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Airtel And Other Global Telcos Launch Undersea Cable System

Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of Unity cable system in partnership with global telecom operators to boost Trans-Pacific connectivity. The 9,620 km cable system which has completed testing and is ready for service will link Japan and West Coast of the US.NEC Corporation and TE SubCom are the suppliers for the cable system while other members of the consortium are Global Transit,GoogleKDDI CorporationPacnet and SingTel. It costs approximately $300 million to construct.

The Unity cable system provides connectivity between Chikura, located on the coast near Tokyo, and West Coast network Points-of-Presence in Los Angeles, Palo Alto and San Jose.Airtel already fully owns underground cable network i2i, and has partial ownership in other global undersea cable systems like SEA-ME-WE 4, EIG, I-ME-WE and AAG.

SSTL Gets Rs 5 Billion From Central Bank Of India.

Sistema Shyam Teleservices that operates MTS in India has been sanctioned a loan of Rs 5 billion for a term of two years by Central Bank of India. SSTL will use the fund to expand operations in the circles it has license for.

Ericsson Bags 1.3 Billion Deal With Airtel

Ericsson has bagged a 1.3 billion deal with Bharti Airtel to expand and upgrade the Indian telco’s networks. The deal covers 15 telecom circles out of the 22 for Airtel. (Read more at Business Week)

Netxcell Appoints Karamchand Cenecius As VP Sales

Mobile VAS company Netxcell has announced the appointment of Karamchand Cenecius(Kenny) as vice president, sales for VAS business in India, Africa and South East Asia. Prior to Netxcell Kenny was head, business operations for Comviva. (Read more at Telecomyatra)

Excelsoft To Conduct 0.35M Online Mock CAT Test For TIME

CAT preparation institute T.I.M.E has selected Mysore based Excelsoft to deliver 0.35 million online mock CAT exams over 20 weeks. (Read more at ExpressComputer)

Purple Fire Films To Launch Video Content For Mobile

Purple Fire Films has annouced that they will launch video content including 10 films and 50 music videos for mobile phone users in 2010.They also plan to produce video content shot with mobile phones entirely.

Tata Docomo Launches Services In Himachal Pradesh

Tata Docomo has announced the commercial lauch of its GSM services in Himachal Pradesh. This is the 17th circle that it has lauched operations in out of the total 19 it has license for.

Tata Indicom Launches Prepaid Services For Blackberry

Tata Teleservices has announced two prepaid services for Tata Indicom Blackberry users. The Blackberry messaging bundle will offer unlimited email access and instant messaging (IM) and will cost Rs 299 for a months or Rs 85 for a week. The internet bundle will allow users unlimited web browsing along with IM and email and will cost a user Rs 900 for a month or Rs 250 for a week.

LinkedIn App For Blackberry

Professional networking siteLinkedIn has launched its application for Blackberry phones adding to the list of iPhone and Pal Pre apps. The app is free and ready to download from the Blackberry App World on Blackberry Tour, Curve and Bold models and available in English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese.

Indian Engineers For Indian Towers

DoT in a directive posted on its site has said that the operation and maintenance of telecom networks should be done entirely by Indian engineers and dependence on foreign engineers should be minimal or almost nil and the Government would make the necessary amendments in the license conditions.

Legal Turn For Hindu Family War

Family members and directors on the board of Kasturi & Sons, which publishes The Hindu, the Hindu Buiness Line , the Frontline Magazine are planning to move the Company Law Board over problems of running the group. They are against Editor-in-Chief and Publisher N Ram. (Read more at Business Standard)

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