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(Updated  October 25 2020
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: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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AirOK launches Smoke Stop air purifiers with EGAPA technology
Kerala, Goa, top big and small states in goverance index
Smart speakers reach beyond metros, to tier 2 cities
Kerala, Goa, top big and small states in goverance index
India most troubled by talent crunch for advanced threats detection, finds MicroFocus study
Kerala, Goa, top big and small states in goverance index
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Personal Technologies  
Smart speakers reach beyond metros, to tier 2 cities
Travel & Tourism Technology  
Amidst Covid challenges, Kerala Tourism bags top APAC marketing award
Mahindra University student creates touchless face recognition attendance app

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Sennheiser listening devices: for all tastes and purses
IT happened in India
  Kerala, Goa, top big and small states in goverance index
October 31 2020: The not-for-profit Public Affairs Centre (PAC) has announce the Public Affairs Index 2020 (PAI 2020), the annual ranking of the states of India on governance performance. PAI 2020 is the assessment of the adequacy and quality of Governance in the states of India for the year 2019-2020. ....
Smart speakers reach beyond metros, to tier 2 cities
Bangalore, October 30 2020:  Less than three years of their availability in India, smart speakers  have penetrated outside the big cities and have  established an awareness of 54% across nonmetro cities, finds a study by Karvy Insights for Amazon India. ....
Infosys goes carbon neutral, well ahead of schedule
Bangalore, October 29, 2020: Global leader in  digital services and consulting Infosys  has turned carbon neutral 30 years ahead of 2050, the timeline set by the Paris Agreement. ...
Mahindra University student creates touchless face recognition attendance app
October 28 2020: Mahindra University’s student, Kartikeya Bhardwaj (Mechanical Engineering Student, Class of 2020), has created a deep learning app, Chakshu Face Attendance, to provide employers or  institutions with touchless recording of attendance attributes. ...
India most troubled by talent crunch for advanced threats detection, finds MicroFocus study
Bangalore,  October 27, 2020 :Enterprise software leader Micro Focus in partnership with CyberEdge Group, has published the 2020 State of Security Operations report,  detailing  the various cybersecurity issues faced by security operations centers (SOCs) across the globe and the tech-led measures being taken by enterprise SecOps teams to address the same. ...

Education and e-learning
Krayon launches interschool contest, WIZKIDS
October21 2020: : KRAYON India's first video platform for a student's overall development, brings  to students; WIZKIDS, South Asia’s Largest Interschool Literary, Art & Cultural Competition. Their aim is to meet the needs of students looking for after-school programming and extracurricular activities amidst the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape. ....
Cyient to help SR University create a curriculum for advanced manufacturing systems
Hyderabad, October 20, 2020: Global digital engineering and technology solutions company, Cyient, has signed an MoU with Warangal-based SR University to  help in developing an industry-oriented curriculum focused on advanced manufacturing systems. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
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. ....

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
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
Sennheiser listening devices: for all tastes and purses
The respected German audio brand has launched a trio of products that span the entire gamut of unwired personal hearing – headphone, earphone and earbuds Anand Parthasarathy October 22 2020:  You can have almost identical specifications in two products, even the same look –but class will tell one apart. ....
Poco X3: Heavy duty – literally!
In its latest iteration of the X series, Poco beefs up battery and video shooting features Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, October 16 2020: Coming just six months after the India launch of Poco X2, one is tempted to ask what has changed in this short span. ....
Infinix Hot 10: Size does matter
The latest handset in the Infinix Hot series offers its biggest ever screen, battery and RAM Anand Parthasarathy October 6 2020: It worked for Godzilla and it sure works for smartphones: size does matter, the bigger the better. ...

IT's for you
  Aisle offers singles a way to interact before dating
Bangalore October 29, 2020: Aisle, India’s leading dating app, has announced the launch of a new live streaming feature where users can interact-before-matching. This one-of-a-kind concept allows individuals to host a virtual ‘Room’ and begin an audio conversation with any other interested user. ....
Bluei launches neckband wireless earphones
New Delhi, October 23  2020:Online shopping site Bluei, has launched its newest Wireless Neckband ‘ECHO3’. The flexi Neck Band is designed lightweight, shock proof and dust residence, folds easily, to be kept in the bag when not in use. ....
First ever virtual edition of ConnectechAsia attracts 6800 attendees
Singapore, October 21 2020: ConnecTechAsia, Asia's leading Infocomm Media and Technology event  -- the first to be held virtually -- concluded after three days of insightful conference sessions and exhibitions on the latest solutions and trends empowering the digital economy. ...
Unearthing information packed nuggets
Ram Sukumar, CEO of Indium software, talks about data, text analytics and more. October 10 2020: In this day and age, along with the burgeoning amount of data, we also see a drastic increase in the need for finding a way to form structured data in order to derive insights. ...
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. ...

IT people
  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. Kabir will join on October 21st, 2020 and will be responsible for the strategic financial management of the company, including investor relations. ....
Cynthia Srinivas is new VP Technical Services at Pegasystems
Hyderabad, October 2, 2020:  Enterprise cloud  solutions leader  – Pegasystems Inc. ...

Best of the rest
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

Home Business 27 per cent BPOs may switch to Work From Home models permanently
Over a quarter, 27 per cent, of Business Processing outsourcing (BPO) companies will switch to work-from-home models permanently in the post pandemic environment, indicates a survey conducted by Ozonetel, an on-demand cloud communications firm.The survey, which highlighted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the call centre industry, reported that 53 per cent of such businesses witnessed a drop in productivity of call center agents during the pandemic. New Indian Express  October 20 2020


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