iPhone 3G S in India; No iPhone Price Cut
Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar are set to bring Apple’s latest iPhone, iPhone 3G S, unveiled in US earlier this week, to India in August. The exact date and pricing for India have not been mentioned. The iPhone is expected to go one sale in 10 countries on June 19, and another 32 countries in July. (Economic Times)
The cut in the price of the iPhone in the US will not affect India: retailers say they have not received any information from Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar, the sole distributors of the handset in the country. Airtel hasn’t received any communication from Apple, while Vodafone executives have not commented. (Business Standard)
BSNL Launches IPTV, Nova NetPC In Puducherry
State owned telco BSNL has launched IPTV and Nova NetPC for broadband users in Puducherry on Tuesday. The IPTV service is powered by MyWay, and is free for the first three months. It includes 128 channels, Electronic Programming Guide, games, radio, Video on Demand (VoD) etc. ESPN, Star Sports and Star Cricket is free till June 30th. (The Hindu)
Yahoo’s Cricket Subsite Claims To Be Numero Uno
Yahoo, the exclusive online content partner for ICC World T20 matches claims its cricket subsite claims to be the top Cricket website in India. Yahoo has quoted Comscore data as saying the website recorded 2.4 million users in April 09. MediaNama is not aware of Comscore’s methodology and sample size, hence cannot verify the accuracy of this claim. Yahoo owns rights to International Cricket Council (ICC) events including ICC World Twenty20, ICC Champions Trophy and the World Cup. The official website for ICC T20 is also hosted by Yahoo. We’d written about T20.com, launched by NetLinkBlue, which owns certain live streaming and mobile rights to the Indian Premier League.
Nokia’s Chennai Factory Largest For Co
Nokia’s Chennai factory is believed to be the largest cellphone manufacturing facility for the company, overtaking the two individual facilities in China. China would still be ahead, if you combine production from both the facilities. The company ships GSM phones from the Chennai factory to over 50 markets, covering South East Asia, AsiaPac, India, Middle East and Africa, according to an unnamed Nokia official. (Economic Times)
RCOM Deactivates 36,000 J&K Connections
Fearing a security threat, Reliance Communications (RCom) has deactivated over 36,000 connections in Jammu & Kashmir even as the state police continued its probe into the violation of guidelines in issuing mobile SIM cards. (Business Standard). This follows the arrest of three Lashkar-e-Toiba supporters in J&K with SIM cards.
I&B Ministry Pushes For Zero Set-Top-Box Duty
With the Union Budget expected soon, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is pushing for Zero duty for Set Top Boxes for five years, saying that the move will lead to the number of DTH and Digital Cable subscribers increasing by seven times, and net revenues of Rs 7,200 crore for the period. At present, set top boxes attraction an additional duty of 4 percent and a countervailing duty (CVD) of 8 percent.(Business Standard)
IBN18 Raises Rs. 62 Crores From Sale Of Treasury Shares
IBN18 has raised Rs. 62 crores from the sale of 50 lakh treasury shares to institutional investors on June 9th, at the price of Rs. 125 per share. The shares were held in the IBN18 Trust, which contained a total of 89,69,211 shares before the sale. The cash raised will be invested in IBN18