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(Updated  January 26 2022
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.24 billion (1224 million)
Mobiles:    1199 million    Landlines: 25 million 
Broadband Internet users:    820 million  including  mobile Internet 800  million
and wired broadband 20 million.  

TV owning houses: 210 million  
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
NEW! Vision Document for the electronics sector January 2022
India semiconductor  notified  (December 2021)
 Indian Drone Rules notified  August 25 2021
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Ericsson Mobility Report Dec 2020 
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  Airtel to partner with Google to grow digital business in India
New Delhi, January 29, 2022: Indian telecom provider Bharti Airtel and Google  have  announced a long-term, multi-year agreement to accelerate the growth of India’s digital ecosystem As part of this partnership, Google  will  invest up to $1 Billion , as part of its Google for India Digitization Fund, which includes equity investment as well as a corpus for potential commercial agreements, to be identified and agreed on mutually agreeable terms over the course of the next five years. ....
Customer experience is key, suggests Zendesk study
January 28, 2022: A  Zendesk   study has highlighted the potential for businesses to drive business success with a focus on customer experiences as 94% of Indian consumers report making purchase decisions based on the quality of customer service they receive. ....
On Data Privacy Day, some industry perspectives
Today, January 28 (2022) is celebrated as Data Privacy Day (DPD) across the world.The objective of the day is to sensitize individuals and disseminate privacy practices and principles. ...
TCS is rated world's no. 2 tech brand, top employer
January 22, 2022: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) has become the second most valuable brand in the IT services sector globally, according to Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation firm. ...
India-born molecular biologist is key contributor to the Moderna Covid vaccine
Pune University masters student  Mihir Metkar now works as Sr. Scientist at Moderna, USA January 27, 2022: Pune-born Mihir Metkar is the “first named” inventor of the Moderna  Covid vaccine that is widely used  in USA and Europe. ...

Education and e-learning
BeSingular announces AI innovation challenge for students
New Delhi,  January 14 2022 : India’s leading  AI platform for children aged 6 to 18, BeSingular, has announced an AI-themed  competition for students Under the initiative ‘Artificial Intelligence Innovation Challenge,’ BeSingular aims students to explore Artificial Intelligence, a technology highly relevant to the next generation. ....
Mahindra University is open for PhD applicants
Hyderabad, December 23, 2021: Mahindra University, Hyderabad, has  announced admissions for the Spring intake of its Ph.D. Program in Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences for the 2022 academic session. The last date for submission of applications for admission to the program is December 24, 2021, for the session that will commence in Feb, 2022 Ph. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
COVID-19 crisis shifts the focus of airline IT spend to automation, sustainability, and digital health
January 13, 2022; While IT budgets have stayed largely flat in 2021, airport and airline CIOs are betting on technology to support their recovery from COVID-19, with a significant increase in spending on digitalization and sustainability as key priorities by 2024. ....
Trends to expect in the hotel and hospitality industry in 2022
January 2 2022: Here are some  interesting trends in the hotels and hospitality industry, which you should be aware of in the new year. (Adapted with acknowledgement from TravelDaily News International) 1. Voice booking Truly, the next generation of internet technology, now you do not have to call up the front desk and pre-book your hotel room. ....

Meet the Indian who helped create Moderna covid vaccine
January 27 2022: Pune-born Mihir Metkar is the “first named” inventor of the Moderna  Covid vaccine that is widely used  in USA and Europe. Dr Metkar, a  Senior Scientist at  the Cambridge (Massachusetts, US) labs of Moderna has been credited by the company  as being  the  key contributor to the  patent for development of the vaccine  whose formal name is SARS-CoV-2-mRNA. ....
While telehealth is largely available, half the patients turn it down
December 6, 2021: Research from Kaspersky reveals that 91% of medical organizations have already implemented telehealth capabilities, with 44% starting to use them after the pandemic. At the same time, 52% of respondents have experienced cases where patients refused telehealth services due to security concerns. ....
Poor bear disproportionate disease burden: study
Bangalore, November 21, 2021: A third of India's people now live in urban areas. India's urban population has seen rapid growth from about 18% (1960), 28. ...

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Avermedia PW310P: A versatile webcam
December 17 2021: These days, when Work From Home often means Work From Anywhere, a good web conferencing tool is a godsend. The basic web camera built into laptops is okay -- but there are severe limitations:  It can’t swivel or zoom and many  web meetings may find you in  hotels rooms or outdoors in surroundings that are less than ideal – lighting-wise. ....
O2Cure: portable air purifier
Anand Parthasarathy September 6 2021: With many Indian cities finding a place in the dubious list  of the world’s most  airt polluted places, a room air purifier has become a necessary fixture in many urban homes. And with the Coronavirus pandemic posing yet another threat to health, an air purifier that can also   neutralise the threat of novel coronavirus hanging in the air is something on many a wish list. ....
Asus Chromebook C223: Google all the way
This Chromebook is light in build and light on your pocket By Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, August 18 2021: Hard to believe,  but Chrome the operating system that Google created for a predominantly always-online user, is 10 years old this year!  Most of us, installed Chrome as a second string to a primary OS. ...

IT's for you
  Open Source suite, prplOS version2 launched at CES
 January 13, 2022: The prpl Foundation, an organization dedicated to open-source and open-APIs for carrier-grade CPE,  has announced the official release of the prplOS v2 software platform. prplOS is the reference platform upon which prpl’s other platform-independent assets combine to form its prplWare open-source software suite. ....
Board games go digital in the holiday season, finds UK publisher
December 25 2021: Board games are going digital for the festive season as families look for new ways to stay connected on video despite the surge in Omicron hitting plans to socialise, the UK’s leading digital board games publisher Marmalade Game Studio says. ....
PureStorage launches FlashArray
Bangalore, December 10, 2021: Storage as-a-service leader  Pure Storage  has   announced FlashArray//XL, the newest member of the FlashArray family, designed for mission-critical, platinum tier enterprise applications - from massive databases to containerized and cloud-native apps. ...
DCCI concludes on upbeat note
December 8 2021: At a time when India is generating colossal volumes of data with its 600 million plus active internet users, Tradepass hosted the country’s first mega scale datacentre & cloud conference, i. ...
Mapping specialist GapMaps, expands in India
Bangalore, 30th November 2021: GapMaps, the Australian cloud-based mapping software specialist is helping organisations with network strategies and location intelligence planning, continues to expand its international presence, which now extends to 21 countries including India. ...

IT people
  Anant Padmanabhan to be MD at T-Systems
January 21,  2022: T-Systems ICT India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of T-Systems International (a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom),  has announced the appointment of Anant Padmanabhan as its Managing Director. Anant has been with T-Systems since the Indian affiliate was founded in 2016, heading Delivery of its Growth Portfolio. ....
Neogrowth CEO Arun Nayyar inducted into Board of directors
Mumbai, January 21, 2022: NeoGrowth, India’s leading SME digital lender,  has  appointed its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Arun Nayyar, to the company’s Board of Directors. He has been designated as Whole-time Director & CEO, and with this appointment, the Board now comprises nine members. ....
DeLisa Alexander Joins Qlik Board
January 13 2022:  Software-as-a-Service leader Qlik has announced that DeLisa Alexander has joined the company’s Board of Directors as its first outside director. ...

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As Kerala High Court goes paperless, advocate clerks fear becoming jobless
The Kerala High Court has made a major technological leap by implementing a state of the art application that enables not just paperless court proceedings but also has artificial intelligence-based features for roster analysis and distribution of cases to reduce pendency. However, the shift to paperless procedures right from filing of petitions to the judgement has triggered fear among thousands of advocate clerks of going jobless.Deccan Herald January 5 2022


WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy
Maybe you recall pop-ups warning you, in early 2021, to update WhatsApp. While that didn’t cut off users completely, the app degraded over time, unless you accepted it – but this time around, their update of your terms and conditions with them is automatic...Will Ellis in Privacy Australia December 1 2021 

Amazon verdict hurts competition body’s stature
The commission cannot redeem itself by blaming Amazon for ‘suppression of facts’ as it was its role to see through all the details of the deal before giving it a go-ahead. Editorial in New Indian Express December 22 2021


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