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Landline charges to arise

NEW DELHI,  DECEMBER 20, 2004 : BSNL on Monday warned that the land line telephone charges would go up considerably in case telecom regulator TRAI reduces the ADC which the public sector company gets from private operators for its rural operations. "Land line telecom charges are below cost.

A K Sinha, CMD, BSNL, said that the telephone rental per month could be as high as Rs 360 and call charges also could increase if the ADC is reduced. ADC is not a benefit to BSNL, but covers its cost in providing services in rural areas and in fact all private basic operators who go to rural areas get the ADC.

Operators can now offer special tariffs to their subscribers

NEWDELHI , DECEMBER 09, 2004 : In the 33rd amendment to the Telecom Tariff Order notified today, Telecom operators will now be able to offer a special set of tariffs for calls to their own customers and different rates to subscribers of any other network. This will advantage large and connected telecom operators such as Reliance, Bharti, BSNL and Tatas which will be able to offer special packages to their subscribers for intra-network calls.

BSNL moves the Advertising Council against AIRTEL advertisement

New Delhi, Dec. 7 : Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has moved the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) against an advertisement published by Airtel in which the company claimed that it is the only mobile service provider in J&K. It has urged ASCI to restrain Airtel from publishing such misleading advertisements.

Airtel, in its advertisement in a news magazine dated November 22, 2004, stated that it is the "only one mobile service that takes you to Jammu and Kashmir." But the fact is that the former Prime Minister, Mr Vajpayee, had launched BSNL's mobile service in the Jammu and Kashmir in August 2003, much before Airtel's service was launched.

The letter further states that Airtel's claim of it being the only mobile service provider in Jammu and Kashmir was totally false, unfair, deceptive and misleading, in addition to a misrepresentation of facts. "Such an advertisement deserves to be condemned as unfair trade practice, as it not only contains a false statement but also misleading to the public at large," BSNL said.

BSNL lost 32.6 lakh subscriber in 2003-04

DECEMBER 03, 2004 NEW DELHI: In 2003-04, 32.60 lakh phones were either disconnected or surrendered, while in 2002-03 the comparable figure was 17.93 lakh phones, Shakeel Ahmad, the Minister of State for IT and Telecom, told Rajya Sabha in written reply to a query on Thursday.

Phone call rates set to fall further

DECEMBER 03, 2004 NEW DELHI: Telecom regulator Trai will submit its recommendation on trim in Access Deficit Charge (ADC) rates by Tuesday which it said will commit to 30-40 per cent drop in telecom tariffs. Trai chairman Mr. Baijal said on the sidelines of CEO's Conclave organised by Voice & Data. ADC on both national long distance and international long distance calls would come down. He said cut in ADC can bring down telecom tariffs and boost the growth of the sector. To drive up tele density in rural areas, tariffs must fall further, Baijal said adding that licence must allow broadband to have telephony so that tariffs can fall further. He said that, in the next Union Budget, government levies on broadband should be slashed.

CDMA user can change their handsets

20 NOV. 2004 : CDMA subscribers can change their handsets like their GSM counterparts. Currently, there is no active market for second hands as handsets have to be activated by the operator.

But CDMA operator Reliance Infocomm is working on changing this. The company has set up a special team to spearhead the development of a second-hand market and is planning initiatives to boost the sales of second- hand handsets.

The first initiative is being kicked off on November 22 with the launch of a 'virtual sim card'. This card is available in a kit which is nothing but a scratch card with a unique activation code. Subscribers can activate any Reliance network compliant handset with the code and get a new phone number. Similarly, the handset can be deactivated. The Reliance Get Started Kit costs Rs 220 and is pre-loaded with Rs 50 worth of talktime.

Reliance Infocomm quarter net loss at Rs 50 cr
Mumbai, Oct, 25
Reliance Infocomm, which is 45 per cent owned by petrochemicals maker Reliance Industries, had a second quarter NET LOSS of around Rs 50 crore, managing director of Reliance Industries, Anil Ambani, told a news conference on Monday.

Global telecom meet in Mumbai from Oct 25
Mumbai Oct. 21

A WIDE variety of issues related to rural telecommunications, broadband services and convergence, telecom software and Internet security would be discussed at length during the three-day TELECOMM India 2004 conference being organised by India-Tech Foundation in Mumbai from October 25.

The international conference will also feature an exhibition, which would highlight the present status and projections in the domestic telecom and IT sectors.

Delegates from UK, USA, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Switzerland are expected to attend the conference.

The conference will be capped by a buyers-sellers meet. Officers from the Ministry of Communications and representatives of as BSNL, MTNL, Siemens Public Network Communications, Bharati Televentures, Reliance Infocomm and Cisco Systems will take part.

News Courtesy :Business Line

Reliance, Tata Tele offer bus route info

Mumbai , Oct. 20

CDMA players Reliance Infocomm and Tata Teleservices have tied up with Mumbai metropolis' suburban bus service to offer details of bus routes to their clients. Details of Brihan-Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) will be available through SMS for Tata Indicom subscribers, by sending a message.For Reliance IndiaMobile customers, it will be available through R-World, the company's suite of data and entertainment services.

Around 50 lakh commuters use BEST services everyday in the Mumbai metropolitan region that includes Thane and Navi Mumbai.

News Courtesy :Business Line

CDMA user base touches 88.61 lakh


NEW DELHI: India's CDMA-based mobile subscriber base swelled by 3.08 per cent in September to touch 88.61 lakh with Reliance leading the tally with 81.01 lakh while Tatas have lost 8,000 subscribers.

Reliance Infocomm added 2.69 lakh subscribers during the month. But Tata Teleservices lost 8,080 subscribers to touch a user base of 6.9 lakh in the month. In August, it had a subscriber base of 6.98 lakh.

Bharti is not present in the CDMA-based mobile services while HFCL Infotel which operates in Punjab added 3,152 subscribers taking its total subscriber base to 43,017.

Shyam Telelink, operator in Rajasthan, also lost marginally with the loss of 11 subscribers to take its users base to 26,635. In August, it had a subscriber base of 26,786.

In PSUs, MTNL's total subscriber base including fixed line and WLL (M) in Delhi and Mumbai was 42.54 lakh, marginally lower than its August figure of 42.94 lakh. 

News Courtesy : The Economic Times

Best telecom brand award for Airtel
New Delhi , Oct. 12

BHARTI Tele-Venture's Airtel has bagged the award for the world's best communications brand of the year, at the World Communication Awards 2004, set up by London-based Emap Communications Group. The world's leading brands, including Orange, British Telecom, Starhub and M1, were among the nominees for the award.

The awards, in the sixth year of their inception, recognise outstanding performance by telecom companies and brands and are known as the `Oscars' of the communication sector. More than 50 of the world's leading telecom companies submitted a total of 123 entries for the awards.

News Courtesy : Business Line

Nokia bags BSNL deal worth Rs 1,120 cr
Mumbai , Oct. 7

BSNL has awarded Nokia a contract for the expansion of its GSM/EDGE and GPRS network in North India. The deal is valued at more than 200 million euros (Rs 1,120 crore).

Nokia will deploy four million lines across towns, cities, villages and all major State and national highways in Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (both east and west circles), Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, said a Nokia release.

As a part of the agreement that can be extended further, Nokia will supply both core and GSM/EDGE and GPRS radio network equipment, including base station subsystems, switching subsystems, intelligent network, GPRS core network, short message service system, multimedia messaging centre expansion and Nokia Download Solution. Nokia 5140 handsets are also included in the deal.

News Courtesy :Business Line
Mukesh Ambani is 'Telecom Man of the Year'
New Delhi, Sept. 7. (UNI): Reliance Infocomm Chairman and Managing Director, Mukesh Ambani, has been chosen as the "Telecom Man of the Year 2004" while public sector Bharat Sanchar Nigam has been adjudged the top telecom service provider by Voice and Data magazine.

Bharti Televentures bagged the honour for best cellular service provider and BSNL for fixed line, national long distance and Internet services.

News Courtesy : The Hindu

Now, Digital TV For BSNL Customers

Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Orca Interactive, a unit of Israel's Emblaze Ltd, has won a contract from Atlas Interactive India to provide software used in bringing digital television to broadband customers. 

Orca said in a statement on Monday the licensing agreement will enable Atlas to deliver interactive television services to subscribers of India's largest telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.

Financial details were not disclosed.

The project is scheduled to be launched with an initial 50,000 subscribers in the Delhi area by the end of 2004, Orca said.

Atlas, a unit of the privately owned telecom conglomerate Atlas Group, is expected to roll out services to 38 major Indian cities, aiming to sign more than 1 million subscribers within 24 months, the statement added.

The deal comes a week after Orca announced it had extended a contract with Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co to bring digital television to broadband customers.

News Courtesy : Financial express