Telecom Newsletter - December 22 to 26, 2014

As per news reports, Government will look into Airtel's plan to charge separately for Internet call services offered by apps.

Dec 26, 2014 12:12 IST India Infoline News Service

Top News
Airtel, Vodafone and Idea seek DoT help
According to the report, India's top mobile operators have sought the telecom departments intervention. Telecom Department will facilitate tower site acquisitions and optic fibre cable rollouts for boosting coverage in New Delhi famed LBZ to amid increasing complaints of call drops and substandard data coverage in the area, report said.
The Cellular Operators Association of India said in a media report that inadequate number of cell sites is proving a major constraint in providing quality mobile coverage in the LBZ, an important geographical zone in Delhi. Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular as members has exhorted the department to enable "fast-track clearance" of innumerable pending applications from telecom companies, says report.
Govt to look Into Airtel's Plan to charge for Internet Calls
As per news reports, Government will look into Airtel's plan to charge separately for Internet call services offered by apps. Airtel's plan to charge for VoIP calls at standard rate of Rs. 0.04 per 10KB on 3G network and Rs. 0.10 per 10 KB on 2G network, Telecom Minister said in a media report. Airtel customers will now have to pay extra for making calls on Skype, Viber or other apps. This is the first time in the country that any mobile operator is charging separately for VoIP service, report said.
Domestic News
ACME to supply telecom passive infra to PGCIL
ACME announced that it has bagged orders from Power Grid Corporation India Limited (PGCIL) worth Rs. 11.50 crores/ $2.87 mn. Under these contracts, ACME will do the planning, designing, engineering and manufacturing and supplying of the telecom Passive Infrastructure. ACME will also provide other energy requirements including ACME’s path-breaking and innovative power interface units and solar photo voltaic power supply systems. As per the contract, the project needs to be completed within one year after the date of awarding the contract.
Huawei receive 4G network deal from Bharti Airtel
HTC Corporation, which was formerly known as High-Tech Computer Corporation, has emerged as a leading smartphone & tablet manufacturer on the world map. The company is headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Since 2007, time when smartphone market began to feel the buzz in India, HTC has regularly introduced commercially and critically acclaimed smartphones for discerning Indian consumers.
Videocon Mobile Phones launches Infinium Z50 Nova exclusively on Flipkart
Videocon Mobile Phones Division, from the house of a billion dollar Videocon Group launches its one of brilliantly crafted Smartphone – the Infinium Z50 Nova.  This highly competent and power packed device is backed by an optimised 1.3 GHz Quad Core Mediatek SOC Processor along with a Dual Core Mali 400 GPU and comes equipped with 5-Inch qHD IPS Capacitive Touch Screen for ultra sharp videos and HD content.  Infinium Z50 Nova is exclusively available on at a striking price of Rs. 5999/-.
Huawei organizes India Broader Way Forum 2014
Huawei organized India Broader Way Forum 2014 where it unveiled the report titled “Superfast India- Repeating the Leapfrog - now to Next Generation Networks” which outlines the possibilities and benefits of next generation networks at social and economic spheres and its impact on overall national competitiveness. It also determines various factors in implementing 4G networks from the viewpoint of three main stakeholder groups including government, operators and consumers.
The report has been commissioned in association with Booz&Co. and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The launch event witnessed participation from heads of governments, industry leaders, and experts along with Cai Liqun, CEO. Huawei India
Rita Teaotia, Special Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India was present as Chief Guest at the Broader Way Forum. She also addressed a key note at the unveiling of the report.
Tata DOCOMO conferred with ET Telecom Award 2014 for Excellence in Energy Management
Tata DOCOMO was awarded the prestigious ET Telecom Award 2014 in the category of Excellence in Energy Management, for reducing the environmental and operational impact of its infrastructure and operations across India. Tata DOCOMO’s “Project Optimus” has successfully slashed carbon footprint across 10,000 sites in India.
Speaking on the occasion, Neeraj Dindore – Chief Technology Officer, Tata Teleservices Limited said, “Commitment to climate and to communities is at the core of our business at Tata Teleservices and this recognition is a testimony to the fact that the company has taken steps in the right direction. We are absolutely delighted with the ET Telecom’s recognition as it affirms our faith in the belief that Sustainability and business have to walk together hand in hand.”
HTC unveils three lowest price Smartphones on Infibeam
HTC Desire 820
Apparently, there is no such remarkable difference between Desire 820 and Desire 820Q; but if you check the processor, Desire 820 boasts Qualcomm Snapdragon 615. 1.5GHz Quad-Core CPUs & 1 GHz Quad-Core CPU. This powerful processor provides lifelike visuals, smooth gaming and fluid videos. You can handle multiple apps without slowing down and enjoy razor sharp rendering speeds for seamless browsing, so you’ll keep up with the speed of life. The phone is available at Rs. 23499/- on Infibeam.
HTC Desire 820Q
Desire 820Q is another super-cool smartphone that is loaded with many smart features. The phone has amazing display, photos, music and style. You’ll see more visual content from its huge 5.5” display screen, take amazing photos from both sides with its twin 13MP main/8MP front-facing cameras and hear more immersive audio than ever with its dual frontal stereo speakers. This phone is available at Rs. 19499/- on Infibeam.
HTC Desire 516C
Desire 516C is a mid-range smartphone affordable to large consumer base of India. The phone has Dual SIM flexibility at warp-speed. The 5” Desire 516c dual sim includes dual SIM capability for expanded use and a quad-core processor that makes multitasking a breeze. A camera feature creates mini-films from your photos and videos.
Kenxinda launches 3g Smartphone in India
KENXINDA Technology announced the launch of KENXINDA K528 3G Android mobile with a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen for Indian market for Rs. 2499/-.
On the occasion Owen Xiao, Director & Operation Head India, KENXINDA Technology said, “We are very happy and excited to bring next generation technology for our Indian customers, after creating an unprecedented buzz in global market by bringing in technologically advanced and feature rich product at this price range especially for the youth and masses.”
It is fully loaded entry level 3G android smartphone makes for a great buy for consumers on shoe string budget at this segment. It is designed best-in-class in terms of features, internet surfing, audio-video playback and engaged user interface and many more, he further added.
Microsoft Lumia 730’s OOH Adventure with Posterscope India
Posterscope India weaves an Out-of-Home campaign that serves the objectives of Microsoft Lumia aptly, by optimizing the opportunity of a brand slotted in a highly competitive environment. Posterscope interestingly identified the key destinations of the Target Audience where they retreat, socialise and spend most of their leisure time such as Malls, Multiplexes, etc. For Impact and Reach – take the streets, for suave presence –take transit places like Airports and for the conversion mile capture the ambient spaces like Shopping malls, corporate parks and Cinemas. On the creative front the message was simple and clear, it explicitly highlights the Microsoft services available on the Lumia 730 i.e. Office and Skype and says – ‘Office on the go’ and ‘Just don’t talk, connect with Skype’. The media mix was extensive as it included, high impact billboards, mall facades and other display units, airport units, digital OOH screens across 6 metros for 30 days. The success of the campaign will be measured on three fronts – drive purchase intent, be recognized efficiently, and move key brand perceptions with terminologies like ‘cool’, ‘love’ ‘Great for work and play’.
Tata Docomo partners with Alive India in Concert
Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Limited (TTL), has partnered with India’s Biggest Open Air Live Concert Series “Alive India In Concert” in Bangalore. In its third season, the concert is a 3-and-a-half month musical extravaganza co-presented by Tata Docomo that will feature some of the biggest names in the Bollywood Music Industry like Arijit Singh, Kunal Ganjawala, Javed Ali, Hariharan, Usha Uthup along with international performers like Kiriaka. Tata Docomo aims to reach across to youth of the country who are passionate about music and have mobile internet embedded in their lifestyles. They can also visit Tata Docomo’s live 3G experience zones set up at the venue of the concert and experience the exceptional and superfast 3G services offered.
International News
Fitch affirms Australia's Telstra at 'A' on Pacnet acquisition
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Telstra Corporation Limited's (Telstra) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and senior unsecured rating at 'A'. The Outlook on the IDR is Stable. The Short-Term IDR and the commercial paper rating have been affirmed at 'F1'. This follows the announcement on 23 December 2014 that Telstra has agreed to acquire Pacnet Limited (B/Rating Watch Positive), with the deal expected to close in the quarter ending June 2015, subject to certain regulatory approvals.
Pacnet is a provider of connectivity, managed services and data centre services to telcos, corporations and governments in Asia-Pacific. The acquisition will provide Telstra ownership of an expanded data centre and submarine cable network as well as increased customer base for these services across the Asia-Pacific. Telstra plans to integrate all aspects of Pacnet, except a China joint venture holding, into its own business and is targeting to achieve a run rate of synergies of AUD65m.

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