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News Digest: Airtel 3G, MNP, RCom, SBI, DQE-Riethmuller, OnMobile, MNP

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– Airtel has finally launched 3G services, but only in Bengaluru. Karnataka is Airtel’s largest circle by revenue market share, and it plans to launch 3G services in all its 13 licence circles by March 2011. If Airtel hadn’t launched services in Jan, it would have had to face tough questions on the delay during its earnings conference call, due Feb 2nd 2010. Press Release. You may view Airtel’s 3G plans here. Video calling is 5p/second, and data charges are similar to 2G data charges – 30p/20 kb for pay as you go. What’s the point?

– Till Jan 16th 2010, BSNL and RCOM had lost customers due to MNP, while Vodafone andAirtel had gained the most. Detailed numbers at BusinessLine

– Value-added services contribution to revenue will double in a few years, says Anil Pande of RCOM. More at BusinessLine

– Reliance Communications has announced plans to launch of 3G services in 12 cities of Rajasthan, including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Ajmer, Udaipur, Sri Ganganagar, Bhiwadi, Alwar, Pilani, Pali and Bhilwara, in a month’s time. It has also launched 3G services in Jammu and Kashmir. More at PTI

– State Bank of India has collaborated with technology company Spanco, which as Common Service Centers, and will act as itsbanking correspondent to roll out banking services in rural Maharashtra on a pilot basis. More at The Hindu Business Line

– April deadline fixed for naming BSNL, MTNL chiefs – LiveMint

– EdServ has launched CA Online Training at lampsglow.com, in partnership with Sreeram Coaching Point – More at IndiaInfoline.

– DQE, the animation production and distribution company has signed a licensing agreement with C. Riethmuller Gmbh (Riethmuller), Germany for the distribution of branded merchandise in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Press Release

– VAS provider OnMobile’s M-Search music search platform has handled more than 25 million search requests across Voice, SMS and WAP channels. More at Daily Connect

– Mobile Number Portability got off to a rocky start in the country, with several users reporting technical glitches while trying to request for porting codes. More at The Economic Times

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