News Roundup: Nokia Siemens on Escrowing of Source Code, Reliance Launches 3G Services

Nokia Siemens Networks , the network-equipment joint venture of Nokia Oyj and Siemens AG, finds India’s demand to get access to hardware and software design documents "impossible to meet," Finland’s communication minister Suvi Linden said.

"The escrowing of our source code is unacceptable to us as an option for meeting security concerns in India ," Nokia Siemens spokesman Ben Roome said by email . "We have suggested alternate means and are hopeful that the Indian government will consider those suggestions." [ET]

Reliance Launches 3G Services

Reliance has launched 3G Services in Mumbai , Delhi, Kolkata, and Chandigarh. RCom will offer 3G service plans starting from Rs 199 to Rs 2,499 /month.

“Our network will automatically migrate all 2G customers with 3G-enabled handsets to the 3G network at no cost,”- source

Qualcomm’s India plans hit FIPB roadblock again

THE government has delayed approval of USbased Qualcomm’s India operations, extending the chipmaker’s wait for airwaves it had won in a keenly contested auctions earlier this year.
India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), the central agency that approves all key investments into the country, has deferred Qualcomm’s proposal yet again to it’s next meeting on December 31, according to a note sent by the finance ministry.

The chipmaker was the only technology company to win airwaves in the auction that concluded in June. It bagged broadband wireless airwaves in four circles and paid 4,913 crore for its licences.[ToI]

Govt mulls seed money for community radio stations

The Government may introduce a new scheme in the Twelfth Plan to offer some financial support to the community radio movement to make it an effective out reach tool.

There are some 103 community radio stations operating in the country as of November, of which, 71 are run by educational institutes, 24 by community-based organisations and 8 by Krishi Vigyan Kendra and State Agriculture Institutions.[source]

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