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News Digest: BSNL, Qualcomm, TCIL, Essar – Kenya, FE-NDTV

Essar Telecom Targets 1.5 Million New Subscribers In Kenya

Essar Telecom Kenya Ltd. a unit of India’s Essar Communications, is aiming to quadruple its number of subscribers to two million by March by signing up 1.5 million new customers. Essar is expected to invest around $230 million to expand network coverage outside its current strongholds in Nairobi and Mombasa.Essar is a shareholder in The East African Marine System fiber-optic cable, known as Teams, that connects Kenya to the United Arab Emirates, which is due to be switched on next month. [Bloomberg]

Qualcomm To Launch Zeebo, FLO TV in India

Qualcomm will introduce its low-cost video game console, Zeebo, in India by 2010. The company will also launch in India its FLO TV, which is size of an iPhone and is a touchscreen-based model which uses Qualcomm’s new terrestrial digital TV service. [Business Standard]

Financial Express, NDTV Profit In Talks for Content Partnership

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NDTV Profit and business daily The Financial Express are in talks to forge a content partnership. The agreement is expected to be finalized by mid-September. [ContentSutra]

BSNL Awards Network Contract ITI, Nokia Siemens

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has given a contract worth 1.67 billion rupees ($34.3 million) to ITI Ltd. and another of 1.85 billion rupees to Nokia Siemens Networks for optical-fiber networks. [WSJ]

BSNL Disconnects Broadband Links In Darjeeling

BSNL has started disconnecting broadband connections in Darjeeling hills, a year after people in the hills stopped paying their bills following a call from Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to boycott taxes and levies to the government as part of its non-co-operation movement for statehood. [Sify]

TCIL To Sell Stake In Bharti Hexacom

Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) could sell its 30 percent stake in a unit of top mobile operator Bharti Airtel which owns 70 percent of Bharti Hexacom. TCIL will invite bids from global firms for the stake in Bharti Hexacom through a two-stage bidding process and would appoint advisers. [Reuters]

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