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News Digest: 3G Spectrum; 100 Percent FDI; BSNL WiMax; Viper Networks; LMI-TAM & More

The Blame Game: Raja Says 3G Spectrum Auction Delay Caused By Defence After announcing the delay in 3G auctioning to post-holiday season, Minister for information and telecommunication A.Raja has written a letter to Pranab Mukherjee requesting help in getting the Defence Ministry to vacate the spectrum. (CIOL) Also read: --3G Delayed Again In India As Foreign Telcos Show Interest --India’s 3G Auction On Dec 7; Applications Should Be In By Nov 13 Full FDI Allowed In Tele-Conferencing and Web-Conferencing Services The government has decided to allow full foreign ownership of firms providing tele-conferencing and web-conferencing services, with due clearance from FIPB. NYSE listed Premiere Global Services, had already sought FIPB’s permission to invest in the country through its affiliate based in Ireland. (Read more at The Economic Times) It will also aid domestic firms seeking to grow. BSNL WiMax Tender Chennai-based Gemini Communications, Chinese equipment maker ZTE, US-based Harris Stratex and Israeli manufacturer Alvarion have emerged as the four lowest bidders for the supply of 7,000 WiMax base stations to BSNL in the rural areas. Samsung, Huawei and Motorola had also put in their bids but lost out on pricing. (Read more at Business Line) Viper Networks & BSNL Viper has signed a 5-year joint venture agreement with Cirilium India Pvt. Ltd. for the exclusive franchise rights with BSNL for pre-paid international calling cards for retail inbound international traffic. This card will enable users to call from any landline, mobile, PC or any VoIP enabled device from countries where it…

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