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There is also a growing demand of religious and devotional content in local languages to address region and culture specific demand. The live streaming from Mecca is our attempt to cater to this audience. During Ramzaan, there are many Islamic devotees who are not able to travel to the holy land of Mecca to get the blessings. This IVR will make them feel closer to Mecca with the live recitals at any time of day. Since Saudi Arabia runs 2 and 1/2 hr early than India, the users have to accordingly time their usage." He added.
The launch of this religious portal is divided in two phases where the first phase will have live streaming from Mecca. Post Eid, Techzone will launch the phase 2, which will have additional offerings like IVRs of Quran recitals, Islamic devotional songs and Tasbih and more. The users will also be able to bookmark the suras and start hearing from where they had left the last time.
For Islamic devotional songs, the users will be able to dial in, browse through the huge list of songs, choose and listen to them on the IVR. The company says the database of songs will keep multiplying every week.
Users will be able to call and have 99 names of Allah recited to. The users will also be able to practice their Dikhr while recital happens.
The Live streaming from Mecca will be available pan India on telecom service providers like Uninor and Tata Docomo. Currently, In Mumbai, this VAS is available on MTNL. The users from MTNL Mumbai and Idea - Tamil Nadu can dial 56060786 and listen to live prayers from Mecca at just INR 3 /min. Uninor users can dial 560603786 while Tata Docomo users can dial 56060 at Rs 3/min to get access to the IVR. The users will be able to hear the live streaming as soon as they dial in. Techzone is also in talks with other service providers like Loop, Aircel and MTS to make this service available across the various telecom circles.