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BPL Mobile to keep brand name for 1 yr

Rajesh S Kurup  |  Mumbai 

BPL Mobile, one of Mumbai's oldest cellular telephony operator, has received approvals from the to use the brand name for another year.
Armed with this, the company is refreshing its brand image with a range of hues and is shedding the blue colour it has been associated with for over a decade.
The Essar group-owned company's agreement with the Bangalore-based BPL group, which owns the brand through its flagship firm, had expired on March this year. BPL's top management had sought an extension and was in discussions BPL group, even as they were also looking at a bringing in a new brand, in case the talks failed.
Under the earlier contract, the company will be paying a fixed fee to the BPL Group and this is expected to continue. However, the fee structure could not be ascertained.
When contacted, BPL CEO confirmed the development and added that the company was keen on building up the brand for which it has already earmarked Rs 10 crore for the next two months.
was founded by Nambiar's son-in-law Rajeev Chandrasekhar and was later sold to the Ruias of Essar. In July 2005, the Essar Group had acquired all circles and operations of for Rs 4,400 crore.
The company was also revamping its brand and unveiling a new logo on Friday.

According to Subramaniam, the revamp of the logo will give a youthful and vibrant look. The new logo would not be sticking to one colour, and will have different colours for different occasions. This is against the conventional method of a company being associated with one single colour, which was blue for BPL Mobile over the last decade.

After the change, the company would have logos in at least 10 different colours. The main colours would be purple, yellow, green and blue, while different shades of these colours would also be used. The company is also replacing its existing instrumental jingle with a Hinglish song for which it has running teaser campaign for the last one week.

Following the brand revamp, the company is also expected to rollout a range of products and services "that will earn it a fair share in the market," he said.

First Published: Fri, July 27 2007. 00:00 IST