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    1. Airtel appoints Raj Pudipeddi as Chief Marketing Officer for India operations

      Airtel appoints Raj Pudipeddi as Chief Marketing Officer for India operations

      Bharti Airtel has appointed Raj Pudipeddi as Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Consumer Business for its India operations. Pudipeddi will assume his new role at Airtel from February 6, 2017 and he will part of the management board and report to Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO of Bharti Airtel (India). Pudipeddi will be responsible for driving market share, strengthening the brand and heading customer-centric projects.

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    2. Tikona Digital secures $171M from Overseas Private Investment Corporation: report

      Tikona Digital secures $171M from Overseas Private Investment Corporation: report

      Internet Service Provider Tikona Digital has raised $171 million from Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an independent US government investment agency, reports Economic Times. MediaNama has written to the company for confirmation and will update the story once they respond. Tikona plans to use the fresh funds for rolling our 4G-based broadband services across the country, added the report.

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    3. NITI Aayog to ask states for data on digital payments to rank them

      NITI Aayog to ask states for data on digital payments to rank them

      The government’s think-tank NITI Aayog will be asking states to submit data on digital payments within the next 10 days so that they can be ranked on the basis of initiatives taken to promote less-cash economy, reports the Press Trust of India. The November 8 demonetization drive which started as a means to curb black money in the country changed to a drive for a less-cash economy.

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    4. Videocon Telecom to shutdown operations in Punjab circle within a month

      Videocon Telecom to shutdown operations in Punjab circle within a month

      Videocon Telecom will shut down its operation in Punjab circle on February 15th 2016, the company said in a statement displayed on its website. The telco also requested existing customers in the circle to port out to a different and urged them to exhaust any remaining balance in prepaid accounts before Feb 15th.  Videocon however did not provide any reason for the closure of service. The development was first reported by TelecomTalk.

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    5. Byju’s Learning acquires customized learning service Vidyartha

      Byju’s Learning acquires customized learning service Vidyartha

      Education technology startup Byju’s Learning has acquired Bangalore-based Vidyartha, a data-driven platform which offers customized learning to students.  Byju’s said that it acquired the company to help its efforts to create highly personal learning experiences. The size of the deal was undisclosed but a Times of India report pegged the size of the deal at Rs 50 crore.

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    6. Practo secures $55 million in funding for international expansion

      Practo secures $55 million in funding for international expansion

      Doctor discovery platform Practo has raised $55 million in a series D round of funding led by Tencent and participation from ur-Net, RSI Fund, Thrive Capital and existing investors Sequoia Capital, Matrix Partners, Capital G, Altimeter Capital & Sofina. The company will use the funds for international expansion and further improve its platform.

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    7. TRAI wants telcos to disclose their carbon footprint, panel to monitor emissions

      TRAI wants telcos to disclose their carbon footprint, panel to monitor emissions

      Telcos should disclose their carbon footprint levles publicly, and ‘provide full information’ about the technique used for calculating their carbon emissions, India’s telecom regulator TRAI said in a consultation paper titled “Approach towards Sustain able Telecommunications” (pdf). It also examined the need to create an external committee for monitoring carbon emissions by telcos and to ensure credibility of carbon footprint reports released by telcos.

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    8. Women and child development ministry to form alliance against online child abuse

      Women and child development ministry to form alliance against online child abuse

      A National Alliance against online child sexual abuse and exploitation is being formed by the ministry of of women and child development. The ministry held a consultation yesterday to ensure better implemnetation of legal frameworks, policies, national strategies.

      The consultation sought to bring a common definition of child pornography including amendment of acts including the Information technology Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

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      Mentions: Maneka Gandhi
    9. Reliance Jio added 72.4M subscribers since commercial launch

      Reliance Jio added 72.4M subscribers since commercial launch

      Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio claims to have 72.4 million subscribers as of December 31st 2016, which is up from 50 million subscribers at the start of the same month. TRAI’s subscription data revealed that Jio’s subscriber base grew 122% month-on-month (Sep-Oct) post commercial launch. The company expanded its Aadhaar-based eKYC registration for SIM cards to over 3 lakh outlets across the country, and initiated home delivery of SIM cards across 600 cities.

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    10. ICICI Bank Block: PhonePe says 20,000 txns of over Rs 5 cr value failed

      ICICI Bank Block: PhonePe says 20,000 txns of over Rs 5 cr value failed

      PhonePe, a Flipkart-owned YES Bank application, which allows money transfer and payments using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), has said that the company saw around 20,000 transactions with total value of over Rs 5 crore failing because ICICI Bank blocked its customers from using the PhonePe. It hasn’t disclosed as to how many PhonePe users have been impacted, and how many are on ICICI Bank, but suffice to say, prior to demonetization, the company had over 500,000 registered users.

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    11. Withdrawal limits from ATMs and from current accounts relaxed by RBI

      Withdrawal limits from ATMs and from current accounts relaxed by RBI

      Sixteen days after the end of demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, withdrawals at ATMs and from current accounts have been further relaxed , the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a notification. Accordingly, citizens may withdraw Rs 10,000 from ATMs from the existing limit of Rs 4,500. However, the weekly withdrawal limits on savings accounts continues at Rs 24,000.

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    12. BSNL launches app based calling service via fixed mobile telephony

      BSNL launches app based calling service via fixed mobile telephony

      State-owned telco BSNL has launched fixed mobile telephony (FMT) service allowing subscribers to virtually install a fixed line phone number onto a mobile device using an app. Customers using the service can make and receive cheaper calls (hosted via 3G/4G  or WiFi) while travelling outside India to any cellular or fixed line network.

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      Mentions: Bsnl STD PTI
    13. BSNL users can access WiFi hotspots in 100 countries managed by Tata Comm

      BSNL users can access WiFi hotspots in 100 countries managed by Tata Comm

      BSNL subscribers travelling abroad can now connect to the 44 million WiFi hotspots, managed by Tata Communications in more than 100 countries including on international flights and railways through a solution called WiFi+.

      WiFi+ aggregates WiFi hotspots deployed by different telcos abroad onto a single authentication platform, where the end subscriber can connect to any of the hotspots by registering with user ID and password just once.

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    14. Soon, all payments to SEBI can be made through NEFT and RTGS

      Soon, all payments to SEBI can be made through NEFT and RTGS

      The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) will be amending regulations to enable the market participants to make regulatory payments to it through digital modes such as NEFT and RTGS, according to this notification. SEBI defines  market participants as intermediaries, entities, investors, listed companies and companies which intend to get their securities listed.

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      Mentions: Sebi PTI Rtgs
    15. How to Get Massive Traffic to Your Website: Learn the Secrets From USA’s #1 Trainer Bruce Clay – #Ad

      How to Get Massive Traffic to Your Website: Learn the Secrets From USA’s #1 Trainer Bruce Clay – #Ad

      Digital Marketing Guru Bruce Clay will hold an exclusive 1-Day MasterClass in Gurgaon (6th Feb). You will learn Bruce Clay’s SEO tactics in line with Google’s latest updates – something you simply can’t afford to ignore in 2017.

      Here’s why…

      Using the same methodologies in 2016, some Indian clients were able to:

      • Attract FREE traffic worth INR 60 crore
      • Achieve top rankings for 100s of keywords
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    16. Implications of Airtel Payments Bank’s decision to not issue debit cards

      Implications of Airtel Payments Bank’s decision to not issue debit cards

      Airtel Payments Bank will not be issuing physical debit cards for account holders, Shashi Arora, managing director and CEO, said in an interview with Moneycontrol. However, readers need to note that the payments bank has partnered with card network MasterCard where customers will be given a virtual card which will be linked to the savings bank account so that customers can make payments across all online merchants.

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