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RoundUp: UTV’s Ignition Launches Games; Apple India New MD; ATC Buys XCEL; BSNL

utvUTV Launches 3 Games At E3 – UTV New Media’s subsidiary Ignition Entertainment has launched three new console games – War Devil , Reich and El Shadai at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The group is investing Rs. 150 crores into gaming this year, Business Standard reports. Ignition’s offices in London, Tokyo and Florida are churning out these games which are targeted towards the global market. Ronnie Screwvala, founder and CEO of UTV has remarked that the market in India for these games was “insignificant”, which we agree – console gaming is still a young market though Sony and Microsoft have been promoting PlayStations and Xboxes, their high prices have been a barrier. Mobile gaming is more popular in the country and hence the company has decided to focus its Indian gaming subsidiary Indiagames on the segment. Meanwhile the third gaming subsidiary, True Games, has scheduled a July launch for its first expansion to the recently launched massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORG) Warrior Epic which it released in May.

Apple India MD Quits – Tom Preising has replaced Alok Sharma as Apple Computer’s India managing director after the latter quit. Sharma headed the firm for five years and was responsible for growing its operations from $10 million to its current $100 million business and restructuring its distributions. More on CRN.

atclogoXCEL Sold To ATC For $154M – Telecom infrastructure firm American Tower Corporation has announced the closing of its acquisition of Mumbai-based XCEL Telecom (the link to the company redirects to ATC India). XCEL was incubated in late 2006 by Dallas-based Q Investments. The deal is valued at $154 million. In India, XCEL competes with Wipro, Indus Towers (the venture run by three telcos Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular) and GTL Infrastructure. It owns 2000 towers in  15 circles, but will the new ATC India be strong enough to stand up against the might of Indus, which has over 100,000 towers? Though the practise of infrastructure sharing has begun in the country,  and will be more popular as MVNOs have been given the green signal to enter, there is huge scope for telecom tower firms to set up networks in the hinterlands where connectivity is still poor.

BSNL Sets Up CDR – BSNL has launched a service that allows users to check their call details, like duration, numbers dialed, rate of each call and total charge, etc., on the internet, Statesman reports. The Call Detail Recorder (CDR) is available in Kolkata circle to landline and mobile phone users, and will soon  be launched in Pune, Chandigarh and Hyderabad. The question that arises is  what security measures would be taken up to ensure privacy of users’ phone records and to prevent pretexting, hacking, etc into CDR by data brokers.

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