News Roundup: TELiBrahma, Railtel offer BluFi at Bangalore railway station

TELiBrahma, Railtel offer BluFi at Bangalore railway station

RailTel and Telibrahma, has launched BluFi services in the City Railway station. BluFi is a unique combination of Bluetooth application and Wi-Fi connectivity. To use the connection, passengers can send the request for Internet access by sending their mobile number to which the password will be sent via SMS. This innovative initiative will allow passengers to receive a host of information, like videos, downloadable games, wallpapers, etc., and also information on the Railways by just switching on Bluetooth on their mobile phones. Free Wi-Fi connectivity has also been provided by RailTel as part of their RailWire retail broadband initiative.

Dish TV ties up with neighborhood operators to push own set-top boxes & install connections

Stiff challenge from digital cable operators has forced India’s biggest direct to home (DTH) television company, Dish TV, to tie up with neighbourhood cable operators, opening up a new front in the war between the DTH and cable industries. Dish TV chief executive RC Venkateish said the company has launched a pilot project in Delhi and he expects to grab 1-1.5 million subscribers across cities in the short term through tie-ups with the cable operators. These operators have been given the option to take up distribution and installation of Dish TV connections to customers and push Dish TV set-top boxes in cable households with the first phase of cable digitalisation. [source]

TDSAT to telcos: Pay penalty on graded scales

Telecom tribunal TDSAT has asked private operators, on whom DoT has imposed penalty for not reverifying prepaid connections in Assam and North East, to pay 25 per cent of the fine as per the old slab system. Clarifying its earlier order, TDSAT said the operators would pay 25 per cent of the penalty imposed by DoT following “graded scales”, which invite penalty based on the percentage of subscribers unverified.[source]

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