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Ericsson Join Hands with Airtel

It has been reported that the Swedish firm Ericsson has finalized a deal with Airtel in order to handle more than 70% of Airtel’s network in India, whereas Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) will be handling the rest of the parts, though the authorities have not disclosed the amount as of now.

“This unique multi-technology managed services partnership with Ericsson will help us focus on creating a compelling service proposition for our customers, as we look to ramp up our market access”, said that Airtel’s Chief Executive Officer for India and South Asia, Sanjay Kapoor, while briefing the contract. Under the spell of the contract, Ericsson will be liable for surplus 15 service areas such as managing Airtel’s networks in regions of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, UP, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, the North East, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chennai and Kerala.

In a statement, the company said that Bharti Airtel is one out of the leading global telecommunication companies that successfully delivers its services in around 19 countries across Asia as well as Africa. The service provider has refined its managed services agreement with Ericsson, especially for Indian operations.

In addition, the company authorities have also notified that the five-year contract will support multi-vendor and multi-technology, where Ericsson will be liable for operating maintaining as well as providing its services across 70% of Bharti Airtel’s network across India. Simultaneously, Ericsson will be employed to manage Bharti Airtel’s prepaid customer base.

Sanjay Kapoor has claimed that India can be observed as the third largest internet market with a noteworthy increase in the data traffic, higher number of smartphones as well as wireless networks. Ericsson is believed to have a significant role to create Airtel’s 3G networks in Indian service circles.

Tata Motors Survive Amid Uncertain Monday Trade

Monday’s stock market was full of ups and downs and it would not be wrong to say that the whole day bent towards low trade.

Though there was instability, Tata Motors was announced as gainer for Monday’s trade. It rose by 4.9% which amounted to Rs 169. There is reason for it as on the same day, the company launched the novel model of Nano.

The new model promises to deliver better services and also has increased fuel efficiency and would also boast of complete new looks which were not present in old models, but it would be sold at the same price.

It is not that Tata did not witness loss in share market. It declined by 11.36% but despite that, it managed to register growth. As per reports by brokerage firm Kotak, there is no doubt that there has been growth and main credit of it should go to the novel model of Nano, but it should be noted that there are places where it needs improvement.

First of all, the company is too lenient on operating profit front and this is the main reason for decline in the sale of domestic business. In addition, various factors like high discounts, increased market investment and negligible presence in the passenger car segment are also some of the many reasons for the decline.

Jaguar Land Rover has shown great sales in market and it has made the company earn a fat amount. TO tell in details then its profit after tax is £1 billion. Profit could have increased if forex losses would not have been there.

Officials were of the view that it is a luxury drive and is doing exceptionally well in China and Russia but as said, it is a complete luxury drive so its sales have found to be declining in developing countries by 2%.

VLCC To Spend Rs 200 Cr By 2013 Aiming Growth

Riding high on the rising demand for skincare items, VLCC stated that it plans to launch a novel variety of products in the anti-pollution group and will spend around Rs 200 crore by 2013 on domestic and abroad development.

VLCC healthcare managing director Sandeep Ahuja stated, “We will launch the anti-pollution range by the end of this month, which will be priced affordably. It will cater to a far greater population. It is a whole range of products from sunscreen to shampoos and we have high hopes for that.”

Mr. Ahuja stated that the products will be priced below Rs 100, which is far less than its other items.

VLCC, which has attendance in seven nations, with around 20 outlets, is also making plans to swell its overseas footprint.

“We added three new countries – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Qatar. We plan to open another outlet in Dhaka in six months, the second in Doha by this year-end and Kuwait by early 2012,” Ahuja said, adding that VLCC proposes to launch a manufacturing division in the Middle East by the next two years.

Wellness and beauty firm, which has 163 slimming and beauty centres in approximately 102 cities across India, projects to roll out 15 new company-possessed outlets in the xsiting financial year.

VLCC also anticipates doubling its franchisee outlet strength from the subsisting 35 to 70 in a period of one year.

“We are targeting a 25% growth and aim to be a Rs 1,000-1,400 crore company in the next two years. We will spend Rs. 100 crore each year for the next two years,” he added.

Top Stories in Indian Automobile Sector this week

This week, BMW India said that the luxury car maker will be aggressive about Indian market and will bring out coupe version of 6 series. The company has also planned to launch BMW 3 series convertible by the end of this year in India.

BMW has been doing pretty well in India and owns mor than 40% market share in premium car segment. The company president Andreas Schaaf is confident that they will be able to sell over 10k cars this year. The company has already sold 5364 cars till July. With the new model launch and better marketing efforts, the company can reach around 50% market share in India.

BMW X3 launch was delayed in India due to technical reasons. The car has been recenly launched with starting range of Rs 42 lakh.

To compete with market leader BMW, Audi has reduced the price of 2.0 litre TDI engine Q5 price to 35 lakh. Audi has been trying hard to increase its market share in India. As other markets in Eurozone and US still face lower sales, the premium car segment has been growing in India.

BMW has also raised its Chennai plant capacity to meet rising demand in Indian market. The company has capacity of making 11k SUVs and cars at present.

Another car maker betting high on the Indian market is Renault Nissan. The company informed that its Chennai facility has reached 100k petrol engine milestone. The plant started petrol engine manufacturing May 2010.

The Chennai facility manufactures Renault Fluence and Micra at present and plans to shortly start Renault Koleos and Nissan Sunny. Companies are expecting mid size car markets to have better growth in coming quarters.

Volkswagen was not able to impress the Indian consumer with its Jetta. However, the company is trying hard to bring back customer interest with an updated version launch. The Jetta comes with diesel engine and offers better performance.

Jetta Trendline is priced at Rs 13.8 lakh while Jetta Highline DSG comes with a price tag of Rs 17.47 lakhs. Time will tell if Indian consumers will buy the car which offers good performance but seems expensive at current price tag. There are many other options in this price range and some cars which offer better value for money.

Hindustan Motors-Mitsubishi has launched limited edition Mitsubishi Outlander Chrome with a price tag of Rs 20.5 lakh. The car comes with side skirts, upgraded interiors, LED floor illumination lamps and many other features which add class. There are many more options for SUV lovers in India now.

Alstom Projects Short Term Buy Call

Technical analyst Shrikant Chouhan of Kotak Securities has maintained ‘buy’ rating Alstom Projects Limited stock with short-term targets of Rs 600 and 610.

The analyst added that the interested investors can sell the stock with a stop loss of Rs 560.

Today, the stock of the company opened at Rs 581.70 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

The share price has seen a 52-week high of Rs 874.85 and a low of Rs 510 on BSE.

Current EPS & P/E ratio stood at 25.19 and 22.98 respectively.

Alstom Projects India Ltd has pocketed three major deals valued at more than Rs 270 crore to set up hydroelectric projects in India.

The primary agreement has been inked with Shiga Energy Pvt Ltd for the 97 MW Tashiding hydroelectric project in West Sikkim region on the Rathang Chu river.

The second agreement has been inked with NSL Tidong Power Generation Pvt Ltd.

The third order has been inked with Haridwar Infrastructure Pvt Ltd.

All instruments will be fabricated at Alstom’s Vadodara plant in the state of Gujarat, one of the company’s biggest hydro equipment manufacturing centers internationally.

Alstom projects that the country has an economically exploitable and viable hydro prospective of around 84,000 MW.

Woodland Plans To Make Investment Of Rs 100 Cr To Set Up Facility, New Stores

Footwear and apparel giant Woodland announced that it will make an investment of more than Rs 100 crore during the existing financial year to establish a new manufacturing unit at Greater Noida and open 60 more exclusive stores in the country.

Woodland Managing Director Harkirat Singh stated, “We are commissioning a new unit for denim and woven garments at Greater Noida with an investment of about Rs 60-70 crore. The production is likely to start in the next 3-4 months.”

Mr. Singh added that the company will also establish 60 new exclusive Woodland stores crosswise the country, with concentration on Tier II and Tier III cities, involving an investment of around Rs 40 crore.

At present, Woodland runs more than 300 exclusive outlets and also sells its products at more than 400 multi-brand stores.

“Almost 50% of the new stores planned would be large format spread across 10,000-12,000 square feet,” Mr. Singh added.

At present, the company possesses or functions 10 manufacturing facilities in North India for outdoor shoes.

The company outsources production of fashion footwear array to Vietnam and China.

For the existing fiscal year, the company anticipates 30% expansion to touch hit revenue of Rs 800 crore.

Mr. Singh also said that in addition to flourishing the physical retail footprint, the company is betting big on online retail.

“In the next two years, we expect our online sales to contribute 10% to our total turnover,” he said.