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(Updated  December 7 2023)
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.178 billion (1178 million)
Mobiles:    1148 million    Landlines: 30 million 
Broadband Internet users:    860 million  including  mobile Internet 800 million and wired broadband 40 million.  
TV owning houses: 210 million  
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
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Microsoft marks 25 years of its India Development Centre in Hyderabad
Air India moves all its IT infrastructure to the Cloud, closing historic data centres
Air India moves all its IT infrastructure to the Cloud, closing historic data centres
Indian-origin engineer’s work gives robots, near-human ‘skin’ with sense of touch, pain
Air India moves all its IT infrastructure to the Cloud, closing historic data centres
Indian-origin engineer’s work gives robots, near-human ‘skin’ with sense of touch, pain
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India’s first international AVGC-XR festival coming to Mumbai
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Air India moves all its IT infrastructure to the Cloud, closing historic data centres
Indian-origin engineer’s work gives robots, near-human ‘skin’ with sense of touch, pain

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Sony earbuds WF-1000XM5: Technology shrinks active noise cancelling to ear bud size
IT happened in India
  Air India moves all its IT infrastructure to the Cloud, closing historic data centres
Gurugram, December7 2023: Air India, India’s leading global airline, has successfully migrated to a cloud-only IT infrastructure, having closed its historic data centres located in Mumbai and New Delhi. This makes Air India one of the first major global airlines to have moved all computational workloads exclusively to the cloud. ....
Microsoft marks 25 years of its India Development Centre in Hyderabad
Hyderabad,  December 6 2023:  The Microsoft India Development Centre (IDC) is commemorating a quarter-century of groundbreaking research, engineering, and development that has played a pivotal role in shaping world-class products, including Copilots and other AI applications. ....
As ChatGPT marks one year of availability, Indians rank among its top users
By Anand Parthasarathy December 5, 2023: The recent drama surrounding the sudden sacking of   OpenAI CEO Sam Altman; his swift hiring by Microsoft; the firestorm of protest by almost all of OpenAI’s employees – and his consequent reinstatement  just two weeks later, have tended to distract from observance of a major milestone as we moved into December: ChatGPT, the  hugely disruptive flagship product of Open AI  is one year old. ...
Indian-origin engineer’s work gives robots, near-human ‘skin’ with sense of touch, pain
After a decade in Scotland, developing electronic skin,  Prof Ravinder Dahiya  moves to  Northeastern University, in the US where his new project will give robots, near-human physical qualities. ...
India’s first international AVGC-XR festival coming to Mumbai
Mumbai,  December3 2023: Turning a new leaf in India’s AVGC-XR Industry, AVAF unveils the debut edition of AniMela - India’s first-ever international Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, Comics and Extended Reality (AVGC-XR) festival. ...

Education and e-learning
Lead launches AI-powered school assessment
Bangalore,  December 7, 2023 - LEAD, India's largest School Edtech company,  has announced the launch of AI-powered assessments for its network of over 9,000 schools.  LEAD’s programme builds on academic insights gained from over 11 years of working with schools across India to enable each teacher to customize and administer assessments that suit her specific classroom needs. ....
First international campus of an IIT comes up in Zanzibar
Zanzibar, November 8 2023: Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, inaugurated the IIT Madras Zanzibar at an event  on November 6. This historic initiative is being undertaken as part of the Government of India’s endeavour to take top quality education system of India to international arenas. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Royal Caribbean cruises to adopt IBS technology
November 16, 2023: IBS Software and Miami-based Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE:RCL) have partnered to deploy cutting edge retail technology at the heart of its operations.  This will enable Royal Caribbean Group to provide a more seamless vacation experience to their guests and deliver even better personalized services at every step of the trip: before, during, and after. ....
Bangalore airport is world's most punctual
October 18, 2023: Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (KIA), has secured the top position as the world's most punctual Airport for the past three consecutive months, according to Cirium's 'The On-Time Performance Monthly Report. ....

Infosys offers free certification and training in AI
Bangalore, June 24, 2023:  Indi-based tech bellwether Infosys  has  launched a free Artificial Intelligence (AI) certification training on Infosys Springboard. Infosys AI-first specialists and data strategists, responsible for delivering Infosys Topaz AI-first set of services, solutions and platforms will help shape the curriculum to help learners build future-ready skillsets. ....
LifeSigns launches ‘Continuum Care’ enabling wireless monitoring of patients in ambulances and homes
April 15, 2023: Chennai-based health-tech startup, LifeSigns iMS (a brand by LS Devices Pvt. Ltd.), has developed a revolutionary continuum care solution that allows patients to be monitored wirelessly and in real-time, regardless of their location. This Biosensor has 21 USA Patents and global accreditation. ....
Made-in-India AI-based breast cancer detection tool makes waves worldwide
April 8, 2023: Can advanced technologies may replace doctors in some roles? A New York Times article last month reported on some success  with A. ...

Product Pulse
Sony earbuds WF-1000XM5: Technology shrinks active noise cancelling to ear bud size
October 22, 2023: Twenty years ago, if you were seen with a Bose Quiet Comfort headphone over your ears at the airport, you were dismissed as a snooty anti-social traveller who wasn’t interested in making any conversation with anyone During the flight of course, you could get sound sleep without being distracted by cabin noise. ....
GOVO offers GoSurround 750 soundbar
September 25, 2023: With the World Cup season on the horizon, GOVO, a new challenger in the audio technology sector,  has introduced the GOVO GoSurround 750 Soundbar. Says  Varun Poddar, Founder of GOVO: “As the world unites for the highly anticipated Cricket World Cup, we are excited to introduce the GOVO GoSurround 750 Soundbar, a fusion of innovation, state-of-the-art technology. ....
Tecno Pova 5 Pro: RGB lighting on phone
By Vishnu Anand August 29, 2023: In the September of 2000 when the Nokia 3310 mobile phones  was  released, it swept the consumer tech market owing to its affordability and ruggedness. ...

IT's for you
  New product in cob lighting segment from Ledure
October 15,2023: The Ledure Air Cob Series is a new and innovative product in the cob segment. It provides a perfect solution for a COB product with deep focus, anti-glare properties, and a long lifespan. The Air Cob Series is also aesthetically pleasing, with a trimless aluminum housing and beautifully designed fins that give it a perfect architectural look. ....
Fujitsu pioneers supply chain CO2 visualization
Tokyo, September 15  2023:Fujitsu  has  announced that it has succeeded in visualizing CO2 emissions throughout its supply chain through participation in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Partnership for Carbon Transparency (PACT) Implementation program , the world’s first social implementation program to enable business-to-business data integration for product carbon footprint (PCF) information For its initial implementation of the scheme, Fujitsu leveraged its Track and Trust technology, a PACT-compliant solution based on the Pathfinder Network , to link actual data and calculate CO2 emissions in PCF across its notebook PC supply chain. ....
World Battery Expo concludes at Guanzhou with 137500 visitors
September 8, 2023: Organized by Guangzhou Innovation Exhibition Co., Ltd, the 8th World Battery & Energy Storage Industry Expo (WBE 2023) was successfully held this August 8-10 at Area A, China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou. ...
June 21, 2023: The GOVO GOSURROUND 950 Soundbar has been launched on the occasion of World Music Day. The key features:  5. ...
World CX summit saw call for data democratization
Gurgaon, NCR, May  17 2023: The recently concluded  10th global edition of World CX Summit in Gurgaon  brought government leaders and an inspirational line-up of experts and solution providers together to discuss the latest challenges and explore the latest applications in data powered solutions. ...

IT people
  Vivek Bhutyani joins Pocket FM as VP - Content Marketing
October  16, 2023: Audio Series platform Pocket FM has announced  the appointment of Vivek Bhutyani as the Vice President of Content Marketing. With over 20 years of experience spanning across various industries, including Media, Telecom, Retail, and Edtech, Vivek brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to drive the company's content marketing strategy and organic growth. ....
SAP Lab's Sindhu Gangadharan is NASSCOM Vice Chairperson
Bengaluru; September 14, 2023: Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP and MD, SAP Labs India and Head, SAP User Enablement, has been appointed as Vice Chairperson of The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM). In her new role, Sindhu will leverage her extensive experience in technology and corporate leadership gained over decades in both India and Germany to help shape India’s TechAde. ....
Rajeeva Lochan Sharma to head Barco in India
New Delhi, August 18,  2023: Barco, a global technology leader that develops networked visualization solutions for the entertainment, enterprise, and healthcare markets, has announced the appointment of Rajeeva Lochan Sharma as the Managing Director of Barco India. ...

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A report on global digital IDs brings Aadhaar’s limitations, risks back into focus
Global rating major Moody’s Investors Service has flagged some uncomfortable home truths about India’s ambitious digital identification (ID) programme for residents, Aadhaar..... The Hindu editorial, September 27 2023

Why satellite spectrum auction won’t work
The auction of satellite spectrum is totally futile (useless) and serves no regulatory objectives...  Parag Kar in Economic Times, July 3, 2023


Indian universities fail excellence test
 The World University Rankings 2024,  which provide an international benchmark for the performance and popularity of universities the world over, has again disappointed the country’s education sector. The report, released last week, does not give a top  ranking to any Indian university...  Deccan Herald editorial  July 2,2023


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