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Union Bank Partners nokia for m-Banking solutions

Rolling out mobile payment services for the masses, Union Bank of India has  announced a strategic partnership with Nokia. Through this partnership they have announced m-banking services available for Union Bank account holders on their  Nokia handsets through a Java-based mobile application.

The service has been initiated in Gurgaon and will soon be going live in Noida,  Faridabad and Delhi. A pan-India roll out is planned by the year-end. The range  of services offered include money transfer through mobile phone numbers, payment of utility bills, prepaid SIM recharge and cash-out service wherein one  can withdraw cash from ATMs or empowered agents. The service is  currently available in only English language and thus will not be as relevant for financial inclusion but it’s a first in the market and with one such service now  available there is bound to be rolling out of more such services owing to market pressure.

BroadBand TV for `99 By Bharti airTel

Telecom major Bharti Airtel announced the launch of its ‘airtel broadband TV’,  which will allow its broadband users to watch live TV on their computers for a  monthly rental of Rs 99. With the service, airtel broadband subscribers will be  able to access 28 Live TV channels including UTV Bindass, UTV Movies,  Bloomberg UTV, TLC, Animal Planet, all Discovery channels, Sakshi TV, Live  India and Tarang Music. The company also plans to offer 19 Video-ondemand (VOD) channels and 12 movies channels as per the chosen subscription plan.  The service will work on Wi-Fi networks as well, Mehta added. Airtel will  introduce three monthly subscription plans — Gold Pack with all Live and VOD channels and movies for Rs 99 and Night Pack (all channels and movies from 9  PM to 9AM) for Rs 49.

HCL to Deploy Wireless Network for Indian Air Force

HCL Infosystems has bagged a Rs 300 crore order from the Indian Air Force to deploy a portable wireless network covering many air force stations across  India. The new network will be integrated with the existing air force network  and will provide it with the backbone connectivity and ensure video  interactivity for video calls and other communication platforms, the company  said in a statement, reported IANS. “We are honoured to partner with the  Indian Air Force in the deployment of this highly efficient state-of-the-art wireless network and congratulate them for their vision in embracing  technology to play an active role,” HCL Infosystem’s Executive Vice President  Rothin Bhattacharyya said. “This being one of the key wins under our defence  system integration practice further highlights the company’s vast  understanding in various industry verticals,” he added.

TCS Bags Kochi e-Gov Project

Tata Consultancy Services has bagged the technical bids for Kochi  Corporation’s e-Governance programme. The project, initiated many years ago,  aims at bringing major services online. The services include utility  management, property tax, registration of births and deaths, water supply and  other utilities, grievances and suggestions and building approvals.The terms of the contract stipulate that TCS should implement the project within a year.

2011 Will Be The Year of Paas: GARTNER

All the leading enterprise software vendors, as well as large cloud specialists,  will introduce new platform-asa- service (paaS) offerings this year, making 2011  the year of paaS, according to Gartner. These leading vendors are  expected to deliver new or strongly expanded paaS service offerings and cloud- enabled application infrastructure products. Today’s paaS offerings come in  over a dozen of specialised types; however, during the next three years, the  variety of paaS specialist-subset offerings will consolidate a few major  application infrastructure service suites, and, over a longer time,  comprehensive, full-scale paaS offerings will emerge as well. As per Gartner  during the next five years, the adoption of paaS in most mid-size and large  organizations will not lead to a wholesale transition to cloud computing. Instead, it will be an extension of the use patterns of on-premises application infrastructures to hybrid computing models where on-premises application infrastructures and paaS will coexist, interoperate and integrate.

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