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News Digest: Acer-MTS, DoT, HS18, Vodafone Essar, ZTE, ISPs, TDSAT, SBI, IPL

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– TelecomYatra, a telecom portal from Seed Fund backed Banyan Netfaqs (Afaqs!) has been renamed TheMobileIndian, and from a B2B focus, is now looking to cover news and reviews on handsets, applications, games and developments on voice, VAS, technology and allied sectors, targeting mobile consumers and telecom professionals.

Home Shop18 has launched a revamped website.

–  Essar has started the price discovery for its Vodafone stake.  The amalgamation of Essar Telecommunications Holdings, the Ruias owned company that holds 11% in Vodafone Essar, with another listed group firm India Securities, will enable the group to list Vodafone Essar on Indian stock exchanges and discover the price for its stake. More at DNA

Tata Communications has signed a deal with Canadian telecom operator Videotron, under which, Videotron will route 100% of its international voice traffic through Tata Communications network.

Acer has launched the eM350 Netbook in the Indian market and has tied-up with MTS to bundle the MBlaze high speed  internet dongle with it in the Delhi, NCR and Rajasthan regions. Part Of Acer’s eMachines portfolio, the Netbook’s effective price is Rs 10,999. Press Release

– The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has decided to form a panel of consultants for the implementation of IPv6 in the government sector and to prepare the National IPv6 address policy for the country. Press Release

– Telecom equipment major ZTE Corporation‘s Indian arm ZTE India has appointed Cui Liangjun as the new chief executive officer (CEO). More at The Economic Times

– A recent study conducted on the ‘quality of service experience’ provided by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in India by Sri Lankan research firm LIRNEasia, revealed that Indian ISPs delivered only 20% of the advertised speed. More at The Times Of India

– The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) ha sissued a notice to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting over alleged violation of the Cable Television Network Rules by broadcasters that allows a maximum of 12 minutes of advertising content in an hour’s TV programme, over the plea of an NGO ‘Utsarg’. More at Business Standard

– The State Bank of India (SBI) conducted a workshop on mobile banking for students, at a college in Patna, bihar. More at The Times Of India

– FlyTxt has launched the QREDA mobile marketing platform.

– The Bombay High Court has extended the stay on inviting tenders for the telecast rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by BCCI till tomorrow, after the World Sports Group (WSG) approached it. More at The Economic Times

– Wikipedia aims to cross 1 billion users in the next five years by targeting internet users in India and Brazil, while maintaining its status as a non-profit organization. The online encyclopedia that turned 10 last saturday claims to have 440 million unique visitors in a month. More at The Economic Times

– According to recent TAM data, NDTV 24X7’s daily show ‘The Buck Stops Here’ has lost a major chunk of viewers after its anchor Barkha Dutt got embroiled in the Niira Radia tapes controversy. More at Best Media Info

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