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Weekly Digest (21st-28th November 2014)

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– India is Vodafone’s largest country in terms of data usage
– Airtel Q2-FY15 Concall: On data pricing, 3G launch on 900 MHz & others
– Voice revenues were affected by ban on promotions in Nigeria, says Airtel Africa CEO Christian De Faria
– MTS India data card base up 6.3% QoQ to 1.5 million in Q3 2014


– 3.25 Million Mobile Number Portability Requests In India In September 2014
– September 2014: 812.06M Active Mobile Connections In India

Investment & M&A

– Naspers invested around $242.3M in Flipkart in Aug 2014; now owns 16.6% stake
– Doctor appointment booking platform Qikwell raises Rs 18 Cr from SAIF Partners
– Funding roundup: Scrollback, Velvetcase, Rail Yatri & 500 Startups

Other Updates:

– YouTube launches Indian school curriculum focused channel Edu India
– Digest: Reliance Digital TV, JustEat.in, Fork Media and BusinessWorld
– Kotak Mahindra Bank’s Deepak Sharma on new payment services, security and convenience, and mobile banking
– Culture Machine asked to return YouTube India star Shraddha Sharma’s channel

– Payments bank guidelines finalized: What’s changed from the draft guidelines
– GSF to launch mobile-only accelerator program M-Accelerator in 2015
– RBI releases final guidelines for setting up of Payments Banks
– TRAI recommends a 15.6% further increase in 800 MHz auction price

– E-commerce roundup: Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and SMEcorner
– Hariharan Mahadevan appointed Network18 CFO
– RealtyCompass allows users to compare prices across real estate portals
– Fitbit to enter India & 3 other APAC countries in 2015

– Nimbuzz launches alternate Android dialer app Holaa
– Gerald Jaideep appointed as Simplilearn COO
– iKaaz teams up with Adiga’s restaurants for NFC payments
– Monster.com ties up with CSC to launch an eKYC-based job portal

– Zomato introduces mobile ads along with an app for restaurant businesses
– YouTube MCN Fame partners CAA Kwan to launch more celebrity video channels
– Mail Money: Kotak Mahindra Bank customers can now send money via email
– What to Make of the Richly Funded Taxi Services, Uber and Ola – Capital Mind

– Done By None co-founder Amarinder Dhaliwal appointed as COO of Micromax YU
– Updated: TaxiForSure to launch low-cost taxi service; How about better customer service?
– Disney owned YouTube MCN Maker Studios signs up Indian channels: AIB, Kanan Gill, others
– MixRadio unlimited downloads subscription renewal no longer available in India

– Viber goes social with public chats feature
– A look at Amazon India’s fashion foray so far
– MTS India to set up Wi-Fi hotspots at Agra, Ahmedabad & Varanasi railway stations
– RCOM launches emergency TalkLoan service for pre-paid customers

– MakeMyTrip launches Hindi app; Plans to add 4 more languages
– Xiaomi to start making phones in India after it struggles to match consumer demand
– Airtel to sell 4,800 towers in Nigeria to American Tower Corp to cut debt
– Housing.com launches interactive home booking platform Slice View

– TRAI exempts small ISPs from tariff reporting
– News Corp picks up 25% stake in PropTiger parent for $30M
– Maharashtra govt pilots Aadhaar-based e-locker for documents
– Vserv launches e-commerce focused re-targeting product Vserv Smart RT

– Can Xiaomi’s sub-$200 RedMi Note 4G improve 4G adoption in India?
– TV18 ties-up with K Sera Sera for CNBC Bajar
– Zoho acquires minority stake in Bangalore-based Zentron Labs
– Offline retailers reportedly refuse to sell Android One smartphones

– Urban Ladder acqui-hires BuyNBrag to strengthen its home decor biz
– Saavn giving away free Pro subscriptions to Snapdeal mobile shoppers
– Updated: Raghav Bahl launches digital news biz Quintillion Media with mostly former Network18 staffers

Useful Lists:

– Deals: VC, PE & M&A In Internet, Mobile, Media in India
– Short Code Services in India
– Circlewise List Of Telecom Operators in India
– Statewise Broadband Subscribers In India
– Digital Payment Companies in India
– Advertising Networks in India

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