Bay Talkitec forays into mobileVAS

Bay Talkitec forays into mobileVAS

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 25 July 2008, 11:44 Hrs
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Bangalore: K Sheker, Co-founded Chennai-based Bay Talkitec, a market leader in the VAS space and pioneer of IVR, evolving to CIM solutions in India, announced its foray into mobile VAS. The mobile VAS space is among the hottest sectors with a recent Price Waterhouse Coopers report estimating segment revenues at 8400 crores ($2.1 billion) for 2008. The company also launched on the occasion its flagship Video Service Delivery Platform, targeting 2.5G/3G networks. CRBV (Caller Ring Back Video), an offering based on the above platform, is expected to revolutionize the application and utility of the mobile handsets once regulations allow 3G to be rolled out in India. The new platform was showcased at 'CommunicAsia' recently in Singapore to very encouraging trade response. BayTalkitec has also signed up with Saimira Access Technologies (part of Pyramid Saimira group) to provide Singtel users in Singapore, video clips of the forthcoming Rajnikanth blockbuster 'Kuselan' on their mobile handsets, for the first time ever.

Announcing the company's mobile VAS foray, K Sheker, Co-Founder, Bay Talkitec said, "With the mobile penetration increasing exponentially and the regulator expected to allow 3G in a few months, our timing of launch with respect to the Indian market is perfect. In overseas markets like Singapore, Malaysia and US, where 3G is rolled out, we are investing heavily in marketing to make significant inroads quickly. We estimate that revenue from VAS services will grow to 100 crores ($25 million) in the next 3 years. Much of the early revenues will be from the overseas markets. The initial response so far has been positive and we intend to ride the global mobile VAS wave aggressively over the next few years."

In his comments, D Arunan, Co-Founder, said,"Bay Talkitec invested heavily in R&D in the VAS and CIM space for close to two decades now and it is this that is paying off for us now."

On the partnership for 'Kuselan', Venkatakrishnan, COO, Saimira Access Technologies said, "Being among the leading production houses we are constantly looking at new and innovative ways of reaching out to the audience and considering the huge number of overseas fans for Rajnikanth, taking clips from his upcoming blockbuster right onto the handsets of audience was an interesting and valuable proposition and we are confident of an overwhelming response. The partnership further reinforces arrival of the mobile as a key platform for entertainment industry and we look forward to extending our partnership with Bay Talkitec."

Bay Talkitec's Video Service Delivery Platform will extend mobile's utility as marketing, entertainment and education medium finding diverse applications in video SMS, video greetings, and mobile TV. Bay Talkitec is talking to leading telecom operators, media players and mobile advertisers across Singapore, Malaysia, US and other 3G-enabled markets for deployment of its platform. Bay Talkitec recently received Series A funding to the tune of 10 crores from NEA Indo US Ventures.

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