August 2008

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Siemens to Handle Baggage System

Siemens AG (Mobility division of Siemens) bagged INR 3 billion order from Delhi International Airport (DIA) in India, to install baggage handling system for the new Terminal 3 at DIA. The new terminal will be completed by March 2010. The terminal will have 78 Boarding Bridges for national and international passengers and is designed to handle 34 million passengers.

Bags can be handed at 168 check-in desks at the departures level of the terminal, which covers an area of 5.2 lakh m2.

28 X-ray stations will be installed for a 100 per cent security inspection of the airport baggage.

The sorting system having a capacity of over 11,300 bags per hour and a total length of almost 13 km will be installed for the purpose. Tilt-tray sorters, vertical sorters and high-speed diverters will be used as well.

Commenting on the order, Siemens Managing Director, Armin Bruck said, “The baggage handling system that we are providing at the International Airport is the biggest in India and is at par with the best in the world.”

India to Lead among Asian Countries in Mobile Gaming

In terms of mobile gaming revenues, it is expected that India will reach US$450 million by 2012, according to a study revealed by the global technology research firm, Gartner. India is becoming the fastest-growing telecom market in the world.

The study finds that India is expected to lead among Asian countries in terms of mobile gaming revenues, with the 2007 figure at around US$80 million. The mobile game market has outshone the personal computer (PC) and console game market in the emerging territories of Asia largely because of the low penetration of PCs compared with that of mobile devices. The Asia Pacific including Japan represents the largest market for mobile gaming, with end user spending forecast to a total US$2.3 billion in 2008 and reach US$3.4 billion by 2011. According to the Gartner report, worldwide gaming revenue will be $4.5 billion in 2008, which is 16.1 percent increase from 2007. Gartner predicts that mobile gaming revenue will experience a compound annual growth rate of 10.2% between 2007 and 2011, with global end-user spending reaching US$6.3 billion in 2011. Analysts said mobile operators and other game providers should build usage by offering game demos or advertising-funded games.

Guidelines for 3G Services Approved by Ministry in India

Communications and IT Minister, A Raja, has approved the final guidelines for 3G services after meeting Finance Minister, P Chidambaram, according to sources. The Government's permission to allow foreign players is significant in view of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) strong opposition to such a move.

The bidding for 3G spectrum is expected to begin within the next two months, sources said. TRAI remains persistent with its argument of restricting the participation only to existing Unified Access Service Licence (UASL) holders so as to ensure faster rollout of the services.

The Finance Ministry and the Planning Commission have supported the entry of foreign companies who do not possess telecom licences in India to bid for 3G services. Sources said that successful bidders, who do not possess UASL license would be issued new licenses to offer telecom services in the country.

Mobile Phones to be Used for Payments: EU

In a move towards holistic use of mobile devices, telephone operators and banks in the European Union (EU) will help customers pay their grocery, restaurant and other bills through their mobile phone.

Operators, facing downward pressure on tariffs partly due to EU rules, are also looking for new sources of revenue. The GSM Association represents major players in the mobile industry such as Vodafone. The association has teamed up with the European Payments Council (a body that represents 8,000 banks in Europe) for making the initiative successful.

Seven mobile operators are running trials for contactless mobile payments and a further seven plan tests shortly. EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said in a statement, “Bringing more competition to the payment services market has been my aim and agreements such as this show the possibilities that new technologies and innovative approaches offer in this regard”.

This initiative aims at adoption of a global approach to the standards used in the EU. This would enable near field communications, a contactless technology that allows data to be transmitted from the phone's SIM card wirelessly over very short distances.

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