From now till 1st March 2012, Airtel mobile customers can enjoy free access to Twitter via http://mobile.twitter.com, and can also use SMS shortcode 53000 to sign up for Twitter and even Tweet or receive Tweets from specified users.

Ways to enjoy free Twitter access on Airtel till 1st March 2012

  • Twitter mobile website: Visit mobile.twitter.com (with or without GPRS subscription), follow simple sign up process by entering your mobile number and start using!
  • Create new account on Twitter on SMS: SMS ‘START’ to 53000, upon receiving reply – SMS ‘SIGNUP’ to 53000. Next, type a username (unique and less than 15 characters) and send that to 53000. Once Twitter approves your username, you will get a confirmation message, prompting you to SMS a chosen password to 53000. On completion of this process, your Twitter account will be created. Sign up is only required if a user wants to tweet
  • Follow specific Twitter users on SMS: To receive updates from a specific user, SMS ‘Follow ’ to 53000. Users can follow others on Twitter on SMS even without having a Twitter account of their own

Idea biggest gainer in MNP sweepstakes

Only three GSM incumbents have gained customers through MNP. Idea Cellular tops the charts with a net gain of 15.7 lakh customers followed by Vodafone and Bharti Airtel at 12.1 lakh and 3 lakh, respectively.
RCOM has been the worst impacted as the telecom has a net loss of 13.4 lakh users, followed by Tata Teleservices that lost 8.6 lakh and BSNL which recorded a net loss of over 5 lakh users [source].

TRAI expects to complete cable digitisation ahead of deadline

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) expects the digitisation of nationwide cable network in India to be completed well ahead of the recommended deadline of 2014. For rural areas, the respective State Government may float an SPV for the purpose, he said. After which, everything will fall in line and there will be a complete digital eco system in place. Digitised, cable operators will be able to offer at least 400 channels. They should actually look beyond just offering cable TV services. [source]

Video-on-demand service & Catch-up TV on Tata Sky soon

Video-on-demand (VoD) service, aimed at subscribers of both its regular and high-definition services, will allow users to choose from nearly 1,000 titles comprising Bollywood and foreign flicks, among other content across languages and genres. Catch-up TV, on the other hand, will help subscribers to watch select TV shows after they have been broadcast and that too without recording them because these shows will be available for download. [source]

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