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Airtel, Idea hike post-paid data tariffs in Delhi

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

After increasing data tariffs for pre-paid customers in Delhi,  Airtel and Idea Cellular have now hiked charges for their post-paid users by around 20 percent in various circles including the national capital.

Post-paid customers of the two operators in the above-mentioned circles will now have to pay Rs 300 for 1GB 3G data, against Rs 250 earlier for the same amount of data usage.

According to the information available on the website of Airtel, it is clear that the data tariff has been escalated in regions like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Idea has hiked charges in Delhi, UP West and Punjab.

A few months back, Vodafone, along with the above mentioned cellular companies, had raised pre-paid tariffs for 2G and 3G services in Delhi by upto 47%.

However, there has been no hike in data charges by Vodafone in the post-paid category in Delhi or any other area.

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World’s leading Internet TV network? Netflix signs strategic partnerships with Airtel, Videocon d2h and Vodafone

Under the agreement, Bharti Airtel will integrate the Netflix app into its direct-to-home service throughout the country

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New Delhi, March 6, 2017: Global video streaming service Netflix on Monday announced strategic partnerships with Airtel, Videocon d2h and Vodafone — making it the world’s leading Internet TV network.

With these partnerships, Netflix’s critically-acclaimed programmes like ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Narcos and The Crown’ will be easily accessible to consumers across direct-to-home and mobile platforms throughout the country.

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“India is one of the most important and vibrant countries in the world and we are delighted to be teaming up with three of its leading companies to make it much easier for consumers to enjoy Netflix,” Reed Hastings, Co-founder and CEO of Netflix, told reporters here.

“In the months and years to come, we look forward to bringing our Indian members more compelling stories from all over the world, an ever-improving viewing experience and incredible joy,” Hastings added.

Under the agreement, Bharti Airtel will integrate the Netflix app into its direct-to-home service throughout the country.

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“Airtel has been a pioneer in bringing the best of global content and products to its customers. We are delighted to partner Netflix to bring their popular content to our customer on one of our key digital platforms,” said Gopal Vittal, managing director and CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.

Netflix will also be integrated into the Videocon d2h set-top box, allowing viewers to instantly access Netflix by clicking a dedicated Netflix button on the remote control.

“We are delighted to have Netflix as a partner on our HD Smart Connect STB. This partnership strengthens our DNA of innovation by providing an instant TV screen experience for Netflix users in a seamless manner,” added Saurabh Dhoot, Executive Chairman, Videocon d2h.

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In the mobile space, Netflix will partner with Vodafone on pre-paid programmes and will enable payment integration, allowing Vodafone customers in India to pay for their Netflix subscriptions via their monthly bill.

“We are proud to be the first mobile partner of Netflix in India and look forward to offering its rich content to further delight our millions of customers”, said Sandeep Kataria, director commercial, Vodafone India.

Netflix launched its service globally in January 2016, including India.

“In 2017, we’ll be working on making our Indian service better in every dimension,” said Hastings.

“Working with some of India’s top artists, we cannot wait to bring more locally-produced series and films to our more than 93 million members households around the world,” he told reporters. (IANS)

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Facebook and tech companies lend helping hand for people stuck in Chennai floods

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Chennai: Social network sites and tech companies are playing their part in the rescue operation of Chennai floods.

Facebook activated the “Safety Check” feature for its users in Chennai early on Thursday, while Google has compiled all critical information under its “Crisis Response” tool to provide them relief in the flood-hit city, media reports said.

Those in the Indian city of Chennai can mark themselves as “safe” from the floods.

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As the torrential rains in Chennai continued for the fourth straight day, with power and telephone lines down in many areas owing to flooding, Facebook’s Safety Check feature would allow people to mark themselves as “safe” from the floods, Time reported.

The feature, which debuted in October 2014, allows Facebook to ask users whether they’re safe if located near a natural disaster. A click or tap on the “I’m Safe” button lets friends and loved ones know straight away. Users can also check to see whether their friends are safe too.

BSNL has announced free calls from BSNL to BSNL network for next seven days. Airtel has announced 10 Airtel to Airtel minutes and 30 rupee recharge. Airtel also announced that 50 MB data will be given all prepaid users.

Paytm also announced a 30 rupee recharge to any customer. All they have to do is call on a given  number. MTS is giving free 1 GB data to its all users for next three days.

Zomato has started a meal scheme wherein the company will provide a meal for Chennai residents for each meal purchased via its website. The meal scheme resulted in over 55,000 people across India buying meals and Zomato adding 55,000 from its own side for the people of Chennai.

Ola was the first to give help by providing boats to people stuck in the flood.

Social media users across the country were all praise for the efforts these companies have made.

Other than that people through their Facebook and Twitter accounts are trying to give as much help as possible. In this tragedy, India has come out with hope and fight.

(IANS)

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Airtel funds project to boost farming in Uganda

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Accra (Ghana): Indian telecommunication giant Airtel is spending $672,000 to support a project to provide timely weather reports to small-scale farmers in Uganda to boost their farming activities, it was announced on Sunday.

Airtel was backing the project undertaken by the Trans Africa Hydro Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO).

“Based on similar activities, in terms of information dissemination, in Malawi and Madagascar,” TAHMO’s co-director Nick van de Giesen told IANS that Airtel was contributing this time to provide important weather information to farmers in Uganda.

The project is also backed by research that shows that African weather was poorly monitored, especially for forecast purposes. TAHMO also has found out that most African societies were vulnerable to extreme weather events.

The organisation, therefore, is helping to make good predictions about rainfall as well as provide information on how much water vapour the atmosphere contains, van de Giesen said.

Admitting that changing weather patterns have been the bane of farming across the African continent, he said TAHMO was helping to “produce early warnings for heavy weather”.

He said:normal weather predictions will improve with better observations and this helps to plan short term farming operations such as planting and fertilising, in addition, detailed weather data allow for weather-index-based micro crop insurance, in which payments depend on nearby measurements.”

Since most of the farmers are illiterates, he said, “the phone messages are actually spoken messages in the relevant local language. So, as long as the farmers or fishermen know how to use a mobile phone, they can receive the messages by simply listening in.”

“We did a small trial pilot in local Luganda language during the preparation phase.”

Using the Global Navigation Satellite System, TAHMO was hoping to improve on rainfall predictions as well as measure the extra delay caused by moisture in the atmosphere

(Francis Kokutse, IANS)
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