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RoundUp: Tata Indicom, Ajay Vidyasagar Sun; Army-Social Networking; Private Treaties

TTML Crosses 5 Million Subscribers In Rest of Maharashtra Circle

TTML is rated No.1 on overall customer satisfaction in independent surveys commissioned by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). “We will continue to introduce innovative offerings for both existing and new consumers and be the brand of choice across segments” said Mr. Rajesh Puri, President – Operations, TTML.

Tata Teleservices To Launch Services First In South India, Using DocoMo Brand

Tata Teleservices and NTT DoCoMo to launch GSM services in India, starting with South India, followed by western and northern regions, under the brand Tata DocoMo, “expecting to complete the pan-India rollout by the end of 2009”, said Tata Teleservices’ President for GSM operations Deepak Gulati. DoCoMo is planning to launch its famous data focused i-mode content services in India. We wonder if they’ll give i-mode like revenue shares to publishers and content providers as well. DoCoMo may also bring in various high-end handsets for data applications for TTSL customers in India. (Economic Times)

Ajay Vidyasagar Has Joined Sun TV As COO

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Ajay Vidyasagar is now the Chief Operating Officer of Sun TV, effective June 15 2009, after quitting as President of STAR India in March 2009. Vidyasagar has 20 years of experience in brand management, content creation, sales and new business in STAR he was managing consumer marketing, licensing & merchandising for the Indian sub-continent and leading the new media strategy.

Defence Personnel Not Allowed To Share Location Sensitive Info On Facebook, Orkut, Twitter

Defense personnel active on the Internet are now prohibited to share personal information on social networking sites such as Orkut, Facebook, Twitter etc. The Indian Army has issued a circular in this regard fearing that the information shared might disclose the personnel’s whereabouts. Violation of the ‘good order and discipline’ rules under the Army Act can lead to imprisonment for up to seven years. Approximately 35,000 of 1.1 million soldiers are estimated active internet users. (Techtree)

ED: This is a tricky one. What will happen once location based services are launched? Will telecom operators or handset manufacturers have to put in measures to ensure that location sensitive data is not shared?

Times Private Treaties Considered An Innovative Business Model

Times Private Treaties (TPT) was voted as one of the seven most innovative business models by PubliGroupe and International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA), but didn’t win gold. It was the only entry from India to have reached the finals, but the top prize was taken by Verdens Gang for Pengenedine.no, a website gives customers quick and convenient access to some of the best interest rates on liquid funds. (afaqs)

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India’s Exit From T20 World Cup Expected To Lower TRPs

Well, it happened in the last ODI World Cup in the West Indies, and now it’s happened in the T20 World Cup: TRPs for non-India games were 1.6, as compared to 4.4 for games in which India was involved. Sponsors like PepsiCo India, Hero Honda, Reliance Communications etc bought advertising at rates 80% higher than the last T20. (Livemint)

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