Category Archives: Technology Sector

TRAI Keen on Eradicating Pesky Calls, Messages

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is in the thick of things these days. Not long ago, it dropped a limit on the number of SMSs that a user can send on a daily basis and now, it has stressed that a strict and stern action is deeply required by Telecom service providers in order to entirely wipe out the threat of unsolicited messages and commercial calls.

TRAI officials said: “We are doing an audit of what the service providers are doing and we have found that some service providers need to tighten their measures”.

It is likely to finalize suggestions for blocking stolen and lost mobiles by the end of 2011 with the intent of curbing the illicit practice of handsets market. In addition, it will also discourage the extensive theft of mobiles, not counting the misuse of the stored personal information and other imperative data in such handsets.

While expressing his opinion regarding the guidelines, a TRAI official asserted that the recommendations were expected to be revealed by the end of November, the process has been delayed a bit as TRAI has encountered a few issues related duplicate IMEI numbers being used extensively in mobile handsets accessible all over the market, which is not all that easy to track. And therefore, TRAI is effectively working on soling the issue of concern at earliest. Though the officials of TRAI are not sure how much time will it take in fixing the said issues, it is being expected that TRAI authorities will find some way out to tackle fake IMEI numbers by the end of this year.

The International Mobile Equipment Identity, or IMEI, is a unique serial number allotted to handsets for easing out the process of identification, when and if needed. The number is recorded in the database of EIR, the Equipment Identity Register, of the service provider.

Motorola Launches Flagship Model Razr in New Avatar

Motorola is back in business with the launch of the new version of its blockbuster smartphone, dubbed Razr. As per reports, the new Razr is more powerful and sleeker than its predecessor.

In addition, it will showcase Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 4.3-inch super AMOLED display, anti-scratch screen made of Corning Gorilla Glass, 1 GB of RAM and of course, a powerful dual-core 1.2GHz processor.

For the most demanding camera users, Motorola has armed Razr with a front-facing video camera supporting 720p HD video recording and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera is also there to entice users.

Pegged at a handsome price of Rs 35,990, Motorola Razr will certainly mark its dominance in the smartphone market. However, various online stores, such as the best buy, are offering Motorola for just Rs. Rs 33,990.

While expressing the company’s expectations regarding the latest version of Motorola Razr, the business country head for sales and operations (South West Asia and India), Rajan Chawla said: “One of the best-selling mobile phones of all time, the original Motorola Razr redefined what a mobile phone was as people worldwide proudly flaunted their fashion items”.

The handset is preloaded with the MotoCast app from Motorola, which will permit is users to download content directly from PC and will also provide seamless connectivity.

The new Razr smartphone from Motorola highlights an immensely sexy back in a ritzy and breathtakingly sleek body. The company is full of hopes and is expecting that technology-savvy and style-conscious users in India will get enthusiastic about getting their hands on this latest fashion symbol from Motorola.

The Razr series was first released in 2004 and it enticed fair amount of eyeballs and success all over the world. As per reports, Motorola sold in excess of 130 million units of Razr.

2G Scam: Bharti, Vodafone May Come Out Clean, Says Expert

It seems like the long-running mystery over the 2G spectrum scan is not going to unfold anytime soon. In the latest progression in 2G probe, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) rummaged around Vodafone’s Indian unit and Bharti Airtel’s office on Saturday.

As per reports, the search was focused on soliciting details related to spectrum allocation to operators by the Government during 2001-02.

While expressing his deep astonishment over FIR registered by CBI against Bharti and Vodafone, HP Ranina, the Corporate Tax lawyer said that as per his expectations, both Bharti and Vodafone will come out clean against all the allegations placed by the CBI.

On the other hand, Ranina does not really believe that a noteworthy impact will be enforced on Bharti following the recently filed FIR, though Bharti Airtel experienced a brief down trip during early morning trade, recording a fall of nearly 3%.

Earlier on Saturday, the federal police of India carried out searches at Indian unit of Vodafone along with offices of Bharti Airtel, with the intent of finding details related to the allocation of 2G spectrum.

While briefing the status of the case, Dharini Mishra, a spokesperson for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), said: “All our documents are in complete compliance with the governing laws and regulations. Vodafone India is completely co-operating with the officials and will provide them all the required details as part of their checks”.

As per officials, the searches were realtion with potential irregularities during the allotment of spectrum by the earlier government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is now in opposition.

In response to the raid conducted by CBI on Mumbai and New Delhi offices of Vodafone and Bharti Airtel’s office in Gurgaon, a Spokesperson for Bharti Airtel said: “We would like to categorically state that the entire spectrum allotted to us from time to time has been strictly as per the stated government policy”.

Top Yahoo Shareholders Unhappy With Sale Discussions

As per reported information, it has come to light that the top shareholder of Yahoo Inc’s, Capital Research and Management is not at all pleased by the way Yahoo is managing the discussions of the sale.

As per a source familiar with the viewpoints of the institutional investor, CapRe is “extremely unhappy with Yahoo’s board in recent years as well as with the way it is handling the current strategic review process”.

In this regard, CapRe recently contacted Yahoo’s board to express its disappointment and concerns regarding a handful of its sale discussions.

Though various leading news agencies, including Reuters, have published the news along with citing the sources, the majority of them have claimed that the source refused to admit the direct authenticity of the news. In addition, it is somewhat unclear whether or not the managers monitoring Yahoo investment of CapRe have articulated their discontent regarding the sale discussions to Yahoo’s board.

As per reports, Jerry Yang, the co-founder of Yahoo was overseeing an agreement with private equity firms in order to take Yahoo off in bits and pieces from the public markets since it is likely to correspond to his chance of maintaining association with the company.

Earlier on Wednesday, a Yahoo board representative highlighted the points related to a statement released on Friday, which claimed that the strategic review of the Yahoo board is being “properly managed for the benefit of all shareholders”.

Last week, the Chief Executive Officer of Third Point LLC, a shareholder and activist hedge fund, Daniel Loeb fired fresh comments against Yang and insisted on his resignation.

Loeb, in a letter to the Yahoo board, claimed that he was in deep concern seeing the fact that Yahoo is soliciting deals to permit private equity firms to achieve significant equity holdings in the company.