In the presence of Manoj Sinha, the Minister of State for Communication (Independent Charge) & Minister of State for Railways, Govt. of India., Inmarsat Satellite Gateway Inmarsat and its strategic partner BSNL, officially opened a new Indian GSPS Gateway, which will enable Indian government and private sector customers to access highly reliable satellite phone (satphone) services via Inmarsat’s 4th generation constellation.
Teleste, a leading provider of video and broadband technologies and related services, has revealed that it has completed deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 -compatible network products to a cable network upgrade project started in 2016 by DNA, Finland’s largest cable operator and the leading pay TV provider in both cable and terrestrial networks. The upgrade embraces 1500 cable network sites in Southern Finland and, as the recent capacity tests show, it redeems its promise of reliable, Gigabit-level broadband speeds to DNA’s customers within the region.
To hook kids to its shows, Amazon Prime Video has come up with a hit line-up of brand new shows and seasons. Started on 19 May, Amazon Prime Video first released new episodes of ‘Baahubali: The Lost Legends’. The list of new shows includes Atchoo’; ‘Astra Force’, featuring Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan; ‘Munki and Trunk’; and ‘Zak Storm’.
Big FM has launched a retro station (94.3 FM) in Lucknow on 23rd May. Recently, it added seven stations in Maharashtra, and its goal is to bring in a new wave of timeless Hindi music in the city by building on its distinctive and pioneering retro format on radio. Jolly LLB 2 famed actress Huma Qureshi launched 94.3 FM in Lucknow and flagged off ‘Studio on Wheels’, a RJ marathon in the city. The shooting of Jolly LLB2 was mostly done in this city.
The Union Cabinet has abolished the 25-year old Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Now the administrative ministries and departments will process applications for foreign direct investment (FDI) requiring government approval. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) will process the FDI applications related to the media and entertainment sector.
Doordarshan has recorded faster growth than All India Radio (AIR) in FY17. The national broadcaster posted 9.5% growth in revenue during this period, while AIR grew by just 1.79%. DD’s revenue stood at Rs 827.51 crore in FY17 compared to Rs 755.79 crore a year ago. AIR, on the other hand, has reported revenue of Rs 455 crore in FY17, up from Rs 447.76 crore a year ago.
Dish TV India is planning to launch its OTT business. For this, the DTH operator is already incorporating a wholly-owned subsidiary. DTH players are fast evolving, as all over the world people are moving to OTT and new media. They are increasingly using new media platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar. Films are being premiered on Netflix. The arrival of Reliance Jio has also fuelled OTT growth.
The DTH operator Dish TV reported a dismal performance for FY17 due to demonetization and Reliance Jio’s free packages. The loss in the fiscal fourth quarter was mainly due to fall in subscription revenue and package downgrading by existing subscribers. The impact of Reliance Jio, though limited, was felt in urban areas. Reliance Jio influenced consumer usage patterns.
On 24th May, the country’s telecom regulator TRAI submitted a detailed response to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and rejected DoT’s call to reconsider its recommendation of fines worth Rs 3,050 crore on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular for not providing adequate points of interconnect (PoIs) to Reliance Jio while stressing that it has the powers to suggest penal action on erring telcos in view of the larger public interest.
Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has announced a significant milestone for its Jet ConneX inflight broadband service, with four of the business aviation industry’s major private jet manufacturers now offering the next-generation solution to customers as a linefit option.
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