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News Digest: Airtel Africa-Comviva, Sify-DT ICSS, Aircel-iPhone4, Idea 3G

– Airtel Africa has inked a five year deal with VAS provider, Comviva to manage all VAS nodes and provide services across its 16 operations in Africa. In addition to managing all VAS nodes, Comviva will also manage the complexities associated with the emergence of multiple technologies, different standards, applications and content, across different markets. The VAS Services will be launched commercially this month.

– Sify Technologies has entered into a partnership with Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), the international wholesale arm of Deutsche Telekom,  to provide IP and VPN services to customers and partners in India and Europe. Both aim to leverage each others investments in Submarine, Terrestrial Networks and local network reach as well as regional partnerships to reach new growth markets in South Asian, Middle East & Africa markets.

-Idea has launched 3G services in Dharamshala, McLeodganj, Sunder Nagar and Mandi in Himachal Pradesh.Previously it had rolled out 3G services in Shimla and Baddi in March 2011. Idea’s 3G services are available in 9 circles – MP, Gujarat, HP, UP West, UP East, AP, Kerala, Haryana and Maharashtra & Goa, across 400 towns. It plans to cover 750 towns by mid 2011, and 4,000 towns by the end of FY12. It is focusing on semi-urban regions, unlike other operators.

– Aircel has announced that it will be launching the Apple iPhone 4 on 27th May. It will offer the phone at an upfront payment of Rs 34,500 for 16GB and 40,900 for 32GB model. However, it has announced special tariffs through which, it claims, customers will be able to recover the cost of the handset upto 100% in a span of 24 months. This will be in form of discounts on rentals, free SMS, call and data usage.  Tariff Plans

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