News Roundup: New Mobile Numbers Might Begin With 5,6 and 3.

DoT hangs up on 11-digit plan, to free up 3.4 billion mobile nos

The proposal to move to 11-digit mobile numbers has been shelved for good. The telecom department has accepted the short-term solution from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to create additional capacity in the ‘7’ and ‘8’ series and this will free up 650 million mobile numbers to cater to the industry’s demands for the next 30 months.

As a long-term solution, the Department of Telecom(DoT) has also decided to open up levels ‘5’, ‘6’ and ‘3’ for mobile services. This implies mobile phone numbers of the future will begin with these digits. This will free up an additional 2,750.9 million (2.75 billion) mobile numbers [ET]

Over 18 m users have switched operators

More than 18 million subscribers have requested to change their operators using Mobile Number Portability at the end of August. During the month, 2.5 million subscribers put in their request, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Out of the total requests around 9.72 lakh pertains to Haryana where MNP was implemented from November 2010. In rest of the country, the facility was launched in February this year.[The Hindu]

Cisco and Government of Karnataka in PPP to Pilot Remote Healthcare in Shimoga District to Bring Inclusive Growth

Cisco has announced the launch of its Cisco® healthcare solution pilot program to enable remote healthcare for two primary healthcare centers from the district hospital in Shimoga District. The chief minister of Karnataka, Shri D.V Sadananda Gowda, and Aravind Sitaraman, president of Inclusive Growth, Cisco, attended the event.

With this project, Cisco advances its Inclusive Growth vision of using technology to bridge the urban-rural gap. Earlier this year, Cisco launched the initiative so that rural communities can get access to essential urban services like healthcare, education, a marketplace and access to public services through technology and bring them into the mainstream economy. Using the network as a platform, these services can bring about transformational change and greatly reduce the urban-rural divide [source]. breaches the 5-million subscriber mark, launches WAP browser has announced the launch of India’s first and exclusive mobile WAP browser for discounted deals, which will help mobile internet users to access mydala deals quickly on any internet-enabled mobile phone using GPRS or Wi-Fi. The company claims to have crossed the 5 million subscriber mark.

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