Weekly Wrap-up: Blackberry issue, DTC calculations, $35 tablet, Most Trusted brands, telephony price war, Internet usage, 3G allocation & more..
Finally, Blackberry Issue seems to have been resolved – Research in Motion has bowed down to the demands of Indian Government and offered to setup their messaging / Email servers here in India. They have promised to offer full monitoring access to Indian security agencies. They will also have a review in 60 days time.
Direct Tax Code is now starting to get clearer. DTC will be coming into effect from 2012 instead of 2011 as thought earlier. Check out calculations and updates on the DTC.
Couple of days back Mint reported that HCL has partnered with MHRD to distribute $35 tablet. However, we confirmed from reliable sources that it is not the fact, HCL does NOT have any such agreement in place with MHRD. Only confirmation we got is that IIT Rajasthan will be doing field tests over next few month on this much talked about $35 tablet.
According to the Latest ET Brand Equity Survey, Nokia has been adjudged the most trusted brand in India 3rd year in a row. See the latest Most Trusted Brand Rankings
The Mobile Telephony call rates price war continues – Now rates are tumbling when it comes to STD and ISD call rates. Videocon recently has launched a pay per second tariff plan for calls to US and Canada making them at par with local calls.
Boston Consulting Group recently came out with the report that Indian Internet users will triple in next 3 years to 237 million. Mobile Internet will be biggest growth engine behind this surge of Online users in India.
Indian Government for once has stuck to the deadlines given. 3G spectrum allocation was scheduled to happen on September 1st and it did! Consumers can now expect 3G on their mobile phone by year end.
According to the latest RBI Report, HDFC Bank leads when it comes to the number of online transactions via Banks. State Bank of India (SBI) leads when it comes to total value of online transactions.
Android has already crossed Apple iOS, but now Android phones are appearing on phones which are around Rs. 5k to 6k. These phones will now take Android growth to a completely new level.
Is Air India really the Most Trusted Aviation Brand in India – We don’t think so…reasons for which are quite clear?
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