14.98 million Broadband Users In India In December 2012 – TRAI

traiAs per latest TRAI data the number of telephone subscribers in India decreased to 895.51 million at the end of December, 2012 from 921.47 million at the end of November 2012, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of -2.82%. The share of urban subscribers has declined to 62.20% from 62.70% whereas share of rural subscribers has increased to 37.80% in the month of December 2012.

The total wireless subscriber base decreased to 864.72 million at the end of December 2012 as against 890.60 million in November 2012 , registering a monthly growth of –2.91%. This decline has been attributed to large scale disconnections of inactive SIMs by some of the service providers. Wireless subscription in urban areas decreased from 553.91 million in November 2012 to 533.12 million at the end of December 2012. During the same period, the wireless subscription in rural areas decreased from 336.70 million to 331.60 million.

As per the report, out of the total 864.72 million wireless subscribers, 701.60* million were active on the date of Peak VLR for the month of December 2012.

Mobile Number Portability requests increased from 77.13 million subscribers at the end of November 2012 to 80.06 million at the end of December 2012. In the month of December 2012 alone, 2.94 million requests have been made for MNP.

In MNP Zone-I (Northern & Western India) maximum number of requests have been received in Rajasthan (7.59 million) followed by Gujarat (6.94 million) whereas in MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (9.90 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (7.40 million).

The broadband subscription base reached 14.98 million in December 2012 from 14.88 million in November 2012, there by showing a monthly growth of 0.67%. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 12.62% during the last one year (December 2011 to December 2012).

As per the report, the wireline subscriber base declined from 30.87 million at the end of November 2012 to 30.79 Million at the end of December 2012. Net reduction in wireline subscriber base was 0.08 million. The share of urban subscribers has increased from 77.34% to 77.43% where as share of rural subscribers has declined from 22.66% to 22.57%.

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RCom Launches 'Special Privileges' An Online Shopping Service For Its Customers Offering Discounts On Leading Brands Across Categories

relianceReliance Communications has launched ‘Special Privileges’, an online shopping service for its customers, offering discounts on leading brands across categories. RCom has partnered with supply chain business firm, Martjack Exchange to offer the services in India.

RCom, President for Services, Anurag Prashar said,”This is our new year gift to our customers…We are confident that Special Privileges will provide completely new experience in terms of variety and convenience to RCOM customers across huge range of product categories.”

He added,” ‘Special Privileges’ will offer mix of both common home products as well as luxury goods across more than 15,000 products ranging from mobile phones, apparels, books, daily goods, electronic Goods and kitchen appliances among others. Reliance customers can receive the delivery of these goods through courier across more than 500 cities in the country.”

In order to avail the ‘Special Privileges’ service, RCom customers will have to sign in using their Reliance number.

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Airtel Launches Apna Chaupal, Voice Based One Stop Solution Portal For VAS

airtelTelecom provider Bharti Airtel has launched Apna Chaupal- a first-of-its kind voice based one stop solution portal for value added services. Designed especially for the rural and semi-urban market, the Apna Chaupal service aims to empower mobile customers across the country to easily browse and subscribe from a bouquet of value added services while on the move by just dialling 58080 toll free.  While calls to the IVR number 58080 is toll free, customers would be charged applicable subscription rates for the service packs subscribed.

The voice based service will provide information in the regional language of the customers on key day-to-day activities including agriculture, devotion, job updates, entertainment, education and health. The service will enable customers to easily access a host of informative services like learning agricultural techniques, receive instant updates on Mandi rates and Government jobs, listen to Live Aarti’s from popular religious shrines, access entertainment services like Hello Tunes, Comedy FM and radio, receive ball-by-ball updates on cricket matches, learn English, seek career counselling and much more on their mobile phones with just a simple voice call.

Commenting on the launch Rohit Gothi, CEO – Delhi/NCR, Bharti Airtel said, “At airtel, it is our constant endeavour to provide life enriching services to our customers across the country especially in the rural markets. In line with this, we are happy to launch the Apna Chaupal service for our customers who can now easily avail all the relevant value added services from a single portal at 58080 without having to memorize the individual dialling numbers of each of the services.”

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Bharti Airtel Launches Dynamic Mobile Exchange (DME) for corporates

airtelLeading telecom company Bharti Airtel has launched Airtel Dynamic Mobile Exchange (DME) for corporates. The solution allows the workforce to access enterprise data from anywhere on a device of their choice, in a secure manner– thus enhancing the business productivity while meeting mobile data security requirements of the enterprise.

With ever changing business environment and with more demanding customers – ubiquitous mobile is emerging as an alternative that helps in maintaining better work-life balance. From field-force to in-house executives, employees prefer to use personal smart phones and tablet for official work. Keeping pace with this demand, the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is gaining momentum and therefore security of data sitting on these devices are paramount for every organization. Airtel DME ensures seamless implementation of the Enterprise BYOD concept without compromising on corporate data security.

Airtel DME allows employees to segregate official & personal data on the same device by containerizing the information such as emails, data applications, documents etc. The solution empowers IT administrators to remotely manage and control the device basis individual company policy. In case of loss of the mobile device, the corporate container can be remotely locked and data can be wiped off, thereby protecting sensitive corporate information.

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MTNL Launches Video Telephony Service In Delhi & Mumbai

mtnlOn Thursday, Union Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Shri Kapil Sibal, launched MTNL’s Video Telephony Service for Delhi and Mumbai. MTNL is the first Telecom Service Provider to offer high quality Video calling service in these two Metros.Ahmedabad based ICT solutions provider Sai Infosystem (India) Limited is the Technology partner of MTNL for this Next generation Video calling service.

This service can be availed over existing MTNL connection. Any MTNL customer can now avail this service to make high quality Video call through MTNL’s landline or Fibre network. Video conferencing so far costly will now be easily available to business and Government offices. MTNL shall provide special PVC (Private virtual circuit) on broadband connection through which traffic of Video calls will flow.

The launch of this Video Telephony service will allow organizations to have instant face-to-face meetings, sales reviews, and training sessions at 25% of the current cost. Apart from desk-to-desk calling, these Video Phones can also be connected to large screens like TV/Projector for Video Phones will work simultaneously with landline and broadband.

This service can be used to make calls within India on MTNL / BSNL HD-Voice and Video Telephony network. Video call charges are Rs. 2.50 per minute.

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Aircel Launches ‘Pocket Music International’ Service

aircelAircel has announced the launch of ‘Pocket Music International’ for the young music lovers of international music. Through this service, Aircel subscribers can now download and enjoy full tracks from a vast catalogue consisting of international music provided by top two global music recording giants, Sony and Universal. The catalogue includes top international artists like, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Enrique Iglesias, Bryan Adams, Pitbull, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez and many more. This is the ‘first of its kind’ service exclusively offering international music genres.

Commenting on the launch, Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel, said “ With ‘Pocket Music International’, Aircel offers youngsters a one stop destination for international music wherein they can download songs from a wide range of international artists at an affordable price. Today’s youth love international music of different genres like pop, rock and hip hop and thus this service is specially designed to offer such music on the move, anytime, anywhere.”

Aircel subscribers can visit the WAP portal music.pocketinternet.in on their mobile handset and download full songs of their favourite artists. The product is available on a daily subscription of Rs. 5 in which the user gets 5 song downloads daily, which translates to Re 1 per song.

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In October 2012, Broadband Subscriber Base In India Reaches 14.81 Million

traiAccording to latest TRAI data,  the total broadband subscriber base in India has increased to 14.81 million in October 2012 as against 14.68 million at the end of September 2012, there by showing a monthly growth of 0.89%. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 14.10% during the last one year (October 2011 to October 2012).

The telephone subscriber base in India has decreased to 935.18 million at the end of October, 2012 as against 937.70 million at the end of September 2012, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of -0.27%. The urban subscriber base has decreased from 595.69 million in September, 2012 to 590.73 million at the end of October, 2012.   During the same period, subscription in rural areas has increased from 342.01 million to 344.45 million.

At the end of October 2012, the total wireless subscriber base has decreased to 904.23 million, registering a monthly growth of -0.26%. Wireless subscription in urban areas decreased from 571.70 million in September 2012 to 566.81 million at the end of Octoberber 2012. During the same period the wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 334.92 million to 337.42 million. Out of the total 904.32 million wireless subscribers, 703.92 million were active on the date of Peak VLR for the month of October 2012. The proportion of VLR subscribers is approximately 77.85% of the total wireless subscriber base reported by the service providers.

At the end of October 2012, the wireline subscriber base declined to 30.95 Million as against 31.08 million at the end of September 2012. Net reduction in wireline subscriber base was 0.14 million.

Mobile Number Portability requests increased from 69.78 million subscribers at the end of September 2012 to 75.14 million at the end of October 2012. In the month of October 2012 alone, 5.36 million requests have been made for MNP.

The Metro Circle saw the highest reduction and highest rate of decline in the wireless sector from September 2012 to October 2012. In wireline segment, the Circles in Category B have shown the highest reduction in subscriber base while Category C has shown the highest monthly rate of reduction. While metros indicate data for Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata, data for Chennai service area has been included in Circle A, as part of TN.

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Bharti Airtel Launches 24X7 Emergency Alert Service

Bharti Airtel has launched a 24X7 ‘Emergency Alert Service’ that will enable its subscribers to send alert message with location details to 10 mobile numbers.

Airtel subscribers can now use this alert service during an emergency to send an alert with their geographic location to their closest 10 loved ones simultaneously with just a call, facilitating an access to easy and quick help. They also have the option to send a ‘SAFE’ SMS indication to a pre-defined group of 10 family members and friends and keep them informed of their well-being especially when out alone and during any natural calamity or disaster with just one click.

In order to activate the Emergency Alert Service, subscribers have to call 55100 and follow menu options. After this, they’ve to identify 10 numbers and add their number by messaging START <MobileNumber1>, <MobileNumber2>, <MobileNumber3> up to 10 numbers. Subscribers opting for this service will be charged Rs. 30 for 30 days and they can send this alert even if they don’t have minimum balance in their account. Subscribers can also send this alert through SMS by typing HELP in the message box and sending it to 55100 which will be then transmitted on all the 10 numbers.

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Vodafone India Launches Vodafone Secure Device Manager For Corporates

Yesterday, Vodafone India announced  the launch of Vodafone Secure Device Manager for corporates. Vodafone India is the first Indian telecom operator to launch this unique and innovative solution which acts as a simple and flexible tool to keep the data on smart phone & tablets secure, helping business grow without the fear of data security breach.

Key features of Vodafone Secure Device Manager:

  • Secure access to corporate informationby remotely securing authorising smartphones & tablets
  • Remotely audit devices for corporate security policy compliance
  • Protect data by enforcing encryption and pass codes
  • Remotely lock or wipe devices in the case of accidental device loss or theft

Nowadays, with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept picking up pace, increasing number of people prefer smart phones and tablets to access the company’s data. Securing these devices, and hence the data, has now become extremely important. Vodafone Secure Device Manager allows your people to work with their smart devices without compromising your company’s security.

So how does Vodafone Secure Device Manager help you? Vodafone Secure Device Manager serves as an important solution for Chief Information Officers (CIO’s) & Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) of India Inc. It provides them a secure management console which allows them to gain visibility to and remotely configure &secure their organisations device estate. Vodafone Secure Device Manager empowers IT administrators by allowing them to remotely manage security policies, device settings, certificates, applications, operating system etc. Vodafone’s solution can prove to be invaluable in the event of mobile device loss, it allows users to remotely lock or wipe all information from their smart device.

Commenting on the launch, Naveen Chopra, Director, Vodafone Business Services said,”While the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ phenomenon has empowered our users, it has also exposed a gaping hole in the security armory of our corporate customers. We’re witnessing an increase in Mobile Data security concerns raised by corporate customers. Vodafone Business Services is proud to introduce the ‘Secure Device Manager’ solution. It will allow IT administrators to easily manage & secure their organization’s smart device fleet, via a simple &easy to use console. It’s the only way to let your people bring their smart devices to work without compromising your company’s security.”

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0.24 Million GSM Subscribers Added In October 2012

According to recent data released by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), India added 0.24 million GSM subscribers in the month of October 2012, taking the GSM subscriber base to 671.91 million. This reflects a 0.04% increase from previous month.

Airtel added the maximum number of new subscribers, i.e. 0.49 million – taking its user base to 186.41 million. It is followed by Vodafone, which added 0.48 million subscribers taking its user base to 153.15 million. Idea added 0.24 million users and its user base has reached the 115.70 million mark. Aircel added only 0.18 million new subscribers, taking its user base to 66.79 million. While BSNL didn’t gain any new subscribers, Uninor lost 1.10 million users taking its user base to 41.04 million.

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