Me Too: Bharti Airtel Invites Developers To Make Mobile, IPTV, Broadband & DTH Apps

airtellogoBharti Airtel’s Open Developers Community initiative is now 1000 developers-strong, Economic Times reports.  Last year, the company had invested Rs. 44 million in a platform similar to Forum Nokia for developers to create content and applications for its growing mobile user base. Around 100 developers were members in September 2008.

Now, the company has invited the community to also write applications and services for its other products, namely broadband, IPTV, DTH (Airtel Digital). Bharti Airtel added 2.81 million mobile connections and 35,000 landlines in June and has an overall customer base of 110 million.

A search of Airtel’s website and the Internet did not give us the community’s portal and so we are unable to learn who these 1000 developers are, nor what are the kind of applications that have been developed. If anyone is aware of them, please inform us.

Star Channels On Portugese IPTV Provider Clix

clixstarClix, a Portugal-based IPTV provider, has added two Indian channels – Star Plus and Star Gold to its bouquet of channels. Star Plus will target Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshis there while Star Gold will bring Bollywood movies to residents there, BroadbandTV News reported.

Idea Cellular’s Investments

The telco has earmarked Rs. 7500 crore as investments to expand into new circles this year. It will invest Rs. 1000 crore over the next three years just in Tamil Nadu, where it launched its operations last month. Idea has 100,000 subscribers in Tamil Nadu and is romping up its operations by setting up 60 outlets and placing a 2086-km optical fibre network. More on Sify.

FE reports that the company also received approval from its shareholders to divest Idea Cellular Towers Infrastructure. This move comes in the wake of Vodafone Essar receiving clearance from the FIPB to make its tower arm Ortus Infratel independent.

Wharton School & Wall Street Journal India Launch Portal

kawwsj1Targeted at the rural community, the website will offer reporting, analysis, interviews, commentary and video. The site does not seem to be up as yet.

The partnership is between Wharton School‘s India Knowledge@ Wharton, a bi-weekly online resource on rural India that is part of the institute’s larger database of information and Wall Street Journal India, which is hosting the new site. Wall Street Journal India was launched in February 2009, when it also expanded its teams in New Delhi and Mumbai to manage and develop the site. The portal is by The Wall Street Journal, the flagship business daily by Dow Jones & Company. Knowledge@Wharton claims it is accessed by 1.3 million subscribers worldwide.

Mint Lands In Chennai On Monday

livemint1After Deccan Chronicle arrived in Chennai, now it is the time for HT Media’s pink paper Mint, which will be launched in the city on July 13, according to aFaqs. The daily is targeting a sales mix of 50% subscription and 50% cash. The company simultaneously plans to increase the price of the daily, which ranges between Rs. 2 to 3.50 to Rs. 3.50 across the country. Mint is currently sold in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Bangalore and Pune.