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News Digest: Idea, Samsung, Vodafone, AajFriday, MTS, Nokia


- Idea Cellular has rolled out its 3G services in Kottayam in  Kerala. Previously the services were available in Kochi, Calicut, Trichur, Palghat, Kannur, Malapuram, Alleppey, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Trivandrum and Nedumangad. Earlier this May, the telco launched its 3G services in Dharamshala, McLeodganj, Sunder Nagar and Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. Via Press Release

- Anil Ambani is expected to sign  multi million dollar orders for Long Term Evolution (LTE) with Huawei. Huawei has reportedly invested huge sums in LTE since 2004. The company expects the Indian equipment market to touch the $10 billion mark in the next five years. Read more at DNA

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- Samsung is set to launch two more tablets – a 10.1-inch and an 8.9-inch – next month. The company reportedly spends $5-6 million every year on Research and Development on Tablet PC’s and notebooks. It intends to increase the number of brand shops in the consumer electronics segment. Read More at Business Standard.

- The government is considering 55 Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) including Dish TV, Vodafone Essar and BNP Paribas, next week. Earlier, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) had cleared 16 FDI proposals amounting to Rs 923.55 crore, including those of Star News Broadcasting Ltd and L&T Finance Holdings. Read More at The Economic Times.

- Vodafone launches 3G services in Andhra Pradesh. The services are available in 49 towns including Hyderabad, Vishakhaoatnam and Vijaywada. Earlier this May Vodafone had rolled out its 3G sevices in Goa and Kolkata. Read Press Release

- TaxSpanner, an online e-filing portal has launched The Tax Payer’s Charter, an online campaign that intends to to reform redundant and impractical tax laws and introducing the relevant laws instead. After receiving 1,00,000 signatures, the final partition will be handed over to the Finance Ministry. Read the Press Release

-  The Cabinet will make the final decision on the issue of Spectrum Pricing and one-time charges for extra spectrum held by leading mobile service providers. According to TRAI, the initial 6.2 Mhz of spectrum would now cost Rs 10,972.45 crore for pan-India operations, compared to Rs 1,658 crore earlier. Furthermore, every Mhz of additional spectrum (on an all-India basis) beyond the contracted limit of 6.2 Mhz would cost Rs 4,571.87 crore. Read More at The Economic Times.

- The documents related to the Telecom Policy of 1994 which marked the entry of private companies and introduction of mobile telephony have reportedly gone missing. The documents include the cabinet note on the policy prepared by DoT and papers related to the decision to clear the policy by the then Congress cabinet. Read More at Business Standard

-  AajFriday, a Kolkata based online travel agent has started its operations. The portal is currently focusing on Eastern India. The company intends to provide its services in the fields of Tour-n-Travel and Event Management. Read the Press Release

- Nokia is reportedly transferring 28,00 employees from countries like India, Finland, China, UK and the U.S to Accenture, which will be looking after the management of Symbian till the year 2016. Read More at MSN

- MTS has partnered India Unite to End Polio Now (IUEPN) campaign supported by UNICEF, for Polio Eradication Awareness campaign. The campaign will be carried out in public transport including Hop ON Hop Off buses (HOHO Buses). Similar campaigns have also started in Kolkata and Mumbai. MTS will also be sending SMSs to all its subscribers and customers creating awareness for Polio eradication and notifying them about Polio Rounds on June 26 2011. Via Press Release