Vikas Grover has been appointed as Chief Information Officer (CIO) by OneWeb. Grover quit Vodafone recently after a stint of around a decade; he had joined Vodafone as Executive VP, Technology Planning, in June 2008, and got promoted to the Chief Information Officer in 2016, following the exit of then CIO Anthony Thomas, who subsequently joined General Electric (GE) as their India CIO.
The Department of Communication (DoT) is planning to launch a web portal which will help users get a tower or base station checked for radiation emission for a fee of Rs 5,000. It is country’s first-of-its-kind initiative from the government, though Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has recently brushed aside growing concerns over the emanating electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiations from cellular towers, and said that studies so far have not revealed any health hazards. Sinha added that Indian norms have prescribed 10 times stricter limits for radiation emission, compared with global norms.
HT Media’s Fever FM has hiked up its advertisement rates by 20 per cent; the network is registering good listenership growth. Fever FM has become the favourite station for the youth due to its special focus on innovation and differentiation in music and non-music content, which helped it to consolidate its position across metros.
Sun TV Network has launched Surya Comedy, its new comedy channel with a tagline “Only comedy no boredom” for its Kerala viewers. The Network has 33 channels including many comedy channels such as Adithya TV or Gemini Comedy.
Despite an unimpressive show at the last e-auction, DD Freedish will stick to its reserve price of Rs 8 crore for selling new slots in the forthcoming 34th e-auction to be held on 9th May. The auction is open for only non-news channels.
Dish TV, India’s major DTH operator, has entered the elite club by getting Level 4 (CMMI-DEV and CMMI-SVC V1.3) of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) certification. The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) website includes only 15 Indian companies which, in the last three years, have been certified at Level 4 or 5.
In a press release dated 25th April, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) said that as cable television network in the country has undergone complete transition from analog to digital in 4 phases, no cable subscriber can now watch TV programmes without a set top box (STB). However, for its successful implementation, it is imperative that immediate action is taken against the defaulters and also regular monitoring/checks are made to ensure that the cable operators follow all the provisions in the Cable Act/Rules for providing cable TV services.
On 27th April, we lost another legend - Vinod Khanna; he was suffering from advanced bladder carcinoma, and was admitted at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai a few weeks before his death. Millions of Indians had reacted with shock and sympathy after a photograph of a frail and haggard Khanna in the hospital was leaked on social media a few weeks ago.
Six years after the CBI filed the first charge sheet, a special court, on 26 April, has reserved its verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation scam cases involving former Telecom Minister A Raja DMK MP Kanimozhi and others as accused. Special Judge O P Saini, who is exclusively dealing with the cases arising out of the 2G spectrum scam, fixed July 15 for pronouncement of the verdict in the three cases.
Major telecom operators including Vodafone India, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm have decided to oppose TRAI’s proposal to allocate 10 Mhz of the premium 700 Mhz band radio waves for machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The telecom regulator is conducting a consultation process that also include delicensing a centric portion of 10 MHz in the super-efficient 4G airwaves in the 700 Mhz band for M2M communications.
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