Archive for the ‘Broadband’ Category

Delhi: Auction for over 90 FM radio stations soon

May 7, 2007

New Delhi, May 2: The Government is soon going to auction licence for operating over 90 FM radion  stations for which bids were not received in the Phase II of the liberalisation of radio.

Moreover, it has received 35 more applications for running the community radio under the new liberalised policy.

At present as many as 57 private FM radiostations are operational.

The Information and Broadcasting ministry would review the operations of the 250 radio stations which are expected to go on air by the year end, and then decide the time for bidding for the vacancies, an  official told sources.

Source: news.oneindia.in

BSNL to offer voice, cable TV, broadband on one line

April 9, 2007

 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will offer voice, cable TV and Internet services on a single line, the Triple Play, by the later half of this year. The move will not only boost the BSNL’s revenues but also enable it to match private operators in providing quality offerings.

The operator hopes to generate a new revenue source, as the growth of its fixed-line revenues remain stagnant. The BSNL plans multi-service broadband access network for Triple Play services.

Govt targets 20 million broadband connections by 2010

March 12, 2007

10 March 2007, NEW DELHI: The government hopes that in 2007, which has been christened as the ‘Year of Broadband’, a target of nine million connections will be reached by giving broadband connectivity to all Gram Panchayats, Higher Secondary Schools and Public Health Centres progressively by the next year.

There are plans envisaging provision of 20 million connections by the year 2010, according to Communications and Information Technology Minister Dayanidhi Maran who said broadband service will provide the platform for various e-governance projects. Service providers will provide various value added services to suit the requirements of the consumers on commercial basis.

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DTH rates set to tumble

February 12, 2007

New Delhi February 07, 2007: After years of suffering capricious cable operators, cable and satellite households will finally enjoy the upper hand.

With three more direct-to-home (DTH) operators set to enter the market by the year-end, subscribers can expect services at even cheaper rates.

Jawahar Goel, who heads Zee TV’s DTH operations, Dish TV, reckons that prices will be down 20 to 30 per cent once Bharti, Reliance and Sun TV join the fray.

That’s great news for the 25 lakh DTH homes in major cities but not so for the two existing players, Dish TV and Tata-Sky, the latter a joint venture between the Tata group and Star TV.

Source: Business Standard

Web18 To Launch Indiwo.com For Women

February 5, 2007

04 Feb 2007: Web18’s first lifestyle offering is going to be focused on women – a portal called Indiwo.com. Agencyfaqs reports.

Web 18 is creating online verticals by taking Moneycontrol.com’s content like tech2.com and indiaearnings.com. Anyway this won’t be like that, I feel.

Source: Agencyfaqs.com

TV18 Group to launch two channels by this year, web property may go for public offer too

January 14, 2007

January 12: After announcing its GBN IPO, the TV18 Group has lined up some more ambitious plans for the year. As part of its growth strategy the Group plans to add at least two more channels to its offerings and sees big potential in the regional space.

Confirming this to exchange4media, Raghav Bahl, Managing Director, Television Eighteen India Ltd, said that the news and infotainment space would be the core focus area of the Group. “We will not look at entertainment broadcasting at all. We will stick close to our core competency,” he affirmed.

Echoing the same thought, Sameer Manchanda, Joint Managing Director, Global Broadcast News (GBN), said, “We want to maximise revenue and launch more channels in the long term.” He, however, also laid stress on growing Hindi news channel, IBN 7, and increasing its market share.

Source: exchange4media.com

Saregama to launch entertainment portal

January 10, 2007

6 January 2007, MUMBAI: As part of its restructuring strategy, India’s oldest music company Saregama is increasing its digital presence. The RPG Group firm is launching an entertainment portal where it will make available music, movies and a whole host of other products.

Consumers can download music through the portal and movies will be added on. “We will have a subscription and ad revenue model as well. The portal is likely to be called saregama.com. The aim is to make the portal the digital supermarket of entertainment,” says RPG Enterprises – Entertainment Sector president and CEO Subroto Chattopadhyay.

Source: Indiantelevision.com

WWIL to raise Rs 500 cr by March in debt, preferential issue

January 5, 2007

Kolkata, Jan 5. (PTI): Wire and Wireless India Ltd (WWIL), formerly Siti Cable Network Ltd and Indian CableNet Company, on Thursday said it would be listed on the bourses by January 10 and aimed to raise Rs 500 crore by March.

“WWIL is formed after restructuring of Zee Telefilms Ltd. We will invest Rs 800 crore over the next five years and to finance the capex we are raising Rs 500 crore by March in combination of equity and debt,” WWIL COO Jagjit Singh Kohli told PTI on the sidelines of launch of digital cable service packages in city.

“We will go for preferential allotment to institutions after WWIL gets listed by January 10,” Kohli added.

Source: hinduonnet.com

IOL Broadband ties up with BSNL for IPTV

January 5, 2007

Wednesday, January 3 2007: IOL Broadband Ltd, one of the country’s first broadband companies, today tied up with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for providing Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services.

BSNL has over 7,00,000 broadband ADSL subscriber-base across the country which is growing at a compound rate of over 100 per cent per year. (more…)

Trai to bring IPTV back under Cable TV Act

October 9, 2006

Trai is planning to bring IPTV in to Cable TV Act. Earlier TRAI was thinking to put this under telecom regulations.

Source: Financialexpress.com