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  • 27-Oct-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Fifth Element launches a crystal ball for Bollywood

    If only Bollywood had a crystal ball that could predict the fortune of the over 150 movies released every year, it could have saved itself millions of rupees in losses. Only a handful of movies make money, while others sink without a trace.

  • 26-Oct-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Telcos concerned at majority of VAS products being ignored

    For telecom service providers in the country, Value Added Services (VAS) may be the buzzword. But despite operators launching over 100 VAS products in the country, just five or six are actively being used by subscribers.

  • 23-Oct-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Three GSM service providers seek additional spectrum

    Three major GSM telecom operators — Tata DoCoMo, Reliance Communications and Idea Cellular — have sought additional wireless spectrum to support their increasing subscriber base.

  • 13-Oct-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Coolpad expects Rs 800-cr revenue from India in 5 yrs

    Coolpad Communication, China’s largest dual handset maker and a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed China Wireless Technologies Ltd, is expecting revenues of Rs 800 crore in five years from India. The company is also planning to launch dual-SIM ...

  • 09-Oct-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    'There will be 1 billion mobiles by 2013, if not earlier'

    Q&A: TV Ramachandran, Former Director-General, COAI

  • 08-Oct-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Telecom firms ring in web ambassadors

    Zac has a problem staying fit; he has a paunch and needs to exercise. And there is a queue of people who want to take him out for a walk. They include Mahesh Bhatt, Yuvraj Singh, author Chetan Bhagat and actress and model Gul Panang.

  • 29-Sep-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    MTS to launch high-speed internet services soon

    New telecom licencee MTS, in which Sistema of Russia holds a majority stake, is preparing to launch high-speed wireless internet services that offer speeds of up to 3.1 mbps.

  • 26-Sep-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    RCom's unlisted companies suffer Rs 1,325-cr loss

    Around 60 group companies of Reliance Communications (RCom) have together posted losses of Rs 1,325.6 crore during the previous financial year, of which Flag Telecom Ireland Network tops the list with a Rs 242.7-crore loss.

  • 21-Sep-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    3G bids: Industry fears 'winner's curse'

    In 2000, British Telecom and Vodafone were the darlings of stock markets in the UK. But share prices and revenues took a knock after the telecom majors won 3G spectrum through a high-priced bidding.

  • 17-Sep-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Schemes are not just promos: Tata DoCoMo

    Tata DoCoMo will not withdraw any of its newly-launched schemes even after the end of the mandatory six-month period, putting industry speculation to rest that these are only promotional offers.

  • 16-Sep-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Datacom awards Rs 2,000-crore contract to Aircel

    Firming its plans to launch pan-India GSM services, Datacom Solutions, one of the new telecom licensees, has awarded a $400-million (Rs 2,000 crore) tower-sharing contract to Aircel Cellular. Under the agreement, spread over a 16-month period, ...

  • 12-Sep-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Bandwidth landing in India set to double in 2 yrs

    A race among telecom players to set up a ‘silk route’ for telecom (between India and China), and a move to light-up additional capacity on submarine cables landing in India, would result in nearly doubling bandwidth capacity landing in ...

  • 02-Sep-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Reliance Infratel plans Rs 5,000-crore IPO

    It would be the second-largest IPO after the Rs 6,000-crore one by state-run National Hydroelectric Power Corporation.

  • 01-Sep-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Indian firms re-route Net traffic after Taiwanese earthquake

    Indian submarine cable companies, including Tata Communications and Reliance Communications, re-routed at least 300-400 Gigabytes of internet traffic over both own and consortium cable networks between the Chinese mainland, Asia and Europe following ...

  • 01-Sep-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    RCom prepays term loan worth Rs 5,000 cr

    Integrated telecommunications service provider Reliance Communications (RCom) has prepaid a term loan of Rs 5,000 crore raised from Indian banks a year earlier. The pre-payment would help the company make interest savings of Rs 700 crore a year.

  • 28-Aug-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    SAT dismisses plea against Bharti Airtel

    Paving way for the companies to pursue their merger, the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) has dismissed a petition filed by a Bharti Airtel shareholder in Mumbai, who had opposed to a Sebi order exempting South African telecom major MTN Group ...

  • 27-Aug-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Tata DoCoMo in bid to 'do the new'

    NTT DoCoMo’s stake in unlisted entity Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) is just 26 per cent, but the Japanese brand is getting the pride of place in the country’s first dual branding strategy in the telecom space.

  • 26-Aug-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup & Shivani Shinde

    Nasscom, Philippine counterpart to sign MoU

    The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sectors of India and the Philippines are joining hands to combat protectionism from European Union nations and the US, and to increase cooperation between both nations which traditionally have been competitors ...

  • 24-Aug-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Multiple SIMs weigh heavy on operators

    The telecom industry is on cloud nine over the monthly 10-million subscriber addition, but mobile operators are not celebrating. Reason: usage of dual SIM-card phones, a recent phenomenon, is porting away revenues, with even loyal customers trying ...

  • 23-Aug-2009 | Shivani Shinde & Rajesh S Kurup

    TechM bags Etisalat contract

    Gets a portion of Rs 1,500-crore IT outsourcing deal from the UAE firm.

  • 22-Aug-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    GTL Infra, Essar in race for Aircel tower assets

    Three major telecom companies have joined the race to acquire GSM service provider Aircel Cellular’s passive telecom infrastructure, valued at around $2.5 billion.

  • 20-Aug-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Android phones call on Indian consumers

    Samsung Electronics and Motorola are gearing up to launch handsets based on Google’s Android operating system (OS) in India.

  • 16-Aug-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    3G guidelines not viable for foreign players, say experts

    An array of conditions in third generation (3G) guidelines will restrict the entry of foreign players in the booming Indian telecom market. The restrictions may include an additional licence fee a foreign operator has to foot on, infrastructure ...

  • 14-Aug-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Tower biz starts paying off for telcos

    Rising tenancy rates, better management of energy as well as input costs help.

  • 12-Aug-2009 | Rajesh S Kurup

    Wipro close to Rs 1,500-crore IT deal with Etisalat

    Etisalat DB Telecom India, in which the UAE-based Etisalat holds a 45 per cent stake, is close to signing a Rs 1,500 crore outsourcing deal with IT major Wipro Technologies.