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
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.”
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.
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.
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