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News Digest: Entrepreneur Mag, Hungama, DoT, Disney, Komli, Loop, GrameenPhone, Lanka Tariffs

Launch of Indian edition of Entrepreneur

Infomedia18 announced the launch of the Indian edition of Entrepreneur magazine. The magazine will be on stands from the first week of September 2009. The Indian edition has been licensed by Infomedia18 from Entrepreneur Media Inc. Entrepreneur India will have a mix of Indian and relevant international content. The Indian edition, priced at Rs. 75, will be a monthly edition and will be distributed across the country through Infomedia18’s distribution network.

Niloufer Dundh joins Hungama Digital Media as Head Integrated Media

Hungama Digital Mediahas announced the appointment of Niloufer Dundh as Head of Integrated Media. Dundh will be responsible for monetizing revenue across all Hungama business’ & properties, and joins from OOH Media, where she was Chief Sales Officer.

DoT Wants Doesn’t Want Indian Telcos To Buy Chinese Equipment

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Department of Telecommunications in India has asked private operators to avoid using Chinese telecom equipment in 20 out of 29 states citing security reasons. With many of the non-Chinese companies already with incumbent telecom operators, Chines entities like Huawei and ZTE have been eying an opportunity to lay out infrastructure for the new telcos. [Rediff]

Alcatel-Lucent appoints Subhash Bana as Vice President R&D for India

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the appointment of Subhash Bana as Vice President R&D reporting to Vivek Mohan, managing director Alcatel-Lucent India. Bana will be responsible for driving excellence in engineering performance across the carrier and applications software activities, and liaise with the business divisions to develop and execute products & solutions for emerging markets. Prior to his appointment, he was vice president of Thomson’s operations in India & Sri Lanka.

Disney-ABC International TV (Asia Pacific) Hires Head Business Strategy & New Media

Nicholas Wodtke has been hired as the new Vice President, Business Strategy & Development and New Media, Disney-ABC International Television (DAIT), Asia-Pacific. “We see amazing growth potential and new business opportunities across the region fueled by the rapid evolution of digital technologies,” stated Rob Gilby, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Disney-ABC International Television (Asia Pacific), adding that “We are aggressively pursuing digital media opportunities and this newly appointed role allows us to rapidly expand our relationships with existing and new partners, while tapping into exciting emerging technologies to deliver the best entertainment experience on whatever platform consumers want.” Wodtke will be based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Disney, he was CEO of Snap TV, where he oversaw the development, production and distribution of over 30 interactive game titles across multiple formats including web games, board games, multiplayer online games and TV games. Prior to Snap TV, he was SVP of Interactive Television at Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment (SPDE).

Komli Media’s Premium Network Allows Brand Advertisers to Reach and Target Audiences with Scale across Niche Sites

Komli Media has expanded its reach and targeting with the addition of seven new premium content channels to its Premium Network – Sports, News, Lifestyle and Women, Youth, Technology, Entertainment and Business and Finance. They represent a collection of over 100 web sites that enable advertisers to target highly engaged and niche audiences in a transparent manner. Komli is aggregating pageviews in these segments across portals, claiming it gives them more inventory than the market leader. For example, they claim that their Sports Vertical, which comprises of some of the top Indian sports websites such as cricketnext.com and cricbuzz.com among others – attracts significantly more unique users than the number one sports website in India (believed to be Cricinfo).

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Loop Outsourcing Contract

IBN, Tech Mahindra and Wipro have been short listed by Indian mobile operator Loop Telecom for a $400 million, 1- year outsourcing contract for system integration and maintenance of IT systems in India. [Reuters]

Grameenphone Launches Own-Brand Mobile Phone

Bangladeshi mobile network, Grameenphone has launched the first GP-branded mobile phone in Bangladesh. The handset which is manufactured by Huawei is priced at BDT 3199 (US$48) and comes with a camera, FM radio and Internet browsing facilities. The phone has an inbuilt ‘GP menu’ which lists all the VAS services of GP in a single menu, and has language options for both Bengali and English. [Cellular News]

Sri Lanka To Review Tariff Reduction Case

A case filed with Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court to reduce allegedly high telephone tariffs charged by local telecommunications operators is being taken up. [The Nation]

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