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Spectrum auction: Government eyes Rs 80,000 crore; call rates may rise

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By Newsgram  Staff  Writer

The Union Ministry of Communications & Information Technology is eyeing Rs 80,000 crore from the spectrum auction which started  Wednesday.

The 2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz bands are up for grabs in the auction. The first day, 4th March 2015, saw six rounds of aggressive bidding from the telecom operators.

As of now, the bidders have come forward with bids worth approximately Rs 60,000 crore against Rs 49,000 crore, which was the value of provisionally won spectrum. The unsold spectrum would go on sale on 5th March 2015 at 9am.

The experts say that Government’s plans of fetching bids worth Rs 80,000 crore would be comfortably fulfilled since a number of permits held by major telecom operators are near their expiry. A total of 29 licenses are scheduled to expire in the current year.

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With Airtel’s Sunil indicating that aggressive bidding would result in a rise in tariff, this auction may not bring in great news for the end consumers. Anil Ambani group’s Reliance Jio is being touted as the black horse in the race after it put in the highest earnest money (Rs 4,500 crore) among the operators. Idea Cellular currently holds 900 MHz bands in nine circles which are being auctioned. With most of its revenue coming from these circles, it would be interesting to see how far it is willing to go to retain them in its kitty.

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Indian Companies Patanjali, Reliance Jio Among The Top 10 Influential Brands in India

Patanjali bagged the fourth position while and Mukesh Ambani’s controlled Reliance Jio has bagged the ninth position

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Bhai Sunder Panchal with Baba Ramde. Wikimedia

July 15, 2017: According to a study by the global research firm Ipsos, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev promoted Patanjali Ayurveda was featured among the top 10 most influential brand in India coupled with Samsung and new player Reliance Jio. Google tops the list followed by Microsoft and Facebook, ranked at number two and three respectively.

Patanjali bagged the fourth position while Mukesh Ambani’s controlled Reliance Jio has bagged the ninth position, as mentioned in the reports of the most influential brands by Ipsos. The entry of both the Indian firms is certainly grand as they did not appear in the previous editions of the study.

The Ipsos study evaluates over 100 brands across 21 countries and covered more than 1,000 Indians online to assess over 100 brands. The study also included 36,600 interviews.

The study included the biggest, most popular and highest spending brands.

Also Read: Patanjali targets will reach 1 Lakh Crore Production by 2020, says Yoga guru turned businessman Baba Ramdev 

 Ipsos Public Affairs and Loyalty Executive Director Parijat Chakraborty said, “The Most Influential Brands are larger than life. They enhance our lives, make it better. We connect with them emotionally and cannot imagine our lives without them — they are influential.”

State Bank of India (SBI) being the only financial institution that made the list, scaled up four ranks to take the fifth position.

E-commerce player Flipkart fell three steps below to take the tenth place whereas Amazon climbed several steps higher to take the sixth place, the study stated. Apart from that, Samsung was ranked 7th while Airtel took the 8th position in the list.

Interestingly, all brands that have featured in the list are those that consumer engages with on a daily basis, the study said as reported by PTI.

Brands like Snapdeal, Apple, Dettol, Cadbury, SONY, HDFC Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Good day and Amul bagged the place in the list from 11 to 20.

The brands were rated by the consumers on quality, experience and value. Other noteworthy factors include big marketing spend and consciously work towards increasing their brand equity.

-Prepared by Staff Writer at Newsgram.

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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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“Reliance Jio crosses 100 million customer mark in just 170 days,” says Ambani

Ambani said by the end of 2017, 99 percent of the country's population will be covered by the network with its presence in nearly all cities, towns and villages

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Reliance Jio Prime Benefits are introduced with Triple Cashback offer. Wikimedia.

Mumbai, Feb 21, 2017: Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday said Reliance Jio has crossed the 100 million customer mark since its launch on September 5.

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“Jio was launched on September 5 last year. In only 170 days we have crossed the 100 million customer mark. This achievement is of India and Indians,” Ambani told the media.

He said that on an average Jio added seven customers on its network every second.

“This is an unprecedented level of acceptance of any technology company anywhere in the world.”

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Ambani said that prior to the launch of Reliance Jio, India was ranked 150th in terms of data penetration. It was now at number one.

“Last month Jio users have consumed 100 crore gigabytes of data. India is number one today in terms of mobile data usage.”

Ambani said by the end of 2017, 99 percent of the country’s population will be covered by the network with its presence in nearly all cities, towns and villages.

He pointed out that the company has doubled its 4G stations as compared to its competitors.

Announcing free user benefits for another 12 months under a cost-effective membership plan, Jio’s latest offerings are expected to stiffen the competition further in the telecom sector.

“Under Jio prime membership plan, the users can become members for a full year for a nominal one-time fee of Rs 99. Enrolment will start from March 1 and will remain open till March 31. They would continue enjoying the unlimited benefits for another 12 months,” he said.

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Post-March 2018, Jio prime members would be able to avail the same benefits for another year at Rs 303 per month tariff plan, he added.

Apart from that, he said the company will start offering tariff plans starting April 1 for people who do not opt for the prime membership plan.

“We will start offering tariff plans starting April 1. Calls to all networks, roaming will remain free after April 1,” he added.

Ambani also vowed to match the tariff data plans of its competitors with 20 percent more data. (IANS)

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