Roundup: Mobile Number Portability to start from November 1st

Mobile Number Portability is all set to go live from November 1st. The first roll out will be in Haryana, followed by a first phase rollout in 11 circles in north and west India from third week of November.

MNP has been delayed multiple times and even the November 1st rollout is a a partial rollout.

Recommended Read : Mobile Number Portability in India – Details/Perspective | Mobile Number Portability in India – Post-paid users most likely to switch

Reliance Launches SMS Based Call Conferencing Facility

Reliance has announced SMS based conference calling feature (to Group Talk service) that will be made available to its GSM and CDMA subscribers. Group Talk, a call conferencing facility that enables RCom subscribers to setup group conferencing facility via SMS.

  • Set-up an ‘Instant’ conference with up to 9 participants
  • ‘Schedule’ a conference in the future (Dial-in) (post/prepaid)
  • Use a previously created group or select contacts from your phone book.
  • Create a group using SMS and downloadable Client ( Client can be downloaded by RWorld)

Qualcomm To Sell Indian BWA Business

Qualcomm which won broadband wireless spectrum (BWA) for four circles at Rs 4,912 crore is exiting the business. Since regulations bar sale of spectrum, Qualcomm will sell its company which acquired spectrum, in a move akin to Infotel Broadband’s acquisition by Reliance Industries after the auctions.[source]

Dish TV board okays $200-mn fund-raising plan

Dect-to-home (DTH) service provider Dish TV Ltd’s board on Tuesday approved raising fresh funds up to $200 million through issue of equity shares and/or other equity linked instruments for acquisition of new subscribers. This follows a similar enabling approval by the board to raise $200 million last year, where the company eventually raised half of the amount.[source]

BIG CBS Network’s Channel Launch in India

As the countdown to the launch of BIG CBS Networks’ channels in India begins, with BIG CBS Prime, BIG CBS Love and BIG CBS Love, the Company had finalized the subscription rate card for addressable and non-addressable distribution platforms. The BIG CBS channels will be distributed at the a la carte rate (non-addressable) of Rs. 14, Rs. 11 & Rs.11 for BIG CBS Prime, BIG CBS Spark and BIG CBS Love respectively. Simultaneously the channels will be distributed at a bouquet rate (non-addressable) of Rs 21.2 (Rs 9.2 for BIG CBS Prime, Rs 6.0 for each BIG CBS Spark & BIG CBS Love). The rates for addressable/digital platforms have been kept at 35% of non-addressable rates.[source]

Rocketalk takes a leap over Facebook and Twitter by 4.7% & 6.4% respectively

The latest study on Mobile social networking and Indian mobile usage data released by Informate, a leading mobile analytics company, has declared Rocketalk as a clear leader in the mobile social networking segment. The results of the research capture actual mobile user behavior for the period of six months in India.

The findings indicate that Rocketalk is the No. 1 mobile social networking application; followed by Orkut and is way ahead of Facebook and Twitter. The report has come out at very interesting time when Airtel has announced that only 21% of mobile internet usage on its network comes from metros where both Facebook, and Twitter are popular [source].

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