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  1. Source NEW DELHI: The Centre should involve its agencies to build a wireless broadband network to bring internet to the masses, rather than laying an optical fibre network, the department of telecommunications (DoT) has suggested. The proposal, which will give a fillip to WiMAX technological platform in the country, envisages formation of an infrastructure company under BSNL, which in collaboration with other PSUs such as Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) and RailTel, could execute the project. Earlier, an inter-ministerial panel comprising telecom, HRD, rural development, economic affairs, panchayati raj and information technology ministries and the Planning Commission, had drawn up a Rs 18,000-crore plan to lay a five lakh km optic fibre cable (OFC) using resources from the Universal Service Obligation Fund. All telcos contribute 5% of their annual revenues to the USOF, which is used to support communications services in areas considered commercially unviable. DoT cites two main disadvantages for an OFC-based network: delay and higher costs. Laying an OFC cable of the size envisaged may take more than 10-years and rollout of broadband services cannot wait that long, DoT says. Also, OFC lacks the speed of deployment and feasibility available on wireless, while being a costlier option. On the contrary, DoT says, wireless is an intelligent pipe stream, on which bandwidth allocation can be apportioned among different uses dynamically at a nominal cost. “OFC is a dumb pipe, while managed OFC is very expensive. Wireless backhaul would be quicker and faster in deployment, reliable and easy to maintain and will be scaleable at low costs when demands initially are perceived to be low,” the DoT note said. The department said that by the time the fibre backhaul becomes operational, operators would have already put in place “complete wireless backhaul up to the block level”. According to Trai data, India had only about 8 million broadband users, compared with 546 million mobile users at January end. While mobile growth has exceeded all targets and projections, the country is unlikely to achieve even 50% of its target of having 20 million broadband connections by 2010-end. India’s broadband penetration is less than 1%, while mobile penetration is about 45%. But, with 11 players lining up for broadband wireless spectrum auction and with only two slots of airwaves available for sale, the bidding process is expected to be highly competitive. Successful bidders are also expected to immediately launch services, providing the much needed thrust to increase broadband penetration. DoT estimates that with three WiMAX operators, it can provide 300 mbps data connectivity to 12,000 subscribers with 256 kbps minimum speed.
  2. Lg Remarq

    Sprint Unveils A New Eco Friendly LG Remarq LG Electronics recently launched the new eco-friendly phone LG Remarq on the airwaves of the wireless carrier Sprint. This handset is made from 87 percent of recyclable materials and 19 percent of recycled plastic. This handset features a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 1.3 megapixel camera, 16GB expandable memory and much more. Speicifications Announced Date 22 Mar 2010 Network Type CDMA dual band (1900/800 MHz) Data 1xEV-DO rev.0 3G Capable Yes Size Dimensions 3.50 x 2.50 x 0.60 inches (89 x 64 x 15 mm) Size Compare Weight 3.80 oz (108 g) Battery Type Li - Ion, 900 mAh Talk 5.5 hours (330 mins) of Talk time Main Display Resolution 320 x 240 pixels Type 262 144 colors, TFT Camera Resolution 1.3 megapixels Resolution Features Digital zoom Multimedia Video Playback Yes Music Player MP3 Memory Slot microSD/microSDHC Input Predictive Text Input Yes Keyboard Full keyboard (QWERTY) Connectivity Internet Yes USB Yes Bluetooth 2.1, Stereo Bluetooth PhoneBook Limited; Ring ID, Picture ID, Multiple numbers per contact, Caller groups PIM Alarm, Calendar, To-Do / Tasks, Calculator, World Clock, Notepad Voice Recording, Speaker Phone Email Yes GPS Yes FCC Approved Yes
  3. Airtel App Central Crosses 2.5 Million Downloads Airtel App Central, was launched just over a month ago in India. Since the launch, it has accounted for over 2.5 million downloads. This is what the data for the past 30 days suggests. Airtel was soon followed by Vodafone who went live with its own App Store last week. Reliance too has joined the fray and is readying its own App Store. The Airtel store, however, was the first of its kind in India. The surprising bit about the Airtel App Store is the fact that the maximum number of applications downloaded were from smaller cities and not large metros! The most downloaded applications included social networking and utilities. Airtel added that its users were downloading 1 app per second in the 30 days since the existence of the app store. The Airtel App Central has now over 1,500 apps available for download and supports over 550 devices categorized under 25 customer categories. Apps are available for as low as Re. 1/day with options to pay on a weekly, monthly or one-time basis. To check out the Airtel app store, navigate to the Airtel Live page on your phone browser. You can SMS app to 54321 to receive the URL via a text message.
  4. Source NEW DELHI: Uninor — a joint venture between Telenor of Norway and Unitech Wireless in India — is taking a conservative stand on the upcoming 3G auctions. Speaking to TOI, Sigve Brekke, executive vice-president Telenor Group and head of the Asia region said the 3G market was not an immediately addressable opportunity. “We do not perceive a market demand for 3G in India. Our main focus is to grow penetration to 50% teledensity levels. We will offer voice and data services with m-health and m-commerce solutions. For now, basic voice connections will dominate the market with 3G later down the road”, he said. According to Brekke, given the limited slots of spectrum being auctioned and a reserve price of Rs 3,500 crore, 3G spectrum may be too early in India’s telecom lifecycle and certainly too expensive. “The government must clear 2G regulations on 2G spectrum sharing, trading and M&As before moving into 3G. The DoT should come out with clear polices”, he said. The DoT had written a detailed report on 2G spectrum issues in May 2009 but decided to send it to the Trai for its recommendations, which it is still to release despite over 6 months of deliberations. The recommendations are expected at the end of March after which the ball will go back to DoT’s court. Uninor is operational in 8 of its 22 circles, jostling for market share with as many as 8 to 9 operators in each circle.
  5. Godrej Gojiyo:

    Source Godrej will soon launch GoJiyo, which seems like a SecondLife version for India. Go Jiyo features interesting promos which will introduce people to “a world where flying, teleportation and time travel are routine”. Here is the promo video for GoJiyo going live now A countdown on the site shows Go Jiyo will launch in about 5 days. How Godrej plans to integrate their brand products with social media tools and GoJiyo will be interesting. Will GoJiyo replace SecondLife as prefered virtual destination for the Indian youth? … wait for a few more days to find out. See more videos below and check out what Go Jiyo would look like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at8Y-8glXIU Get ready to believe in a new world. Your life will change. Preregistration is open.
  6. DoT to announce eligible 3G, BWA applicants on Mar 29 The Department of Telecom (DoT) will declare on March 29 the names eligible applicants, who can participate in the auction for 3G and wireless broadband spectrum, after scrutinising the initial applications put in by 20 telecom and other players. "The process of scrutinising the applications is on. We will announce the eligible applicants on March 29," a senior DoT official, who is part of the process said. Nine players have submitted their applications for pan-India 3G spectrum, which will begin on April 9. In addition, the DoT has received 11 applications to participate in the auctions of broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum, making for a total of 20 applications. The auctions have attracted most of the 2G players -- Aircel, Bharti, Etisalat, Idea, Reliance Telecom, S Tel, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone and Videocon Telecom. Foreign telcos, however, skipped the process. The BWA list has four new players -- Augere, Tikona Wireless, Infotel Broadband Services and Qualcomm -- while Spice is making a comeback into the telecom space. The reserve price for pan-India 3G spectrum is Rs 3,500 crore and for BWA auctions, the reserve price is Rs 1,750.



  10. Indian market is not yet ready for 3G: Uninor Chennai, March 21 Uninor, the four-month-old telecom operator, may have kept away from bidding for a 3G licence, but the Unitech-Telenor joint venture is eagerly awaiting the 3G regime in India. Surprised? But it there is a logic. “Now, operators who are bidding for 3G will be down for some months in their preoccupation with 3G,” says Mr Stefan Kercza, Hub Head, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Uninor, told Business Line. He said that 3G hopefuls would need to do a lot of things, such as upgrading their base stations, which are “very costly and time consuming.” “You wait and see how much time and money they will be spending in building up their 3G business,” he added. Uninor, which stormed into the telecom market in January with an aggressive 29 paise-per-minute offering, has won 3.5 million customers in the last three months. It expects to consolidate its customer base further – when its well-entrenched competitors are busy with 3G – launching more features to its offerings, the principal one of which will be GPRS. (General Packet Radio Service is a wireless communications technology that is particularly suited for sending and receiving small bursts of data, such as e-mail and Web browsing, as well as large volumes of data.) GPRS launch Mr Kercza said Uninor would launch GPRS within the next fortnight. Uninor, whose Norwegian partner, Telenor, is a large player in Europe, did not bid in the recent 3G auctions. Mr Kercza said that Telenor knows from its experience in the Nordic countries that the Indian market is not quite ready for 3G. He recalled Telenor, which had not participated in the first round of bidding for 3G, did get into 3G five years ago, but found there was no market. “All the revenues that we were looking at did not come because people were not ready to use it as it should be,” he said. Operators thought people would use their mobile phones “to see each other while talking” but it did not quite happen that way because to do that both talkers need to be on the same network and same technology platform. In developed countries with high broadband penetration, people were used to higher speeds than 3G and were hence apathetic to 3G. But now with the onset of 4G or ‘long term evolution', which allows speeds of 100 mbps (against 14.4 mbps of 3G), operators in the Nordic countries are now planning to roll out the technology, Mr Kercza said. In countries such as India, first there has to be an ecosystem of value-added services for 3G to take off, he observed. It takes time for the ecosystem to develop because there will always be teething problems such as revenue sharing and who takes responsibility in case the service fails. Uninor, which currently operates in eight telecom circles, intends to roll out its services in five more over the next couple of months. It is also engaged in an exercise of collecting data of its customer profiles and behaviour.
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    i am still playing with it to find flight mode.. i think i will die before the phone.. lol
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  21. Aircel to bid for 3G, WiMax spectrum New Delhi, March 16 Mobile service operator Aircel on Tuesday said that it will launch operations in five more circles in the country by June to become a pan-India operator. The company is planning an investment of $1.4 billion this year for expanding its network across the country. Maxis-owned mobile operator said it will also bid for 3G and WiMax spectrum in the upcoming auctions. 5 more circles Mr Gurdeep Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Aircel, said, “We have launched services in most of the circles. There are five circles remaining now, and we will be launching services there by June. When we started operations, we had estimated investment of $10 billion. So far, we have invested about $5 billion and will be investing the remaining amount over the next few years. This year we will be investing $1.4 billion,” Aircel, with a subscriber base of over 35 million, also announced a partnership with handset maker INQ Mobile, to launch two 3G-enabled phones. INQ Mobile is owned by Honk Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa. The INQ phones are aimed at subscribers who are user of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. “We believe the Indian youth want it all - and why not? They want an upmarket product, from a brand that understands their point of view, at a price that's within their grasp. That's INQ,” said Mr Frank Meehan, Chief Executive and Founder, INQ Mobile.
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    Idea in soup over 'paperless' ad NEW DELHI: Mobile services operator Idea Cellular’s ‘use mobiles, save the planet’ campaign, starring Abhishek Bachchan, has landed in a controversy with the Indian Paper Manufacturers’ Association (IPMA) dragging Idea Cellular to the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). The IPMA alleges that the Idea commercial, which is aimed at weaning people away from paper to the electronic medium, is ‘pitching against the usage of paper and damning the industry as a whole for adversely impacting the environment.’ Idea Cellular, on the other hand, maintains that its ads promote conservation and that none of the situations depicted in its ‘save paper’ commercials are real and that it has great respect for the paper industry. Idea’s trademark ‘Sirji’ campaign shows Abhishek Bachchan’s image on a tree, advocating the use of mobiles and saving paper to ‘save the planet’. Idea is taking this commercial off-air, but according to Idea Cellular chief marketing officer Pradeep Shrivastava, the reason for withdrawing it is not the IPMA complaint. “The campaign is going off-air because every ad or campaign is done for a certain period and we have completed the same as per schedule. We will now move on to a new campaign, but this is in no way related to the objections raised by the paper industry.” The IPMA, which represents organised paper manufacturers, including Ballarpur Industries, JK Paper, ITC and Emami group, has lodged a written complaint to the Idea Cellular top brass and ASCI, a copy of which is with ET. IPMA secretary general R Narayan Moorthy said: “We are not against Idea Cellular. But the campaign in question can make people believe that the paper industry is solely responsible for destruction of forests.” Idea Cellular, in response to the IPMA, has said in a letter: “It is not our intention to suggest a world without paper. Our ads promote conservation by saying save paper. Further, there is no reflection at all upon the member companies of your association, who we are sure are doing their best for the cause of conservation.” Mr Shrivastava added: “We have huge respect for the paper industry. All we are trying to say is that nobody likes the wastage of paper. We are not against the use of paper. My daughter carries her text books to school and I read the newspapers in the morning — all we are saying is that if you save paper by using mobiles, in the process you save trees.” Idea Cellular has banked on social messaging in its advertising to break through the clutter in the highly competitive telecom space. Prior to the ‘use mobiles’ campaign, Idea Cellular’s advertising theme was ‘walk when you talk’. On the other hand, IPMA says Idea’s commercial should have carried a disclaimer in the first place itself stating that the commercial was not disparaging to the paper industry.
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  24. Source Bangalore: In an era of multi-tasking mobile phones, US-headquartered Peek Inc. intends to soon launch in India a hand-held device that would only access email. The eponymously dubbed Peek is being currently test marketed and would be commercially launched in a few weeks, Peek India chief executive Siddarth Mangharam said. The instrument would cost Rs 3,999 and monthly rental for the email service would be pegged at Rs 299. It would initially be available only on Aircel Ltd’s service but would later include other cellular operators too, Mangharam said. There are some who aren’t sure whether Peek would have many takers. “Indian consumers typically want as many features as possible in the same device,” said Vivek Shenoy, an analyst at market research firm Valuenotes Database Pvt. Ltd. “So when an aspiring user can opt for a smartphone for about Rs7,000, which does so much more than just emails, I’m not sure how compelling will be the new gadget that only does email.” The so-called smartphones enable users to access short messaging service and email, besides plain vanilla voice calls. They also sport cameras, music players, FM radios, games and a variety of other applications. These phones, including Research In Motion Ltd’s BlackBerry, Nokia Oyj’s E-Series phones and Apple Inc.’s iPhone, are becoming increasingly popular across the world and in India due to their versatility. A BlackBerry can be bought in India for about Rs16,000 and its email service costs about Rs300 a month. Some experts are, however, unwilling to dismiss Peek’s chances. “India with its 542 million mobile subscriber base will always have a market for all kinds of gadgets,” said Harish Bijoor, chief executive officer of brand and business strategy firm Harish Bijoor Consults Inc. “Peek’s appeal is the fact that it does one thing but does it well.” The instrument sports a Qwerty keyboard, weighs about 100g and has an onboard 16MB memory. It supports POP (Post Office Protocol), IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) and Microsoft Exchange protocols and would sync seamlessly with popular email services such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail. It can sync three email addresses at a time. Mangharam said the India operations of Peek will offer customized solutions to enterprise customers. “A sales representative could come out of a meeting and file the status report or update automatically on mail about the customer call.” He said Peek would be successful in India because a large user base is only now graduating to using email on the go. “There is a vast market between a basic functional device and the top end BlackBerry market, which will discover the joy of using mobile email,” Mangharam said. “Peek will succeed because of that market.”