Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cancel Broadband Spectrum Held by Reliance Jio: CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has suggested cancelling the broadband spectrum allocated to Infotel Broadband Services, now a Reliance Industries company, for allegedly rigging the auction and breaching the rules.Comptroller & Auditor General of India in a draft report sent to the Department of Telecom for comments, said, “the DoT failed to recognise the tell-tale sign of rigging of the auction right from beginning of the auction” in which a small ISP, Infotel Broadband Services Pvt Ltd (IBSPL) emerged winner of pan-India broadband spectrum by paying 5,000 times of its net worth.  RIL, which acquired IBSPL within hours of it winning the spectrum and later renamed it Reliance Jio, said, "There is no final CAG report that we are aware of. That said we outrightly reject any suggestion whereby spectrum was acquired in any manner other than through a transparent bidding process duly supervised by Government of India."
According to the draft report, IBSPL, ranked 150th in the list of ISPs, submitted an earnest money deposit of Rs. 252.50 crore "through the covert and overt assistance of third party/private bank", bid for Rs. 12,847.77 crore (5000 times of its net worth) for pan-India spectrum and then sold the company on the day of completion of the auction. These, according to the draft report, "indicated IBSPL's collusion and sharing of the confidential information with a third party in violation of auction conditions/rules."
RIL spokesperson said the auction for the BWA spectrum was one of the most competitive auction in the Indian telecom history which fetched final bid price more than six times the reserve price for the Pan-India spectrum. ”This was despite no visible evidence of any eco-system for the BWA spectrum at the time of auction. Any allegations of so-called collusion, sharing the confidential information or rigging the auction are bizarre and completely rejected,” the spokesperson said. On bank guarantee, RIL spokesperson said that as per NIA bidders were required to submit Bank Guarantee for desired amount as Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) along with its application. ”EMD was based on specific deposit requirement for each telecom circle. Accordingly Infotel Broadband Services Pvt Ltd (IBSPL) submitted a Bank Guarantee of Rs 253 crore in format as prescribed in NIA. Since no money was deposited as EMD, the question of source of deposit does not arise,” the spokesperson said.

Binatone 3G Data Card at Rs. 1800

BINATONE today announced launch of “3G data Card with Wi-Fi Hot Spot” for Rs.1800. The 3G dongle has a direct USB power plug and one can create a WiFi hotspot for accessing the internet. The WiFi hotspot can be used to share the connection among other users or devices. The device can used with any travel charger / car charger or any USB port of 5 volts for on-the-go connectivity. Also with the SIM unlock feature, one has the option to choose between different operators and the most attractive data plan offers. The device can also be used as portable storage as it supports 32GB external Micro SD card. Binatone’s 3G data Card is Powered by QUALCOMM chipset, this 3G Data Card is developed for SOHO (Small Office, Home Office) users, business professionals on the move and families having multiple devices at home.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Google partnered with Micromax, Karbonn Mobiles and Spice to launch affordable smartphones in India

Google has partnered with Micromax, Karbonn Mobiles and Spice to launch affordable Android-based
smartphones in India. The partnership is a part of the company’s initiative called Android One, which aims to deliver low cost devices offering Android experience to users in developing markets such as India. Under the Android One initiative Google will work with partners on a comprehensive solution – which includes hardware reference platforms – to address the mobile computing needs of customers in emerging markets. Along with its Indian partners, Google plans to introduce an initial range of sub-$100 Android One smartphones.

flipkart has launched Digiflip Pro XT712 tablet at Rs 9,999

Making inroads into the tablet market, Flipkart has launched Digiflip Pro XT712 tablet at Rs 9,999.
The tablet has a 7 inch screen, functions on the Android jelly ean operating system and is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor.  The Digiflip Pro XT712 comprises 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card.

7-inch Touchscreen
Android v4.2.2 OS
5 MP Primary Camera
1.3 GHz Processor

The tablet also comes with shopping benefits worth over Rs 5,000 and free eBooks worth over Rs 2,000 from Flipkart. Customers can avail of these benefits by shopping from the Flipkart mobile applications, which come pre-installed on the tablet.

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