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Lalu ke peeche kutte ka baccha pad gaya.

Lalu bola: “Hum toh Airtel ka card dalwaya hoon, phir sasura ye Hutch ka network kaise pakad raha hai!!”

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Life before marriage is AIRTEL: “You can express yourself ”

After honeymoon is HUTCH: “Wherever you go, your wife network follows”

After 1 year life is IDEA: “A wife can change your life”

After 10 years life is BSNL: “Subscriber is not reachable”

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UK-based GLG Partners buys 8% in Idea

Last month private equity firm Providence Equity Partners bought a 15% stake in Idea Cellular. Another private equity firm, TA Associates, also grabbed a minority stake in Idea.

No one can beat us in India: Nokia

With customer service and distribution network well in place, “We shall be very difficult to beat in this market,” Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, president and CEO of Nokia said adding, “We are far ahead of competitors having in market for long time. Nokia is a strong brand and well respected in India.”

Indiatimes launches Indi5566 in Dubai

Content is available to subscribers for a monthly fee of AED30 or at a daily rate of AED1. New subscribers can logon to Indi5566.com and select the information they require and will be receiving their customised content henceforth.

Hutch ties up with Flightraja.com

Hutch has entered into an agreement with the Bangalore-based Flightraja.com, an online travel portal, to help customers book domestic airline tickets and access flight information through SMS.

ValueFirst launches SMS helpline@6070 for working women

In case of emergency, using this helpline, any employee can send in the SMS to the number 6070 (SMS help GNG ) which would then be automatically forwarded to the police department.

‘Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses’ launched across mobile networks

Rajshri Media to launch Barbie MobiWorld on their short code and a series of mobile games too.

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Recent mobile content news.

  1. Mobile2win and Indiagames to distribute Ozura Mobile‘s game titles in India
    According to In-Stat/MDR, the Indian mobile gaming market is expected to generate annual revenues of $336 million by 2009.
  2. Hyderabad is the new base of Electronic Arts mobile division
    Electronic Arts mobile division EA Mobile will initiate developing casual games at its Hyderabad office. EA had acquired Jamdat and made the company its mobile division.
  3. STAR launches 7827 voice portal
    Based on IVR technology, this service will provide users access to content from STAR’s bouquet of channels..
    To explore STAR 7827 Voice, mobile subscribers can dial 127827 from their BSNL and 5057827 from their Hutch phones.
  4. Koohiji Group and Hungama Mobile announce business alliance
    Hungama Mobile has appointed Koohiji Group’s Digital City as their exclusive distributor for Bollywood related digital entertainment content in Middle East and North Africa region.
    Saleem Mobhani, COO, Hungama Mobile: “Hungama Mobile is the world’s largest aggregator of Indian entertainment content”
  5. Indiagames Partners with Reliance to sell Superman Game
    A Superman zone has been designed in the R World portal. Indiagames is the official distributor of Superman mobile content in India.

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  1. Reliance’s bid to enter Egypt disqualified after technical evaluationIt is close to finalising an MoU with MTNL to jointly bid for international licences.
  2. LG CDMA launches RD 6330 moviefone on ReliancePriced at Rs 5500, comes with camera and video recorder.
  3. Tata Tele launches loyalty programme for PCO operatorsThere are about 80,000 Tata Indicom PCO operators in Tamil Nadu.
  4. Tata Teleservices to invest Rs 150 crore in Tamil NaduThe company has six lakh subscribers in the state.
  5. Tata Tele to invest Rs 150 crore in PunjabThe company has four lakh subscribers in the state.
  6. Six mobile companies form Mobile Linux Platform GroupMotorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, Samsung, and Vodafone are founders of the group.

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  1. Maran @ GSMA meet: Reduce international roaming ratesRs 100 a minute for making a call while roaming overseas on an average.
  2. BSNL reduces fixedline rentals for One India planRentals reduced to Rs 225 per month from Rs 299 and 25 free calls per month.
  3. Bharti strikes services deal with Ericsson for 60 million linesEricsson also bagged a $400 million deal to build and manage networks in ’04.
  4. Telcordia sets up development facility in ChennaiIts software carries 80% of telephony traffic, handles 100% of toll-free and 90% of wireless number portability transactions.
  5. Bharti to offer fixed wireless phone serviceLikely to launch FWP by July in New Delhi.
  6. Reliance moves TDSAT against BSNL for IUCTo settle bills worth Rs 85 crores.

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  1. Mobile subscriber base figure authentic: TRAIRead this post for a background on this story.
  2. US cries foul over BSNL reserving quarter of mega contract for ITI ITI has tied up with French vendor Alcatel to manufacture cellular equipment.
  3. Motorola to set up manufacturing plant in ChennaiMotorola is likely to make the announcement next week.
  4. TV show Bid2Win collects over a million bids in its opening weekThe technology is powered by UK-based company Cellcast.
  5. Spanco to raise $25 mn via bondsThe company is a telecom systems integrator and one of the largest domestic call centres.

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  1. Rajeev ‘BPL’ Chandrashekar: Next opportunity lies in business centred around core telecom or infrastructureNumber of players in the domestic mobile space have more or less stabilised.
  2. DoT in favour of allowing foreign bosses at telcosBut opposes remote access of telecom networks outside India.
  3. Airtel fixed line customer base stands at 14 lakhExpects 70-80% year on year growth.
  4. Flag Telecom wins case against VSNLFlag gets right to access VSNL’s Mumbai landing station; can upgrade and sell capacities on its undersea cable.
  5. Govt to setup telecom specific SEZs and export promotion councilTo promote telecom manufacturing and make available Rs 1000 handset by next year.
  6. Orascom is planning a full merger with Hutchison Telecom InternationalOrascom has over 4% indirect stake in Hutchinson Essar
  7. Siemens has powered full song download service of Hutch

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  1. Australia’s Telstra keen on entering IndiaGrowth in Australia’s mobile market to slow down to 17.1% by 2010.
  2. Indiagames to develop mobile game on NBC’s hit comedy ‘The Office’Mini-games includes Wastekeball, Paper-Football, Table-Top Golf, Office Paper War.
  3. TRAI directs operators to report international traffic minutes every monthIn order to curb the grey market in international calls.
  4. Paul Donovan replaces William Morrow in Vodafone’s seat at AirtelSingTel has 3 and Vodafone 2 board nominees on Bharti board.
  5. ITI posts Rs 451.48 cr loss30% Y-o-Y increase in sales at Rs 1,801 crore in 2005-06.
  6. C-DOT may enter tech tie-up with Bell LabsC-DOT was a brain child of Sam Pitroda.

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  1. Hutch brand begins replacing BPL in Maharashtra and GoaAlso replacing existing infrastructure with the latest Nokia equipment.
  2. Nokia raise its growth forecast in the global mobile market as demand grows in China and IndiaThe company expects the number of mobile users to touch 3 billion in 2008.
  3. GSM operators will continue getting double the spectrum than CDMADoT issues criteria for allotment of additional spectrum to GSM and CDMA operators.
  4. Infocomm cuts ISD rates by more than 69%For calls to various countries including the US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
  5. Rediff launches Newshound service on WAPNews headlines are aggregated from over 1,000 sources and updated every 5 minutes.
  6. The Hindu is now available via SMS shortcode 6397Powered by IMI Mobile, operational in Tamil Nadu.

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