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  IPL 2: Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, 7th Match
Posted by: Sathish - 04-21-2009, 11:01 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Mumbai Indians squad

DJ Bravo, S Dhawan, JP Duminy, CRD Fernando, Harbhajan Singh, ST Jayasuriya, Z Khan, DS Kulkarni, R McLaren, SL Malinga, KD Mills, Mohammad Ashraful, C Nanda, GR Napier, AM Nayar, AM Rahane, RR Raje, L Ronchi (W), JN Shah, PR Shah, RA Shaikh, YV Takawale, SR Tendulkar ©, SS Tiwary

Rajasthan Royals squad

Singh, PS Chavan, A Angle, SA Asnodkar, LA Carseldine, SD Chitnis, RV Gomez, SM Harwood, T Henderson, RA Jadeja, Kamran Khan, JL Langer, A Malik, AD Mascarenhas, Mohammed Arif, PP More, M Morkel, NV Ojha, MM Patel, NK Patel, YK Pathan, RJ Quiney, AS Raut, M Rawat, AS Sharma (W), A Singh, GC Smith, SW Tait, SK Trivedi, PC Valthaty, SK Warne ©, SR Watson

Umpires: DJ Harper (Australia) and TH Wijewardene (Sri Lanka)
TV umpire: SD Ranade (India)
Match referee: D Govindjee
Reserve umpire: EC Hendrikse

Toss: No toss

Result: Match abandoned without a ball bowled

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  IPL 2: Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, 6th Match
Posted by: Sathish - 04-21-2009, 09:41 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Kings XI Punjab Squad

Yuvraj Singh ©, YA Abdulla, Amanpreet Singh, AK Argal, RS Bopara, RR Bose, PP Chawla, BT Cockley, K Goel, JR Hopes, DPMD Jayawardene, SM Katich, U Kaul, T Kohli, SO Kukreja, B Lee, VS Malik, SE Marsh, WA Mota, R Ninan, IK Pathan, LA Pomersbach, RR Powar, Ravikant Shukla, KC Sangakkara (W), VRV Singh, S Sohal, S Sreesanth, TM Srivastava

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad

Brendon McCullum ©, Mohammad Sanuth, Natraj Behera, Murtuza Hussain, Abhisek Banerjee, Anureet Singh, Ameya Shrikhande, Ajit Agarkar, Rohan Banerjee, Sanjay Bangar, Mark Cameron, Gaurav Chabra, Aakash Chopra, Ishwar Choudhary, Avik Chowdhury, Debabrata Das, Ashok Dinda, Aditya Dole, Shatrunjay Gaekwad, Sourav Ganguly, Chris Gayle, Arindam Ghosh, Gnaneswara Rao, Moises Henriques, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, VA Indulkar, Iqbal Abdulla, Sheldon Jackson, Murali Kartik, Saurasish Lahiri, Charl Langeveldt, Anustup Majumdar, Mashrafe Mortaza, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Mohnish Parmar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Rana, Wriddhiman Saha, Dhiran Salvi, Sanjib Sanyal, Sourav Sarkar, Shoaib Shaikh, Ishant Sharma, Laxmi Shukla, Sunny Singh, Chetan Suryavanshi, Bhavik Thaker, Rajesh Verma, Kshemal Waingankar, Yashpal Singh

Umpires: DJ Harper and SD Ranade
TV umpire: TH Wijewardene
Match referee: D Govindjee
Reserve umpire: EC Hendrikse

Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field first.

Full Scorecard

Kings XI Punjab Innings

<table style="text-align:center; font-size: 16px;" width="100%" border="1"><tbody><tr><td>Batsman
</td><td>Status
</td><td>Runs
</td><td>Balls
</td><td>4's
</td><td>6's
</td><td>S/R
</td></tr><tr><td>Ravi Bopara
</td><td>c Brendon McCullum b Sourav Ganguly
</td><td>15
</td><td>15
</td><td>2
</td><td>0
</td><td>100.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Karan Goel
</td><td>c Chris Gayle b Ishant Sharma
</td><td>0
</td><td>7
</td><td>0
</td><td>0
</td><td>0.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Irfan Pathan
</td><td>c Murali Kartik b Sourav Ganguly
</td><td>32
</td><td>17
</td><td>5
</td><td>1
</td><td>188.24
</td></tr><tr><td>Kumar Sangakkara (W)
</td><td>run out (Aakash Chopra)
</td><td>26
</td><td>24
</td><td>2
</td><td>0
</td><td>108.33
</td></tr><tr><td>Yuvraj Singh ©
</td><td>c Yashpal Singh b Moises Henriques
</td><td>38
</td><td>28
</td><td>3
</td><td>2
</td><td>135.71
</td></tr><tr><td>Mahela Jayawardena
</td><td>not out
</td><td>31
</td><td>19
</td><td>3
</td><td>1
</td><td>163.16
</td></tr><tr><td>Taruwar Kohli
</td><td>c Brendon McCullum b Ashok Dinda
</td><td>1
</td><td>4
</td><td>0
</td><td>0
</td><td>25.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Piyush Chawla
</td><td>not out
</td><td>3
</td><td>6
</td><td>0
</td><td>0
</td><td>50.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Vikramjeet Malik
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>VRV Singh
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>Yusuf Abdulla
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>Extras
</td><td>(b 1, wd 11)
</td><td>12
</td><td colspan="4"></td></tr><tr><td>Total</td><td>(6 wickets; 20.0 overs)</td><td>158</td><td colspan="4">(7.90 runs per over)</td></tr></tbody></table>

Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Karan Goel, 2.2 ov), 2-47 (Irfan Pathan, 6.2 ov), 3-48 (Ravi Bopara, 6.4 ov), 4-104 (Kumar Sangakkara, 14.1 ov), 5-122 (Yuvraj Singh, 15.4 ov), 6-131 (Taruwar Kohli, 17.2 ov)

<table style="text-align:center; font-size: 16px;" width="100%" border="1"><tbody><tr><td>Bowlers
</td><td>Overs
</td><td>Maidens
</td><td>Runs
</td><td>Wickets
</td><td>Economy
</td></tr><tr><td>Ishant Sharma
</td><td>4
</td><td>0
</td><td>24
</td><td>1
</td><td>6.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Ashok Dinda
</td><td>4
</td><td>0
</td><td>34
</td><td>1
</td><td>8.50
</td></tr><tr><td>Moises Henriques
</td><td>4
</td><td>0
</td><td>32
</td><td>1
</td><td>8.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Sourav Ganguly
</td><td>4
</td><td>0
</td><td>24
</td><td>2
</td><td>6.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Laxmi Shukla
</td><td>2
</td><td>0
</td><td>22
</td><td>0
</td><td>11.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Chris Gayle
</td><td>1
</td><td>0
</td><td>14
</td><td>0
</td><td>14.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Murali Kartik
</td><td>1
</td><td>0
</td><td>7
</td><td>0
</td><td>7.00
</td></tr></tbody></table>

Kolkata Knight Riders Innings

<table style="text-align:center; font-size: 16px;" width="100%" border="1"><tbody><tr><td>Batsman
</td><td>Status
</td><td>Runs
</td><td>Balls
</td><td>4's
</td><td>6's
</td><td>S/R
</td></tr><tr><td>Brendon McCullum © (W)
</td><td>c Kumar Sangakkara b Vikramjeet Malik
</td><td>21
</td><td>16
</td><td>1
</td><td>2
</td><td>131.25
</td></tr><tr><td>Chris Gayle
</td><td>not out
</td><td>44
</td><td>26
</td><td>2
</td><td>4
</td><td>169.23
</td></tr><tr><td>Brad Hodge
</td><td>not out
</td><td>10
</td><td>14
</td><td>0
</td><td>0
</td><td>71.43
</td></tr><tr><td>Sourav Ganguly
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>Aakash Chopra
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>Yashpal Singh
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>Laxmi Shukla
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>Moises Henriques
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>Murali Kartik
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>Ishant Sharma
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>Ashok Dinda
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td><td>
</td></tr><tr><td>Extras
</td><td>(wd 4)
</td><td>4
</td><td colspan="4"></td></tr><tr><td>Total</td><td>(1 wicket; 9.2 overs)</td><td>79</td><td colspan="4">(8.46 runs per over)</td></tr></tbody></table>

Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Brendon McCullum, 5.3 ov)

<table style="text-align:center; font-size: 16px;" width="100%" border="1"><tbody><tr><td>Bowlers
</td><td>Overs
</td><td>Maidens
</td><td>Runs
</td><td>Wickets
</td><td>Economy
</td></tr><tr><td>Irfan Pathan
</td><td>3
</td><td>0
</td><td>27
</td><td>0
</td><td>9.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Yusuf Abdulla
</td><td>2
</td><td>0
</td><td>20
</td><td>0
</td><td>10.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Vikramjeet Malik
</td><td>2
</td><td>0
</td><td>23
</td><td>1
</td><td>11.50
</td></tr><tr><td>Piyush Chawla
</td><td>2
</td><td>0
</td><td>8
</td><td>0
</td><td>4.00
</td></tr><tr><td>Ravi Bopara
</td><td>0.2
</td><td>0
</td><td>1
</td><td>0
</td><td>3.00
</td></tr></tbody></table>

Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 11 runs (D/L method)

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  Rare Tamil Song
Posted by: Tamilan - 04-21-2009, 04:56 PM - Forum: Entertainment - No Replies

Hi friends
I like the ayyappan song from the movie Boys
But is not available on any CDs or cassettes
The song is so nice AR Rahman really rocks

here is the link to download
Enjoy....Boys Ayyapan Song - Click here

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  Imayam Tv on Insat 2E
Posted by: arshamsu - 04-21-2009, 04:44 PM - Forum: Updates from Insat 4A & GSAT-10 at 83.0° East - Replies (4)

Imayam tv on now in INSAT 2E (83E) c Band

Freq info: 3845 V 26043 3/4

Enjoy gulf viewers.

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Rainbow Only 4 Above 18+
Posted by: Arjun - 04-21-2009, 04:18 PM - Forum: The Lounge Forum - No Replies

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  DTH players offer higher subsidy to their customers
Posted by: saurabh_g - 04-21-2009, 02:22 PM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

GROUND ZERO: A bleeding subsidy (Source: Impact Magazine)

Curious why India's grossly underserved direct to home (DTH) market is not getting the kind of traction that it should? And that too with multiple players in the field. While the broadcasters Zee (Dish TV), Tata Sky (Star), Sun and Doordarshan (for cable dry zones) are fighting for market share, aggressive telecoms Reliance Communication (Big TV) and Airtel (Digital) are hot pursuing the networks in a market which clearly has enormous potential. Potential yes, but problems galore. The subsidy being provided by the DTH operators in this business is killing these players softly but surely. Bearing this cross, the DTH players are in a jam, while logic says that they should be making money hand over fist.

Let us take a quick gander at the math of the DTH business. What is the per customer subsidy that is being given by the service provider? DTH operators, even the bigger telcoms Reliance and Airtel are bleeding profusely. Not only is the set top box being subsidised, but an extremely high customer acquisition cost is being forked out. Advertising an integral part of this customer acquisition programme is a scary Rs 500 per subscriber. Airtel's Digital is the broadcast sponsor for IPL 2.0. Each customer is being given approximately Rs 2910 subsidy by the operator for acquisition. The per subscriber subsidy broken down reads like this:



*Customer premise equipment cost Rs 2000
*Given to retailer/distributor per sub Rs 600
*Advertisement per subscriber Rs 500
*12 month free package cost Rs 1800
*TOTAL COST Rs 4900

*Money taken from subscriber on board Rs 1990
*Subsidy given per subscriber Rs 2910

Which brings us the old adage of the more you sell, the more you lose. In the newspaper business, it is the advertising which covers costs and returns profit. If newspapers were to sell without advertising, they would all be in the pawn shop. Similarly, the more the DTH operators sell under the existing regime, the more they lose money. So, here is a damn good business, but highly loss making. While the set top boxes are being shipped in from China at lowest cost, cut throat pricing in the market is not allowing any of the operators any room to manoeuvre.

We are expected to have closed 2009 with around 83 million cable & satellite households, a growth of 8 per cent over the previous year which had 77 million C & S households. Against that DTH would have completed 15 million households this year, an increase of 50.3 per cent over last year's figure of 9.9 million households. I asked my young friend Rohit Dokania at Batlivala & Karnani Securities to provide me with some cold figures and projections for this business. The numbers are startling - the growth will slow down to a mere 25 per cent to 19 million for 2010, a trickle of 13 per cent to 21 million in 2011, a centipede like 10.5 per cent to 23 million in 2012 and so on. Instead of exponential growth, very matter of fact numbers. The reason is simple - the more you sell, the more you lose. DTH really got a fillip when Conditional Access System was notified in several metrops in India. This had seen a bitter battle between Subhash Chandra's Zee and then Peter Mukerjea led Star TV. It had spilled over to the news pages and I remember then I & B secretary Pawan Chopra being in the thick of the battle, trying his level best to control the two corporate rivals. Those days at HT, we wrote many stories on the subject.


So, what is the future of this beleaguered industry? Market leader and first mover Dish TV now plans to launch ultra low cost set top boxes and even cheaper monthly subscription schemes to tap the 40 million non-cable and satellite TV homes in India. I must add here that if we have 83 million C & S households in India, we also have an additional 49 million terrestrial TV homes. This is what Dish TV wants to plug and play into. Dish TV MD Jawahar Goel hopes to post profits in the recently concluded quarter for the very first time. Goel believes he can add 2 to 2.5 million subscribers in 2009-10. His battleplan is segmentation and attrition from the DD homes. Dish TV wants to launch premium STBs for affluent homes with home theatre systems, as also live TV on the go to car owners. He is already providing live TV on the go to Kingfisher on board the aircraft.

Tata Sky has already gone in for market segmentation by offering Live TV (record and watch live) by offering boxes and subscriptions at a higher price point.

The biggest problem that DTH operators face today is the lack of forebearance (in reverse) in their sector. Unlike telecom tariffs which benefited due to forebearance as service providers slashed rates to rock bottom to benefit consumers. Here the situation is diametrically opposite - DTH operators cannot raise rates to survive. In a highly competitive but capital intensive business, this is a major downer. First the operator has to pay through his nose to buy the boxes from China, then he has to pay a hefty sum to acquire the customer.

But the bigger challenge is the absence of a bonafide broadcast regulator in the country. India's telecom regulator doubles up as the broadcast regulator from the NDA's days when Pradip Baijal functioned as a dual authority. Now the problem is that the telecom regulator while smart and agile to the needs of his sector doesn't really have the wherewithal, expertise and bandwidth to deal with broadcast matters. The cap on consumer pricing is actually hampering growth in the sector. Since the telecom regulator and other members of the Authority are steeped in telecom experience, they don't have the basic understanding to deal with broadcasting issues. Let me explain why I say this. I knew Pradip Baijal extremely well and I know the present TRAI chairman Nripendra Mishra equally well. I am not casting aspersions on their conduct or capability. All I am saying is that broadcast is a vast business domain with complexities which are in variance with telecom regulation. At the same time, I must add that if India has a gangbuster telecom landscape, then it is primarily because of the push that it has got from two successive regulators - Baijal and Mishra.

Let us understand the complexity - voice and data transfer require only two resources - one very scarce called spectrum and the other licence fee. Broadcast meanwhile is myriad. One cannot charge the same sum for money for news, general entertainment and cricket content. There has to be proper segmentation in pricing of content. The cap of consumer pricing means two things - not only is the DTH operator getting it in the neck, but equally the channel and network is suffering due to this. Which means that as a consumer I should be willing to pay more to my DTH operator, I guess end user needs to pay, as long as he doesn't get fleeced and it doesn't border on profiteering. Perhaps the cap can be enlarged so that the subsidy is partly taken care of. I hear that DTH operators, a powerful combine if not a cartel because Zee doesn't see eye to eye with Tata Sky while the animosity between Reliance Big and Airtel Digital is too well known to recount here, are already lobbying hard to get some justice. It is believed that animus between Airtel and Reliance Big TV cost Sony MSM boss Kunal Dasgupta his job, and set off a domino which nearly engulfed the IPL in a ring of fire.

DTH is a good viewing experience if I am a consumer, but believe me, if you are the operator then you are walking on egg shells.

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  Windows 7 RC on May 5, Windows 7 Build 7082 Already Here
Posted by: Sathish - 04-21-2009, 12:51 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

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The fully-fledged Release Candidate of Windows 7 is planned for availability on May 5, 2009. Testers should not expect Windows 7 client RC alone, as Microsoft is also set to make available Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate also on May 5. The information was provided by the Microsoft Partner Program website, and indicated that the company's partners as well as MSDN and TechNet subscribers could access the full RC bits of Windows 7 as of April 18. As far as MSDN and TechNet are concerned I can confirm that subscribers continue to have access only to the Beta Build 7000 of Windows 7, and that the RC of the next iteration of Windows was not live at the time of this article. However, Microsoft continues to advance steadfast toward the signing-off of Windows 7 RC, and offered Build 7082 to select testers.

“We are pleased to announce that Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available. Windows 7 RC is the prerelease version of Windows 7. Since this is not the final release, your PC will gather and send information to Microsoft engineers to help them check the fixes and changes made based on testing of Windows 7 Beta,” reads the message from Microsoft to partners, via Bink. “Test-drive Windows 7 RC today to see for yourself—and to show your colleagues and customers—how Windows 7 delivers improved management, security, reliability, and performance. Download Windows 7 RC. Partners: If you have a subscription to MSDN or TechNet, you can download Windows 7 RC now. Otherwise, you can download Windows 7 RC starting May 5, 2009.” (emphasis added)

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There is no telling whether the details provided by the software giant via the Microsoft Partner Program website are in concordance with partners actually receiving the Windows 7 RC bits. As I have already said, this scenarios is not valid for MSDN and TechNet, where Microsoft continues to serve Build 7000 and the associated activation product keys and downloads. Speculation indicates that some of the Redmond company's closes partners, OEMs in particular, have indeed been granted early access to Windows 7 RC. In this context, MSDN and TechNet subscribers will have to wait a tad longer, no telling just how long. As far as the public is concerned, May 5 is the day they need to look forward to.

Meanwhile, Windows 7 Build 7082 from the RC-branch was handed to testers. PCBeta is offering a few screenshots of the Chinese version of Windows 7 Build 7082. The past week, Windows 7 Build 7106, from the RTM-branch, also in Chinese, was leaked in the wild and is now available for download via torrent websites.

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  UAE to crack down on unauthorised Dish TV dealers
Posted by: Sathish - 04-21-2009, 12:26 PM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

DUBAI: The UAE has issued directives to the authorities concerned to clamp down on unauthorised Dish TV dealers who illegally sell imported Dish TV set-top boxes from India throughout the Gulf.

The Ministry of Economy (MoE) recently conducted raids against unauthorised Dish TV dealers, with Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah police conducting similar searches in their respective areas, which led to the confiscation of a number of Dish TV boxes.

Set-top box is a digital recorder or receiver which is a small box required to receive Dish TV signals. The violators were arrested and criminally charged with violation of the copyright law marking the largest actions against Dish TV dealers in the GCC .

A statement released by the MoE said the directives strongly emphasise that selling these boxes in the UAE is prohibited as it violates national copyright law by infringing on broadcasting rights. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Alshihhi, the general manag er of the UAE Ministry of Economy, said, “We have requested various parties involved to tighten control over unauthorised Dish TV boxes that illegally enter through a neighbouring country and are sold in our local markets.”

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  Sony to undergo makeover from May 25
Posted by: Sathish - 04-21-2009, 12:24 PM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

Sony Entertainment Television (SET), the number four Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC) from the house of Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd, will undergo a makeover from May 25, 2009.

SET is riding on the popularity of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the relaunch, which will include a new look as well as a new programming line-up. The channel has already launched a brand campaign, starting with a brand film, to reiterate its focus on programming that is in-line with the times.

Danish Khan, marketing head, SET, says, "Sony delivers strong value for both viewers and clients. With a multiple-channel environment now, the brand and its attributes become critical, and therefore, It becomes imperative to build and retain the brand in the consumers' minds."

Another aim of launching the campaign is to be in sync with the changing mindsets of the viewers. Sony is perceived as a strong brand and the campaign is to reinforce the promise of adapting to the changing times, along with the viewers.

"While the viewer has global aspirations reflecting in his lifestyle, he remains rooted in traditions. That's the message Sony will convey through the campaign, Badal Rahe Hain Aap, Badal Rahe Hain Hum (you're changing and so are we). With this, the three-pronged offerings of the channel will be established - novelty, variety and quality." Khan adds.

"In its new avatar, the channel will continue to have serials where there will be a protagonist in an Indian context, but there will be no stereotype shows based on the saas-bahu format. Apart from differentiated content, viewers will find fresh faces and new themes in our programmes." Khan says.

The brand film premiered on Sony during Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and will be aired extensively during the IPL matches. It will also be featured on the network channels and 16 other news, music and kids' channels. The message will be to watch out for Sony, May 25 onwards, post IPL.

The brand film has been developed by Leo Burnett and produced by Rising Sun Films. It features real life moments, reflecting the changing attitudes and the unchanged basic values of society.

In the first week of May , there will be a multimedia campaign to announce the launch of the new programmes on Sony. At least five new programmes, fiction and non-fiction, will be launched, after the conclusion of IPL.

MSM India had tried to divert the audiences it had grabbed for the first IPL season in 2008 by launching a big ticket reality show titled Dus ka Dum. The show was hosted by Bollywood actor Salman Khan. This year, SET plans to repeat the strategy with more than one new show.

Khan refused to share the amount of money the company is spending to relaunch the channel. He, however, said, "it is safe to say that we will spend 100% more on marketing than what we did last year post-IPL with Dus ka Dum."

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  DoT holds back more spectrum to GSM cos
Posted by: Sathish - 04-21-2009, 12:24 PM - Forum: Mobiles and General Telecom News - No Replies

The government is understood to have held back allocation of additional spectrum to GSM mobile operators including Bharti Airtel in Orissa; Vodafone in Delhi, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu; and Reliance Communications in Mumbai in view of a judgment by the telecom tribunal.

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) had earlier this month said that GSM operators have no vested right to get spectrum beyond 6.2 Mhz.

After verification, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said that GSM players met the eligibility criteria and hence were eligible for additional GSM spectrum.

Besides these operators, Idea Cellular is also understood to have applied for additional spectrum in various circles, including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (West), Bihar and Mumbai. This, however, could not be confirmed.

The move to hold back allocation of additional spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz despite an operator having a specified number of subscribers is bound to impact the expansion and quality of mobile services in these areas.

In the light of the TDSAT judgment, the DoT has decided to seek legal opinion before allocating additional spectrum to any GSM operator.

Vodafone, Bharti, Idea and RCom have demanded additional spectrum based on the criteria announced by the DoT in January last year.

Sources said that Aircel’s application for additional spectrum in Assam and Bihar was also pending with the DoT, which would be cleared only after the legal opinion.

The TDSAT had asked the DoT to work out the criteria again taking into account the recommendations of both telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) and Telecom Engineering Consultants in a month.

Some spectrum is available in the 1800 MHz band for allocation to GSM players, sources in the Wireless Planning and Coordination wing of the DoT said, adding that the DoT was distributing the radio frequency till recently based on January 2008 criteria.

Leading private operators like Airtel and Vodafone have been allocated up to 12 MHz of GSM spectrum in a circle. With the TDSAT’s judgment, the DoT is likely to take a view on whether to get the extra spectrum back or charge a fee for it.

Although the TDSAT did not clarify how to deal with cases where the operators have already been allotted extra spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz, sources said the DoT may charge a one-time fee based on each MHz and also annual usage charge.

When contacted, an Airtel spokesperson said, “A number of operators, including those with cross-over technology, have applied for additional spectrum in various circles after achieving the required subscriber base as prescribed by the authorities.”

“Thus, this is a broader industry issue. Any attempt to single us out in this matter would be motivated and likely driven by vested interests. We remain committed to the highest standards of regulatory compliance,” Airtel said in a statement.

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