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  1. 1.  Bhart Airtel is betting big on Africa. The company has started to restructure its Africa network, has now set an ambitious target of a 100 million subscribers by 2012.  Siddharth Zarabi caught up with Manoj Kohli the joint MD and CEO of Bharti’s international operations and asked him about Bharti’s strategy to turnaround Zain.  Kohli said the operations of Zain actually declining for last 18months or so. “Revenues, profit, EBITDA, market share was declining and my first job there, was to get the decline to be over so that we can revive it and start a growth trend and that I think we have done within the first three months.” Since the last month, he said here has been very good growth. “Minutes are growing, MoU (Minutes of Usage) per customer are growing, revenues are growing and I feel customer satisfaction is growing and today is the brand launch in Africa. You will see a very remarkable change in this market.”
  2. 2.  Today the world is moving from eBooks to interactive ebooks. But there are several users who aren't fully aware of the technical terms and functions of the browsers and Web. To aide such users, Google has released an interactive online guide illustrated by Christoph Niemann and put it up for public access at http://www.20thingsilearned.com. So if don't know what TCP/IP is or what a Cookie is, you now know where to go and look for an answer.  Web technologies used in everyday life while browsing the web are most of the time not visible directly to an average users. For them it's just a computing marvel. Google's Chrome Team has scripted to explain the complex concepts like Cloud Computing, IP Address and DNS, Web Apps, etc. in a simple manner. Built on HTML5, this online interactive book will certainly make you aware about the current day web browsers and what' s being used on the current generation of Web.
  3. 3. British car manufacturing giant Jaguar Land Rover , which is partly owned by India's Tata Group , appears to have come out of the red, and is on a hiring spree. It has already announced 1500 new UK posts. But three times that number may be needed if the company's strategy goes to plan, The Telegraph reports. In the recession, JLR was set to close one of its three UK manufacturing plants. That has now been shelved. A major part of this recovery involves the new Range Rover Evoque, recently launched at the Paris Motor Show, with a five door model unveiled this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The company has received 13,000 applications for 1,500 new jobs. The company's latest, smallest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover will be built at the Halewood plant on Merseyside. Land Rover MD Phil Popham said: "We've got a long term ambitious plan at Land Rover to grow our business and to grow it profitably, that's expanding into new markets and expanding our product range, while focusing on efficiency and costs.
  4. 4. Mobile phone service provider Aircel on Friday said it would launch 3G services in 140 cities across 13 circles in January-February 2011, with an investment of $500 million and would invest another $500 million to expand its 2G network across the country. The company won 3G licences for Delhi (Metro), Mumbai (Metro), Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh , Maharashtra & Goa, Rajasthan , Punjab, UP (West) and UP (East) in an auction earlier this year. The company would clock 50 million customers by end of this year and was expecting 10% of its customer base to move to 3G in the first year of 3G launch. The company foresees an additional 25% of its customers to shift to 3G by end of 2012. On pricing, Aircel officials said that 3G services would be more expensive compared to 2G tariffs and would be priced so as to commensurate the investments it was making. It may adopt a strategy where consumers will pay more for faster speeds and vice-versa .

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