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BSNL, MTNL restructure proposal

Submitted by Karthik on 2 November, 2005 - 00:52

Aiming to promote growth in the telecom sector, the DoT is apparently considering implementing a Baby Bell-like split of BSNL into four regional arms - North, South, East and West.

According to the proposal, the North and Western arms would merge with MTNL's Delhi and Mumbai operations respectively. All four arms along with a mobile unit - BSNL Mobile, and an infrastructure unit - BSNL Infrastructure would operate under the aegis of a parent company - BSNL Holdings.

Vodafone picks up a 10% stake in Bharti

Submitted by Karthik on 29 October, 2005 - 20:01

UK based Vodafone has bought a 10.05% stake in Bharti Televentures Limited - owners of the brand Airtel - India's largest mobile operator. The deal worth USD 1.5 billion, is said to be the largest ever foreign investment in India, and marks Vodafone's second foray into the Indian market. The British giant had previously invested in RPG Cellular, but sold its stake to Aircel in 2003.

Incidentally, Vodafone's current CEO is an Indian - Arun Sarin.

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Alliance forms India's second largest bandwidth network

Submitted by Karthik on 29 October, 2005 - 13:23

GAIL, PowerGrid Corporation Ltd and RailTel have entered into a strategic alliance to pool their bandwidth infrastructure, thereby forming India's second largest (after BSNL) bandwidth network. The three companies control close to 60,000 kms of fibre between them, and are scheduled to increase this even further in the next few years.

Arthur C. Clarke on blogging

Submitted by Karthik on 22 October, 2005 - 21:50

Noted science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke has contributed an article [Free reg. required] on the rise of "citizen journalism" to Outlook's anniversary edition [released last week]. He basically talks about how blogs, wikis and the like are surely .. revolutionising the media and changing the scope of variables such as censorship, accuracy and responsibility.


IIPM vs. desi bloggers

Submitted by Karthik on 22 October, 2005 - 18:48

This seems to be a good coupla weeks old, but nevertheless I believe that these guys need to get all the exposure that they deserve.. better late than nevah I've been told.. :)

Now, even though I don't really think much of MBAs.. I have never heard of a top B-school named IIPM before today - seems I should get out more lol..

This whole imbroglio seems to have stemmed from this article on a college community site named JamMag [fubar site]. IIPM apparently have an intense marketing campaign to draw in students from all over India. The article basically questions the veracity of pretty much everything that IIPM advertises and also draws attention to the very authenticity of degrees from IIPM.

President Kalam airs concerns over Google Earth

Submitted by Karthik on 17 October, 2005 - 10:15

President A.P.J. Kalam expressed his concerns over the security ramifications of mapping software alá Google Earth, in a speech to the National Police Academy in Hyderabad. In his presentation, he drew attention to the availability of high-resolution images of sensitive Indian installations and noted the lack of appropriate national and international laws to control the dissemination of such data.

Full Speech and presentation: President Of India Website.

Bharti Info faces action for ISP licence violation

Submitted by Karthik on 12 October, 2005 - 14:02

Bharti Infotel has been issued a show cause notice by the Indian government for violating its ISP license. This is apparently because Bharti's networks were used to receive VOIP traffic, which were subsequently routed illegally to the public telephone network by the end user. The DoT has submitted Bharti with a bill of Rs.10.1 crore, besides asking for an additional performance bank guarantee of Rs 3.6 crore.

Assocham and ISPAI oppose IT Act 2005 amendments

Submitted by Dinesh on 8 October, 2005 - 09:44

Assocham and ISPAI, among others, are not satisifed with some of the changes in the proposed IT Act 2005.

“The new Act will scare away foreign clients from Indian BPOs as they will not be held liable for any data theft/breach. The deletion of section 66, which deals with hacking will abet cyber crimes in India. We must take great caution as laws cannot be amended every now and then” Mr Duggal added.


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