Opinion – Why 3G Fair Usage Policy is Retarded

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Interrupting my usual Internet binging over a daily 2 hour commute, was a message from my operator. The message said I had exhausted my 2 GB limit for high speed internet this month, and now will be forced to a ridiculously low speed of 64 kbps. Say what?! Yes, I understand the concept of a fair usage policy thank you very much, and hey, apparently, I can either go through with the reduced speeds or order an add-on pack for an additional 250 rupees for a GB of 3G data. How lovely!

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Bharti Airtel reaches 100 Million Customers

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Friday, May 15, 2009 –Bharti Airtel becomes the 3rd largest single country mobile services operator in the world and 6th largest single country integrated telco in the world

— Announces a series of Network augmentation and Customer service initiatives
– To roll out over 100,000 BTS sites across the country
– To establish a State of the Art Customer Service Management Centre
– 100,000 Airtel Service Centres to be set up in rural India by March 2010

Bharti Airtel, Asia’s leading Integrated Telecom services provider, today announced that it has crossed the 100 million customers mark. This milestone makes the company the 3rd largest single country mobile services operator and sixth largest in-country integrated telecom operator in the world. Continue reading “Bharti Airtel reaches 100 Million Customers”

Now Chinese Mobile Owners Can Continue Using their Mobiles

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Recently there were speculations that Chinese Mobiles may soon be banned in India, and the apex court (Supreme Court) of India also ordered to ban all Chinese mobiles in India that are being used without IMEI numbers.

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Do not get shocked to hear this!! Its obvious that the service provider growing with the fastest pace will definitely be congested. Though, there were confusion about the congestion among the 2 leading players, but its now confirmed via this official reports.

In its report, TRAI says, “Airtel has emerged as the most congested GSM network for the period of Oct-Dec."

So, I am just wondering, what are the guys at Airtel are doing to sort it out and get thing better?

HTC G1 Launch Live Pics from T-Mobile Showroom

HTC G1 or the first google android is available at stores starting today in USA for T-Mobile customers..

We managed to get to the T-Mobile Store in our area and cover the launch for all users in India who are eager about the Google phone

An inflated version for the phone up for display at the entrance
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The Google phone is now sold out in all stores in Chicago , and fresh stock of phones is expected only on Nov 10th .. Who said iPhone wont face competition from Google phone ?

I can’t wait to see this phone in India .. more pics ahead .. do u like the sneak peak of the phone ?

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Hutchison Essar rechristens as Vodafone Essar

Vodafone Essar will be the new name of the old Hutch venture in India. This move comes after Vodafone’s acquistion of HTIL.

Asim Ghosh, Hutchison Essar’s current chief executive, will be chairman and chief executive officer.

Arun Sarin will be the Vice Chairman.

Ravi Ruia will  non-executive chairman

Hutch India now Vodafone’s Baby

The battle’s finally over ? Atleast IBN Live says so.

The long battle amongst the Telecom biggies for the aquisition of Hutch India might be over.

Vodafone has won the bid for $19 Billion.Essar is happy about the deal and the price. Vodafone is said to have even offered Essar to become a partner firm.

Hutch is expected to announce an official statement tomorrow

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Nokia wins a GSM network contract with Telefonica Moviles Colombia

Nokia and Telefonica Moviles have agreed to provide a complete GSM system deal to Telefonica Moviles Colombia which includes GSM radio access and MSC Server System (MSS), giving it the chance to broaden its service offering to its customers. The deal marks a new customer for Nokia.

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Nokia wins a GSM network contract with Telef?nica M?viles Colombia

First agreement for introducing Nokia MSC Server System in Telef?nica M?viles Group

Espoo, Finland – Nokia and Telef?nica M?viles have agreed to provide a complete GSM system deal to Telef?nica M?viles Colombia which includes GSM radio access and MSC Server System (MSS), giving Telef?nica M?viles the chance to broaden its service offering to its customers. The deal marks a new customer for Nokia.

“Nokia has shown understanding of our customer requirements, and has been a reliable supplier of network equipment and services to meet those requirements,” says Sergio Regueros, CEO, Telef?nica M?viles Colombia, “Through this new deal, movistar takes a step forward to provide the best and widest range of services in Colombia and in the immediate future, will enable the migration to more advanced mobile services.”

Nokia is supplying Telef?nica M?viles subsidiary in Colombia with a new mobile softswitch: Nokia MSC Server System, compliant with the 3GPP release 4 standardization. Nokia is also supplying a country-wide GSM radio network, complemented by Nokia NetAct (TM) network service and management system, Operations Support System (OSS) and operations support for three months. The deal includes network planning, installation, optimization services and training. Deliveries have already begun.

“This agreement reinforces our successful cooperation with Telef?nica M?viles in Latin America, enabling them to expand their offering in the voice and data market in Colombia,” says Guillermo Mairena, Account Director for Telef?nica M?viles, Networks, Nokia. “In addition, it strengthens the leadership of Nokia in the area of new switching solutions, which will allow Telef?nica to be ready to implement 3G services and to take advantage of important savings in transmission costs.”

About Telef?nica M?viles S.A.
Telef?nica M?viles, a Telef?nica Group company, is the world’s second-largest mobile telephony multinational and the leading cellular company in the Spanish-and Portuguese- speaking markets. The company has operations in 15 countries across three continents and a customer base that exceeded 89 million at September 30, 2005. During 2004, Telef?nica M?viles obtained revenues of 11.828 billion euros. Ebitda rose 5.3% in the year, to 4.701 billion euros, while net profit totalled 1.634 billion euros. The company’s shares trade on the Spanish stock exchanges and the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol tem. For more information visit our website: www.telefonicamoviles.com

About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com.

Spice Telecom kicks off New Strategic Initiatives

Spice Telecom, the premier telecom service provider today announced that Mr. Prakash Nanani has taken over as the Chief Executive Officer for Punjab and Karnataka circles. Mr. Prakash Nanani unveiled the new Spice logo.

Spice Telecom kicks off New Strategic Initiatives
Mr. Prakash Nanani takes over as the Chief Executive Officer for Punjab &  Karnataka circles
Spice unveils the new brand logo
Launches first of its kind Lifelong Validity Offer on Mahabuck
 Chandigarh, October 28, 2005: Spice Telecom, the premier telecom service provider today announced that Mr. Prakash Nanani has taken over as the Chief Executive Officer for Punjab & Karnataka circles. Mr. Prakash Nanani unveiled the new Spice logo. The new Spice logo shall be common to Spice group companies operating in the ICE (Information, Communication & Entertainment) sector. The new brand identity is derived from the Brand Core Purpose, Brand Vision & Brand Values. Mr. Prakash Nanani also announced the launch of a first-of-its kind ‘Life time validity’ offer on Mahabuck for Spice pre-paid subscribers.
 Mr. Prakash Nanani takes over as the Chief Executive Officer, Spice Telecom

Mr. Prakash Nanani, has taken over as the CEO, he confirmed the news of the exit of Distacom from the mobile service venture. The Honk Kong based Distacom, the foreign shareholder has sold its stake in the B.K.Modi promoted Spice Telecom, to Ashmore Investment Management Ltd., a financial investor and the Deutsche Bank Group.

Mr. Nanani also stated that Mr. Navin Kaul, former Chief Operating Officer, Punjab circle, has taken over as the Chief Operating Officer, Karnataka circle.

Speaking at the occasion Mr. Nanani, stated that “Spice being the oldest cellular operator in this region, has always remained focused and committed towards developing state-of-the-art telecommunication infrastructure and Spice Telecom is also in the process of consolidating and investing in various disciplines, like network and technology upgradation, increase in infrastructure and resources and also enhancement of the brand image.”

New Spice Logo

Spice is owned by Mcorp Global, the holding company for the brand. Mcorp Global is focusing on the ICE sector and in this direction has been building on the strength of its subsidiaries that have been in operation in this sector, like Spice Telecom & Spice Mobile. The group has also made recent forays into certain specific market segments of the ICE sector, like Spice Malls & Multiplexes. The group believes that it will gain from having a common brand for the ICE sector, as it would be able to gain from the economies of scale in branding & marketing. A common consumer brand shall also foster greater consumer awareness for the brand and in time lead to greater trust in the brand.

The Spice logo is depicted in Orange, Purple, Green, Blue & Yellow colours. The colors of the brand logo depicts specific values that are synonymous to Spice Telecom: Orange – Vibrancy, Purple – Innovation, Green – Freshness, Blue – Trust & Yellow – Fun.

The new Spice brand identity is derived from the Brand Core Purpose, Brand Vision & Brand Values. The strategy for the brand is captured concisely by these:

Brand Core Purpose: To always be the first to provide user-friendly and innovative solutions for young minds in the ICE space

Brand Vision: To be the most preferred choice for energetic young minds
for ICE products and services by 2011

Brand Values: Fun, Innovative, Vibrant, Empathy, Trust, Speed of Response

The new Spice identity shall be shared by a group of companies namely: Spice Telecom (GSM service provider), Spice Mobile Phone (Mobile Handset), Spice Mega Malls & Multiplexes (Commercial Property (Development & Management), Spice Films (Film Production), Spice Onshore Telecom BPO and Spice IT Peripherals (Printers & Computer Hardware). The new Spice logo will ensure that a common identity is created that is synergistic and relevant to all the companies. All these companies shall work in tandem to provide consumer delight.

First of its kind offer – Life time Validity on Maha Buck

Spice today announced the launch a first of its kind offer in India for Spice Megatalk pre-paid subscribers termed as the ‘Maha Buck’ offer. Maha Buck provides
Spice Megatalk subscribers Life time validity on a recharge of Rs. 3300.

The details of Spice Maha Buck Voucher are as follows:

MRP of Maha Recharge: Rs.3+300/-

Talktime on Maha Recharge: Rs.500/-

Validity on Maha Recharge: Life Long

Subscriber who avail this offer cannot have zero balance for consecutive 90 days, and will have to be on the Megatalk tariff plan.

  About Spice Telecom
  Spice is Punjab’s premier mobile phone service provider and is the first cellular operator in India to be ISO 9001-2000 certified for its entire operations. Spice has an extensive network across more than 205 cities and towns in the state, covering 95% of Punjab’s urban area. In addition, it also covers more than 3250 km of roads and highways in Punjab including connectivity on the National Highway and GT Road. Spice subscribers can roam on national and international networks. In fact, Spice has the highest International roaming coverage involving tie-ups with over 414 International operators across 199 countries.