News Roundup: Uninor’s new offering – discounts based on tower congestion level

3G Auction Update

At the end of Day 19 and 110 clock rounds, 3G Auction in India has touched Rs. 10,000 crores with Mumbai leading the race (Rs. 1617.08 Cr) followed by Delhi (Rs. 1549.75 Cr) and Maharashtra circle (Rs. 1020.73 Cr) [more official numbers (pdf)].

PAN India license price has shot up by 183% since start of the auction, though it is important to note that much of the action has remained confined to metros and states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, AP and Karnataka.

MindTree pips IBM, Accenture [UID Project]

MindTree has bagged Rs. 30 Cr contract from UID Project Aadhaar, outbidding Infosys, IBM, TCS and Accenture. This is first of the outsourcing deals and UID Project is expected to outsource $1Bn worth of contracts.

Uninor offers users call destination based discounts

Mobile operator Uninor is offering phone users discounts based on where they make their calls from.

Subscribers will get discounts of up to 60%, for local calls only, depending on congestion levels at the tower where the call is initiated: if the load on a tower is very low, the user is eligible for the maximum discount of 60% on the standard call rate of 50 paise per minute.[ET]

Airtel to charge subscribers for speaking to call center execs

Falling ARPU, heated competition is probably forcing Airtel to charge customers for speaking to their call center executives. From 10 May, Airtel will charge you Re. 0.50 for every 3 minutes to speak to a human being on Airtel‘s 121 helpline (via). For complaints etc, Airtel has moved the number to 198.

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