– Airtel will delist Celtel Zambia after buying out minority shareholders, after a mandatory offer to buy out minority shareholders raised its stake to almost 97%. Airtel had bought 79 percent in Celtel Zambia from Zain – More at Reuters
– State carrier BSNL is planning to invite bids from private telecom operators to share its 3G network, looking to raise Rs 2,500 crore to Rs 5,000 crore in the next 5 years from sharing agreements with two operators who did not get the 3G license. Read more at The Times of India.
-Tata Teleservices and Aircel are in talks for entering into 3G network sharing agreement with MTNL in the Mumbai and Delhi circles. Read more at The Economic Times. Note: this is unconfirmed
-The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has admitted Uninor’s case against the Department of Telecom(DoT) regarding the payment of penalty for delay in network rollout. Although, the TDSAT has directed the operator to pay 60% of the penalty within two weeks, it has supported Uninor’s right of being heard. Read more at Business Standard. Uninor sent us the following statement:
“We had appealed against the demand of liquidated damages and the fact that Uninor was not given an opportunity to make its case. We welcome the TDSAT’s interim order today that acknowledges the merit of our arguments. We are a young operator, but with 16 million customers already, we demonstrate our serious and long term intent. We are here to be a credible commercial operation, compete and offer new choices to customers in India”
-MTS and Yahoo India have entered into a content and service sharing agreement. MTS’ MBlaze high speed mobile broadband customers will have access to a co-branded webpage which in addition to providing their broadband account information will feature content from Yahoo and quick access to Yahoo services. Press Release
-Reliance Comminication’s IDC division Reliance Internet Data Center has partnered with Microsoft to offer Reliance hosted Exchange e-mail solutions to businesses. More at CXO Today
-Jump Games has launched the official Ashes Cricket mobile game for all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Blackberry, J2ME and BREW. It is based on Codemaster’s Ashes cricket game for home consoles. more at Gamesutra. Nikhil: strange that Jump Games should launch the official Ashes mobile game after the series is over.
-UTV True Games has appointed Sean Lim as the new International Business Development Director. Lim was previously associated with Korean gaming giant CJ Internet and Yahoo Korea. Read more at IGN
– Last month, Zee inked a deal with Russian conglomerate Sistema for distribution of Sistema’s channels in India, and Zee’s channels on Sistema’s affiliate network. Note that Sistema also owns majority stake in Indian telecom operator MTS. Source: Variety