Aircel Introduces ‘Hungama-Offer’

“Now Pay Per Second” – Local & STD @1Paise Per Second

Aircel the fast growing Pan India telecom operator in the country, with presence in 18 circles and over 25 million subscribers, launched a very unique and consumer friendly product today, “NOW PAY PER SECOND”, in Andhra Pradesh.

In its endeavor to offer the best products and services to its Andhra Pradesh subscribers Aircel introduces the base tariff to any subscriber coming on Aircel network at, 1paise@1 second both on Local and STD calls making it a ‘Hungama-Offer’ i.e. the lowest rate possible at the lowest pulse possible.

With per second pulse a subscriber will only pay for what he uses. It’s a complete value for money offer where in a subscriber making a call for 12 seconds will now only pay 12 paise and not Re 1. The New Aircel Lifetime connection which is available forRs.40 will have a pulse for per second. Existing subscribers can also opt for ‘Pay per Second’, by sending an SMS, or recharging at POS at no additional cost.

Mr. Vipul Saurabh, National Head Operations and Customer Support, Aircel said, “Our endeavor is to introduce products and services uniquely tailored to meet the special needs of our Andhra Pradesh consumers. This is one such step to reward high usage in a simple manner and is value for money”.

International Calls will also be charged at Per second Pulse offering subscribers a huge bonanza.

Mr. Rahul Saighal, CMO, Aircel added, “This offer to our consumers is in line with Aircel’s focus on Value and Simplicity”Notes to Editor

About Aircel

Aircel, a part of Maxis Communications Berhad, Malaysia, is India’s fifth largest GSM mobile service provider with a subscriber base of over 25 million and is the fastest growing mobile operator in the country. It is the market leader in Tamil Nadu, Assam, North-East and Chennai. . Aircel is now present in 18 Telecom Circles (Mumbai, Pune, Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Assam, Bihar, Chennai, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, North-East , Orissa, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal) and with spectrum secured for all the remaining circles (a total of 23 circles in India), the company is on track to become a leading Pan-India Operator. For more information, please log on to www.aircel.com

SatNav Introduces Latest Bluetooth Enabled Multifunction Pnd

SatNav set to create waves in the Indian navigation market with an extra-wide 4.7″ SatGuide PND Moov560

SatNav Technologies, pioneers in GPS Navigation in India since 2005, today added SatGuide PND Moov560, a wide screen Bluetooth enabled personal navigational device to its broad range of products and services. Installed with cutting edge technology, a 4.7-inch touch-screen for better user interface, digital entertainment features like video and audio player, turn-by-turn voice prompted directions make this multifunction gadget an ideal utility, navigation and entertainment accessory for your car.

Moov560 comes with preinstalled comprehensive SatGuide Maps that cover detailed road maps of 404 cities and more than 16 lakh destinations (points of interest). The consumers can also choose from maps covering over 250 provinces across US& Canada and 22 European countries from the range of SatGuide partner’s International maps.

On the launch, Amit Prasad, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SatNav Technologies said “Moov560 offers the benefits of a widescreen personal navigation device making navigation both easy and entertaining, with videos, audios and also enabling hands-free communication in the car with this single device.”

Moov560 can be purchased online at www.satguide.in at INR 16,990 (Sixteen thousand nine hundred ninety only) and will soon be available across all SatGuide channels. Currently, as an inaugural offer, the device is available in a “Celebrations” pack with host of freebies, a Nokia 2330 Bluetooth enabled phone, a DVD of recent hit movie “New York” and a music CD Kambakth Hits along with 2 SD cards, all worth over Rs. 5,500, making it an ideal gift for all occasions.

Moov560 comes with upto 2 GB RAM and is complimented by the new NavPix™ photo navigation feature to provide an exhilarating experience to the users. When compared with the other PNDs in the market, the device has a faster GPS fix times with SiRFInstantFixII™ Technology and 20 channel receivers.

CBI Conducts Searches Today In The Offices of Dot In Sanchar Bhawan

New Delhi, 22-10-2009
The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case on 21.10.2009 against unknown officials of Department of Telecommunication and unknown private persons/ companies and others U/s 120-B IPC r/w 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act.
It has been alleged that there had been serious irregularities in the award of Unified Access Services Licenses to private companies. As per information received, there was criminal conspiracy between certain officials of Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and private persons/ companies and others in order to award licenses to these companies by putting a cap on the number of applicants against recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and by awarding licenses to private companies on first come first serve basis on the rates of 2001 without any competitive bidding.
Today, searches have been conducted by CBI for collection of incriminating documents in the Wireless Planning Cell (WPC) and in the office of Deputy Director General (Access Services), Sanchar Bhawan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi.
Searches are still going on.

Docomo Capital And Mobile Internet Capital Invest In Stoke

Funding Helps US Startup Propel Growing Business in Major Broadband Markets Worldwide

SANTA CLARA, CALIF., October 21 2009: – Mobile broadband gateway provider Stoke, Inc. (http://www.stoke.com) today announced that DOCOMO Capital, Inc. and Mobile Internet Capital, Inc. have invested in the company.  This represents an extension to Stoke’s Series D funding round, which now stands at $20 million and brings total investment in the US-based startup to $70 million.

DOCOMO Capital is a corporate venture arm of NTT DOCOMO, the world’s leading mobile operator. Mobile Internet Capital, Japan’s leading venture capital company focusing on the wireless communication sector, includes NTT DOCOMO among its main investors.

The funding will be used to support Stoke’s commercial deployments in Asia Pacific, of which Japan is the most advanced, and the imminent launch of new 3G offload capabilities for the Western European market.

“Our mission is to invest in the future of mobile technology,” said Tomoya Hemmi, President and CEO of DOCOMO Capital.  “Stoke is an exciting, advanced and leading edge solution provider with the potential to improve the abilities of operators to be more competitive in future mobile communications markets.”

In June Stoke announced they had been selected to supply NTT DOCOMO with its advanced mobile broadband gateways for commercial deployment.  The gateways form part of a new infrastructure allowing NTT DOCOMO to provide improved service, expand accessibility for users, and enhance the company’s ability to manage mobile broadband traffic on their RAN and backhaul infrastructure.

“Stoke solutions address some of the most pressing contemporary requirements of mobile data operators,” said Ikuo Nishioka, President and CEO of Mobile Internet Capital. “Their technology is unparalleled and well suited to addressing the dynamics of the current mobile Internet market.  We are pleased to add our support to accelerate their success.”

Mobile data service provider companies are increasingly turning to Stoke’s all-IP, converged access technology to address the data glut challenging carrier networks worldwide. Following its first commercial deployments in late 2008, Stoke has experienced a triple digit increase in revenues.

“Stoke is delivering advanced and unique solutions for the immediate requirements of mobile data offload, femtocell deployment and transition to LTE.  Our recent commercial deployments represent a strong validation of our technology and underscore our vision of leadership in this space,” commented Vikash Varma, President and CEO at Stoke.

About DOCOMO Capital
DOCOMO Capital, Inc. is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, INC. (NYSE:DCM), the leading wireless network operator based in Japan. Working closely with NTT DOCOMO’s business and R&D divisions, DOCOMO Capital is in charge of NTT DOCOMO’s strategic investments in mobile communications related start-up companies mainly in the United States. For further information, visit:
http://www.docomo-capital.com/.

About Mobile Internet Capital
Mobile Internet Capital, Inc. is a Japan-based venture capital company owned by NTT DOCOMO, Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd., and Internet Research Institute, Inc.  Mobile Internet Capital focuses on the wireless communication and the information technology sectors.  For further information, visit: http://www.mickk.com/en/.

About Stoke

Stoke develops carrier-class mobile broadband gateways specifically engineered to enable mobile and converged network operators to maximize the economic returns of their 3G mobile networks. For further information, visit: http://www.stoke.com.

Gaming Hungama And Gamespin Interactive Launch Ghost Town Mysteries™ – Bodie

Mumbai, October 20, 2009 – Get ready to explore the ghost town of Bodie as Gaming Hungama, India’s premium gaming portal, and Gamespin Interactive announce the release of their co-production Ghost Town Mysteries™ Bodie, the first in an eight-game series for digital download and online streaming. This is the first time when an Indian company has launched online casual downloadable game in the hidden object genre. This fun-filled spooky series will take you to over 30 locations, 13 haunted houses, 17 puzzles, 13 mini puzzles.  And oh! Did we mention the ghosts?

Ghost Town Mysteries™ Bodie is the first in a hidden-object game series based upon unsolved mysteries in real American ghost towns and actual ghost sightings. The game takes you to Bodie, an eerie ghost town in arrested decay near Yosemite National Park in California. The story revolves around the mysterious death of Evelyn Byers, a 6 year old girl who was struck by a pick axe over 100 years ago. Was it an accident, or murder? The goal is to unravel the mystery of Evelyn’s death.

The game begins with a narrative of Bodie and the player has to pick up the investigation by exploring the homes of the twelve witnesses of her murder. Though a fictionalized account of actual events, it is certain to provide many thrills while challenging players to solve dozens of puzzles, and locate hundreds of items in 13 haunted locations – all leading up to the exciting conclusion.

Commenting on the launch Manish Malik, General Manager, Gaming Hungama said, “HOG (Hidden Object Games) are one of the most popular genres globally and Ghost Town Mysteries Bodie packs in a lot of spooky elements coupled with an interesting game play, sound track and puzzles that will have the players glued. As each level unfolds, we are certain that players will enjoy themselves and would want to finally put an end to the mystery of Evelyn’s death while having a lot of fun.

Gaming Hungama has collaborated with a partner to develop a series in the casual games category. “Our association with Gamespin has been a phenomenal experience which has been instrumental in developing a gripping story line for the game, perfect to keep the audiences intrigued at all times” added Manish.

“Gaming Hungama was the perfect co-production partner for this game series,” says Kevin Richardson, the founder of California-based Gamespin. “Their broad technical skills and deep understanding of what makes something entertaining made them the perfect partner for the Ghost Town Mysteries™ game series.

Gaming Hungama and Gamespin are currently in development of the second game in the series which will release in mid 2010. “We think the next game in the series will capitalize on many of the things we learned on the first title,” says Richardson. “With that in mind, our goal is to blur the line between an interactive game and narrative story telling so that the player forgets they are playing a game, the same way a good movie makes you forget you are watching a movie.”

The game will go into a staged rollout on popular gaming portals and their affiliates leading up to the Halloween holiday. Ghost Town Mysteries™ – Bodie is © 2009 Gaming Hungama and Gamespin and Ghost Town Mysteries™ is a trademark of Gamespin Interactive.

For more information on the game log on to www.ghosttownmysteries.com

Gaming Hungama

Gaming Hungama is a part of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd.  Over the past decade, the Gaming Hungama studio has created close to 400 Advergames for over 200 brands. The studio specializes in creating games in various formats and categories, latest being the Hidden Object Genre. These games reach out to the consumers across platforms such as Mobile, Online and Direct-to-home. Gaming Hungama.com is India’s first multi-user gaming website. The site enables users sitting in different parts of the world, to get together and participate in highly engaging casual gaming over the internet.

Gamespin Interactive

Gamespin was formed in 2009 by Kevin Richardson, a former iwin and Electronic Arts producer. Mr. Richardson has produced over two dozen E-rated casual games for the family PC gaming market. His games have hit the top 10 on many game portals, and won numerous Parents Choice Awards. Before working in games, Kevin was an overseas animation director for television, feature films and commercials with Disney, Lucasfilms Ltd. and Hanna-Barbera to his production credits.

About Hungama Digital Media:

Established in 1999, Hungama is South Asia’s largest digital & mobile entertainment company, with intrinsic expertise in online & mobile media and technology, communication & interactivity. Hungama is the largest aggregator, developer, publisher and distributor of Bollywood & South Asian entertainment content in the world, having worldwide exclusive rights to over half a million music and video titles, distributing the same across over 33 countries through 147 partners.  Hungama works directly with 85% of the studios and music companies producing Indian content. For more information, please visit www.hungama.org

Nilay Kumar Joins Hungama Mobile As Assistant Vice President – Managed Services Business

Mumbai, October 21st, 2009: Nilay Kumar joins South Asia’s leading digital and mobile entertainment company Hungama Digital Media as Assistant Vice President – Managed Business for their Mobile Business. Prior to this, Nilay was the Deputy General Manager – Hubs & Managed Services at Comviva (erstwhile Bharti Telesoft Ltd). Nilay will be responsible for the Managed Services portfolio where he will be overlooking initiatives that will enable value added managed services for telecom service providers across the globe. Nilay will be reporting into Albert Almeida, COO, Hungama Mobile.

Nilay has spent 11 years in the telecom industry, of which, last 4 years have focused on the telecom value added services space. He has a deep understanding of varied marketing functions along with expertise in business development and analytical roles of revenue planning. He has been closely involved with GSMA and various international forums, as a thought leader on various global telecom initiatives. In addition to the Indian market, he has worked in close quarters in the international telecom market, having handled many of the leading global telecom groups, operator associations and international long distance carriers. Apart from Comviva, Nilay has also worked with leading players such as Airtel Mobility, Essar Cellphone and Tata.

Commenting on Nilay’s appointment, Neeraj Roy, CEO  & MD, Hungama Digital Media said, “Over the past few years, the Indian telecom industry has been witnessing exponential growth. The time is right to consolidate offerings and create new benchmarks. With Nilay joining us, we are certain, that his deep understanding of the value added services space coupled with marketing insights will create interesting propositions for our telecom partners.” 

Upon his appointment, Nilay said, “The mobile space is bustling with opportunities which pose great times for marketers to innovate and create newer offering. Now is the time to transcend technology & geography barriers and look at bringing in true convergence, with the sole objective of creating value for the end customer. Given, Hungama’s leadership in the space, together, we hope to create a consolidated platform for Telecom providers that will become an added advantage for Hungama in the managed services ecosystem. I’m excited to be a part of the young and successful team at Hungama Mobile.”

About Hungama’s Mobile business

A part of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Hungama’s mobile business is the largest aggregator, developer, publisher and distributor of Bollywood and South-Asian entertainment content in the world. With partnerships with over 300 content creators across the world, Hungama has developed a digital distribution network across mobile, internet, cable VOD and IPTV networks. Hungama works with leading Telecom companies, Online Publishers, Cable VOD providers as also Music, Film, TV content partners across numerous markets. Hungama powers content to consumers in 37 countries, with more than 150 partners across the world. Hungama has successfully managed more than 2000 mobile and digital campaigns for as many as 300 brands globally. The business has built its expertise in the following areas- Mobile & Digital Content, Marketing and Media. Hungama also runs numerous platforms for Telecom companies and is actively engaged in the Managed Services business with its partners across different markets.

Reliance Mobile Offers Personalized Call Manger Service on GSM Network

Reliance Mobile has introduced the call manager service on its GSM network on supporting handsets. This unique service enables Reliance mobile subscribers a wide range of call completion service. Offered through a server-less client protocol, the Call Manager service enables allows customers to respond to incoming calls with pre-recorded voice messages. The Call Manager also features SMS based chatting and voice mail on mobile.

It allows one to respond to answer phone calls without any need to talk or type, using an intuitive user interface. (more…)

Etisalat Db Telecom Announces Outsourcing Agreements With Leading Bpo’s

~ Agreements with TECH MAHINDRA, AEGIS & CONFLUX valued at over Rs. 750 Crores ~
~ For the first time in the telecom sector, customers will have access to the BPO via email, chat & SMS~

MUMBAI, October 20, 2009:  Accelerating its forthcoming roll-out of telecom services in India, Etisalat DB Telecom today announced an end-to-end outsourcing agreement with leading BPO service providers namely Tech Mahindra, Aegis & Conflux. Valued at over Rs. 750 crores (USD 150 million), the agreements will cover a period of over 5 years.

Under the terms of the agreements, Tech Mahindra, Aegis & Conflux will set up state-of-the-art contact centres to provide a host of customer management services including billing, collections, customer service and retention amongst others. The centres will also be responsible for the complete management of back office processes.

The BPO’s safeguards will ensure seamless service and business continuity for Etisalat DB with all centres being linked to each other, thereby presenting the company with a single window to provide superior experience to customers. For the first time in the telecom sector, customers will also have access to the contact center via email, chat and sms besides inbound and outbound calls.

While Tech Mahindra will be responsible for managing Etisalat DB’s services in North & South India; West and Central India will be managed by Aegis. Conflux will be responsible for servicing customers in Bihar. The BPO’s multi-site centers will provide both inbound and outbound services in the respective regional languages besides English and Hindi.

Commenting on the association, Official Spokesperson, Etisalat DB said, “We are pleased to partner with Tech Mahindra, Aegis & Conflux who have the proven expertise in managing large customer support operations for telecom service providers such as Etisalat, both in India and internationally. Their superior customer-facing processes will reflect the strong customer service ethos of Etisalat. We are confident that these associations will enable us to manage the full customer lifecycle and provide a higher level of customer management & experience of our services in India.”

With operations across in Asia, Middle East and Africa, Etisalat has built state-of-the-art telecom infrastructure and taken a leadership position of innovation and reliability among regional and international operators. Today, Etisalat offers fixed line services over the Next Generation Network and enables mobile users with a range of services and applications such as GPRS, 3G, 3.5G, 3.75G, BlackBerry, iPhone, MobileCam and others. Internet users too experience value-additions such as free anti-spam and anti-virus programmes, expanded mailboxes, upgrades of broadband connection speeds and other benefits.

In UAE, Etisalat GSM coverage has reached 100% and 3G coverage reached 99% of the populated areas. Offerings include ‘triple play’ service that includes high speed internet, TV and fixed lines through fiber optic. In addition to voice and data networks Etisalat also offers E-Vision cable TV networks. Etisalat has recently completed the nationwide upgrade of its 3G mobile network to enable mobile broadband download speeds of up to 14.4 Megabits per second (Mbps) across the UAE and other benefits. Globally, Etisalat has roaming deals with 520 operators.

About Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd

Etisalat is today recognized as one of the largest telecommunications company in the world and also the largest operator in the Middle East with operations in 17 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, servicing over 85 million customers.  The company has built up state-of-the-art telecom infrastructure and taken a leadership position of innovation and reliability among regional and international operators.  Etisalat has been ranked 140th among the Financial Times Top 500 Corporations in the world in terms of market capitalization.  The corporation is the largest contributor outside the oil sector for development programs of the UAE Federal Government, and is an award-winning socially responsible corporation. In 2008 Etisalat reported annual Net Revenues of USD 7.12 billion (approx. Rs. 35,000 crores) and Net Profits of USD 2.36 billion (approx. Rs. 11300 crores).

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd. is a joint venture between Etisalat and Dynamix Balwas Group. Etisalat DB and its subsidiary has the Unified Services Access License in 15 circles including Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West), Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. These licenses enable the Company to provide a full spectrum of telecom services covering a population of over 900 million across these circles. Under the license the Company can also provide Internet Telephony, Internet Services and Broadband Services. The company is headquartered in Mumbai.

Etisalat DB’s services will include national & international long distance telephony solutions, full range of prepaid & postpaid products, national & international roaming and Value Added Services.

News Corporation’s Star Launches 7 Channels on Rogers’ Canadian Platform

Mumbai, India October 20, 2009 – STAR, a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS) and Asia’s leading media and Entertainment Company has launched four top-rated South Asian STAR channels on Rogers Cable, the leading cable operator in Canada.  This will be followed by the launch of three STAR Mandarin-language services later this month.

The channels already launched include three Hindi language services (general entertainment channel STAR ONE, Bollywood movie channel STAR India GOLD and leading news channel STAR India NEWS) as well as popular Tamil entertainment language channel, STAR VIJAY. These four channels compliment programming from India’s leading Hindi general entertainment channel, STAR India PLUS, which has been available on ATN’s services in Canada since 2006.

Later this month, three popular Mandarin language channels from STAR Greater China’s bouquet will also make their Canadian debut.  The channels consist of STAR CHINESE CHANNEL (general entertainment), STAR CHINESE MOVIES 2 (Chinese films) and Taiwan’s trend setting music and lifestyle channel, CHANNEL [V] Taiwan.

“After attracting a strong following among the Asian diaspora in the U.S., we’re thrilled to partner with Rogers to launch our top-rated channels for viewers in Canada,” said David Wisnia, STAR’s Senior Vice President of Distribution, Sales and Marketing and head of STAR’s North American and European offices. “This launch marks the debut of 24-hour STAR channels in Canada and makes STAR the largest provider of foreign television services to Rogers’ viewers. Now Canadian audiences will have seven new 24-hour channels from which to find fresh favourites, to entertain, inform and inspire.”

“Rogers has long been committed to delivering the most variety and choice of multicultural programming to Canadians,” said David Purdy, Vice President of TV and Video Product Management, Rogers Cable. “The South Asian and Chinese communities are extremely important to us and we are pleased to be delivering even more valued content to our customers.”

Shan Chandrasekar, the president and CEO of ATN, added that ATN, STAR and Rogers share a common vision of delivering variety and value to multi-cultural communities across Canada.  “We are proud to sponsor these highly popular STAR services in Canada, as their top programs attract some of the biggest audiences in Asia.”

The channels will be available as part of Rogers’ multicultural package offerings.  For more information, consumers are encouraged to visit www.rogers.com/multicultural,www.asiantelevision.com or call 1-888-764-3771 (Rogers) or ATN at 905-836-6460.

STAR is a leading media and entertainment company in Asia. STAR broadcasts over 60 television services in 13 languages to more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries. STAR and its joint venture channels cover all genres including general entertainment (Star Plus, Xing Kong, Star Chinese Channel, Star World, Star One, Star Utsav, Star Jalsha, Star Pravah, Vijay, Asianet, Asianet Plus, Sitara, Suvarna, antv, Phoenix Chinese Channel), sports (ESPN, Star Sports, Star Cricket), movies (Star Chinese Movies, Star Chinese Movies 2, Star Gold, Star Movies), music (Channel [V]), and news and current affairs (Star News, Star Ananda, Star Majha, Phoenix InfoNews Channel).

STAR controls over 20,000 hours of Indian and Chinese programming and also owns the world’s largest contemporary Chinese film library, with more than 600 titles, featuring superstars including Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat and Bruce Lee. In partnership with leading companies, STAR businesses extend to filmed entertainment, television production, cable systems and distribution, direct-to-home services, terrestrial TV broadcasting, wireless and digital services. STAR is a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation.www.startv.com

Seshasaye Kanthamraju Appointed Director,Marketing And Distribution Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures India

Mumbai, October 20, 2009: Seshasaye Kanthamraju has been named Director, Marketing and Distribution, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, India. The announcement was made by Mahesh Samat, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company (India)

In his role, Seshasaye will be responsible for overall Marketing and Distribution strategy for the theatrical slate. He will also be working closely with UTV Motion Pictures on the film distribution.

Commenting on his appointment, Mahesh Samat, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company, India said: “Seshasaye has been with Disney for last five years. He has a passion for the brand and has proven business acumen and we are very confident that his contribution will further strengthen the reach and relevance of our Studios business in India.”

Previously Director, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company (India) Seshasaye  managed internal and external communications as well as championing the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts in the market.

Mr. Kanthamraju will work closely with Walt Disney Studios Theatrical Production and Acquisitions team. The head of Theatrical Distribution and the head of Theatrical Marketing for Walt Disney Studios India will report into Seshasaye.

Seshasaye has over 16 years of marketing and communications experience across different industries ranging from advertising, technology and media.

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