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Data

– Airtel, Idea & Vodafone make up 66% of total active mobile connections in India – December 2015
– 7.31M Mobile Number Portability requests in India in December 2015
– India added 4.92M active mobile connections in December’15; RCOM Loses 5.92M

Other Updates:

Craftsvilla to offer loans to sellers via Lendingkart
Ola slashes prices for Ola Auto in Indore and Ahmedabad
– MWC 2016 roundup: IoT devices, Smartphones, VR & more
– TRAI suggests that Aadhaar can be used to get a mobile connection

– Times Internet partners with Investopedia for financial content
– Bangalore based Juspay raises $5.8 million
– B2B marketplace OfBusiness raises $5 million
– Flipkart shuts down its grocery delivery service Nearby

– Zee Digital launches online streaming platform OZEE
– Percept One appoints Nupur Mahajan as CEO; Sanjay Shukla resigns as COO
– Railway budget: A round up of the digital initiatives announced
– 57% of LinkedIn’s total visiting members in Q4FY15 came through mobile

– Our objective was to retain profitable customers through 3G expansion – RCOM’s Gurdeep Singh
– Uber’s wallet for India could look into payments for other services
– IDG Ventures sets up a $200M India focused fund
– Facebook launches Love, Haha, Wow, Sad & Angry Reactions to posts

– Telenor to launch 4G services in India in the next 6 months
– Ola to launch Ola Share, Auto & Shuttle in Uttar Pradesh
– IRCTC & OYO Rooms partnership to offer room booking to passengers
– Govt removes surcharge and service tax on digital payments to boost adoption

– Ibibo Group raises $250M from Naspers and Tencent
– NoBroker secures $10 million in Series B round of funding
– Government could censor news before it causes ‘public protests’
– FINO PayTech ties up with Reliance Commercial Finance for small ticket loans

– Voonik acqui-hires Getsty for an undisclosed amount
– Uber launches bike taxis under UberMOTO in Bangkok
– We won’t be able to afford 700 Mhz spectrum: Gopal Vittal, Airtel India CEO
– UFO Moviez launches theatre franchise brand NOVA Cinemas

– TripHobo joins Amadeus Next to scale technology and reach
– 500 Startups’ new $25M fund to invest in India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh
– Kotak Mahindra Bank acquires 19.9% in Airtel M Commerce Solutions
– Transport ministry lets anyone get owner info of any vehicle via SMS

– Times Internet gets exclusive rights to ICC video clips for US & Canada
– Digital payments roundup: FreeCharge, Paytm and YES Bank
– Cuponation raises $11M from multiple investors
– Oxigen to facilitate Creditnation loans through its wallet

– DIPP defines companies less than 5 yrs old with a turnover of Rs 25 cr as startups
– Online apparel portal Jaypore raises $4.37M from Aavishkaar
– Freshdesk acquires online collaboration platform Framebench
– Winjit launches IoT devices management platform

– Duolingo now offers Hindi users the option to learn English
– Taskbob raises $4.5 million from IvyCap Ventures and existing investors
– Hyperlocal discovery platform Magicpin secures $3 million
– RBT/CVAS revenue won’t be cannibalised by new product – Rajiv Pancholy of OnMobile

– Eros International’s total revenues decreases 39.74% to $60.5M in Q3 FY16
– Prasar Bharati’s MoU with Brazil to exchange news & TV programs
– HT Media’s startup accelerator has invested Rs 1.5 Cr in media startups
– Haryana blocks mobile internet & SMS in some districts

– Nokia Growth Partners launches $350M Internet of Things fund
– PressPlay to let train passengers watch videos over local network
– Newslaundry secures funding from Omidyar Network, Mahesh Murthy and others

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