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News Digest: Nokia, Qualcomm, BSNL, Huawei, IRCTC, DoT & More

Nokia’s Own Web Browser – OVI

Eldar Murtazin confirms that Nokia is releasing its own desktop Internet browser – OVI Browser. It’s is a WebKit based desktop Internet browser, optimized for the use of OVI services, including close integration with OVI Store, and direct access to OVI calendar, contacts, mail, etc. [Unwired View] Nokia, earlier this year, had acquired a mobile browser called Novarra, primarily for low end handsets.

Qualcomm Likely To Offer Broadband Wireless Services Alongwith Global Holdings and Tulip

Global Holdings Corporation and Tulip Telecom are expected to pick up a 13% stake each in the broadband wireless operations of US based Qualcomm Inc., for a combined consideration of around Rs 300 crore. [India Times]

Note: the partners haven’t officially been announced, but we’ve received an invite to the Qualcomm press conference in Delhi tomorrow. If you have any questions, let us know.

BSNL’s CMD Regrets Not Having Grown The Company Faster

BSNL’s chairman and managing director, Kuldeep Goyal, who is to retire on July 31st, says that his biggest achievement was to restructure the company and give it a greater focus on sales and marketing. Though he regrets not being able to make BSNL grow as fast as its privately held rivals in the past few years, even though it gained a head start in securing its 3G spectrum in advance. [Light Reading]

3G Services To Be Provided To Vodafone Customers By End Of 2010

3G services in 9 circles, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, would be launched by Vodafone by the end of the year 2010, while for broader services customers would have to wait till the first quarter of next year. [Business Standard]

DoT Asks Telecom Equipment Vendors To Share Design Details

DoT asks telecom equipment vendors and service providers to share all codes and design details in view of national security concern. The information like source code (password) and design details would be kept in the escrow account in the encrypted form and would be used only in case of security emergency. A penalty of Rs 50 crore on the licensee plus 100 per cent of the contract value would be levied by suppliers in case of any security breach. [The Hindu]

India Railways May Provide e-Ticketing Facility On Its Portal

Strange as it sounds, the Indian Railways might take away the online ticketing mandate from government owned IRCTC and launch ticketing on its own portal (www.indianrailways.gov.in). The portal may go live by the Dussehra festival this year (September end). 30% of ticketing on the Indian railways were done online last fiscal year. [Rediff Business]

Dell Streak To Launch In India By October This Year

After its launch in USA with an expected retail of $299 dollars with contract and $549 without, Dell Streak would come to India around October 2010, said Michael Tatelman, Dell’s Vice President for Global Consumer Channel Sales & Marketing. Designed to double up as a phone The Streak is first and foremost a tablet. Works on Android 2.1 version and sports a 5 inch multi touch WVGA display, along with a 5 MP camera. [NDTV Gadgets]

Nokia X6 8 GB Launched In India

After the 16 GB model Nokia launches the X6 8 GB model in India. The phone sports all the features that were there in the 16 GB version, like RM 11 434 MHz CPU, 128 MB of RAM, VGA video recording at 30fps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology. The cost of this version is a few thousand rupees less than its 16GB counterpart, at Rs. 14,499. [Tech Tree]

Vodafone Chairman Re-Elected

At Vodafone’s annual meeting more than 6.5% of the investors who voted opposed present chairman, Sir John Bond’s re-election. However he retained his position with the support of most major investors. [Guardian]

BSNL Auguments Network Capacity by 5.5 Million GSM lines

BSNL Board on 21.05.2010 has decided to cancel the tenders for procurement of 93 million lines of GSM equipments under Phase VI Project by the four zones of BSNL, In view of the objections made by CVC and Sam Pitroda Committee. [PIB]

BSNL and MTNL Under Immense Obligations Request For Reimbursement of 3G and BWA Fees

BSNL and MTNL requested the finance minister to consider the reimbursement of the fees paid by them for 3G and BWA spectrum, Rs. 110180.38 crores and 17661,07 crore respectively. [PIB]

Huawei Launches a Series Of Hand Held Devices In India

Utilizing Qualcomm’s advanced chipset solutions Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Launches its new series of handset devices – “Hangout” and “Android”, which would be made directly available to consumers in India, starting on August 1, 2010. These new devices like U9130, C5600, U8300 and U8500 would aim as being useful to people of all ages, ranging from young professionals to students and social network fanatics.

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