Telecom Roundup: DoT’s Number Portability Plans, Separate 3G Policy for CDMA Players..and more

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DoT is exploring the option of selecting two operators to implement mobile number portability (MNP), as opposed to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai’s) recommendation of having one centralised player. [source]

Separate 3G Policy for CDMA Operators

DoT is formulating a separate policy for third generation services by CDMA operators, a big relief to CDMA operators and users.

This means that seventy one million CDMA mobile subscribers can also look forward to availing third generation mobile services. The 800 Mhz and 450 Mhz bands are frequencies used by CDMA operators globally for 3G services. Third generation mobile services promises to bring high speed data connectivity on handsets apart from improving the quality of voice calls. [source]

Print advertising of cellular phone services down by 25%

The print advertising of cellular phone services decreased by 25 per cent during January-May 2008 compared with January-May 2007,. The non-metro newspapers accounted for 64 per cent of the overall advertising share of cellular phone services in newspapers followed by metro dailies with 25 per cent share. Cellular phone services also accounted for maximum advertising share of the telecommunication services ad pie in print during January-May 2008, as per AdEx study [source]

Netcore partners with Tata Teleservices

NetCore Solutions has inked a partnership deal with Tata Teleservices to expand the footprint of netCore’s opt-in SMS alert services, My Today for the people of Mumbai. The new SMS service would provide value added services and information on public events, news and emergency updates for mobile owners in Mumbai.[source]

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