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(Updated  September 21 2020
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.220 billion (1220 million)
Mobiles    1200 million 
Landlines: 20 million 
Total no. of PCs: 250 million 
Internet users:   580 million  including  mobile Internet 400  million
Broadband:   665 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless :  545 million) Broadband  defined as >512 KBPS

TV owning houses: 300 million  ( DTH 125m  cable 175m)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
NEW:INDIA Media and entertainment: FICCI Report  March 2020
Feb 28 2019: TRAI  White paper on  5G in India

 August 2018:  Indian Drone regulations

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IT happened in India
  Jio launches Cricket Play Along game
September 21 2020:  Jio users can now  play  the award-winning Jio Cricket Play Along game where they can put their cricket skills to use by ‘playing with every ball’ and get rewarded with exciting prizes with each correct answer!  Additionally, they can participate in pre-match questions, polls, quizzes and cheer for your favourite team with ‘Sticker Chat’ throughout the game and access scores, match schedules, results and more. ....
Indian retail and telecom brands excel during pandemic
Mumbai September 20,  2020: Retail and telecom brands have outperformed most other categories and seen their brand value increase in the 2020 BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands ranking, released this week  by WPP and Kantar.  In challenging economic and social conditions created by the global pandemic and a pre-COVID-19 slowdown in the Indian economy, brands have to adapt quickly, with innovation and agility helping to fuel growth. ....
Alexa in Hindi is one year old and now on phones
Bangalore, September 19, 2020: As Alexa in Hindi  completes  one year, Amazon has made it available to millions of smartphone users in India. ...
Audio is important for Indian phone users, finds CMR survey
New Delhi,  Sep 18, 2020:   Indian smartphone users consider audio quality as one of the most important factors in their next smartphone purchase, followed by battery life and camera finds a study by  market researcher, CyberMediaResearch (CMR). ...
Titan partners with SBI to launch contactless payment via watch
September 17, 2020: Titan  has partnered with country’s  largest bank,  State Bank of India (SBI) to introduce Titan Pay wristwatches  powered by YONO SBI. ...

Education and e-learning
Microsoft prepares educators for the remote learning process
September 5 2020: The year 2020 has been a huge setback for the academics due to the imposed lockdown. Schools, colleges are closed and students and teachers are advised to be at home to be safe. With this transition, it has become clear that with the required physical distance between teachers and students, it’s more important than ever to help educators find ways to connect with students and keep them engaged, motivated, and safe in a digital world. ....
Covid-driven new phase of e-learning in India
August 19 2020: COVID19 has entirely pushed learning online. Existing e-learning portals have grown exponentially and even educational institutions have moved completely online. The proliferation of e-learning platforms during these times has led to creation of a huge volume of content that may be overwhelming for many. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
New Web platform for travel and tourism biz
September 17 2020: A new online platform has been launched this month -- on September 3 --for the entire supply chain of the travel and tourism industry which include travel agents, guides, tour operators, logistic support companies like taxi operators and even travel explorers. ....
New buzzword: Workation, as Madhya Pradesh beckons
September 6 2020: Thinking of Vacations, but anxious will your work get affected, hold on with your thoughts because Madhya Pradesh tourism has recently launched an innovative and ground breaking concept “Workation” - Vacation alongside Work, a perfect office lay-out where one can carry on with his regular work with plenty of free time to travel around, bond with one another, enjoy the nature and rejuvenate from the regular lives. ....

Telemedicine may continue beyond Covid lockdowns
Delhi, September 11 2020:  A survey on growth in telemedicine consultation in India since Covid shows that digital adoption of medicinal services grew three times during this period. According to the survey, conducted by DrOnA Health in collaboration with Mankind Pharma, 60% of respondents reported high satisfaction with telemedicine consultation and 54% of respondents expressed willingness to continue it in future too. ....
An app for the elderly
Mumbai, August 31 2020:   The course of COVID-19 disease in elderly tends to be severe resulting in increased fatalities than the younger population. Corona crisis is not over yet, so senior citizens at home are afraid of corona infection as regular blood pressure checks, blood sugar levels, body oxygen Recognizing the need to perform many important check-ups throughout the day, the Apex Group of Hospitals, has launched a diabetic mobile app called "Apex Connect Care" act as a mobile caretaker for a patient. ....
An app for the elderly
Mumbai, August 31 2020:   The course of COVID-19 disease in elderly tends to be severe resulting in increased fatalities than the younger population. ...

Product Pulse
'Note'worthy addition to this yearís Infinix phone lineup
The Note 7 from Infinix recognizes the need for some play amidst work By Anand Parthasarathy September 21 2020: With the Note 7, Infinix lives up to its name for delivering excellent value for money with every handset it launches, no matter what the price band. ....
Wings Alpha: superior in-ear sound
By Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, September 14 2020:  In-ear audio devices, be they earphones or the more recent wireless earbuds are an acquired taste. There are some whose ears are so made by God that ear pieces never stay in place.  But for the vast majority, the true wireless earbud has come as a welcome companion which allows the user to stay connected to music and mobile phone while engaged in any number of vigorous activities from jogging and exercising to dancing. ....
Riversong Wave S: Track your health today!
The latest fitness band from from Riversong measures three important health indicators for these Covid times Anand Parthasarathy August 28 2020: Health tracking smart watches have created a crowded field. ...

IT's for you
  Kerala, Karnataka share top honours in state startup ranking
Thiruvananthapuram, Sept.13 2020: Kerala has bagged the “Top Performer” honour for developing a strong  startup ecosystem for the second consecutive year in the annual States’ Startup Ranking 2019, announced by the Government of India, recognizing the state as a leader across all pillars of startup ecosystem. ....
mGage delivers a world-first Mobile Payments solution within RCS Messaging solution
London,  September 2 2020: Leading global mobile messaging provider –mGage – has launched the first-of-its-kind solution to bring Mobile Payments within the Rich Communication Services (RCS) channel. This pioneering technology creates a seamless and richer experience for customers while delivering a strong ROI for brands. ....
Environment Ministry invokes terrorist act when faced with minister's full mailbox -- then relents
 July 27 2020: Delhi Police recently  invoked the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against Endurance Domains Technology LLP, an internet service provider for the domain of  the environment portal “ Fridays for Future” to block the website. ...
Daring twitter hack targets top Americans in scam to scoop up bitcoins
How it happened; what to do to protect yourself July 17 2020:  In an audacious  cyber  attack  two days ago, on the most prominent names in US business  and entertainment,  hackers broke into their Twitter accounts and sent out fake messages in their name which all said: send  money to bitcoin and we will send you double the amount. ...
Data Science Congress attracts top talent
New Delhi, June 9 2020: The 3rd edition of Data Science Congress (DSC) 2020 virtual, an initiative of Aegis School of Data Science and Cyber Security concluded this week,  with a bigger bang this year with participation from across industries, sectors and nationalities. ...

IT people
  Krish Seshadri to lead OnMobile as CEO
August 31 2020: Leading provider of mobile content & entertainment, OnMobile Global  has announced the appointment of Krish Seshadri as Chief Executive Officer for the company. Krish  joins OnMobile with over two decades of experience leading technology, digital & mobile product businesses across APAC, US and Europe. ....
Dr Ajay Nair is to lead Swasth as CEO
Bangalore, August 28 2020: Nationwide telemedicine platform, Swasth,  has selected Dr Ajay Nair as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), with effect from September 12, 2020. Dr Nair is the first CEO of this indigenous mobile app-based service which was launched in June as India’s first big push towards mass adoption of digital healthcare. ....
Jasneet Kaur to head human resources at BharatPe
New Delhi, August 26, 2020: BharatPe, India’s largest merchant payment, and lending network company,  has appointed Jasneet Kaur as Chief Human Resource Officer. ...

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Writing on the screen
The Guardian had tasked GPT- 3 — a cutting-edge language programme that uses machine learning to produce human-like text — with writing a short op-ed to convince humans that their worries about the riseof machines are base less.The result was chilling... The Telegraph  September 20 2020

Data power: On Facebook and BJP
India cannot allow a nexus between influential tech giants and powerful politicians....The nature of the relationship between Facebook and the Government, and the rules governing it, are now under a cloud. There is a need to dispel misgivings about Facebook lobbying in the corridors of power. The  Hindu August 20 2020

Are people of J&K citizens or subjects
....A staunching of the gateways to the web invariably strikes at the dignity of individuals.Yet, the government feels no compunction in doing precisely just this in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Since August 4 last year, people in the region have not had access to 4G Internet. The authorities see the restriction, which was placed in the lead-up to the dilution of Article 370 of the Constitution, as unassailable. But.... even by the Supreme Court’s own concession — a complete ban of this kind is disproportionate. It impinges on the liberty of an entire populace. .....oped in The Hindu July 23 2020


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