Super Series to be live on mobiles

More than 30 million cell phone users in the country can watch the Johnnie Walker Super series cricket live when the tournament starts on October 5

New Delhi, Oct 4.(PTI): More than 30 million cell phone users in the country can watch the Johnnie Walker Super series cricket live when the tournament starts on October 5.

Reliance, BSNL, IDEA, Aircel, Tata Indicom, BPL, Spice, MTNL subscribers can watch the cricket series on their GPRS-enabled cell phones thanks to IMImobiles.

ICC has given the rights to three service providers in India — Airtel, Hutch and IMImobile.

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Airtel records over 75,000 customers in NE

eading mobile service provider Airtel has more than 75,000 customers today in Assam and North east, a company spokesman said.

Guwahati: Leading mobile service provider Airtel has more than 75,000 customers today in Assam and North east, a company spokesman said.

Airtel now connects all the important towns in Assam on its state-of-art Ero network and is being managed by Ericsson.

The towns covered included Tezpur, Nagaon, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Duliajan, Sivsagar, Barpeta town, Barpeta Road, Nalbari, Rangiya and Bongaigaon.

Airtel is also spreading its network to connect highways and key rail routes as well as the smaller towns along the highways, the spokesman said.

"We are committed to provide our customers unparalleled service experience on a congestion free network," the spokesman said in a release here today

Airtel sets up 1000th cell site

Cellular service provider, Airtel on Friday installed 1000th cell site in Maharashtra and Goa circle at Katol, 40 km from Nagpur, and claimed to have become first private player to do so

Cellular service provider, Airtel on Friday installed 1000th cell site in Maharashtra and Goa circle at Katol, 40 km from Nagpur, and claimed to have become first private player to do so.

"The total number of base stations will touch 1500 by March next year and Airtel will enter over 300 new towns across Maharashtra and Goa thus spanning the coverage to a total 550 towns and 33 districts," Chief Operating Officer, Bharti Televentures, Christopher Tobit told reporters.

Airtel will offer superior quality network in key tourist and pilgrimage destinations including Shirdi, Trimbakshwar, Mahabaleshwar, Shanishingnaapur, Nanded, Pandharpur, Lonavala and Khandala with an investment to the tune of Rs 250 crore for network expansion, capacity enhancement and other infrastructure, he said.

The company will also commission its third mobile switch centre (MSC) in second capital by end of March 2006, he said, adding during the current fiscal, Airtel will be covering additional highways like Bhusawal-Shegaon, Dhule-Nashik and Mumbai-Goa besides rail and road network on Mumbai-Goa and Vasai-Ahmedabad by next March.

Tobit said they will be launching 62 additional new towns and three new districts of Washim, Gadchiroli and Hingoli by March end.

It is also introducing network on wheels (NOW) and would be deploying five such NOWs in Maharashtra and Goa, he added.

 

 

Source:PTI 

 

Hutch unveils voice response in Kannada

Hutch, one of the leading cellular service providers, on Tuesday announced the launch of content on the voice response platform in three more languages namely Kannada, Telugu and Tamil in addition to the already available English and Hindi languages

Hutch, one of the leading cellular service providers, on Tuesday announced the launch of content on the voice response platform in three more languages namely Kannada, Telugu and Tamil in addition to the already available English and Hindi languages.
 
Samuel Selvakumar, director (operations), Hutch, told reporters here that this innovative voice enabled service will enable customers to access a range of offerings in the language of their choice and will be in tune with the Hutch philosophy of facilitating communication in a manner that is convenient.

Cellular launch services in Andman and Nicobar by March 06 says Hutch

Hutch would launch mobile phone services in the Andaman and Nicobar by March, 2006 while aiming to double the customer base in the Bengal circle in the next one year.

Hutch would launch mobile phone services in the Andaman and Nicobar by March, 2006 while aiming to double the customer base in the Bengal circle in the next one year.

"We will be launching our cellular services in Andaman and Nicobar within the next few months, ie. By the end of the current financial year," Sridhar Rao, CEO, Hutchison Telecom East Limited, told reporters on Wednesday.

Speaking at the launch of the ‘Chota Recharge-Puri Baat’ coupon, he said the company expected to emulate its success story in the Bengal circle in the islands.

Hutch would be the third operator after BSNL and Airtel to launch its cellular services in the islands.

Read More:http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1503485,0003.htm 

Hutch rolls out Rs 10 recharge coupons

Hutchison Essar has launched a new recharge voucher that enables subscribers to top-up pre-paid connections with denominations as low as Rs 10

Hutchison Essar has launched a new recharge voucher that enables subscribers to top-up pre-paid connections with denominations as low as Rs 10. 
 
“The new coupon will help make pre-paid usage even more affordable to both ‘Hutch’ and ‘Orange’ users, and offers more talktime at the same cost, therefore more value for money,” said Naveen Chopra, corporate vice-present, group marketing of Hutchison Essar at a press conference. 
 
Earlier, the voucher could be used only as an ‘add-on card’. This meant that the card can be used to make calls when the recharged value of a coupon expires, but the validity period continues. 
 
The customer can then recharge using a Chota Recharge again after buying a Rs 199 card within the 30-day validity period. Even though, the customer gets additional talktime for the amount recharged, it does not extend his validity period. 
 
A user can recharge any number of times within the validity period without paying any extra fee. This will bring in a significant change in the pre-paid industry and going mobile will become more affordable, he said. 
 
With this launch, Chota Recharge becomes the lowest recharge voucher available in the country. 
 
Prior to this launch, the add-on recharge card available with the Rs 199 voucher was of Rs 55 and Rs 60. These cards also had access fees. Earlier, Airtel had also rolled out recharge vouchers in low denominations of Rs 60 and Rs 120. 

Source:business-standard

Bharti Launches Mobile Wallet

Bharti Tele-Ventures has tied-up with ICICI Bank and VISA, to launch the country’s first “mobile wallet”. The new service called “mChq” will enable Airtel subscribers and ICICI Bank Visa cardholders to pay for their purchases through their mobile phones

Bharti Tele-Ventures has tied-up with ICICI Bank and VISA, to launch the country’s first "mobile wallet". The new service called "mChq" will enable Airtel subscribers and ICICI Bank Visa cardholders to pay for their purchases through their mobile phones.

With "mChq", Airtel subscribers in Mumbai and Delhi can purchase goods for as low as Rs 50. Once the product is bought, the retailer will send an SMS mentioning the amount to the customer. The customer will enter his/her personalized PIN number and reply via SMS , acknowledging the amount to be paid. The transaction is sealed with both parties getting a confirmatory SMS.

 

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Vodafone selects the Nokia 6680 smartphone in its Japanese lineup

Espoo, Finland – Continuing to build the success of its highly popular 3G product, Nokia today announced that the Nokia 6680 device will be available through Vodafone K.K. in Japan. The stylish Nokia 6680 3G WCDMA terminal will be marketed in Vodafone’s lineup under the name “Vodafone 702NK II (Nokia 6680)”. The device is expected to be commercially available in Japan starting from late October.

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Vodafone selects the Nokia 6680 smartphone in its Japanese lineup

Espoo, Finland – Continuing to build the success of its highly popular 3G product, Nokia today announced that the Nokia 6680 device will be available through Vodafone K.K. in Japan.  The stylish Nokia 6680 3G WCDMA terminal will be marketed in Vodafone’s lineup under the name "Vodafone 702NK II (Nokia 6680)". The device is expected to be commercially available in Japan starting from late October.
 
The Nokia 6680 (Vodafone 702NK II), specially customized for Vodafone K.K., delivers highly sophisticated 3G functionality in an attractively styled, compact form. One of the few products in the WCDMA market with truly international roaming capability, the Nokia 6680 (Vodafone 702NK II) allows consumers to enjoy various 3G services provided by Vodafone K.K., including the Vodafone live!, international roaming video calls and video streaming services in or outside of Japan. Additionally, the owners of the device will get access to the famous Vodafone live! email system.
 
The full-fledged smartphone feature set of the Nokia 6680 (Vodafone 702NK II) is enriched by robust data communication functions including WCDMA and Bluetooth wireless technology, which makes it fast and convenient to browse the Internet, send and receive emails with attachments, and link with other electronic devices such as PCs. These features make the Nokia 6680 (Vodafone 702NK II) a first-class tool for conducting business, whether in the office or out and about.
 
"With its elegant design, robust feature set and sophisticated functionality, the Nokia 6680 has become the best-selling WCDMA device globally," said Heikki Tenhunen, President of Nokia Japan. "We are very pleased to expand its availability to new customer groups, and regard this development as an important milestone in entering the Japanese mass market."
 
The Nokia 6680 is the third Nokia 3G product available in the Vodafone K.K. lineup. The Nokia 6630 (Vodafone 702NK) was added to the Vodafone K.K. portfolio in December 2004, and the Nokia 6650 (V-NM701) became available in August 2003.
 
Detailed information about Nokia 6680 (Vodafone 702NK II) and its services can be found from Vodafone’s website www.vodafone.jp. For more information about the global version of the product, please visit www.nokia.com/6680.
 
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Data cards enhance mobile Net access

As India Inc rushes towards increasing productivity per employee, IT and communication products enabling wireless connectivity are rapidly flooding the marketplace. Data cards ? which deliver broadband wireless capability to laptops and other computing devices

As India Inc rushes towards increasing productivity per employee, IT and communication products enabling wireless connectivity are rapidly flooding the marketplace. Data cards — which deliver broadband wireless capability to laptops and other computing devices — currently offered by telecom service operators like Reliance Infocomm, Tata Teleservices and Airtel, among others, are empowering the mobile professional to access the internet anytime, anywhere.

source:http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=102214 

Hutch, Essar form new entity

Hutchison Whampoa, the owners of the Hutch brand, and the Ruia group promoted Essar Telecom have decided to consolidate their operations into a new entity christened as Hutchison Essar Ltd.

Hutchison Whampoa, the owners of the Hutch brand, and the Ruia group promoted Essar Telecom have decided to consolidate their operations into a new entity christened as Hutchison Essar Ltd. Essar Telecom will continue to have a 30 per cent stake in the merged entity. The name change comes after Essar Telecom picked up a 64 per cent stake in BPL Mobile a month ago.

source:Times of India, India

Airtel installs third switch in Mumbai

he new switch has the capacity to handle additional six lakh customers and will be able to complete additional one million calls during peak hours, the company has said.

In its bid to offer congestion-free network, Airtel has installed its third switch in Mumbai to absorb the growing voice and data traffic. The new switch has the capacity to handle additional six lakh customers and will be able to complete additional one million calls during peak hours, the company has said. Airtel is also planning to increase the number of cell sites in Mumbai from 800 to more than 1,000 by the end of the year.

Source:http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/blnus/15291707.htm 

Vodafone Trials 3G Service In Sydney

Vodafone has recently started external 3G trials in Sydney, Australia. They are giving 180 customers the ability to use and test drive the 3G network for three weeks. The testers will be given 3G enabled phones, and data cards for usage with their notebooks, and etc. In the last week, they’re gonna have to report to Vodafone stores to talk about their experiences, usage problems

Vodafone has recently started external 3G trials in Sydney, Australia. They are giving 180 customers the ability to use and test drive the 3G network for three weeks. The testers will be given 3G enabled phones, and data cards for usage with their notebooks, and etc. In the last week, they’re gonna have to report to Vodafone stores to talk about their experiences, usage problems, etc…

During this task, they’ll be assigned tasks such as downloading MP3 tracks, videos, and 3D games – why? To see how well the 3G network operates and stands up. These results in the stores are going to be used to properly train Vodafone staff for the full network launch later on.

Vodafone has assigned sets of tasks for users to complete during the trial. Mobile handset users will be asked to download specific Vodafone live! content, such as the latest music tracks, sports action and 3D games. Business customers will use the VMC with 3G data cards to test mobile email with attachments, internet access and wireless working using various enterprise applications.

“We want to evaluate the customer experience across all areas of content and delivery so we’ve deliberately set objectives for users, but beyond that it’s up to them to decide how and what they want to explore,” said John Casey, Chief Marketing Officer at Vodafone Australia. “We’ll use feedback from the trial to give future 3G customers an unbeatable mobile experience.”

“At Vodafone, an unbeatable experience means much more than how the technology performs; it’s about how successfully we meet and exceed customer expectations on service and support and how effectively our products and content fires imagination, “ added Casey.

The external trial follows a three-month internal test programme, which evaluated the functionality of the Vodafone 3G network, handset and data card provisioning and support systems. The internal trial involved more than 100 Vodafone employees in Sydney.

“Our Australian customers will benefit from everything that Vodafone has learned in rolling out new 3G networks in 14 other countries around the world,” said Casey.

source:Cellular-News

Calls b/w Chennai-TN, Mumbai-Maha, Kolkata-WB made local

In a major benefit to mobile subscribers, Government today said that calls between Chennai and rest of the Tamil Nadu and likewise between Mumbai and Maharashtra, Kolkata and West Bengal, and in the whole of Uttar Pradesh would be treated as local calls.

New Delhi, May 21 (PTI) In a major benefit to mobile subscribers, Government today said that calls between Chennai and rest of the Tamil Nadu and likewise between Mumbai and Maharashtra, Kolkata and West Bengal, and in the whole of Uttar Pradesh would be treated as local calls. This would result in saving roaming and long distance (STD) charges for consumers, Communication and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran said, adding that service providers would continue to operate in the same manner based on telecom circles. The minister said the facility would be only for calls terminating in the mobile network. This means calls from mobile to mobile and fixed to mobile within the states would be considered local. Till now the three metros — Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai and the rest of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Maharashtra — were treated as two separate telecom circles. Similarly in Uttar Pradesh, which has been bifurcated into two telecom circles for licence purposes, the consumers in UP (East) and UP (West) would be able to connect as local calls now. The new policy comes into effect from May 25, the minister said. PTI

Hutch Announces Zero Rental Plan

Hutch has announced new offers for both prepaid and post paid customers across the country. The company is now offering three zero rental plans for its post paid customers and a Rs 199 plan for its prepaid customers.

For its post-paid customers Hutch has introduced ‘Talk299’, ‘Talk699’ and ‘Talk 899’ zero rental offers, under which the user will not be charged a monthly rental, instead the paid amounts – Rs 299, Rs 699 and Rs 899, which be given to the user as talk-time.

Hutch has announced new offers for both prepaid and post paid customers across the country. The company is now offering three zero rental plans for its post paid customers and a Rs 199 plan for its prepaid customers.
For its post-paid customers Hutch has introduced ‘Talk299’, ‘Talk699’ and ‘Talk 899’ zero rental offers, under which the user will not be charged a monthly rental, instead the paid amounts – Rs 299, Rs 699 and Rs 899, which be given to the user as talk-time.

Calls within the Hutch network will be charged at 50 paise per minute, while calls to other phones – cellular and landline, will be charged at Rs 1.69, Rs 1.19 and Rs 0.75 for Talk299, Talk699 and Talk899 plans respectively. SMS will be charged at 50 paise for all three plans.

For the Prepaid customers the company is now offering a Rs 199 recharge voucher with a validity period of 30-day. The customer receives only Rs 50 worth of talk-time for this recharge voucher.

Hutch has also reportedly cut roaming airtime rates by 33%, from Rs 3 per minute to Rs 1.99 per minute. The reduced tariffs would benefit all Hutch post paid and prepaid users across the country.

Bharti to spend $1 bn on 3G rollout

Bharti Televentures on Monday said it will invest one billion dollars on the rollout of third generation (3G) mobile phone networks across India. “We have committed one billion dollars for roll out of 3G networks across the country,” Bharti Televentures Managing Director Akhil Gupta said at a seminar on 3G technology.

NEW DELHI: Bharti Televentures on Monday said it will invest one billion dollars on the rollout of third generation (3G) mobile phone networks across India. "We have committed one billion dollars for roll out of 3G networks across the country," Bharti Televentures Managing Director Akhil Gupta said at a seminar on 3G technology. The company is already running tests of 3G technology at some places. "We have to ensure that 3G does not remain a niche technology. It must not be confined to a particular section or geography," he said adding it should be rolled out in each and every state so that it makes commercial sense. Gupta said when the frequency is allotted to operators for 3G services, they should come with stringent rollout obligations.

"It (the frequency) must not remain an asset in the locker (of operator). Strict rollout obligations backed by bank guarantees should be set for operators so that the technology spreads," he added.
Government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is also gearing up to rollout 3G networks.
"Our next rollout will have provision of 3G services throughout the country. We have the equipment and are waiting for the spectrum to start the tests," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director A K Sinha said.
He said by late 2005 or early 2006 the country would see the commercial rollout of 3G services.

SOURCE PTI