Roundup: Future Group to Launch Mobile Handsets, LBS To Be Made Mandatory For Operators

Future Group owned T24 GSM Service (partnership with Tata Tele services) will soon foray into mobile handset segment. Meanwhile, following the launch of the T24 GSM mobile service across 16 telecom circles through Tata Teleservices, the Future Group is now entering Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra.

“We are looking at entering the handset market with our own brand and would be targeting the medium to lower segment with it. Our handsets would be for the masses, pegged between Rs 3,000 and Rs 7,000,” [source].

Also see: Future Group Acquires Chaupaati Bazaar, Phone Commerce Marketplace

Location-based mobile services may be made mandatory

In a bid to make telecom networks more secure, the Department of Telecom is planning to amend telecom operator’s licences to add a number of new service rules including making it mandatory for mobile operators to offer location-based services.

Location based service is being suggested in order to enable security agencies to pinpoint the exact location of a user at any given time [source].

Reliance Broadcast, RTL Plan India TV Tie-Up

Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd. Friday said it plans to form an equal joint venture with Luxembourg-based RTL Group S.A. mainly for owning and operating television channels in India.

The joint venture will initially look to provide content and services and also plans to own and operate English, Hindi and local-language television channels in the country, the company said in a regulatory filing [source].