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(Updated  April 9 2020
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.217 billion (1217 million)
Mobiles    1196 million 
Landlines: 21 million 
Total no. of PCs: 250 million 
Internet users:   580 million  including  mobile Internet 400  million
Broadband:   600 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless :  580 million) Broadband  defined as >512 KBPS

TV owning houses: 200 million  ( DTH 65m  cable 105m)
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
  Avast launches Android mobile browser
New Delhi, April 9, 2020: Global leader in digital security products, Avast , has released an Android version of Avast Secure Browser to extend its platform support beyond Windows and Mac on desktop to mobile. Avast Secure Browser for Android was developed following Avast’s 2019 acquisition of Tenta, a private browser backed by Blockchain pioneers ConsenSys, and has been built from the ground up by privacy and cybersecurity engineers focused on total encryption. ....
Smartech can help India Inc to navigate Covid-19 crisis
Gurgaon, April 8, 2020:  Technology analyst, techARC,  has  in a report, proposed a roadmap to implement Smart Tech – 5G, IoT and Industry 4.0 – for creating an effective and efficient crisis management system which can ensure minimal impact of any kind of manmade or natural crisis and lockdowns, as a situation due to the present Covid-19 pandemic. ....
Indira IVF harnesses IoT in its embryology labs
New Delhi, April 8 2020: Leading fertility  clinic chain in India, Indira IVF,  is harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) in its  embryology labs. ...
Opensignal study finds pluses and minuses in the Indian mobile experience
London, April 7 22020: UK-headquartered independent mobile analytics company Opensignal    has just released a report on the mobile network experience in India. ...
Praxis documents travails of Indian startups due to Covid-19
April  6 2020:  Management consulting and business research services firm Praxis has aggregated insights  from over 50 Indian startup founders, about the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. ...

Education and e-learning
e-Learning: Touching a broad spectrum of students
With students and professionals forced to stay indoors, the appeal of distance learning is compelling. ( This story has appeared in the April 2020 issue of Science Reporter) April 5 2020: For parents with young children, the challenge of how to  slip in some study time into all those hours of TV binge watching, has been met. ....
Schoolnet to bring digital classrooms to 150 government schools
New Delhi,  April 3,  2022: Leading Education Technology Service provider Schoolnet  has signed an MoU with ‘InDeed’ a business division of Dentsu Aegis Network Communications India, to set up innovative digital classroom solutions in 150 Government schools in over 20 districts across Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Uttarakhand. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
World's first biometric border control system with integrated fever detection
Thai airports are the first to deploy the German technology for rapid scan of  passengers to detect fever March 23 2020: As airports around the world, including India, grapple with having to screen incoming international passengers for  symptoms of the raging corona virus,  a key challenge confronts them: how to  identify  visitors with fever, without  having to   slow the entire immigration process. ....
Djubo X-press, an iPad based self check-in app
New Delhi, February 15 , 2020: To ease out the guest check-in experience at hotels, DJUBO, a cloud based PMS platform, with all hotel technology verticals built into a single platform announced the launch of ‘Djubo X-press’, an iPad based self check-in app, which enables the guests to just walk-in, use a self check-in kiosk, issue room key cards and walk into the room with zero human intervention. ....

Telemedicine provides the edge at a time of pandemic
Kerala's enviable record in public health rests on a bedrock of remote service delivery ( This story has appeared in the April 2020 issue of Science Reporter) April 5 2020: Kerala's response to  Covid-19 has become  a model for other states. ....
SriSri launches ayurveda campaign on ShareChat platform
April 1, 2020: Leading health & wellness brand,Sri Sri Tattva, has joined with   the  ShareChat platform, to drive awareness around Ayurveda in 7 major regional languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. ....
Contactless health monitor tracks all vitals
March 22 2020: Dozee, is  a contactless health monitor, a convenient health companion that tracks heartbeat, respiration, sleep, and stress-recovery with medical-grade 98. ...

Product Pulse
Lenovo HD116 offers Bass boost at will
By Anand Parthasarathy April 7 2020:  Audio enthusiasts  who  have decided  to go in for a pair  of on-ear headphones, rather than one of the in-earphones or the more recent earbuds, may find that this initial filtering is not  the end of the problem. ....
Honor 9X: Pop up your X factor
The Honor 9X has a unique X-shaped design and an ultra-smooth pop-up camera.VISHNU ANAND checks it out March 30 2020: Honor has been a frontrunner in camera technology, ,mostly flowing from its Bangalore R&D centre. While many brands have made mockery of the number of megapixels in a camera lens, with the count reaching 3 digit numbers, Honor has consistently maintained that it is not a megapixel game, but that of camera technology and the clarity it provides via a mix of hardware and software optimizations. ....
Samsung Galaxy S20+: Zoom into a bigger galaxy
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ comes with 30X hybrid zoom and a new design philosophy. VISHNU ANAND checks out its key features March 30 2020: Every year, Samsung launches a phone each in two of its premium lines -- the S series and the Note series. ...

IT's for you
  Self-drive player, Revv, offers cars free for health workers
New Delhi, April 8, 2020: Self-drive mobility start-up, Revv  is offering cars at zero fee, to assist healthcare workers amid the coronavirus outbreak. In times when healthcare workers continue to fight out the pandemic, the paused availability of public transport options has made their day commute to hospitals more difficult and potentially even unsafe, and this initiative aims to solve that problem. ....
Tech highlights from Huawei annual report 2019
Shenzhen, China, April 1 2020:  Huawei released its 2019 Annual Report  yesterday,  In 2019, Huawei's carrier business led the commercial rollout of 5G networks. To further commercial adoption and promote new innovation in 5G applications, the company established 5G joint innovation centres together with carriers worldwide. ....
Digital Experience Platform Liferay recognized by Gartner for Critical Capabilities in B2B and B2E
New Delhi, March 11  2020 : Liferay, Inc., which makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile, and connected devices has  received the highest product scores for B2B and B2E experience use cases in the 2020 Critical Capabilities for Digital Experience Platforms. ...
NXP tech summit highlights wired & wireless connectivity innovations
January 30, 2020: World leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications -- NXP India --  organised their sixth flagship tech summit event ‘Connectivity Week’ earlier this week, where the highlight was  a panel discussion on ‘Power of Connectivity Technologies’ for NextGen product design. ...
Cyber Adversaries turning to Business Disruption as main attack objective
Bangalore, January 29, 2020: CrowdStrike,   a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection,  has releasd e CrowdStrike Services Cyber Front Lines Report which provides valuable takeaways from the front lines of incident response (IR) cases spanning 2019 and shares insights that matter for 2020 and beyond. ...

IT people
  Aalok Kumar is new President & CEO of NEC Technologies India
New Delhi, April 1 2020:  Aalok Kumar is the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NEC Technologies India.  Akihiko Kumagai, President of the Global Business Unit, NEC Corporation, said, “This management restructuring exercise is aimed at accelerating our evolution in India. ....
Vasant Rao to head IDC in India
New Delhi, March 22 2020: International Data Corporation (IDC )  has announced the appointment of Vasant Rao as Managing Director for IDC India and South Asia, based out of  Bangalore. Vasant is a senior management professional with a proven track record of building profitable businesses. ....
Karan Bajwa to head Google Cloud in India
March 18, 2020: Google  has announced the appointment of Karan Bajwa as Managing Director of Google Cloud in India. ...

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Transition to ‘work from home’ may pay off
Savings in travel time and reduction in traffic congestion, pollution and fuel consumption are immediate benefits.... Hindu Businessline March 25 2020

PM lines up video conference from home to tackle pandemic
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has asked people to stay at home to save themselves and their loved ones from Covid-19, is emulating the same by staying put at his 7 Lok Kalyan Marg (LKM) residence for the past few days.Modi is not even going to the PMO at South Block. Instead, a series of videoconferences have been lined up by the PM from his residence to monitor the situation. Both his addresses to the nation — on March 20 and on Tuesday — were delivered from 7 LKM. Economic Times  March 25 2020


900 patents granted to Indian inventors with IBM
This is also the highest ever number of patents filed by Indian engineers in the last 27 continuous years that IBM has been leading the patents game in the US. India is the second largest contributor to Big Blue’s 2019 list of 9262 patents. Financial Express January 20 2020


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