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Reliance Communications (Rcom) on Monday said the company would welcome the entry of Reliance Industries into the telecom sector. “If there is a responsible player going to expand the data pie, it’s a very good news,” Syed Safawi, president & chief executive of RCom’s wireless business unit said.

He also said RCom was talking to other telecom companies to offer its telecom towers on lease. He, however, did not elaborate on the companies in a conference call with analysts.

While its peers reported muted traffic/revenue growth numbers due to a seasonally weak quarter, RCom registered a 2.1 per cent and 1.6 per cent sequential growth in wireless revenue and traffic.

The company said it would be able to maintain revenues per minute at 44-45p on the back of reducing free minutes on the network and focusing on paid minutes. The company is after the high margin, non-voice segment, now a fifth of revenues, as well as third-generation (3G) services to improve average revenue per user. It has 2.1 million active 3G users.
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  • Nokia Siemens Networks is in talks with Indian wireless broadband players to set up the back-end infrastructure to help them provide broadband wireless access (BWA) services in the country.
  • Five companies—Reliance Industries, Bharti Airtel, Aircel, Tikona and Qualcomm—had won BWA licences and spectrum in the auctions by the government last year. Of these, Reliance Industries and Aircel are known to be conducting vendor valuations.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks is also looking to sell devices it has designed for the TD-LTE, a version of the long-term evolution (LTE) technology, for BWA services. The devices include dongles and modems, which would be sold by Nokia Siemens Networks to operators, who would then bundle them in offers to consumers.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks, which recently acquired the devices business of Motorola, is strengthening its devices portfolio with specialised, next-generation TD-LTE devices. The company sees an opportunity in India, where companies have already spoken of their allegiance to technology, which is favouring the system to provide high-speed broadband (as high as 30 mbps) using BWA spectrum.

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  • Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries will soon expand 4G services in India, according to an ET report.  This includes offering 4G enabled data cards and providing tablets at price as low as Rs. 3000. The company plans to start rolling out 4 G services by middle of 2012.
  • RIL is trying to woo the young customers with news games and applivcationa and its dealwith Walt Disney is already in the finals stage. It plans to provide data connectivity with speeds of 50-100 mbps, which is much faster than 3G services currently on offer, at cheaper prices.
  • The report says the company adopted the similar strategy in 2003 also when it succeeded in taking mobile telephony to the masses with its “Monsoon Hungama” handsets at Rs 501, helping it win 1 million customers in just 10 days. Reliance Infocom, the telecom arm of the undivided Reliance Group, began its services on December 28, 2002, the birthday of the group’s founder Dhirubhai Ambani.
  • An industry executive confided in ET that RIL may focus on three to four models, all of which are likely to be priced between Rs 3000 to Rs 8000 and that the entry-level tablets may have Google’s android operating system. Industry executives also confirmed that RIL was not considering UK-based Datawind, which recently launched the world’s cheapest tablet – Aakash – priced at $35 or Rs 1,750 for students with the Indian government sourcing these device at Rs 2,256.

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  • Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries will soon expand 4G services in India, according to an ET report.  This includes offering 4G enabled data cards and providing tablets at price as low as Rs. 3000. The company plans to start rolling out 4 G services by middle of 2012.
  • RIL is trying to woo the young customers with news games and applivcationa and its dealwith Walt Disney is already in the finals stage. It plans to provide data connectivity with speeds of 50-100 mbps, which is much faster than 3G services currently on offer, at cheaper prices.
  • The report says the company adopted the similar strategy in 2003 also when it succeeded in taking mobile telephony to the masses with its “Monsoon Hungama” handsets at Rs 501, helping it win 1 million customers in just 10 days. Reliance Infocom, the telecom arm of the undivided Reliance Group, began its services on December 28, 2002, the birthday of the group’s founder Dhirubhai Ambani.
  • An industry executive confided in ET that RIL may focus on three to four models, all of which are likely to be priced between Rs 3000 to Rs 8000 and that the entry-level tablets may have Google’s android operating system. Industry executives also confirmed that RIL was not considering UK-based Datawind, which recently launched the world’s cheapest tablet – Aakash – priced at $35 or Rs 1,750 for students with the Indian government sourcing these device at Rs 2,256.

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  • Reliance Industries , India’s largest listed firm, is set to sign a deal with the Indian unit of Walt Disney , to acquire content for its telecom operations, the Financial Times said.
  • The deal by Reliance with UTV Software, in which Disney controls 50.44 percent, is expected to be completed in the coming weeks, the newspaper said late on Sunday, citing people close to the development.
  • UTV Software said it had no immediately comment on the report, while Reliance could not be immediately reached. Reliance, which has diversified into telecom, retail, financial services and hospitality sectors in recent years from its core business of refining and oil and gas exploration, last year acquired Infotel, which emerged as the only firm to secure nationwide wireless broadband radio airwaves in an auction.
  • The deal is expected to give Reliance access to games, entertainment and children’s content for their telecom operations, the paper said.  Reliance has plans of building a data-focused business which will provide mobile, smartphone, tablet and computer users access to the net and online related services via a wireless broadband network.
  • The diversified company, which has been under pressure from falling gas output, has pushed for tie-ups in recent months to boost its business.  In June, Reliance signed a joint venture with DE Shaw, a U.S. hedge fund, for acquiring Bharti Enterprises 74 percent stake in an insurance joint venture with France’s Axa

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  • Mobile handset maker Coolpad Overseas, a joint venture between Hong Kong-listed China Wireless Technologies and XXX, is planning to introduce 15 new CDMA handset models in the country as part of its plans to strengthen its presence in the domestic mobile market.
  • Plans are also being finalised to set up an Rs 100 crore R&D facility in India by the end of next year and, at a later date, a manufacturing unit to cater to the domestic market. Reliance Communications, the country’s second largest mobile service provider, and Coolpad are currently in the process of a pan-India roll out of the latter’s new product, the D530, a fully loaded Android Éclair CDMA phone.
  • The product, which was launched in Hyderabad on Tuesday after Kolkata and Chennai earlier, is being retailed through Reliance Worlds and Reliance Mobile stores.
  • We currently have three models in the Indian CDMA market. We plan to launch the 15 new models in the next 12 months, with a price range of Rs 2,500-20,000. Most of the new models will have Android operating systems,” Mr Sami Al-Lawati, Managing Director of Coolpad Communications, told media persons at the launch.
  • With the Indian CDMA market currently pegged at one million units per month, Coolpad is aiming at sales of one million units annually in the next 12 months. The D530 has a price tag of Rs 7,999. Reliance Communications has launched an exclusive scheme of 100 per cent of the handset price as money back over 24 months, Mr V. Nagaprasad, Hub Head, Andhra Pradesh, said. R&D facility

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