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News Roundup: 9 million 3G users in India, Payment Gateway from RIL?

There are only 11 million broadband customers in India and expect newly launched 3G service to bring “mobile only” Internet users in India (read: The Rise of Mobile Only Internet Generation in India), adding to the overall Internet population in India.

There are 9 million 3G users in India (who have used the service) and leader of the 3G pack is Bharti Airtel with 3 million subscribers followed by Tata DoCoMo with 1.5 million users. Idea Cellular, Vodafone and BSNL have over a million 3G customers each. Reliance Communications did not give out its numbers but sources said that it also has close to a million 3G connections [source]

Given the bad quality of 3G service in India, one can only hope that telecom operators spend more money/effort on improving infrastructure, as opposed to adding subscribers for numbers sake.

What has been your experience with 3G? Yet to get the 3 in 3G?

Payment Gateway From RIL and American Express?

The payment gateway infrastructure is broken in India and while we have few winner among many losers, this space needs serious competition and RIL+American express could be the answer.

As per this report, Reliance Industries (RIL), owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani , is negotiating with US-based finance company American Express to form a joint venture that could offer services such as payment gateways.

Big push for electronic hardware manufacture on the cards

Plans are afoot to accord “a major push and impetus” to the electronic hardware manufacture industry in the country “as cheap hardware, easy to procure and use is crucial to bring about the huge challenge of bridging the digital divide between rural and urban India. The Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Mr Sachin Pilot, said the country’s electronic hardware industry which is $40 billion today would become $400 billion in the next five years and the industry “needs all the support from the Government of India and the States [source].

Creative Launches ZiiSound Dx Series of Wireless Modular Bluetooth Speakers

The ZiiSound Dx series consists of the ZiiSound D5x wireless one-piece speaker, ZiiSound D3x wireless one-piece speaker and ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofer. With the introduction of pure wireless modularity, Creative changes how consumers can purchase a home audio system.

Flexible Configuration

In this new system, wireless speakers connect independently to stereo Bluetooth devices such as the iPhone, Blackberry, Android phone, iPad or Creative ZiiO tablet, and can also be configured so more speakers are connected wirelessly to form a multi-channel home audio system. The ZiiSound Dx series also features renowned apt-X audio technology for outstanding sound quality.

Unlike with traditional speaker systems, users will no longer need to purchase a fixed speaker configuration for a specific use in the home. Creative’s one-piece pure wireless modular speakers let users upgrade from a single speaker to a larger configuration by simply adding more speakers wirelessly. [Read: Creative Launches ZiiSound Dx Series of Wireless Modular Bluetooth Speakers]

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