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News Digest: Bangladesh VoIP, Adobe India, Astroyogi, Datacom, Indiagames

Bangladesh Issues 32 VoIP licenses

Bangladesh has issued Internet Telephony licenses to 32 ISPs, and has plans to award more such licenses, reports the Daily Star, quoting Zia Ahmed, Chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), the countrys telecom regulator. However, no list has yet been put up on the BTRC website. You may download the latest VoIP guidelines from the BTRC here (pdf), issued on the 4th of June 2009.

Adobe India Sets Its Sights On Mobile Ecosystem

Its India development centre focuses on mobile development, and has contributed to the releases of software such as database software ColdFusion and open source framework Flex. Now, it plans to diversify into content and application platforms for handsets. The Indian centre will also take on the task of integrating all the web applications of its mother company to mobiles – as it did with Flash Lite, a multimedia player. (via CXOToday)

Astroyogi Eyes Malaysian Mobile Partnerships

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Astroyogi.com is making its debut in Malaysia with a tie-up with a Malaysian telecommunication service provider. It had launched in the Southeast Asian region earlier this year by partnering with MSN in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore. It will provide services ranging from horoscope, feng shui, tarot, numerology and palmistry on their mobile phones. [Bernama]

Datacom Gets A Clean Chit For Ambani Stake From DOT

India’s Department of Telecom has given a clean chit to Datacoms Solutions, saying that there aren’t any violations of the license norms if Mukesh Ambani has equity stake in the company.  The DoT was asked to investigate Datacom’s application by the Prime Minister’s Office after a Member of Parliament complained that Mukesh Ambani held equity stake through a senior executive of Reliance Industries.  [Hindu]

Google Map Error On Arunachal Border

Google India has admitted it wrongly depicted the borders of Arunachal Pradesh on Google India Maps and blames it on a “mistake in processing of new map data”. (via Business Standard) The company said it would change it back shortly but as of 6 pm today, though Google India Maps had been corrected, Arunachal’s northern and southern borders were still enclosed by broken lines on Google Maps.

Our take: Both are growing markets, though China’s Internet market is substantially larger. Google has a tough task on its hand here, appeasing both governments. In the past, Google has shared user data with both Chinese and Indian authorities, as well as censored its results for China.

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Indiagames’ New Cricket Game

UTV company Indiagames has developed a 2D mobile game England v/s Australia Cricket Test series, which is available both on Nokia’s Ovi and Apple’s App Store.

BPL way out Mobile Tracking Key in India

BPL has introduced mobile tracking software for GSM subscribers users. Presently this service is only available for the Symbian OS handsets as there are 35 medium-to-high-end Symbian handsets. The software detects any change made to the SIM card and automatically sends SMS to alternative contact numbers without any warning. It costs Rs.149. [SamayLive]

Cinemax To Digitize All Its Theaters Within A Year

Cinemax is investing Rs.30 crore for the existing 74 screens and the 50 that will open up by the end of this year. It has tied up with Scrabble Entertainment to install the new 2k projectors across seven properties located in Mumbai, Thane and Gujarat. [Economic Times]

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Bharti eyes $2bn loan to sweeten MTN bid

Bharti Airtel has approached the State Bank of India for a $2bn loan as part of a plan to offer more cash and fewer shares to sweeten a $23bn tie-up with South Africa’s MTN. [FT]

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