offers broadband services at dial-up rates
Airtel Broadband & Telephone Services has unveiled
Delight 256, high-speed broadband services which allows
unlimited downloads at 256kbps at Rs30 an hour, the
same rate it charges for a much slower dial-up internet
makes it the cheapest broadband package in the country.
State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam, which has the largest
broadband network in the country, offers a 256kbps connection
at Rs500 a month with download limit of 1GB. MTNL, which
offers broadband services in Delhi and Mumbai, offers
same speeds at Rs399 a month with a download limit of
new tariff packages announced by Bharti would be available
to Airtel fixed line customers in the northern region
to start with.
the northern region, Airtel currently provides broadband
and telephone services in Delhi, Haryana, UP-West (Noida)
and has over 52,000 DSL customers in the North.
Delight 256 tariff package is targeted at the casual
internet users. Airtel is also offering a night surfing
plan, which offers free night surfing between 9:00 pm
to 8:00 am to broadband customers at a nominal monthly
tariff of Rs49 only.
launches multilingual computing software
India earlier known as Softek, has launched multilingual
computing software called Akshar Naveen, in four Indian
languages. The software has features like an independent
office suite, unicode compliance and inbuilt transliteration
and would be ramped up to allow computing in 16 Indian
languages by December this year according to Yogendra
Tripathi, country head Artech India.
Naveen priced at Rs12,500, and an average price of Rs4,500
for a minimum of 600 copies, allows computing in English,
Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and Gujarati. The company is
also planning an Akshar Naveen version in Linux.
acquires telecast rights of FI championship
Star Sports has again acquired the telecast rights of
FIA Formula One (F1) World Championships in India and
has now signed a five-year agreement with F1 organisers.
Star Sports will broadcast live and exclusive coverage
of all 19 championship races of F1 from 2006 till 2010
channel has also roped in Narian Karthikeyan for promoting
and building F1 in India.
offers its customers access to e-mails on handsets
Idea Cellular has launched two specially designed
e-mail solutions for business users and for individual
this, Idea customers can access e-mail with a range
of GPRS-enabled (general packet radio service) handsets
of their choice across all major towns in the country.The
company is targeting the solution at business users
who need to check their corporate mails while on the
solutions are available in two need-based editions
a push-based mail service and a pull-based mail service.
A push-based mail service provides GPRS connectivity
for users using a range of the Symbian and windows-enabled
pull-based service is for corporate users with any GPRS-enabled
mobile device. Both these services are available for
a monthly subscription fee and carry GPRS usage charges.
used Web-based email services such as Hotmail, Yahoo!,
Rediffmail and ISP-based accounts such as SifyMail can
be accessed on the handsets.
Clinic to penetrate small towns
Skin Clinic of Marico Industries, makers of Parachute,
Saffola and Revive brands, is planning to set up more
outlets in smaller cities.
a substantial presence in 'tier I' cities and metros,
Kaya now plans to penetrate 'tier II' cities and towns
and recently opened an outlet in Coimbatore.
has established a network of 34 clinics in the past
two and half year and plans to take this to 50 by December
available at Kaya Skin Clinic include laser hair removal,
skin polishing and brightening, acne and acne scar reduction,
micro-current facial toning, deep wrinkle removal, and
is a 100-per cent subsidiary of Marico Industries. The
company has so far invested close to Rs1.25 crore on
setting up easch clinic.
ties up with LG for co-branded card
Card and consumer electronics firm, LG Electronics India
have tied up to launch the LG-SBI Card.
This is the country's first co-branded credit card for
the consumer appliances industry and can be used at
more than 2 lakh outlets in India.
card combines all the features of SBI Card with a series
of rewards, benefits and promotional offers from LGEIL
for the cardholder.
LG-SBI Card will introduce the benefits of SBI Card
to a new and wider group of smart consumers who are
looking to consolidate their spending and earn multiple
benefits in return.
gets on the FasTrack
Industries is positioning the FasTrack brand at young
people. FasTrack launched in the late '90s started off
a sub brand of Titan and was positioned with a fashion
accessory. In recent times the company has extended
FasTrack into the sunglasses segment, under its accessories
the company is taking the FasTrack story further and
has merged both FasTrack watches and the eye gear business
under a joint marketing team as it sets out to target
the youth market in a focused manner.
month, Titan launched the funky and trendy new-look
FasTrack watches and pepped up the re-launch through
a co-branding exercise with the youth brand MTV. As
part of this association, company also launched a FasTrack-MTV
product range of 10 designs. Priced at Rs500, it marks
the brand's definite move to reach out to the youth
in pricing and in its appeal.
bulk of FasTrack's offerings will now be in the Rs500
to Rs1,000 range as against its earlier price bracket
company is lowering price points of its fashionable
youth brand at a time when a number of international
brands are making an entry into the country.
Titan accounts for 60 per cent of the organised market
by volume, its share by value is just about 50 per cent
due to some erosion.
to add more lifestyle furniture stores
group, makers of moulded plastic furniture, is planning
to open a chain of branded lifestyle furniture stores
across major metros and smaller cities.
group has its brand of @Home, imported furniture and
plans to take this to at least 25 locations in major
cities and simultaneously set up over 40-franchisee
operations in smaller towns and cities.
company plans to target the mass market with its range
of furniture imported from all over the world and corner
at least 10 per cent of the market to reach a turnover
of Rs220 crore in the next five years.
domestic organised ready furniture market is estimated
at Rs600 crore annually.
company will invest Rs40 crore initially for these stores
and take the brand to Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore
and Cochin in the second phase this fiscal.
Customers walking into @Home stores can avail themselves
of complementary interior design services and consultancy
from interiors experts who will be available in-store.
The company also plans to design
and manufacture its own range of furniture under the
@Home brand locally.
Compiled by Mohini Bhatnagar
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