News Roundup: IRCTC Launches Mobile Site, Pan India Secure Network from DoT

IRCTC has launched its mobile site (http://irctc.co.in/mobile) enabling passengers to book tickets via mobile devices. The customer is charged ticket fare, IRCTC service charge and Agent service charge (Rs.10/- & Rs.20/- as per class of tickets) and applicable payment gateway charges.

Whenever a passenger books a reserved ticket through Mobile phone, he will receive a message with full details of the ticket including PNR, Train No., date of journey, class, etc. This virtual message would be treated at par with the print-out of the e-ticket which at present is taken out by the passengers and is known as Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS). Hence, with this virtual message, passengers would not be required to have a printer with them to take a print-out of e-ticket to be carried with them.

IRCTC claims that more than a thousand years are already availing this facility everyday and will soon launch mobile apps to book tickets too.

DoT mulling to set up pan-India secure network at Rs 450 cr

In an effort to provide secure Internet environment in the country, DoT is mulling to set-up a pan-India secure network with an estimated cost of Rs 450 crore, providing a fool-proof infrastructure for telecom and internet communication exclusively for government use.
“To develop and deploy a pan-India secure network and network-based services such as e-mail, voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP), mobile communication through a survivable and available network architecture for secured communication for government use with a government funding of Rs 450 crore,” [ET]

Yahoo! Videos ties up with 35 content firms

After opening online movie exhibition venture, Yahoo! is now looking at enhancing its library of movies, TV news, TV shows, entertainment, lifestyle and sports in different Indian languages. While offering most of the 3,000 full-length movies in seven languages in its library free of cost through Movieplex window, Yahoo! has kept a small percentage of films under premium category. People would have to pay to get access to such movies. It tied up with firms such as Shemaroo, Reliance and PVR for film content.[Hindu]

Pre-paid mobile users to get SMS updates on data consumption

A welcome move, all pre-paid mobile users will soon get updates on data usage from their mobile operators. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has made it mandatory for operators to give the updates through SMS every time a subscriber uses data services.[source]

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