Telecom Roundup: DNC covers SMS, Spice Group acquires Cellucom..and more

DNC now covers SMS as well and TRAI has mandated all mobile operators have to prefix an identification tag before all application-to-peer (A2P) SMSes being sent from their SMS centres (SMSC) from February 1.

Till the TRAI notification, SMS-es sent from a mobile or landline number were easy to track as they originated from the SMSC of the same operator who owned that number. However, as SMSes began to be sent by bulk message providers using an alphabetic or numeric code, making it tougher for the service provider to track the sender.
All 17 new and existing cellular operators and the 22 service circles have each been assigned a unique one-letter identifier.- source

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Spice Group firm acquires Dubai-based Cellucom

Spice Group company HotSpot Retails has acquired 100 % stake in Dubai-based mobile and IT products retailer Cellucom.
HotSpot, which has over 500 retail stores across the country, took over 120 stores of Cellucom as per the deal taking the combined entity’s number of stores to 620. – source

3G Update

Thanks to bureaucracy, everybody is losing out on 3G opportunity.

“Even if 20 million users migrate from 2G to 3G platform, the average revenue per user (ARPU) is projected to rise by Rs 200 per month in the very first year of 3G rollout. This automatically translates into about Rs 4,800 crore of additional revenue for 3G service providers” – ET

Kerala to go Wi-Max soon

BSNL is bringing the entire state under the WiMax cover along with a few select states namely Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab.
"In the first phase we will introduce the system in the cities of Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode and major towns of Kannur, Thrissur, Kottayam and Kollam. We hope that the facility could be provided to our customers in these places within five months, perhaps a bit earlier,” – source

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