India IT News Capsule - May 2006, Issue 9

  • Google predicts India to become the largest Net Market : Google chief executive Eric Schmidt has predicted India to become the largest Online Market in the coming 2-3 years. He also goes on to say that Hindi along with English and Chinese would become one of the world's 3 Internet languages.
  • Government aims at 500 million phone connections : Telecom and communications minister, Dayanidhi Maran, has said that the government is aiming at 500 million telephone connection in India by 2010 at a investment of $ 11 billion. Spectrum of wavelength to accommodate 3G services too would be expanded.
  • BPO Majors eyeing Tier III cities : BPO majors like Progeon ( the BPO arm of Infosys ), Genpact are moving to Tier III cities in India like Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kochi, Nagpur, Indore and Vadodara in pursuit of rich talent, low wages and low real estate costs. Tier 1 Cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Tier II cities like the Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata have inflated real-estate costs and wages that discourage further expansion.
  • Airtel to Beam Info on FIFA 2006 Soccer : Airtel has offered its customers the chance to follow the World Cup Soccer , FIFA 2006 on their mobiles. From June 9, 2006, Airtel subscribers all over the country will be able to get two-and-a-half-minute preview clips on every World Cup 2006 match to be played till July 9, 2006. Airtel subscribers will now be able to download football games, wallpapers, ring tones, and video clips on their mobiles, on payment of Rs 10, Rs 15, and Rs 30 respectively, and payment ranging between Rs 50 and Rs 99 for games.
  • Samsung, Tata Launch WIDEO phones : The country's first wide screen CDMA phone, "Wideo," available exclusively for Tata Indicom customers has been unveiled by Samsung and Tata jointly. The Wideo is a trendy high-end phone, packed with a host of multimedia features that include 262K TFT horizontal swivel screen, one mega pixel rotating camcorder with up to two hours of video recording, dual stereo speakers, 3D gaming, MP3 player, Speaker phone, and a Pen drive memory with 45 MB storage space.