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TRAI invites suggestions on DTH

Even though it has been a couple of years since DTH [a.k.a Dish TV] has been launched in India, TRAI wants your expert suggestions now. TRAI specifically wants to know about,

  • Interconnection issues – Standardizations and provision of access to broadcasters
  • Quality of Standards – TRAI is wondering if it can fix the same standards as it has for Telcos.
  • Interoperability of Set Top boxes – TRAI wants to know if Set Top boxes should be made interoperable technically or commercially ?

I would suggest that you drop a line to Mr. R N Chuobey [Advisor – TRAI or Fax: +91-11-23220442] asking TRAI to make the Set Top boxes technically interoperable as we have already seen the fate of Mobile handsets with CDMA service providers in India.

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IndiaPlaza – Books and Mobile Price Challenge

IndiaPlaza is running a Price Challenge offer on Mobile Phones and Books. The offer is as simple as this, find a retailer – either online or offline (Brick and Motar) who is selling a Book or Mobile phone at cheaper price than IndiaPlaza and collect twice the difference of the amount as gift voucher to spend on if IndiaPlaza is expensive.

I was purchasing these two books ISBN  8131702391 / 8129704056 and had a price check at FirstandSecond.Com and IndiaPlaza and found it cheaper on IndiaPlaza. However, I have found few mobile phone vendors offering cheaper prices than IndiaPlaza, but lets see if IndiaPlaza will accept it.

AV Revolution 2007;Motvik Mobile Startup

I was travelling when the Audio Video Revolution 2007 was held in Bangalore. However, I found these interesting reviews on Kicker Car Audio and JBLs blockbuster package which inclueds a Harmon Kardon AVR.

I am sure many of us have thought of using our cell phone camera as a webcam. A Bangalore based Mobile startup company, Motvik, has a working prototype of the idea – WWIGO (Vigo). Kamla has recorded a demo video of the same. You can also volunteer to be an Alpha Tester for Motvik.

Airtel, ICICI and American Express fined for tele-marketing

India’s largest Cellco, Airtel and largest private bank, ICICI along with American Express have been severely fined for unsolicited tele-marketing. A complainant, who neither had any banking nor any business relationship with ICICI / American Express dragged them to the consumer court and made Airtel a respondant in the case as she suspected Airtel had shared consumer info with the two Banks.

TRAI which invites consultation paper after paper has no final word on the much awaited Do Not Disturb registry.

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Weekend Updates

The week is incomplete without Nokia hitting the headlines. Nokia India will ship its 20 Millionth handset manufactured at Nokia Telecom Park in Chennai. Finally the Indian Internet companies are counting cash. Web-18, subsidiary of Television Eighteen India Ltd recorded a solid Q2. Lakme fashion week is now available for live Webcast and also on Mobile. Motorola and WestSide are back with their MotoStar and MotoDiva talent hunt contest at college level. Idea Cellular Limited has slashed STD rates on its Mobiles to just 99 paisa for bed time talk and also introduced its cell phone service in Uttar Pradesh (East).

Have a good one.

Euroset plans to retail mobiles in India

With 120 Million Mobile phone subscribers and still counting, Russian Mobile Retailer, EuroSet has big plans for India. Euroset wants to setup around 5,500 retail stores with PAN-India presence. Euroset is in talks with Delhi Real Estate land lords, Ansal group. Afterall, only the BRIC nations understand how to run an effective telecom business in BRIC nations 🙂

The retail mobile market in India is worth $16 Billion. Other Mobile Retailers include Mobile NXT, Mobile Magic. Converge M and M Bazaar by Pantaloon Retail India Limited are yet to start their concept stores.

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