Dell Leads Indian Desktop PC Market With 9.8% Mkt. Share

Dell has had a spectacular growth in the PC market in India. Just in the last quarter, personal computer manufacturer, Dell overtook all other big brands to become the No. 1 in the desktop PC segment for the first time in India with a market share of 9.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2010, according to a research firm IDC. HP and Acer are in the second and the third spots respectively.

However, Dell had overtaken HP in the last to last quarter in the Indian overall PC segment (including notebooks and desktops) with a huge 15.2 per cent market share. Looking at numbers in general, Dell sold 16.7 lakh units of Desktop PCs which alone accounted for nearly 60 per cent of the total PC sales of the company during the September quarter. The company also managed to clock 11.1 lakh units sale for Notebook PCs.

IDC’s Lead PC Analyst Sumanta Mukherjee said that launch of multi-colour models, complemented with aggressive promotions and discounted bundling schemes did the work for Dell especially in the Indian portable notebook market. However, the rate of growth for mini notebook PC shipments dipped marginally. Given the good performance of the desktop PC sector, Dell can definitely cover this up too!

123Greetings.com Launches Studio For Artists

Online greetings portal  123Greetings.com has launched a new service called Studio which enables artists worldwide to upload their personal creations and showcase them as e-cards on 123Greetings.com. This opens up a huge platform for artists to showcase their work and talent to the world. Not only this, users on 123Greetings.com can access multi-lingual as well as multi-cultural content on the site.

123greetings.com is used by 120 million unique users annually to send e-cards to their loved ones. The site currently offers over 20,000 greeting cards covering a mix of 3,000 seasonal and everyday categories. These numbers are surely a huge thing for artists who can leverage this all new platform and make their work seen by many, online.

123Greetings.com is run by an Indian company IntraSoft Technologies. Arvind Kajaria, the managing director of IntraSoft Technologies feels that by leveraging the leadership position of 123Greetings.com, this new Studio platform will attract a significant number of new users to the website which in turn is expected to positively impact the top line and bottom line of their company.

Airtel To Get A New Logo

India’s largest private telecom player – Bharti Airtel is all set for a new brand identity.   The company plans to unveil an all new refreshing new logo next week. The new logo has striking similarities with that of Zain Telecom of Africa which Bharti Airtel recently acquired.

The company also plans to change the design of it’s recharge vouchers and other brand, publicity materials. Here is a design concept of the new Airtel recharge voucher cards:

The logo may have multiple reactions from consumers. Earlier, the airtel logo was just the text Airtel writen in a Red-White background but the current one has a proper logo design with the text airtel written in a nice font. So if Airtel, just plans to use the image and not the text at places then it might be a bit difficult for people to figure it out.

However, Bharti will be spending over Rs.  300 Crores globally to change Airtel’s brand identity and create an awareness about the new logo among it’s customers. The new brand identity will be unveiled all across India, Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Seychelles.

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Reliance Launches Internet Talk Radio

Big Digital, an initiative by Reliance Broadcast Network, has launched Big Net Radio which is a talk internet radio channel that offers entertainment through talk channels over the internet. It has three channels as of now but none of them play any music as the name says, it is a talk radio. The three channels will cover popular areas of appeal, ranging from Bollywood to spiritual and humour.

The radio is available on: radio.big927fm.com

The content available on BigNetRadio has been produced keeping in mind those audiences who seek quick and brief entertainment capsules which help them de-stress. The radio service has been launched as a free of charge service.

New Player In Indian Telecom Tower Business: Power Grid

Power Grid Corp. is India’s largest electricity transmission utility company. Most of the huge transmission towers that you see in India, there is a good chance that it has been set up by Power Grid. As part of its diversification plans, Power Grid decided to lease out its electricity transmission infrastructure to independent tower firms and telecom service providers in the month of September this year and in order to find out the feasibility of this project it also hired KPMG as a consultant.

It seems that the study by KPMG is over and the company (Power Grid) now says that 10 to 15 per cent of it’s transmission towers out of approximately 1,00,000 towers in India can be used for setting up telecom towers. This will also boost its bottomline without any new investment. The aim of the company is to leverage its transmission towers set up in remote and rural areas to provide telecom services in these areas.

In it’s recent endeavors, the company has already leased a project in Gangtok for the past a year and it has also been leasing bandwidth on its network to over 70 customers including Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Dishnet Wireless and Tata Communications.

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Bharti Airtel Q2 Profits Down 27%, Vodafone(IN) Service Revenues Up 28%

Two of India’s major telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar posted their revenue details for the last quarter. While one of them reported huge losses, the other is bathing in high net revenues. India’s top mobile phone operator Bharti Airtel reported a 27 per cent fall in profit for Q2. This has happened after being squeezed by a price war in India – world’s fastest-growing mobile market.

Whereas Vodafone Essar, India’s second largest telecom operator has reported a service revenue of   about Rs 6,442.6 crore in the second quarter of 2010-11. This is almost 28% from Rs 5045.2 crore in same quarter last year. However the revenues were down by 5.7% as compared to Rs 6,836.8 crore revenues that the company had reported in June quarter of FY10-11.

In June, Bharti had acquired telecoms operations in 15 African countries from Kuwaiti telcoms group Zain for a $9 billion deal. This deal had made it the world’s fifth-biggest mobile operator. For Vodafone, however, growth was driven by a 42.7% increase in the average mobile customer base.

Tata Docomo’s Agressive 3G Tariffs

TATA Docomo has always brought in many firsts to its customers in India. Be it the 1p/sec tariff or the innovative group plans, Tata Docomo has always been a game changer. They are the first private telecom operator to launch 3G in India for the masses and have once again proved their worth with their very competitive and affordable 3G Tariffs.

Tata DoCoMo launched 3G services as promised on Diwali (5th November) in nine circles: Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra (does not include Mumbai), Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya-Pradesh-Chhattisgarh and UP (west).

Here is a summary of the available Tariff Plans for Tata Docomo 3G:

  • Effectively 3G tariffs are between 0.66-1.1 paisa a second for a voice call for any 3G plan.
  • Plans start at Rs 500 and go upto Rs 2,000 for a month for 3G services. Users will also get between 250 MB (enough to watch 3 hours of TV) and 2GB (23 hours of TV) of data according to the package they buy.
  • A special 3G plan for pre-paid customers has been released at Rs 350 a month for 500 minutes of talk time (local and STD) and 150 MB of data.
  • Existing Tata customers can try 3G without shifting from 2G by forking out Rs 200 for 200 MB or Rs 500 for 650 MB Data.
  • Five separate plans for 3G data services, or dongles, for laptops and other devices have also been launched.

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Indians Are Most Paranoid About Smartphone Security: Survey

Juniper Networks conducted a global consumer study in association with KRC Research and Synovate with more than 6,000 smartphone and tablet users across 16 countries. It was found that upto four out of five people feel “level of security” is high priority when buying or using smartphones and tablet computers. The study also reveals that more than half of them are anxious about losing their mobile devices, protecting their identities and protecting their families with parental controls.

According to the study Indian smartphone users have shown highest level of concern towards mobile security issues. The figure stood at 90 per cent among the 16 countries which were considered for conducting this study. Other countries that followed India are Brazil and Russia (88 per cent each), Germany (86 per cent) and China and Italy (both at 85 per cent) where users have a high level of security concerns towards using Smartphones.

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BCCI To Stream Live Cricket Matches On It’s Website

With the web taking over our lives day after day, users now want better internet experiences. Take for instance online streaming of events especially sports. We have already told you about the online streaming of Commonwealth Games. Now it’s the turn of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which has revamped its official website, BCCI.tv. The new website supports live streaming of cricket matches that are played between India and other countries.

The live stream can be accessed at: bcci.tv/bcci/bccitv/index/livestream

As of now, Internet users across India will be able to see all matches in the series against New Zealand online. However, there will be a five-minute delay between the live action and the streaming’ which is quite acceptable. Not only this, the website will also have a plethora of other useful features such as an online ball-by-ball commentary and scoresheets of domestic matches. The website is being maintained by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

Facebook Hiring Engineers For It’s Palo Alto Office On Indian College Campuses?

We recently had a tip off from a student of one of the best engineering institutions in India located at Kharagpur that Facebook has started the recruitment process for hiring engineers from their campus. Currently the job profile that is being offered is of a Load Balancer at Facebook’s Palo Alto office and the pay package stands at 80,000 USD per annum which is huge for a fresher by Indian standards.

Facebook has been working on a new kind of data structure called the HayStack. The speciality of this data structure is that it reduces the image upload request load off Facebook’s servers. Facebook receives close to 16 million photo upload requests each minute. So instead of uploading these photos one by one, the photos are put in a special array and this array is then uploaded at once.

The engineers who are hired from India will either be made to work on this new technology or as a Load Balancer. I wonder, why is Facebook not hiring core developer talent from Indian campuses.