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Digest: Wi-Fi at Delhi station, Airtel Money Africa, RCOM-mCarbon tie-up & more

New Delhi Railway station gets Wi-Fi access

railtellogoPassengers at New Delhi railway station will get free Wi-Fi access for half an hour everyday, reports the Business Insider. The service has been implemented and will be managed by RailTel Corporation of India.

After half-hour of free usage, the service will cost Rs 25 for 30 mins, and Rs 35 for an hour of extra time. Extensions can be purchased online through credit cards of by buying scratch cards at Wi-Fi help desks available at Paharganj and Ajmeri gate sides of the station. The entire project cost the government Rs 50 lakh, and will cost Rs 16 lakh per year to maintain it.

Airtel and United Bank for Africa partner for payment solutions

Airtel LogoBharti Airtel and the United Bank for Africa have partnered to provide mobile-based financial services to subscribers through Airtel Money, reports Business Ghana. Through this partnership, the companies will start providing the services in 12 African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon, Kenya, Chad and Uganda among others.

The services to be offered through the partnership include International Money Transfer service, mobile banking, super agency services and payment cards, along with facilitating cardless ATM withdrawals, mobile savings and loans. Airtel, which currently has customers in 12 African countries, had previously decided to sell its 4,800 towers in Nigeria, in an effort to cut down debt.

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mCarbon and Reliance Communications tie up for ‘Talkloan’

reliance-communication-logomCarbon and Reliance Communications (RCOM) have tied-up to provide a credit facility for Reliance users called “Talkloan”, reports Telecom Tiger. This will enable users to make urgent to important calls, when out of balance.

The service was recently launched for all its pre-paid GSM customers by RCOM. The loan can be availed for when a user’s balance drops below Rs 10, after which the user can dial *141# for taking an instant loan of Rs 5 or Rs 10. This facility will enable users to make voice calls and use data.

Tanla solutions to deploy ‘Fast Track’ platform on Vodafone

tanlalogoMobile messaging and payment solutions provider Tanla Solutions has launched its ‘Fast Track’ platform for ‘Application-to-Person (A2P) messaging with Vodafone India’s enterprise arm, Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the company reported to the BSE.

According to the company, its A2P platform currently processes over 2.5 billion messages a month and offers a short message service center (SMSC) layer to Vodafone’s network which is controlled by a centralized SMS hub, using MPLS connectivity. The platform also features intelligent routing, number portability detection and spam prevention. The company claims its Fast Track solution is tailor made for enterprises, to increase customer engagement.

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