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News Digest: Tata Sky vs Airtel Digital, BSNL, Monster.com, MTS, DQ Entertainment & More

DTH Wars: Tata Sky Refutes Airtel Digital’s Claim Of Better Picture Quality

Tata Sky has filed a complaint to Advertising Council Of India against rival DTH service provider Airtel Digital protesting against Airtel’s claim of superior picture quality, in a TV commercial, as compared to others. (Read more at The Economic Times)

Telecom Falls: 4 Out Of 14 Telcos Show Rise In Revenue For Sep 09 Quarter

Only 4 out of the 14 telecom operators in India have shown rise in revenues for the quarter ending September 2009. There was an addition of 45 million new subscribers but the combined revenue of all operators fell 0.7 percent for the quarter ended September 2009 as compared to the previous quarter. (Read more at The Economic Times)

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Government To Sell 10 Percent Equity In BSNL

The Government plans to sell 10 percent of its equity of cellular operator BSNL. A high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and attended by Telecom Minister A Raja, BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal, MTNL CMD R S P Sinha and Telecom Secretary P J Thomas took the decision. (Read more at PTI)

Monster.com Set To Launch Employment Index

Job search portal Monster.com will be launching an employment index in India in the first half of 2010. The index will show top industries that are hiring, online hiring activity, region-wise hiring activity, local hiring activity as well as most-wanted occupational experiences. The company might come up with a global job index and is also looking at launching its services on the mobile platform. (Read more at Business Standard)

NComputing Launches Virtual Desktops

California based NComputing has launched a USB-connected virtual desktop at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2010) held recently at Las Vegas. The desktop is based on the fact that a majority of people only use a fraction of their PC processor’s capacity and the virtual desktop taps into this unused resource so that a single computer can be shared by many users. Up to 9 of these virtual desktops can be connected to a single PC.

BSNL Will Not Go The Air India Way: MD Kuldeep Goyal

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Kuldeep Goyal, Chairman & MD, BSNL agrees that the delay in buying equipment, removal of Access Deficit Charge, reduced support from Universal Services Obligation fund has had a negative impact on BSNL’s business. But he still believes that BSNL will not go ‘the Air India way’ and they are taking a number steps like restructure to a corporate framework with separate segments and have a new segment for the tower sharing business as a revenue source. (Read more at Business Line)

BSNL’s business has gone down hill over the past five years. In 2005-06 it had reported Rs 36,138 crore in revenue from operations, which is Rs 30,268 crore for 2008-09. Profit has nose-dived to Rs 574 crore in 2009 from Rs 4,230 crore in 2005. The company has lost 6 million landline telephone subscribers in the last 3 years. (Read more at The Business Line)

DQ Entertainment Partners French Companies For Charlie Chaplin Animation Film

DQ Entertainment has partnered with 2 French companies Method Animation and MK2 to produce animated short films based on Charlie Chaplin.
DQE had earlier announced that it was also developing an animated tele-movie and television series based on The Mysteries and Feluda written by Satyajit Ray. Read more at Indiantelevision.com)

MTS Crosses 3 Million Subscribers Mark In India

MTS has announced that its has crossed 3 million subscribers in India and is growing at a monthly average of 15 percent. MTS was launched by Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited in March 2009. Rajasthan,West Bengal and Tamil Nadu accounted for the fast growth of MTS in India.

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