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Tata Docomo launches Docomics, offers Manga and Marvel comics to its subscribers

8 Jan

Tata Docomo has world popular comics – Manga and Marvel, to offer to its subscribers this season. Tata Teleservices Limited has partnered with the Japanese Telecom giant NTT DoCoMo to launch Docomics in India. Docomics is a comic viewer application which is a continuation to Tata DoCoMo’s recently launched m-Comics service, wherein customers can read full comic books along with special effects like character vibration, sounds and zooming text bubbles.

Docomics will provide a wide variety of comic books ranging from popular Marvel titles like Spider-Man, X-Men, Civil War and various Japanese Manga titles like Geobreeders, Tamahagane, Aqua Planet Chronicle, Silent Mobius complete edition, Shinesman and Old Friend, to name a few.

 

The content of the comic books can be downloaded from the WAP website or through the application. To suscribe to Docomics, Tata DoCoMo subscribers will be charged Rs 15 per comic chapter and there would be no data charges in home network.

InnoPath comes to the rescue of smart phone customers globally. Expect Tata Tele to implement solution shortly

21 Jun

InnoPath, a privately held company based in Silicon Valley has developed offerings that enable customer service representatives to remotely manage and configure mobile devices. The company’s patent portfolio is impressive and so is its list of customers. We expect Tata Tele to shortly offer remote device management to its customers in the very near future.

I have been acquainted with the company for 3 months now and my research indicates that Innopath offers some of the better solutions for mobile device management. Not only is the company profitable but also has been envied by some of the larger players like Amdocs and Comvese.

According to David Ginsburg, VP of Marketing at InnoPath, “InnoPath’s mission is to make the smartphone experience of customers a pleasant one.” A statement we hope becomes true if the operators and device manufactures embrace solutions that InnoPath offers. Apple’s iPhone and Research and Motions, Blackberry products have set the bar on easy setup and management – we hope other devices can be configured as easily.

The benefit to smart phone customers are:

  •          Remote setup and management of E-Mail, WiFi, MMS, Bluetooth    etc.
  •          Security – disabling and eliminating the data on a device if the device has been lost or stolen
  •          Firmware updates over the air as opposed to tethering the device to a PC 

The benefits to the network operator are:

  •          Enabling a better customer experience
  •          Increased ARPU 
  •          Reduced operating expenses

The demonstration that I was given by Jason Lackey of InnoPath convinced me of the benefits to both customers and operators. Currently, InnoPath supports 250 devices and offers solutions for the following operating systems:


Android

Linux

Windows Mobile 

Symbain

Propriety operating systems of LG, Samsung, Sharp etc.

Asian customers include NTT docomo, China Telecom. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are some of the US based customers.

Tata and NTT DoCoMo announce plans for Pan-india GSM network

10 Jun

Indian carrier Tata Teleservices and Japanese telecom giant NTT DoCoMo today announced their plan to launch a Pan-India GSM network in the country. NTT DoCoMo holds a 26 percent stake in Tata Teleservices Limited. Tata Teleservices already operates a CDMA network in India.

Branded as Tata DoCoMo, the network rollout will commence from South India later this month and aims to have Pan-India presence by the end of the year. The carrier claims to offer new, ‘targetted’ value added services, an area dominated by NTT DoCoMo that offers cutting edge services in Japan.
 
We had a chance to sit down and interact with Toshinari Kuneida, the senior vice president and managing director, global business division for NTT DoCoMo. Some edited excerpts from the interaction:

The metropolitan cities in India resemble that of Japan with almost 100 percent penetration and high usage of value added services like video downloads, e-mails and other data intensive services. We will offer innovative services (like i-mode) in this market. However, the rural market is voice centric and we can’t expect high ARPUs (Average Revenue Per User), which is in the range of USD2-3. Over here, there are many first time users who do not have a handset. We will offer handsets in the range of USD 20-30 to these consumers.

We do not have experience in CDMA networks but we can contribute a lot to GSM and WCDMA networks.

While 3G is not available in India, yet, but we can offer a lot of value added services on the current 2.5G networks. We are looking at i-mode, Java apps and e-mail.

Our domestic market (Japan) is already saturated and the ARPUs are going down due to intense competition. Currently we get approximately two percent of our revenues from markets abroad (NTT DoCoMo is present in  about nine markets). We are looking at emerging markets in the APAC region where we are not currently present. It is true that ARPUs going down is a global trend (but we can offset that with more subscribers).

NTT DoCoMo eyes 26 pc stake in Tata Teleservices

16 Oct

Japanese cellular carrier, NTT DoCoMo, is all set to invest $2.5 billion in Tata Teleservices, according to a Mint report. Tata Teleservices, the sixth-largest, cellular carrier in India, operates a CDMA network and is set to launch a GSM network soon. The $2.5 billion investment will give NTT DoCoMo a 26 percent stake in Tata Teleservices, hence valuing the company at $9.61 billion. Tata Teleservices claims to have about 29 million subscribers on its network.

NTT DoCoMo device says you are fat

14 Feb

Mirror, mirror on the wall, am I the fattest of them all? Well, you need not ask this question to your mirror any more, but you can ask your cellphone to tell you how fat you are. At the Mobile World Congress, NTT DoCoMo has displayed a phone that tells if you are fat or not in a matter of seconds. The prototype device has sensors on the top and bottom that calculate the percentage of fat in your body on activating the application. You just have to hold the phone in both hands and stretch your arms and the sensors take care of everything. For the record, the ideal percentage should be between 15 and 20 percent.

The device is also capable of detecting your heart rate and whether you have bad breath. Thank God it is just a prototype and might only come to Japan one day, else we’d have been popping mouth fresheners all day long!