalat, FIPB, HomeShop18, IBM, Idea Cellular, Insurance, Internet, IRCTC, Mcommerce, MyFM, Nokia, RCom, shareholding, Tech Mahindra, Tejas, Unitech, VAS, VoIP, Wipro | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on August 24, 2009
From http://www.medianama.com/2009/08/223-deutsche-telekom-eyes-indian-isp-space-devas-multimedia-looks-to-raise-funds/ on August 24, 2009
By Preethi J
German telecom conglomerate Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile in USA, is planning to join the Internet Service Provider arena in India. According to a MarketWatch report, the telco is planning to set up a high-capacity radio network for quick Internet connections in metropolitan areas of India come next year.
I wonder if we need yet another ISP in India, with already a number of incumbent players – Reliance, Tata Indicom, MTNL, BSNL, Hathaway, Tikona, Sify and Bharti Airtel, and France Telecom, Vodafone and DEN Networks also planning ISPs. With the last mile still closed, wireless is being seen as the way to go; which is where Devas Multimedia comes in.
Devas MultiMedia:Looking To Raise Funds
Deutsche Telekom received permission from India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) last year to invest Rs. 317.85 crore into Devas Multimedia, a little known Bangalore-based wireless services company, which was working on a long term Mobile TV (DMB) project with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). DT has acquired 17% stake in Devas.
Interestingly enough, Devas is looking to raise funds. The company, which already has Telecom Ventures and Columbia Capital as investors, apart from Deutsche Telekom, has a proposal pending with the FIPB for permission to “induct fresh foreign equity participation with the induction of a new foreign collaborator.”
Devas is a curious case: little is known about it, and it still appears to be in stealth mode: there’s no website and there is little information on it except of it’s work with ISRO and its backers.
India desperately needs a catalyst to boost Internet penetration: Internet growth in July 2009 in India has actually fallen to 2.7% from 3.4% in June and 6.3% in May 2009. Besides the well known issues of delinking last mile access and ISP licensing which are throttling growth, other issues Deutsche Telekom will need to grapple with are low PC adoption and lack of Indic language content.
Companies Eying ISP Space In India
Earlier this year, France Telecom also entered India through Equant Network Services, its joint venture with Emery Technologies with the intention of launching Internet services; Vodafone too announced its entry. The latest to announce plans of becoming an Internet service provider is DEN Networks, a cable TV company which is planning to go public to raise funds.
The Wireline Alternative: Broadband Over Power
Research and experiments on Broadband over Power Lines have been on for years – news about it pops up every few months. Indian Express has the latest: about Bengal Engineering and Science University professors and CESC have implemented Broadband over Power in two housing estates in Kolkata. The copper wires that supply electricity to double as broadband connections and installing a customer premise equipment that decodes the signals and brings them to your computer. But if it’s that simple, why is it taking so long to materialise? The government recently deferred an application by Powermax Communications, a provider of power transmission and distribution management systems and broadband over power services, to increase foreign equity participation.
Posted in Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Business, FT and Orange, Government, Idea Cellular, Infrastructure And Service Enablers, Internet, Investment, MTNL, New Developments, Other Infrastructure, Carriers and Logistics, Reliance Communication, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone Essar | Tagged: Bharti Airtel, Broadband, BSNL, Columbia Capital, DEN Networks, Deutsche Telekom, Devas Multimedia, FIPB, France Telecom, Hathaway, Internet, ISP, ISRO, MTNL, penetration, Reliance, SiFy, subscribers, T-Mobile, Tata Indicom, Tikona, Vodafone | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on August 21, 2009
At http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125084655798248997.html?mod=rss_india_news on August 21, 2009
MUMBAI — India’s Wireless Tata Telecom Infrastructure Ltd., or WTTL, has made an initial bid for the telecom towers of mobile-phone operator Aircel Ltd., a director of the company that controls WTTL said Friday.
“We are currently studying Aircel assets after making an initial bid,” Quippo Telecom Infrastructure Ltd. Director Sunil Kanoria told Dow Jones Newswires.
WTTL is the second company after GTL Infrastructure Ltd. to confirm an interest in the tower operations of unlisted Aircel, in which Malaysia’s Maxis Communications BHD holds 74%.
Demand for passive network infrastructure such as towers has boomed in India – the world’s fastest-growing telecom market – as new mobile providers opt for leasing the infrastructure to reduce costs and roll out services faster.
Besides independent infrastructure providers such as GTL and WTTL, the other main providers of telecom towers in the country include Indus Towers Ltd. and Reliance Infratel Ltd.
Mr. Kanoria declined to give an estimate on the size or value of the stake WTTL plans to buy. GTL also hasn’t yet announced the details of its bid.
Local media reports have said Aircel was planning to sell a 51% stake in its tower business. Analysts estimate Aircel’s about 12,000 towers are valued at around 5 million rupees-6 million rupees ($102,312-$123,000) each.
Aircel officials weren’t available for comment.
WTTL is the result of a merger of the telecom tower operations of Tata group’s Tata Teleservices Ltd. and Quippo in January. While Tata Teleservices holds 51% of WTTL, its remaining stake and management control is with Quippo.
The company now has about 25,000 towers. At the time of the deal in January, the combined entity had about 18,000 towers, which gave it an enterprise value of 130 billion rupees.
WTTL has a target of having 60,000 towers in two years, excluding any addition from a potential acquisition of Aircel’s tower operations, Mr. Kanoria said.
It plans to spend 50 billion rupees to 55 billion rupees on building towers over the next two years, he said.
The expansion program is well funded for around six months, Mr. Kanoria said. For subsequent expenditure, the company plans to raise funds through debt and may also consider the equity route, he said.
Funds may be raised from existing shareholders or from an institution, Mr. Kanoria said. Eventually the company would look at a public listing, he added, without elaborating.
Posted in Aircel, Business, Infrastructure And Service Enablers, Investment, Joint Venture, Mergers, Other Infrastructure, Carriers and Logistics | Tagged: Aircel, GTL Infrastructure, Indus Towers, Quippo, Reliance Infratel, shareholding, Tower, WTTIL | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on August 19, 2009
From http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125067421010342617.html?mod=rss_india_news on August 19, 2009
NEW DELHI — Nokia Corp. said it is looking to make handsets more accessible and affordable in India, the world’s fastest-growing and second-largest telecommunications market.
Nokia’s Indian unit plans to sell handsets in some rural areas under a program that allows the purchasers to pay in installments, the Finnish company’s chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, said Wednesday.
Nokia expects about 500 million cellphone users in India by 2010, up from 427 million now. Above, a girl on her cellphone in Mumbai.
The company has more than half the share of India’s mobile handset market, according to analysts. Nokia said it plans to roll out the installment plan to sell its handsets in 12 Indian states after a pilot program covering more than 2,500 villages in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Under the pilot program, a microfinance organization bought handsets from Nokia and sold them to women in rural areas by charging them 100 rupees, or about $2, in weekly installments for as long as 25 weeks.
Nokia expects about 500 million mobile-phone users in India by 2010, up from 427 million now, Mr. Kallasvuo said.
“We believe that much of this growth will take place in non-urban markets and rural penetration in India is still very low at 13%,” Nokia said in a statement.
Posted in Business, Handset Manufacturers, Revenue Performance Etc | Tagged: Handset, Nokia, subscribers | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on August 15, 2009
Operator will have to partner a company that has no expertise in the area
MTNL asking for too much of revenue share and branding
Thomas K. Thomas on August 15, 2009 in The Hindu Business Line at http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/08/15/stories/2009081551020400.htm
New Delhi, Aug. 14 International WiMax operators eyeing MTNL’s franchisee contract are unhappy with the conditions specified by the state-owned company in the tender document.
Some of the operators have told MTNL that the terms were restrictive as they permit only system integrators (SIs) or original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bid.
“We met senior MTNL officials and have told them the disadvantages of allowing only SIs and OEMs to bid. This will mean that an international operator, who has all the experience to take forward MTNL’s WiMax services, will have to necessarily partner with a company that has no idea of rolling out broadband services,” said a foreign operator looking to bid for the WiMax project.
Another operator said that while an SI did not have any idea of rolling out a WiMax network, OEMs would not like to partner with MTNL and become competition to the private players, who could be their clients. “An equipment vendor can never become an operator. It will lead to a clash of interest with its other customers,” said the operator.
Foreign players have also pointed out that MTNL was asking for too much in terms of revenue share and branding conditions whereby it has been made mandatory to use the PSU’s name to sell service.
“Why would a foreign player invest in setting up a network if it has to offer services in MTNL’s brand and also offer a large part of the revenue to the PSU?” asked a foreign player. However, MTNL officials said several system integrators and original equipment manufacturers have expressed interest.
“We are not forcing anyone to bid. These are the terms and conditions that we have put out for the benefit of MTNL. We are not responsible for another operator’s business case. Having said that, there are a number of OEMs in the WiMax space who are adopting new business models whereby they set up the network and also manage it. There are foreign players we know who are talking to such OEMs to jointly bid for this project. We hope to get a good response,” said an MTNL official.
A number of players, including SOMA, Yota, UQ Communications and Spice Group, may bid for the MTNL project, which envisages wireless broadband services in Delhi and Mumbai. But foreign companies such as Yota and UQ will have to partner a system integrators or an original equipment manufacturer if they want to bid.
SOMA is on a stronger wicket because it is both an operator and an original equipment manufacturer.
MTNL will enter into a revenue sharing agreement with successful bidders.
Posted in Equipment Manufacturer, Infrastructure And Service Enablers, Investment, Joint Venture, MTNL, Other Infrastructure, Carriers and Logistics | Tagged: Broadband, MTNL, SOMA, Spice Group, UQ Communications, WiMAX, Wireless, Yota | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on August 14, 2009
The Hindu Business Line of August 14, 2009 at http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/08/15/stories/2009081551000401.htm
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has awarded a contract to US-based equipment manufacturer Harris Stratex for supplying WiMax base stations in Kerala. BSNL said the contract was not based on a franchisee model but on outright purchase of equipment. This is part of BSNL’s urban WiMax project to roll out wireless broadband services. The contract was bagged by Telsima, which was recently acquired by Harris Stratex. The US-based firm has partnered Indian turnkey solutions provider ICOMM for implementing the project. The PSU had earlier given a similar contract to Huawei for supplying gear in Punjab. – Our Bureau
Posted in BSNL, Equipment Manufacturer, Infrastructure And Service Enablers, Joint Venture, Other Infrastructure, Carriers and Logistics | Tagged: BSNL, Harris Stratex, Huawei, ICOMM, Telisma, WiMAX | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on June 20, 2009
From Current Analysis Reports – Broadband Infrastructure by Keith, Erik on June 20, 2009
ECI Telecom, which has seen its DSL market share decline steadily over the past several years, has just expanded its customer bases in India and Africa, potentially paving the way for ECI to regain lost ground in the overall fixed access market.
Posted in Internet, New Developments, Other Infrastructure, Carriers and Logistics, Tata Teleservices | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on June 18, 2009
via Nokia Siemens Adds GPRS To Idea Service Areas From http://www.efytimes.com, June 18, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009: Indian mobile operator Idea Cellular is upgrading its network in 22 telecom service areas to tap into the lucrative value added data services market. By March 2010, Idea subscribers will be able to enjoy multimedia messaging, e-mail, Web browsing, online music and other mobile services. The services will be enabled by Nokia Siemens Networks’ GPRS (general packet radio service) technology and Unified Charging Solution (UCS evolve).
Nokia Siemens Networks will add GPRS capability to 10 Idea telecom service areas, while the existing GPRS capability in 12 other areas will be expanded.
According to Anil Tandan, chief technology officer, Idea Cellular, “The value added services market in India holds tremendous potential. The greater opportunity lies in data services and in expanding our capabilities and service portfolio in this area. The right technology foundation is fundamental to our success, and it needs to include not just a method of delivering services, but of monetizing them effectively. Nokia Siemens Networks has strong credentials in this field and has played an important role in the development of our technology strategy for data services.”
As part of the project, Nokia Siemens Networks has also designed and will implement a charging solution that will enable Idea to use a single system across these locations for real-time charging of the new services for both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers.
Added Michael Kuehner, country head, Nokia Siemens Networks, “Customer lifecycle management entails building a flexible ecosystem of multiple partners that can develop innovative applications and content quickly, and at the right price points. The volumes and complexity are high, which makes billing and charging of these services difficult. As its technology partner, we are confident that our solution will not only help Idea Cellular build new revenue streams but also deliver greater quality of service.”
The Idea service areas where Nokia Siemens Networks will add GPRS capability are Mumbai, Orissa, Tamil Nadu including Chennai, Kolkata and West Bengal, J&K, Karnataka, Punjab, Assam and North East.
Nokia Siemens Networks will upgrade Idea’s existing GPRS capacity in the service areas of Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West, Haryana, Kerala, Bihar, Maharashtra and Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
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Posted in Equipment Manufacturer, Idea Cellular, VAS Misc | Tagged: Anil Tandan, GPRS, Idea, MMS, NSN, VAS | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on June 18, 2009
via Indian mobile users to hit 771 mn by 2013: Gartner – The Financial Express on June 18, 2009
Bangalore: Indian mobile users will jump more than 90 per cent to 771 million by 2013 as companies expand networks to rural areas in the world’s fastest growing wireless market, research firm Gartner said.
India had 403.66 million wireless users at the end of April, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India figures showed earlier this month, second only to China that has more than 600 million wireless subscribers.
Cheap call tariffs and handsets are driving demand in India, where operators such as Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications are now building telecom towers and networks to cover smaller towns and villages to hook new users.
Gartner, the world’s biggest technology research firm, sees mobile subscriber base growing at a compound annual growth rate of 14.3 per cent in the four years to 2013, up from an estimated 452 million by the end of 2009.
Revenues of Indian mobile phone companies will exceed $30 billion in 2013, rising at a compound annual growth rate of 12.5 per cent over the same period, it said.
“The Indian mobile industry has now moved out of its hyper growth mode, but it will continue to grow at double-digit rates … as operators focus on rural parts of the country, said Madhusudan Gupta, senior research analyst at Gartner.
Gartner, however, predicted a “significant drop” in average revenue per user (ARPU) — a key gauge of performance — as the bulk of new subscribers from the hinterland usually talk less on phones and some use mobiles just to answer calls.
Bharti, which is in talks with South Africa’s telecoms firm MTN Group to create the world’s No.3 wireless group, saw a drop of 15 per cent in its March quarter ARPU as it won more new users in rural areas. The research firm said voice tariffs would fall substantially in 2009 as new operators join the market.
The telecoms unit of Indian developer Unitech Ltd will launch mobile services with Norway’s Telenor in the December quarter this year, a top company official said on Tuesday.
Bharti’s rivals such as Reliance Communications, Vodafone Essar and Idea Cellular are also rapidly expanding their services across the country.
Related stories at
Posted in Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Other Infrastructure, Carriers and Logistics, Reliance Communication, Revenue Performance Etc, TRAI, Unitech, Vodafone Essar | Tagged: Airtel, ARPU, Bharti, CAGR, Gartner, Idea, Madhusudan Gupta, mobile, MTN, postpaid, prepaid, Reliance Communications, revenue, rural, subscribers, tariff, Telenor, Unitech, Vodafone | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on June 18, 2009
via T-Mobile to launch Dash in July – CIOL Products, on http://www.ciol.com, Thursday, June 18, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: T-Mobile USA Inc, a unit of Deutsche Telekom, said that it will begin selling its new 3G-enabled Dash smartphone in July, yet another entry in the hotly contested mobile phone segment.
T-Mobile said that the Wi-Fi-enabled Dash 3G was designed by HTC, runs on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and features a full QWERTY keyboard.
The company said pricing was not yet available. Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and Apple Inc’s iPhone dominate the high-end smartphone market, while Palm Inc’s just-released Pre has also seen strong demand.
Posted in Handset Manufacturers | Tagged: 3G, “T Mobile”, Blackberry, Dash, Deutsche Telekom, iPhone, Palm Pre, smartphone, Wi-Fi | Leave a Comment »
Posted by telcobizpedia on June 18, 2009
via iPhone iPod get 45 patches – CIOL News Reports on http://www.ciol.com Thursday, June 18, 2009
BOSTON, USA: Apple Inc released 45 software patches on Wednesday to address rare security vulnerabilities in its popular iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices.
The company released them as part of its widely anticipated iPhone 3.0 operating system.
“This is a large cluster of patches for the iPhone,” said Dino Dai Zovi, a security expert who is writing a book on cracking the iPhone.
Apple has a stellar reputation when it comes to securing its devices. While it is unusual for the company to issue so many patches at once, analysts have yet to uncover any malicious software targeting the iPhone since Apple got into the mobile phone market two years ago.
Wall Street analysts said they were not alarmed by the news.
Such vulnerabilities are not unique to Apple. Technology companies constantly battle to stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated hackers. Every time a security flaw is identified, there is potential for hackers to exploit it.
Apple rival Research in Motion Ltd recently issued a security patch for its popular BlackBerry, addressing a glitch that had potential to let hackers use the device to break into corporate computer networks.
“Given the breadth of feature and functionality within the iPhone OS, it is not surprising that Apple would have security patches,” said Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross.
Hackers have traditionally focused most of their time on writing programs that attack PCs running Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating system because it sits on more than 90 percent of the world’s personal computers.
Analysts expect that to change because sales of mobile devices are soaring as the PC industry slumps. Apple’s iPhones and iPods are dominant players in the rapidly growing sector.
“They are no longer dumb devices used only to make phone calls. They hold a wealth of personal information and in some cases are being used as electronic wallets,” said Joris Evers, a spokesman for No. 2 security software maker McAfee Inc.
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via BSNL to set up 6 WiMax stations in Orissa – CIOL News Reports, http://www.ciol.com on Thursday, June 18, 2009
KOLKATA, INDIA: Aiming rural India, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to set up six Wi-Max (wireless broadband) stations in its Berhampur telecom district (BTD), which covers Ganjam and Gajapati districts in south Orissa.
B K Nayak, general manager, BSNL’s Berhampur telecom district, said: “The equipment has already been provided for installation of the Wi-Max stations and the stations are expected to be operational during the current year.”
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While as many as 3176 broadband connections have been provided in the Berhampur telecom district so far 7,500 more connections are to be provided during 2009-10.
The telecom district has also planned to introduce EVDO (evolution data only) System or wireless data cards in Berhampur, Chhatrapur and Paralakhemundi, the district headquarter town of Gajapati district during the current year.
The EVDO service has already been commenced at Golanthara in Ganjam district in March this year. This service was introduced in Golanthara on the outskirts of Berhampur as a number of technical institutes are located there and the service was needed for the benefit of the students, said Nayak.
He said that BSNL would provide 80,000 new mobile connections in the Berhampur telecom circle in 2009-10.
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via The Hindu Business Line : Import of mobile handsets without IMEI number banned.
Huge impact on grey market phones.
New Delhi, June 17 In a move that could signal the end of grey market mobile phones, the Government on Wednesday banned import of all handsets without the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.
IMEI is a unique 15-digit code that identifies a mobile. It prevents the use of stolen handsets for making calls and allows security agencies to track down a specific user. However, a majority of handsets sold in the grey market do not come with the IMEI, which has is of concern for security agencies.
The Government move to ban handsets without the code will hit a number of Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers that were flooding cheap handsets in the grey market. The move will have no impact on the 25 million cellular users who already have bought a handset without IMEI. The ban is applicable only on new handsets being imported into the country.
The Director-General of Foreign Trade issued the notification on Wednesday imposing the ban with immediate effect.
Welcoming the decision, Mr Pankaj Mohindroo, President, Indian Cellular Association, said, “This is a step in the right direction to throttle handset grey market. However, much more needs to be done to tackle this menace. We are working with the Government in this regard.”
To protect consumers who have already bought handsets without the IMEI number, the Cellular Operators Association of India has tied up with Mobile Standard Alliance of India to set up 1,600 retail outlets across the country to provide the IMEI number on handsets without one. It is estimated that there are 25 million subscribers across the country using handsets without the IMEI number. Concerned over the national security, the Department of Telecom had earlier asked operators to disconnect services to handsets that do not have the IMEI number by April 15. However, the COAI, representing the GSM industry, has developed a software that will provide the unique number to instruments that do not have it.
The solution is being implemented with the approval of the DoT and the security agencies. Subscribers who do not avail themselves of this facility will be disconnected by the operators after June 30.
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Thomas K Thomas on The Hindu Business Line on June 18, 2009
New Delhi, June 17 To ramp up its customer service capabilities, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd is scouting for private call centre units that can operate contact centres for addressing complaints from fixed line and broadband subscribers across the country.
BSNL has invited expression of interest from private players for setting up the contact centres.
According to the expression of interest floated by the company, the private player will set up, operate and maintain the contact centres, including agents at their own premises. The agents will be required to handle queries from customers and provide solutions. This will also include obtaining customer feedback.
Initially, the contract will be for three years and will be extendable for the next two years on year-to-year basis at the discretion of BSNL. The PSU may expand the scope of work to include BSNL’s other services apart from landline and broadband services.
Only companies with experience in operation of contact centres in India for the last two consecutive years with minimum of 1,000 operational seats deployed for domestic clients and with at least 500 operational seats at a single location are eligible to bid for the contract.
The call centre company should also have experience in servicing a telecom service provider operating in more than three States. The company should have at least four contact centres/call centres in India at different geographical locations for the last one year.
BSNL is increasingly outsourcing its operations to private players. To save on capital expenditure and roll out services faster, BSNL is taking the outsourcing route in a big way for new projects.
The PSU has invited bids from private players for at least five of its projects including offering WiMax services, Internet Protocol Television and setting up Internet Data Services. It recently sought expression of interest from large retail chains to sell BSNL products and services. The trend is in line with what private telecom operators are doing. Majors such as Bharti Airtel have outsourced most of their operations to third party vendors.
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Posted by telcobizpedia on June 17, 2009
17 Jun 2009, 1925 hrs IST, ET Bureau
via ECI Telecom bags $70 mn contract from Tata Tele- Telecom-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times.
NEW DELHI: Tata Teleservices on Wednesday awarded a $70 million contract to Israel-based ECI Telecom to deliver fixed-broadband access network across the country.
ECI has already rolled out the service for Tata Tele in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Vizag, Vijayawada, Surat and Baroda.
ECI’s broadband solution would enable TTSL to offer triple-play services and applications such as IPTV, video on demand, high speed broadband internet, VoIP and other bandwidth intensive services.
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From http://www.efytimes.com on June 17, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009: LG has launched a new handset in LG’s smartphone line — LG-GM730. This is the first smartphone to offer the new version of Windows Mobile 6.1, integrated with LG’s 3D S-Class User Interface. Built-around a 3D cube layout, the S-Class UI eliminates nested menus wherever possible, providing more direct access to features and applications. A flick of a finger rotates the cube so that any one of its five faces can be accessed instantly.
“Users, especially beginners, find smartphones to be too complicated for everyday tasks because of their unfamiliar and complex environments,” said Dr Skott Ahn, chief executive officer, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The combination of Windows Mobile and our new S-Class UI will make the LG-GM730 the most functional and easiest to use smartphone ever created. Starting with LG-GM730, we are introducing a new direction for phones that are smart and advanced but at the same time, user-friendly.”
LG-GM730′s multitasking environment allows users to run a number of applications simultaneously in separate windows without having to stop one task to start another. ‘Cut and paste’ allows users to copy content from the internet and paste it into documents or send it via email.
Networking on the Map Service, a navigation-based social networking service, enables users to see where their friends are while communicating in real time. Advanced multimedia features such as a 5 megapixel camera, MP3 player and action-packed games make this phone a full-featured entertainment device.
At 11.9 mm, this mobile device is available in three colours — black, lime and pale pink. The LG-GM730 will be available globally, with its initial launch in Asia this July.
The LG-GM730′s launch coincides with the opening of LG Application Store, which expand the capabilities of LG’s smartphones.
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