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May 27, 2011

MTNL Associates with Bharat Berry for Push Mail Services

Indian telecom service provider Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) announced its association with Bharat Berry Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a push mail service in India, to provide "Push- email" services for all its mobile subscribers in Mumbai & Delhi.

The service launched in Mumbai is made available for both the pre paid and post paid Dolphin subscribers from May 27, 2011.

"This MTNL and Bharat berry partnership will provide its customers with an easy to use, cost-effective solution for their hosted Exchange mobile push e-mail requirements. As the mobile data connectivity is improving and data usage is growing, more and more customers are looking for push e-mail solution on their mobile handsets as a productivity tool and as a means to remain connected," Kuldip Singh, chairman and managing director, MTNL said in a press release.

A company statement clarified that push email is a service that enables new emails to actively transfer at all times. The service is generally device dependant and is provided by the device manufacturer. The mobile communication service Bharat Berry is noted to work with most of the mobile phones enabling a more advanced push mail service with over the air back- up of the user's contacts, tasks, calendar and notes. Also, it can also sync with MS Outlook on the user's computer.

MTNL said that through this alliance with Bharat Berry, it is targeting this service for all range of handsets carrying Blackberry, Symbian (News - Alert), Android, Windows Mobile and J2ME which will cover all major mobile handsets.

“MTNL has provided a dedicated SMS number 51122 for those subscribing for the Bharat berry services. Any existing Dolphin subscriber can just send an SMS with "SUB BB" on 51122 and follow few basic steps to activate this service,” A.K. Bhargava, executive director MTNL said in a statement.

Bhargava also said that for enabling access to all services including hosted Exchange e-mails and PIM sync users will be charged a nominal fee of Rs 80 per month for the combo pack, while the individual services will be available for Rs 50 each per month.

Ajay Data, director at Bharat Berry said that Bharat Berry is an India complete solution which follows industry standard non propriety encryption. Its Personal Information Manager service is noted to add value and convenience to the existing mobile e-mail user, besides ensuring data backup and continuity.

"Bharat Berry works through a mix of its very advanced e-mail server known as XGeNPlus, and open source technologies. Since its servers are hosted in India, there are also no issues related with compliance. It's India's First Legally compliant and approved service from all agencies, this service is available for 2G also, the user experience on 3G will make Bharat Berry much more pleasurable," Nitin Walia, director, Bharat Berry said.

Formed by government of India in 1986, MTNL is a Telecom Service Provider with more than 8 million customers in the metro cities of Delhi and Mumbai, besides having operations in Nepal and Mauritius. MTNL was the first service provider to launch 3G services in the country. In yet another news release, TMC (News - Alert) reported that MTNL has selected Alphion (News - Alert) GPON technology for the first phase of the deployment of triple-play Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) services in its next generation network.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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