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INDIAN IT IN NUMBERS 
(Updated  November 30 2020
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Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.20 billion (120 million)
Mobiles    1800 million 
Landlines: 20 million 
Total no. of PCs: 250 million 
Internet users:    700 million  including  mobile Internet 500  million
Broadband users:    720  million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless :  700 million) Broadband  defined as >512 KBPS

TV owning houses: 300 million  ( DTH 125m  cable 175m)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
NEW: Ericsson Mobility Report 2020
25 years of Internet in India. The numbers
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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  Jio offers augmented reality game,Yaatra
December 3 2020: Krikey, an Augmented Reality mobile gaming company has launched YAATRA, a new augmented reality game in India, with Jio. With just their mobile phone camera, players can step into the action-adventure story of Yaatra and join the quest to defeat a monster army. ....
Prof Rajaraman evaluates top infotech inventions since the 1950s
December 2 2020: The latest book by veteran  IT educationist  Prof V Rajaraman,  looks at the key inventions in information technology  over the last 65 years. We bring you a review of the book that lay readers, tech professionals and students will all find useful reading. ....
Risk level for workers is at an all-time high, finds International SOS
Mumbai, December 1 2020:  The risk level to the global workforce has reached its highest since 2016 according to the findings of the International SOS Risk Outlook 2021. ...
Innovative culture is fuelling post-Covid recovery, finds Microsoft-IDC study
New Delhi, November 30, 2020 – As organizations across the world and India continue to deal with disruptions resulting from the pandemic, 77% of businesses in India consider that innovation is now a ‘must’ for them to respond quickly to market challenges and opportunities, and ensure business resilience, says a recent Microsoft and IDC report. ...
Video doorbells could be security threats, finds study
11 smart video doorbells sold online on Amazon and eBay have been reported to contain multiple critical vulnerabilities. ...
 


 
Education and e-learning
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Study finds shortcomings in online classes during pandemic
November 20 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to disruptions in all walks of life. Schools, colleges and all other academic institutions have been forced to look for alternatives to ensure continuity in learning. In the past six months, across the world, various digital or ICT-based learning options have been explored. ....
Teachee offers tools to create your own e-learning service
November 3 2020 Are you passionate about teaching?  Are you knowledgeable in K-12 subjects, test preparation, or you have a knack for fitness, painting, dancing, Yoga, IT & Digital marketing which you can share? Then Teachee allows you to convert your passion and expertise into a digital business by letting you create your online course and school. ....
 

 
Travel & Tourism Technology
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First sea plane service in India will cruise Sabarmati river
October 31 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated  the Water Aerodrome at Kevadia  and the Sea-plane Service connecting Statue of Unity in Kevadia with Sabarmati Riverfront. It cuts travel time  from 5  hours to 45 minutes. ....
Highway Delite win National startup award in tourism
October 21 2020:  Highway Delite, a travel tech start-up, that provides information of verified highway pit stops and wayside amenities across 60,000+KMs in India, has won the National Start-up Award in Tourism Sector - Travel Planning and Discover category. ....
 


 
e-Healthcare
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Telemedicine doubled during Covid in India, finds F&S study
 September 22 2020: A recent report by consultancy Frost & Sullivan,  shows the number of tele-consult requests handled by major telehealth aggregators grew 200-300 per cent during Covid. Fear of infection from hospitals and factors like convenience, comfort and privacy have stimulated the growth of telemedicine in India. ....
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
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Wings Lifestyle: for unwired neckband audio lovers
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Infinix Snokor earphones and buds: Lend me your ears!
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Vivo V20: fistful of photo extras
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  SunTec to harness Profit.co's OKR software
Mumbai, November 5, 2020:  Indian talent-fueled  global relationship-based pricing and billing company  --SunTec Business Solutions --  has turned to Profit.co for a  tool to  track and manage individual objectives and key results against the overall organizational goals to aid enterprise growth and enhance efficiency. ....
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IT people
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  Sharad Sanghi to head new NTT entity in India
November19 2020: – NTT Ltd.,  has announced that it is bringing together three key business entities as a single organization, effective on 1 January 2021. The new operating company will be built on the foundations of NTT India Pvt. Ltd., NTT Com India and Netmagic. ....
Avast appoints Shane McNamee as Chief Privacy Officer
Bangalore, October 27, 2020: Global leader in digital security and privacy products — Avast -- has announced the appointment of Shane McNamee as Chief Privacy Officer. McNamee will oversee Avast's global privacy strategy and drive the company’s privacy-by-design approach. ....
Kabir Ahmed Shakir to take over as CFO at Tata Communications
Mumbai, October 21,2020:Tata Communications has appointed  Kabir Ahmed Shakir as its Chief Financial Officer. ...
 

 
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Code of discontent
The Centre’s move to bring digital platforms and online media under its control raises more questions than it answers. Editorial in The Telegraph, November 15 2020

Stop using the law to harass critics
The Supreme Court did well to stay the summons issued by the West Bengal police to a Delhi resident over criticism of the Bengal government on social media. It has not only upheld citizens’ right to freedom of expression (subject, of course, to Constitutional constraints) but also has come out against the state’s use of the law to intimidate critics....Editorial in Financial Express October 30 2020

SC’s message: “Let India remain a free country.” Don’t treat criticism as crime
Granting relief to a Delhi-based woman summoned for questioning by Kolkata police over a social media post that attracted an FIR, the SC underscored that it exists to protect ordinary citizens from harassment by the state. The court, rightly, strictured the “chilling message” sent when police in various cities resort to similar summoning of people from across the country...  Editorial in the Times of India, October 30 2020

 

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