Tata Communications’ Global Priority Ethernet Services Are Now MEF 9 and MEF 14 Certified

Priority Ethernet Services connecting India, APAC, US and Europe certified by global industry alliance

Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications, announced that its Priority Ethernet services are now certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) as conforming to the MEF 9 and MEF 14 specifications. This complements the already MEF certified Global Dedicated Ethernet Services, introduced by Tata Communications in 2006 and certified since 2007.

The Metro Ethernet Forum is a non-profit global industry alliance, comprised of over 155 of the world’s leading service providers and network equipment vendors. It develops technical specifications and implementation agreements to ensure interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet services worldwide. MEF Certification is highly regarded as a quality assurance symbol, having been attained by passing numerous compliance tests, conducted by Iometrix, the MEF approved certification test laboratory. (more…)

IDG Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures pick up stake in mobile TV player Apalya Technologies

Apalya Technologies, a Hyderabad based company providing a Mobile Video platform, announced funding of US$ 3 million from IDG Ventures India and Qualcomm Ventures. Consort Capital, a Mumbai-based investment bank, was the advisor for the deal. Mumbai Angels, a leading angel investment group, along with some other angel investors, are also stakeholders in the Company.

Apalya Technologies aggregates entertainment content from many different content providers, content aggregators and mobile advertisers and then delivers the same on Mobiles optimizing the content to be suitable for viewing on small-screens.

T C Meenakshisundaram, Founder and Managing Director, IDG Ventures India said, “Mobile TV/Video has been a “Killer-App” in other 3G markets.” The mobile VAS market has grown by around 60 per cent year on year and is estimated to touch INR 251 billion in FY 2009-10.

Karthee Madasamy, Director at Qualcomm Ventures said, “Qualcomm is pleased to invest in Apalya to help the company as it expands its offerings to 3G wireless networks now and pursues dedicated mobile TV deployments in the future.”

Apalya plans to utilize the funds to build its presence in India, and to significantly enhance its service offering initiatives. Vamshi Reddy, Co-founder, and CEO of Apalya said, “Today, with the Indian market opening up to 3G, we plan to introduce additional mobile entertainment services, including customized entertainment channels, premium video programming and mobile-exclusive original programming.”

Apalya has a team of 50 in Hyderabad, and have tied up with most of the telecom operators in the country including, Airtel, Aircel, BSNL, Idea Cellular, MTNL, Reliance, Spice, Tata Indicom, Tata DOCOMO and Vodafone.

It has also launched live streaming on BSNL 3G and MTNL 3G. It has tied up with 68 television channels, which include most of the news, entertainment and regional channels. In addition to this, Apalya also powers Mobile ESPN.

Mr. T C Meenakshisundaram and Mr. Ranjith Menon will represent IDG Ventures India on the Board of Directors at Apalya and Mr. Karthee Madasamy will represent Qualcomm Ventures as a Board observer.

Buongiorno: Technology Facilitator of Tata Docomo’s ‘Diet-Sms’ Revolution

Sets a new benchmark in the Mobile VAS space

New Delhi, 14th October 2009: Buongiorno, the world’s leading provider of mobile entertainment, information, messaging and marketing services, is the technology partner for the innovative diet-sms offering of TATA DOCOMO, the GSM brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, India’s fastest-growing pan-India dual-technology telecom service provider. diet-sms is the first ever innovative, mobile-to-mobile SMS offering in India. This offering aims to bring down the communication cost on short text messages for TATADOCOMO customers.

The diet-sms offer is available to TATA DOCOMO user-base in ten telecom circles across India. The unique feature of diet-sms is that consumers will be charged based on the number of characters in the SMS, unlike the current prevailing trend in the industry. This new offer from TATA DOCOMO will charge a consumer 1 paisa only per character, with no charge for the spaces between words. True to its name,   diet-sms is set to revolutionize the SMS platform with its innovative pricing and value proposition.

Buongiorno is the technology partner of TATA DOCOMO and responsible for managing the diet-sms application and billing, which has been implemented using the B!3A VAS SMS Gateway and Technology platform. The diet-sms application is extremely easy to use and will prove economical to a large chunk of SMS-users. In order to send a diet-sms, customers have the following options:

  • Go to the SIM-based menu on the phone (called Dive-in Now), scroll to the diet-sms option under the English Language menu, open it and send the SMS*; or
  • Send a diet-sms using the normal SMS menu. They need to type DIET <recipient mobile number> <message> and send this to the short code 52208.
  • TATA DOCOMO has also launched a phone application which can be downloaded from TATA DOCOMO ’Dive In’ WAP portal, or by simply sending a SMS “diet” to 54321. Using this ‘diet-sms’ application, the customer can send short text messages easily.

The consumer gets billed based on the number of characters in the message (@ 1 paisa per character). After successful billing, the message is sent to the recipient’s number.

Commenting on the diet-sms, Milind Pathak, Co–CEO & Country Manager, Buongiorno (Hong Kong) India said: “Buongiorno has evolved its SMS offerings in the past 3-4 years of operation, moving significantly up the value chain with its VAS, SMS, P2A and A2P Gateway. This gateway, built on the propriety B!3A platform, allows operators to configure unique billing or consumption models and is the core behind the ‘diet-sms’ offering.”

“In line with India’s growing business prospects and Buongiorno’s commitment to its operators’ customers, it gives us immense pleasure to partner with a reputed brand like TATA DOCOMO to take innovative services such as diet-sms to Indian consumers. The diet-sms application is the first offering in this space by TATA DOCOMO and Buongiorno which has the potential to change the dynamics of SMS consumption with the 1-paisa-per-character pricing. This application has been specially designed to cater to the needs of a new dynamic entrant in the telecom sector, setting new industry benchmarks,” he added.

Buongiorno emerged as the favoured VAS technology partner for managing our P2A and A2P SMS services, end-to-end and has supported us in introducing the revolutionary diet-sms offering in the Indian market,” Mr Gurinder Singh Sandhu, Head of Marketing at TATA DOCOMO, said. “TATA DOCOMO and Buongiorno share a lot in common and are driven by innovation, transparency, a high sense of ethical practices and a customer-centric approach. TATA DOCOMO has promised its customers a refreshingly different experience and we have been demonstrating this through all our product offerings,” he added.

The Buongiorno platform will also enable TATA DOCOMO subscribers to access the complete portfolio of interactive and entertaining applications of their choice from a wide array of topics, ranging from cricket to stock news, contests, astrology, jokes, songs, ring tones, as also the latest political and business news on the Dive-in Now VAS platform of TATA DOCOMO. TATA DOCOMO’s services are currently available in 10 telecom circles —Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Kolkata. By the end of the year, Tata DOCOMO’s services will be available pan-India.

*This feature is currently available on selected SIM cards and will be shortly available on all Tata DOCOMO SIM cards

About Buongiorno (Hong Kong) Limited

Buongiorno (Hong Kong) Ltd is a joint venture between one of the largest Japanese trading company, Mitsui & Co. Ltd and Buongiorno S.p.A. Buongiorno (Italy, MTA STAR: BNG) is a multinational leader in digital entertainment. With 24 offices, business in 57 countries, it has connections to more than 120 telephone carriers globally, and access to over 2 billion mobile phone users. After the acquisition of iTouch, a market player in the distribution of mobile entertainment products and services, Buongiorno became the world’s No.1 provider of mobile entertainment, information, messaging and marketing services. A team of more than 990 professionals makes Buongiorno the World’s largest enabler of mobile content in a market expected to hit US$55bn by 2010[1] with approximately 840 million users who use cell phones as media players[2]. Founded in Milan in 1999, Buongiorno is an international Italian success. It is publicly traded on the Italian Stock Exchange – MTA Star segment, ticker “BNG” – and announced revenues for 2008 at €316 million, and EBITDA at €39.8 million[3]. The Group is market leader in in Europe and Latin America with 90% of the revenues coming from international sources. Buongiorno operates in Pacific Asia through Joint Venture with the Japanese group Mitsui & Co. Buongiorno operates with two business lines: value-added services for wireless and wired consumers (Consumer Services) ― distributed through the brand BlinkoGold as well as through partnerships with leading telecom companies and the most important media groups and digital marketing services (Marketing Services). The India operation of Buongiorno was established in January 2006. It is spearheaded by Milind Pathak, Co-CEO & Country Head, Buongiorno Hong Kong Ltd.

About TATA DOCOMO

TATA DOCOMO is Tata Teleservices Limited’s telecom service on the GSM platform—arising out of the Tata Group’s strategic alliance with Japanese telecom major NTT DOCOMO in November 2008. Tata Teleservices Limited has received a license to operate GSM telecom services in 19 telecom Circles and has also been allotted spectrum in 18 of these Circles. It has rolled out its GSM services in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Kolkata, while Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited has launched GSM services under the TATA DOCOMO brand in the Mumbai and Rest of Maharashtra Circles. TATA DOCOMO marks a significant milestone in the Indian telecom landscape, as it stands to redefine the very face of telecoms in India. Tokyo-based NTT DOCOMO is one of the world’s leading mobile operators—in the Japanese market, the company is the clear market leader, used by over 50 per cent of the country’s mobile phone users. NTT DOCOMO, the world’s leading mobile operator, will work closely with the Tata Teleservices Limited management and provide know-how to help the company develop its GSM business.

Hungama Creates An Underwater Adventure Digitally With ‘Blue’

Hungama Digital Media in association with Samsung launch the digital promotions of the movie ‘Blue’

Mumbai, October 12, 2009:
Audiences now have a chance to experience the adventure and thrill of ‘Blue’ on their mobile as well as PC with the launch of its digital promotions in Mumbai today. Hungama Digital Media, South Asia’s largest mobile & digital entertainment company, in association with Samsung announced the launch of ‘The Blue Blaze’ a PC and mobile game and Digital Promotions of the movie ‘Blue’. Making splash this Diwali, Blue is being presented by Shree Asthavinayak Cine Vision and stars Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Zayed Khan while Lara Dutta and Katrina Kaif add the glamour quotient completing the star cast.

The digital promotions of Blue will reach out to the audiences on social media through an innovative campaign for users on Twitter, Facebook, Orkut and a ‘Blue zone’ on Bollywood Hungama. The Blue Zone on Bollywood Hungama is a one of its kind rich media innovation for a Bollywood film. The Blue Zone takes the audiences to an underwater theme on the web which submerges their page into the secrets of the ocean and recreates the theme of the film for a complete ‘Blue’ experience. “The association with the Blue Blaze will give us an opportunity to reach out  to the highly connected youth of today using the very entertaining and absorbing platform that the film Blue provides.” states Mr. Asim Warsi , GM-Marketing , Samsung Mobile.

Commenting on the launch, Punyashlok Bhakta, Hungama Digital Media said, “The digital platform is posing opportunities for concepts like Blue to connect with the audiences and create curiosity through experiential concepts. Bollywood fans enjoy new concepts that break the monotony of their regular internet world. An underwater action thriller is a perfect setting for digital innovations and we hope to create the ‘Blue’ experience as the film releases of the film on October 16.”

Zayed Khan, star of The Blue Blaze and the movie Blue, was present during the launch today. “With Blue, audiences are in for action sequences that will keep them on the edge of their seats. The game is here to give you a sneak preview of what is coming your way on October 16. Underwater action and one-on-one battles with sharks make it an exciting concept for a game and cool innovations on the web. Hungama has re-created the sea and developed an action packed concept for movie audiences and gamers alike.”

‘The Blue Blaze’ is a thrill-a-minute multi-level game which delivers an innovative and exciting experience to the player, pitting him against the perils underwater. Developed around the deep sea explorations of the film, the game is all set to give you the adrenaline rush and accelerates as each new level unfolds. The racy plot begins with a bare handed skirmish with sharks, moves into deep sea diving, reveals the secret of a forbidden treasure and a buried past, flirts with death at the hands of the mafia and goes straight into the treacherous waters again. The players also have a chance to flirt with the star cast of ‘Blue’ as the game features the stars of the film as central characters.

The Blue Blaze game offers a hi-octane preview of the adrenaline charged world that the viewer can expect in the movie. As you play Blue Blaze, you also get to view snippets about the movie and its main characters. The game is available on the movie’s official website www.bluethefilm.com and on www.bollywoodhungama.com/blue. It is also available on all telecom operator platforms.

About Hungama Digital Media:

Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. is the largest aggregator, developer, publisher and distributor of Bollywood and South-Asian entertainment content in the world. With partnerships with over 305 content creators, Hungama has licensed worldwide exclusive digital rights to over half a million music and video titles. We provide content to consumers in 37 countries, with more that 145 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 Content, Mobile Marketing and Mobile Media. Through its own universal Short Code 54646, Hungama Mobile is accessible to over 400 million subscribers within ALL the networks.For more information, please visit www.hungama.org

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of two business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Ebay Leads India’s eCommerce (B2C) Category; Cricket Action in September Lifts Sports Category

    ViziSense releases its web rankings for the Top 5 Sites by Category for September 2009

    October 12th, 2009 (Mumbai, India) - ViziSense (www.vizisense.com), India’s leading online audience measurement and analytics platform, today released its monthly web rankings of the Top 5 Sites by Category. Among the notable trends during September were:

    • Under the newly added eCommerce (B2C) category, Ebay takes a huge lead as the most popular eCommerce site.
    • Shaadi.com moves ahead to claim its place as the No. 1 matrimonial site.
    • Travian tops the Gaming site rankings; Yahoo! Jagran is the most popular Hindi language portal.
    • Sports category experiences the largest increase in online activity as a result of cricket fever in September.

eCommerce (B2C):

    While the online retail shopping industry has yet to really take off in India, Ebay leads the eCommerce category for September’s rankings. US-based eCommerce giant, Amazon is ranked second, whilst Indian eCommerce sites like Rediff and Indiatimes Shopping trail behind. With the upcoming festive season, it would be interesting to discover any increase in consumers flocking to online retailer sites.

        • Category: eCommerce (B2C)September 2009

          Source: ViziSense

          Property Unique Users (M)
          Ebay* 1.92
          Amazon.com 1.18
          Rediff Shopping 0.92
          Indiatimes Shopping 0.74
          Bookmyshow.com 0.74
          *represents the unduplicated reach of related properties. e.g. Orkut.com* includes users who visit both orkut.co.in and orkut.com.

    Sports:

    Sport sites have witnessed the largest jump in traffic since the previous month. Yahoo! Cricket comes out on top again as the most popular cricket site with over 2.31 million users. Espnstar.com, enters the Top 5 most popular sports sites category, with over half a million users.

    Category: SportsSeptember 2009

    Source: ViziSense

    Category: SportsAugust 2009

    Source: ViziSense

    Property Unique Users (M) Property Unique Users (M)
    Yahoo! Cricket 2.31 Cricinfo.com 0.72
    Cricinfo.com 1.77 Yahoo! Cricket 0.64
    Espnstar.com 0.53 Rediff Sports 0.39
    Rediff Sports 0.52 Sify Sports 0.35
    Sify Sports 0.39 Faniq.com 0.33

    Matrimonial:

    Shaadi leads the Matrimonial category, with over 2 million unique users, whilst Bharatmatrimony with 1.62 users, moves one spot down to number two. Shaadi has been consistently catching up to Bharatmatrimony’s reach over the last few months.

    Category: MatrimonialSeptember 2009

    Source: ViziSense

    Category: MatrimonialAugust 2009

    Source: ViziSense

    Property Unique Users (M) Property Unique Users (M)
    Shaadi.com 2.07 Bharatmatrimony* 2.17
    Bharatmatrimony* 1.62 Shaadi.com 2.12
    Jeevansathi.com 1.02 Jeevansathi.com 1.63
    Simplymarry.com 0.30 Simplymarry.com 0.38
    *represents the unduplicated reach of related properties. e.g. Orkut.com* includes users who visit both orkut.co.in and orkut.com. *represents the unduplicated reach of related properties. e.g. Orkut.com* includes users who visit both orkut.co.in and orkut.com.

    Contests/Gaming & Regional Language:

    Starting September, several brand new categories – eCommerce (B2C), Contests/Gaming and Regional Language – have been added to monitor India’s top performing online properties. Under Gaming, Travian.in – a popular multi-player online game – leads the category, followed closely by Zapak.com. While under the Regional Language category, Yahoo! Jagran is the most popular Hindi language portal with over 1 million users.

    Category: Contests/GamingSeptember 2009

    Source: ViziSense

    Category: Regional LanguageSeptember 2009

    Source: ViziSense

    Property Unique Users (M) Property Unique Users (M)
    Travian.in 2.42 Yahoo! Jagran 1.07
    Zapak.com 1.58 Webdunia.com 0.94
    Miniclip.com 0.81 Manoramaonline.com 0.41
    Myplaycity.com 0.79 Eenadu.net 0.36
    Gametop.com 0.69 Dinamalar.com 0.25

The Top 5 Sites by Category released monthly, provides a macro view of traffic and popularity metrics across key categories with insights into the top performing online properties, audience reach and usage, audience duplication within the category, etc.

    The categories include Web Portals, Job Search, Search, Social Networking, Photo & Video Sharing, Email, Education, Matrimony, Airlines, Real Estate, Travel eCommerce, B2C Ecommerce Airlines, Banking, B2C Classifieds, B2B Classifieds, Automobiles, Entertainment, Music, Sports, Regional Language and Contests/Gaming. To view the top Internet properties in these popular categories please visit www.vizisense.com/dashboard.

    About ViziSense:

    ViziSense (www.vizisense.com) is India’s leading online audience measurement and analytics platform that accurately reports details of site visitor demographics and other audience characteristics. ViziSense is a product from Komli Media. Headquartered in Mumbai, Komli Media is also located in Delhi (India) and New York (US).  For more information please log on to www.komli.com.

Garmin Join Hands With Reliance Autozone to Launch World Class Car Navigation Device in India

Delhi. October 12 — 2009: Reliance Autozone, the automotive retail arm of Reliance Retail and Garmin, one of the global leaders in navigation devices join hands to introduce and promote world class navigation devices in India. While Reliance Autozone would extend it’s support by promoting the products at all of it’s specialty stores, shop in shops & Reliance Digital stores on pan India level, Garmin would create value to the customers by bringing the latest technology products in India.

Announcing the joint initiative Mr. Arun Dey, Chief Executive Reliance Autozone said, “Our customers always value world class products and we would like to give them another reason to come and shop with us. We look forward for a long term sustainable association with our customers, with the new venture with Garmin would create more value for them and continue delivering world class automotive products and services with wide choice at best prices.”

“Garmin as the global leading brand in GPS navigation products, always hope to provide our best products and services to everywhere in the world. Through the co-operation with Reliance Autozone and her affiliated companies as the strategic partners in India, Garmin have jumped a bigger step to be closer to Indian market.  Indian customers can finally feel the difference of using Garmin GPS; Photo Navigation feature and Global map support, make your Garmin GPS not only been used in India, but also every corner in the world. Follow the Leader and do not leave home without Garmin.”said Tony An, Director of sales & marketing from Garmin  Corporation. “We believe nuvi 205, 215 and 715 will be the best choices Garmin delivers to India market to meet a verity of customers’ requirements. ”

About Reliance Autozone

Reliance Autozone store showcases more than 50 leading brands and 1500 products catering from mini segment to premium segment cars. This accessory store format offers consumers a comprehensive range of products in a pleasant and conducive retail ambience at best value along with quick fitment facility. There is also an amazing range of two wheeler accessories. The main features of the store are wide variety of accessories under one roof (from utilities, audio, videos, safety, car care, upholstery, navigation systems etc.), personalized service and competitive price positioning. The store also offers Fitment facility, Warranty and Service backup. The assortment includes an exciting range of accessories sourced from overseas.

Reliance Autozone stores having service facility also offers after sales service  of multi make car and multi make two wheelers under one roof. Besides these also retail bikes, pre-owned cars, tyres, batteries and a wide range of automotive accessories. The menu of automotive services includes scheduled maintenance, running repair, brake down services, lube change, car care, overhaul of clutch / brake / suspension for all makes of cars. For two wheelers apart from major and minor repairs, the store offers engine and transmission overhauling.

About Reliance Retail Limited

Reliance Retail Limited (RRL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited opened its first retail store in November 2006 and today operates over 900 stores in 80 cities, spanning 14 states with over 4.2 million sq ft of trading space. RRL is a multi-format retailer that operates Reliance Fresh – a neighborhood store concept, Reliance Digital – a consumer durables and information technology concept, Reliance Mart – a hyper market concept, Reliance Trends – an apparel specialty concept, Reliance Wellness – a health, wellness & beauty concept , iStore by Reliance Digital- an Apple specialty store concept, Reliance Footprint -a footwear concept, Reliance Jewels – a jewellery concept, Reliance Time-Out- a books, music & entertainment concept, Reliance Super- a Minimart concept, Reliance Living Homeware – a household utilities specialty store concept, Reliance Living Furnishings-a specialty store concept for home furnishings, Reliance Living Furniture-a home office furniture specialty concept, Reliance Home Kitchen- a kitchen’s solution specialty store concept, Reliance AutoZone – an automotive specialty concept and Vision Express-an optical specialty store concept.

About Reliance Industries Limited

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is India’s largest private sector company on all major financial parameters with a turnover of Rs. 1,39,269 crore (US$ 34.71 billion), cash profit of Rs. 25,205 crore (US$ 6.3 billion), net profit (excluding exceptional income) of Rs. 15,261 crore (US$ 3.8 billion) and net worth of Rs. 81,449 crore (US$ 20.3 billion) as of March 31, 2008.

RIL is the first and only private sector company from India to feature in the Fortune Global 500 list of ‘World’s Largest Corporations’ and ranks amongst the world’s Top 200 companies in terms of profits. RIL is amongst the 30 fastest climbers ranked by Fortune. RIL features in the Forbes Global list of the world’s 400 best big companies and in the FT Global 500 list of the world’s largest companies. RIL ranks amongst the ‘Worlds 25 Most Innovative Companies’ as per a list compiled by the US financial publication-Business Week in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group.

About Garmin.

Garmin Ltd(Nasdaq: GRMN),the global leader in satellite navigation, since 1989, has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology.  Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin Corporation, one of the subsidiaries of Garmin Ltd., is based in Taiwan and  has dedicated to serve customers in Asia market. By working closely with alliances and the fully understanding of the Asia market, Garmin Corporation is able to maintain a high level of quality and respond more quickly to the ever-changing marketplace. For more information, please visit Garmin’s official website at www.garmin.co.in.

Pressmart Introduces ‘ePortal’ a New Feature Rich, Do-it-yourself, Pay-As-You-Go ePublishing Solution

- ‘ePortal’ is a highly cost effective new news portal service targeted to Online Publishers

Hyderabad, India, October 13, 2009:
Pressmart (www.pressmart.com) today announced the launch of a new SaaS, pay-as-you-go hosted Web CMS product ePortal (www.pressmart.com/eportal) to complement its suite of powerful ePublishing solutions.
Pressmart ePortal lets Publishers create and manage their news portals easily for a low monthly fee. Unlike a licensed product, it is an on demand service wherein Publishers simply choose the features they want and pay only for what is used. It offers a robust CMS, Web 2.0 interface, Cloud Hosting, Advanced Archiving, Content Caching, Web & Mobile delivery as well as add-ons such as Social Network, Classifieds, Analytics, Ads and Subscriptions.

“Online publishing is a dynamic space. Things change everyday. To choose the right product, a reliable vendor and to keep pace with new and emerging technologies can be stressful and complicated.” Sanjiv Gupta, Founder and CEO of Pressmart, said.

ePortal is designed as a simple and intuitive service. Publishers simply sign up, choose their preferred modules and get started rapidly. Our aim is to ensure our customers remain ahead of the technology curve, with minimum investment.” added Sanjiv.

What differentiates Pressmart is that it extends a host of monetization and reporting tools such as Paid Subscriptions, Ad Management, Analytics, and Search Engine Friendly Content to Publishers.

“Pressmart ePortal is built around the Publisher’s strategy. For example, if a Publisher finds ‘Video’ is en vogue, ‘Classifieds’ is a money-maker or ‘iPhone‘ is a key delivery channel, they can simply choose the options and voila, in a matter of few hours they are up and running with a news portal.” said NavneetTaori, Head of Product Strategy and Business Development, Pressmart.

Publishers simply drag and drop feature they need. There is no upfront cost, no learning curve and zero ROI risk. Navneet adds. For an enterprise to grow it is important to keep the audience engaged with constant innovation and new customer centric features. Our goal is to continuously innovate and develop ePortal into a natural destination for online publishing.” Sanjiv added.

One of the early adopters, a beta customer of Pressmart ePortal, Paul Luckman, Publisher and CEO of The Portugal News, the largest English-language Weekly Newspaper in Portugal said “It’s a much-needed, much-awaited service and I highly recommend it to Publishers who believe they are in the business of content and audience development and not Information Technology.”

ePortal’ was showcased at WAN IFRA Publishing Conference (www.ifraexpo.com)

About Pressmart

Pressmart offers a full suite of online publishing products and solutions to newspapers and magazines in 49 countries, using Web, Mobile, eReader, RSS, Podcast and other digital channels. Conversion, Hosting, Subscriptions, Ads and Analytics—packed a single easy-to-use service. Pressmart has presence in US, UK, India and Australia.

‘Hindustan’ Expands Footprint In Up With Launch of Bareilly Edition

New Delhi, October 10, 2009

HT Media, in continuation of its strategy to strengthen its presence in the Hindi market across the Indo-Gangetic belt, has launched ‘Hindustan’ in Bareilly. Bareilly becomes the eighth printing location of ‘Hindustan’ in the U.P. and Uttarakhand region This initiative will enable Hindustan to enter the Rohilkhand area of Western U.P, comprising of Bareilly, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Lakhimpur and Badaun districts.

This launch strengthens the hold of ‘Hindustan’ in the Western U.P. region. It has been supported by a powerful 360-degree marketing campaign and an aggressive circulation drive. The Bareilly edition has been shaped by an extensive consumer research and will be accompanied by 3 ‘Remix’ supplements and one ‘Nayi Dishayein’ supplement each week.

‘Hindustan’ is the third largest-read daily in the country and is present in Delhi NCR, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh. ‘Hindustan’ is an undisputed leader in Bihar & Jharkhand markets, and a strong No. 2 in Delhi NCR markets while growing rapidly in UP and Uttarakhand markets.

About HT Media Limited

About HT Media Limited HT Media Limited is one of India’s foremost media companies, and home to three leading newspapers in the country in English, Hindi and business segments – ‘Hindustan Times’ (English daily), ‘Hindustan’ (Hindi daily) and ‘Mint’ (business daily). ‘Hindustan Times’ was started in 1924 and it has more than 80-year history as one of India’s leading newspapers. The Company also has four FM radio stations “Fever 104” in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. The Company has also made a foray into the Internet space through its subsidiary Firefly e-Ventures Limited and has launched a new job portal www.Shine.com. These are in addition to the existing websites livemint.com and hindustantimes.com. HT Media along with Bennett Coleman & Co. Limited has entered into an equal partnership joint venture to publish an English morning tabloid in Delhi & NCR titled Metro Now. In addition, the Company has entered into a 51:49 joint venture (JV) with German media group Hubert Burda to leverage HT Media’s expertise in printing and publishing and capture opportunities in the booming high-end magazine and catalogue printing space in India and the Asia-Pacific region. HT Media also publishes two Hindi magazines Nandan and Kadambini.

Karbonn Mobiles Charts Out Aggressive Expansion Plans For India

Invests US $ 5 million for its operations; All set to expand to South Asia, Middle East and Africa


  • Expands its portfolio by introducing its latest range of attractively priced multimedia phones for the Indian market
  • Has invested US $ 5 million in product development and marketing operations
  • Company to also expand its operations in South Asia and will be shortly available in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal
  • Plans to launch its devices in the Middle East and Africa in Q1, FY 10
  • Aiming for revenues of Rs. 1000 crore in the current fiscal year
  • Karbonn Mobiles has established strong association in Champions League Twenty20’09 by being official sponsors of Cape Cobras & associate sponsors of Diamond Eagles (Leading domestic cricket teams from South Africa) and Co-Sponsors of Wayamba Elevens – (Leading domestic cricket team from Sri Lanka)

    New Delhi, October 12, 2009
    – Karbonn Mobiles, a company that redefines mobility with its wide range of attractively priced multimedia phones unveiled its aggressive and ambitious expansion plans for the growth of the Karbonn brand in India. The company aims to capture a market share of 7 % – 10 % in India in the multimedia phone segment in the current fiscal. The company today expanded its portfolio by launching its new range of multimedia devices for the Indian market, in the price range of Rs. 2000/ to Rs. 5000/-.

Karbonn Mobiles is a joint venture between Delhi based Jaina Group and Bangalore based UTL Group. Jain Group is currently engaged in national distribution of HTC Mobile Phones in India & South Asia and Motorola and LG Mobile Phones in India. Jaina Group currently has over 350 employees and a network of 28 domestic and overseas branches actively engaged in mobile phones business with a turnover of around Rs. 1000 crores. The UTL Group is a multi division telecom powerhouse with interests that span across manufacturing, services and distribution.

Karbonn Mobiles has also announced that it has already made an investment of US $ 5 million for product development and its marketing and sales operations for the Karbonn range of mobile phones. This is one of the largest investments by any indigenous entity in India in a short span of five months in the mobile phone segment. The company is aiming for revenues in excess of Rs. 1000 crore from its operations in the current fiscal year.

Karbonn has announced that it has already covered Bangladesh as the first country in its launch initiative for South Asia and will shortly cover Sri Lanka and Nepal as well. The company also intends to launch Karbonn Mobiles in Middle East and Africa in the first quarter of the financial year 2010.

In keeping with enhancing its multi-nation reach, Karbonn Mobiles has become the proud official sponsors of Cape Cobras and associate sponsors of Diamond Eagles, the leading domestic cricket teams of South Africa. The company has also become the co-sponsors of Sri Lanka’s premier domestic cricket team, Wayamba Elevens. The team features some of Sri Lankan cricket’s leading superstars including Mahela Jayawardena, Ajantha Mendis, Farveez Maharoof, Jehan Mubarak among others.

Mr. Pradeep Jain, Managing Director, Jaina Group said, “Karbonn Mobiles aims to be a leading mobile phone company in India offering unmatched quality and features at attractive price points. We intend to address the value for money seeking Indian consumer who is keen on having an array of advanced mobile phone features at competitive prices.”

“We have already launched around 20 models in India in a short span of time and going forward we intend to launch 3 to 4 devices every quarter in various segments like multimedia, touchscreens and dual SIMs” he added.

Enthused by strong sales volumes achieved in a short span of time, Karbonn is also contemplating setting up SKD-kit based manufacturing operations in India after reaching a critical sales volumes of around 1 million handsets per month in 2010-11.

According to Mr. Sudhir Hasija, Managing Director, UTL Group, “Karbonn Mobiles is a fruition of UTL Group and Jaina Group sharing the same vision of enriching and enhancing the communication experience of mobile phone users and we are extremely proud to have entered into this joint venture. As a brand, Karbonn Mobiles will strive to cater to the entire gamut of mobile phone users with the latest trends, state-of-the-art technology and newer innovations. We have already set very high goals for ourselves and will put in our best efforts to take the Karbonn brand from strength to strength.”

Karbonn Mobiles have been launched in India with distribution network covering around 80% of the districts in the states all over India. Currently, Karbonn is available through 50000 outlets across the country and the company plans to double this number by the end of current fiscal year. The company is also in the advanced stages of establishing 5 to 10 exclusive Karbonn mobile stores in all the major states of India by the end of the current financial year and has already launched this initiative by unveiling the first of such stores in Kerala and Assam last month.

Karbonn Mobiles is supported by its extensive service network of 500 service centres across the length and breadth of the country, out of which 150 are dedicated Karbonn Mobiles service centres and the rest are supported by the service partners of the company.

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About Jaina Group:

The Jaina Group is a reputed distribution house with interests in telecom and consumer durables, headquartered in Delhi. With a mission to pioneer the most diversified mobile phones business portfolio in South Asia, Jain Group is currently engaged in national distribution of HTC Mobile Phones in India & South Asia and Motorola and LG Mobile Phones in India. Jaina Group currently has over 350 employees and a network of 28 domestic and overseas branches actively engaged in mobile phones business.

UTL and Jaina now present Karbonn: phones that feature the absolute latest trends in mobile telephony, at incredible prices.

About UTL:

The UTL Group is a leading Indian telecom powerhouse with interests that span across manufacturing, services and distribution. A leading supplier of landline telephones and electronic exchanges in India, telecom equipment to cellular operators, the group is closely linked with the mobile phone revolution in the country. UTL has successfully represented reputed mobile phone brands like Alcatel, Nokia, Samsung and Virgin in India, either as regional or national distribution partners. Headquartered in Bangalore, this multi division telecom group has over 2000 employees and over 3 decades of telecom expertise.

IHR Ties-Up With Jammu And Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation

With this alliance IndiaHotelReview.com becomes the first OTA (Online Travel Agency) from India or outside to be authorized by JKTDC.

IndiaHotelReview.com a leading Online Travel Agency and Travel Community Site from India has tied-up with the JKTDC a Government of Jammu & Kashmir owned enterprise to sell its entire range of properties Online. This was today announced by the Business Head and Cofounder of IHR Mr. Ankit Rastogi.

Commenting on the collaboration Mr. Ankit Rastogi spelled out the vision and purpose behind this significant move.

“IHR since its nascent days has endeavored to be at the forefront of providing value to its clients.  IHR’s government affiliations have already included Uttar Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (UPSTDC) and Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and now to top it all there is JKTDC as our new partner.

This tie-up with the pioneer and market leaders of tourism in J& K is a step towards making “Brand Kashmir” as envisaged by the state more accessible to the general public. The good part is that the state government is proactive in trying to make this happen quickly” Explained Mr. Rastogi.

“Kashmir has unparalleled tourism potential which needs to be fully explored now. The problems are gradually ebbing out and domestic tourists, albeit slowly have again started marking Kashmir in their travel plans. IHR with its reach and popularity wants to make Kashmir travel popular with the no frills traveler.” Said Mr. Rastogi

“Jammu and Kashmir is a state that has the potential for tourism round the year and this holds true for both the Jammu as well as the Srinagar circuit. We are already catering to a huge number of pilgrims that make their way to Vaishno Devi shrine and do the Amarnath Yatra during season. With J&K opening up to the tremendous scope of adventure sports along with its repertoire of traditional travel options we see a huge footfall in the state in the coming days. “

“IHR wants its customers to think beyond the pristine valley of Srinagar and explore beauties like Kud, Sonamarg, Tangmarg, Yousmarg et al to appreciate the greatness of the state.” IHR plans to aggressively promote the state by putting in its website a series of informative Travel Guides, Visual Tourist circuits, engaging itineraries to enthuse the budget travelers. “Asserted Mr.Rastogi.

On the concluding note Mr Rastogi said that initially IHR would book all the properties of JKTDC and these include the Tourist Establishments, Bungalows, Huts, Cottages, Hotels spread across the state including very popular spots like Katra, Jammu, Patnitop and Srinagar. Gradually IHR would want to include emerging tourist destinations like Dodhpathari, Gurez and Bungus as and when they become functional.

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