India

Real CEO Sunil Lulla Steps Down

Veteran media executive Sunil Lulla, group CEO at Alva Brothers Entertainment, has stepped down. He confirmed the development.

Lulla joine…

Sun TV Network Raises Ad Rates By 9-33%

Sun TV Network Ltd today said it was raising ad rates on its flagship Tamil channel by 9-33% w.e.f 1 January 2010.

It has also raised ad r…

Prabhash Joshi, R.I.P.

Veteran journalist Prabhash Joshi died of cardiac arrest yesterday. He was 72.

Joshi was the founder editor of Hindi daily Jansatta, a pub…

Abraham Thomas Steps Down As Red FM COO

Red FM COO Abraham Thomas, one of the hottest radio executives in the country, is stepping down, he said in a memo to staffers yesterday. A…

Report: Ad-Funded Blyk To Launch In India

Ad-funded, youth targeted mobile service provider Blyk is bringing its model of free talk-time and texts in return for viewing advertising…

Why The iPhone Has Stumbled In India

The original iPhone generated a lot of interest in India, selling well on the grey market, so it went to reason that when the 3G version lau…

Google Testing Voice-Based Search In India

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) may dominate on the PC in the developed world, but in emerging markets it knows it will have to conquer the mobile marke…

India To Release Five 3G Licenses

Updated Here
India is planning the launch of 3G networks, a little late but at least the country is going with established standards. The go…

Updated: India’s Bennett, Coleman Eyeing UK

Updated: Bennett, Coleman & Co denies any such talks. BC’s UK subsidiary TIML spokesperson: “There is no truth in the rumours.” That’s that,…

India Hits 261 Million Mobile Subscribers

India had 261 million mobile phone subscriptions at the end of March, ranking it second in terms of the size of the mobile market — behind…

Mobile Spam Is Coming To The U.S.: Reports

Several reports came out this week saying that unwanted text messages, or spam, sent to the mobile phone is on the rise. Quoting a report by…

Deals Roundup From India

Some latest VC and M&A deals from India, through our ContentSutra site:

— HT Media Buys Social Networking Site DesiMartini
— ACK Media Ac…

India To Auction 3G Spectrum

From our India site ContentSutra: Over a year after the telecom regulator TRAI recommended guidelines for 3G, the Indian government has anno…

This Weekend: In NYC For SAMMA Conference

I am in NYC today and tomorrow for the South Asians in Media and Marketing Summit 2007 at NYU. Since I happen to be one, I am moderating a p…

AT&T Planning International Ventures

The Wall Street Journal has a piece on AT&T (NYSE: T) and its recently revived move into overseas markets. Top of the list is India: “In Jul…

Mobile TV Roundup: NBC Sports; TVI; Turner

–NBC Universal has signed a deal to put the channel NBC Sports Mobile on the MobiTV service. The service will launch with live coverage of…

DVB-H Trial Starts In India

After almost a year of regular hype-building announcements, Doordarshan (DD) has finally launched its Mobile TV pilot with Nokia. The pilot…

600 Million Indian Subscribers By 2011

India will have 600 million mobile subscribers by 2011, according to a predictions from the Centre for Telecoms Research in London. A large…

India To Get Live TV By May Via GPRS

Bharti Telesoft, an arm of the Bharti Enterprise, is launching a live streaming TV service over India’s GPRS networks…Bharti Telesoft said…

AOL Launching Next Week In India

An exclusive on our ContentSutra site: AOL President and COO Ron Grant is going to be in India next week for the launch of AOL’s India porta…

ContentSutra Delhi Meetup On Apr 20

We’re doing a small meetup in Delhi for our ContentSutra readers in India…go here for details to register.

Nokia’s Marketing Efforts In India

The Financial Express has an interview with Devinder Kishore, director of marketing at Nokia India, which covers how Nokia markets phones in…

Nokia, DD To Trial Mobile TV In India

Indian public broadcaster Prasar Bharti (also known as DD for Doordarshan) has teamed with Nokia to start a DVB-H trial in various metropoli…

India Hot Stuff At 3GSM

India has taken over China as the place for telcos to be, if 3G is any indication. Reuters has a story about the news coming from India (the…

DD India TV Ready For DVB-H Launch

In India, national broadcaster DD TV on mobile was due to be launched on Jan 26th this year, reports the Hindu. Trials, using DVB-H, have be…

@ 3GSM India: Complete Coverage From Mumbai

I attended the 3GSM India summit in Mumbai last week, and sat through all the sessions related to content. I’m told that I missed out on a c…

Yahoo IM On Reliance In India

Any deal with Indian mobile operator giant Reliance Communications is by definition a huge deal, purely because of the sheer volume of peopl…

Virgin Plans Indian Move

Virgin Mobile is planning to begin operations in India, reports TelecomAsia quoting unnamed sources, but the MVNO model isn’t allowed in Ind…

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Tata Indicom Gears Up For Mobile Advertising

Indian operator Tata Indicom has announced a mobile advertising initiative. “Dynamic advertisements on Tata Zone applications will appear in…

Indian Mobile Content Shake-Up

The Department of Telecommunications in India has announced a change to shortcodes, basically the length of them. “Industry officials say pr…

Indian Market To Boom, But In Voice & Text

The Hindu Business Line has an article about the Indian mobile content market, which “is expected to grow from Rs 558 crore (US$125 million)…

MIH India Acquires Bixee.com And Pixrat

From sister site ContentSutra: [by Sahad PV] This is the first publicly announced M&A deal in the Indian Web 2.0 space. MIH India, the India…

Indian Telco To Sell Content Worldwide

Indian telco Reliance Communications is aiming to distribute mobile content to other service providers across the globe, reports Business St…

Indian Entertainment Industry Considers Mobile

A panel titled Is the Big Picture the Small Picture? was held ahead of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to discuss how mobile…

Mobile Comics Head For India

Mobile comics (apparently dubbed momics) have taken off in numerous countries around the world, and this article indicates that India will b…

Hutchison Gets Windows Live Services In India

TechTree: Indian telco Hutchison Essar has extended its deal with Microsoft to “provide mobile search and other key Windows Live services to…

Interest In Indian Mobile Communities

There’s a fair amount of interest being shown in mobile communities in India, as the next progression from ringtones and wallpapers. Relianc…

Indian Mobile Newspaper Service Planned

Indian company Cellnext Solutions has plans to offer a mobile newspaper service for RS50 (about US$1.15) per month. “Although the publishers…

Mobile Market Variety In India

This is a pretty neat article about the diversity in the Indian market, with dozens of languages and different content preferences in differ…

India

From our sister site ContentSutra: This is India’s first Internet IPO (for listing on local stock exchange, not Nasdaq, on which two Indian…

Yahoo’s Intentions In India

BusinessWeek has a piece on Yahoo’s activities in India, both in the online world and the mobile world. However, there are 37 million intern…

Top Posts From ContentSutra

Some headlines from India:
— Sequoia Capital India Closes Its Third Fund At $400 Million; To Focus On Late Stage And Growth
— IDG Ventures…

Disney Buys Out M2W, China Arm Of Mobile2win

Via ContentSutra: This is a story we’ve been following for a while, and final confirmation: Disney has made its first Chinese mobile content…

AOL Launching Portal In India

So reports our sister site ContentSutra…AOL is opening up shop in India…it already has a big technical/backend staff there, but this is…

Reliance Running Mobile Content School

I’m not sure exactly how to term this…Indian telco Reliance Infocomm is offering help to developers to promote the creation of mobile cont…

Recent Licensing Deals

Independent record label TVT has signed Moderati to be its exclusive distributor for all master recording-based ringtones and ringback tones…

US-Indian Portal WahIndia Gets Angel Funding

From our sister site ContentSutra: WahIndia, a US-based online media and social networking company targeted at Indian community, has receive…

Background Tones Gain 1M Indian Users

Cellebrum is claiming a million subscribers to its Background Tone service in India, which plays music in the background of a conversation.…

Top Headlines From ContentSutra

Top five stories of the week from our Indian site ContentSutra:
— India Rejects Negroponte’s $100-A-Laptop For Kids Project
— A Third Of e…

Visual Radio Launched In India

Hutch, Radio Mirchi, Nokia and HP have announced they are rolling out a visual radio service in India. “Visual radio allows listeners to tun…

Earnings: Sify in Profits; CEO Changed

Sify, the big portal company in India (listed on Nasdaq) announced its Q2 earnings today, and a CEO change, with further senior management c…

The Happy Coincidence Of Convergent Media

Media companies are seeking new platforms to deliver content on so they can reach their audiences in more places, at more times. Mobile is a…

Reliance Signs For Disney Content

This is a real leg up for Walt Disney Internet Group in India. After a recent deal with Bharti Airtel, the company is tying up with Reliance…

Music To India’s Ears

High-end phones in India are coming preloaded with songs, a common move around the globe designed to increase usage of mobile phones for lis…

Celebs Is The Mobile Game

This is an interesting note from India about branded vs non-branded games…one company (Nazara Technologies) paid cricketer Tendulkar an es…

T-DMB Due For India

There’s a short piece here about a consortium being set up to launch a T-DMB service in India in October. “The MoTV Consortium led by ABSi c…

India Aims For 500M Telephone Users By 2010

“The Indian government is targeting 250 million telephone connections in the country by next year, and plans to step up to 500 million conne…

STAR India Plans Mobile Audio Channel

Indian division of Newscorp’s STAR TV is ramping up its mobile content media initiatives. STAR India plans to launch a dedicated multi-lingu…

Airtel Launches Music Video, Sells 75M Ringtones

India’s Airtel has launched “Full Music and Full Music Video downloads”, I think it’s the first time full-tracks have been available for mob…

Reliance Comm Says Data Usage Growing

India’s Reliance Communications thinks data usage will grow to a significant portion of its revenue (although at the moment it doesn’t seem…

Some Wireless Subscriber Stats

A couple of subscriber stats that hit my inbox today…
The updated version of India’s Wireless Market: Model for the Next Phase of Global W…

Yahoo Close To Making Acquisitions In India

[by Sahad PV, Contentsutra] This is the big story of the day in Indian digital media. Yahoo’s top bosses Terry Semel, Jerry Yang and CFO Sus…

Top Mobile Headlines From ContentSutra

Our India-focused site:
— Airtel In Exclusive Pact With Disney Internet Group To Distribute Content
— Reliance Entertainment Interested In…

The Booming World Of Mobile Entertainment

This article covers the mobile content world extensively, from new-born promise to the rocky shores of reality that dreams crash upon. It is…

Top Headlines From ContentSutra

Some recent headlines from our Indian digital media news site ContentSutra:
— India’s Digital Economy
— TV18 Acquires 50% In JobStreet Ind…

Mobile Cricket Player Profiles

Mobix Interactive has released some interesting sport content…a series of player-profiles to coincide with the England cricket team’s tour…

Telekom Malaysia Plans MVNO In India

Telekom Malaysia, which recently picked up 49 per cent stake in India’s Spice Telecom, is looking at expanding in India through the Mobile V…

The Communications Scenario In India

Well, I never really intended to, but looks like I am becoming the investment evangelist for India. After I wrote that piece recently about…

Online Bollywood Movie Firm Plans AIM IPO

Opus Media, a London-based online movie company which runs Indian movie portsal Bollywood.tv, is planning an IPO on AIM. The $85 million IPO…

Indian Portal Stake Sold For $63 Million

Sify.com, one of the three big online portals in India, has sold a big stake of the company for about $62.6 million. Satyam Computer Service…

Top Headlines From ContentSutra

Top headlines of the week from our India-focused site ContentSutra:
— Cisco Chief John Chambers Upbeat On India; Looking For Start-ups To I…

Indian Portal Indiatimes Mulling IPO

One of the biggest portals in India, IndiaTimes, which recently took on $36 million investment from the likes of Sequoia, is mulling an IPO.…

Top Headlines From ContentSutra

Top headlines for the week from our India-focused site ContentSutra:
— Indian Online Ad Revenue To Touch $80 Million By 2009: Survey
— Ele…

Top Headlines From ContentSutra

Top news stories from our site focused on the Indian digital media market:
— Government Rejects Reuters’ Proposal To Distribute Content On…

India Vs China: The Digital Media Market

The story compares the Chinese online/digital media market with the Indian market, and based on raw numbers, China’s way ahead of the game,…