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(Updated  March 8  2021
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
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Women in leadership: industry voices
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Women in leadership: industry voices
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Twitter chatter reveals passion points of women in India
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  Women in leadership: industry voices
March 8 2021: International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.    This year’s theme is: 'Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. ....
Women in tech are not often inspired by female role model, finds Kaspersky study
Continuing our International Women's Day  coverage March 7, 2021: Over a third (38%) of women working in the IT and tech industry claim that a lack of females in the sector made them wary of entering the profession, according to Kaspersky’s latest Women in Tech report, Where are we now? Understanding the evolution of women in technology. ....
Twitter chatter reveals passion points of women in India
March 7, 2021: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Twitter commissioned independent research to uncover insights around what women in India are talking about on the service. ...
Fastrack launches new wearables and hearables
Bangalore, March 6 2021: Youth accessories brand Fastrack,  has launched new products that straddle the wearables and hearables sectors. ...
Cyber attack hits airline frequent flyer information
March 5 2021: Following the Malaysia Airlines data breach earlier this week, Singapore Airlines' frequent flyer members  have been  hit in another third-party data security breach. ...

Education and e-learning
Reva University offers MSc in Deep Learning and AI
March 4 2021:REVA University invites applications for a 2-year Master of Science in Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence in association with CloudxLab. This UGC approved degree is a globally valid WES recognized Masters course. The first batch is scheduled to start on May 1, 2021. ....
CommLab India recognized for its e-learning leadership
Hyderabad, February 20, 2021:The  eLearning solutions provider for corporate training, CommLab India, has been ranked first among the top global rapid eLearning content providers for the third time in a row. The USP of CommLab India is "rapid eLearning solutions with scale, speed, and quality. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
SITA launches HealthProtect suite of solutions for health monitoring of travellers
February 8 2021:  Switzerland-headquartered travel-technology leader, SITA  has launched Health Protect – an industry solution, to help airlines, airports, governments, and passengers safely and securely share information on health tests or vaccinations needed during travel. ....
'Responsible Tourism should be Kerala's target'
Thiruvananthapuram, February 4 2021:  Kerala should ramp up its commitment to Responsible Tourism and move towards declaring the whole state as an RT destination in the light of changing consumer preferences towards zero carbon destinations and zero food miles besides factoring environmental costs beyond economic cost suggests Suman Billa, Director, Technical Cooperation and Silk Road, UN World Tourism Organization. ....

Healthcare study finds increasing deployment of AI
New Delhi, February 12, 2021: BML Munjal University, a Hero Group Initiative,  has unveiled a report on “Embracing the shift in healthcare”, that summarizes the opportunities and challenges that AI presents for India’s healthcare sector, factors driving its adoption, practical insights into its functioning in the Indian context gathered through a primary survey with C-suite executives in healthcare organisations and recommendations for its future prospects. ....
GEHealthcare to nurture 6 Indian startups
Bangalore, December 18  2020:  ‘India EdisonT Accelerator – Startups powered by GE Healthcare’  has announcesdthe launch of its second Cohort, with the enrollment of six remarkable health-tech startups - AarogyaAI, BrainSightAI, Fluid AI, InMed Prognostics, Wellthy Therapeutics and Onward Assist. ....
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. ...

Product Pulse
Wings Vibe true wireless earbuds: wear it, forget it
Looks good, sounds great! By Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore January 25 2021:  The Wings range of audio devices are brought to India by the Nagpur-headquartered Brandscale Technologies  -- and the speed with which their catalogue is updated is truly breathtaking. ....
Asus Zenbook14: Tough-n-light travel companion
You can select the right combo of memory, storage and cpu to configure the 14-inch Zenbook that best meets your needs By Anand Parthasarathy The era of passing through airport check-in or immigration, with one shoulder sagging from a weighty laptop bag has gone with the wind. ....
Truke TWS Bluetooth earbuds are good value at 2 price points
The latest Truke True Wireless Stereo ear buds live up to the high standards the company has set itself Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore December 5 2020:       Truke is a respected brand for audio devices, brought to India by Eccentric Enterprises, Mumbai. ...

IT's for you
  Airtel consolidates in sub GHz spectrum at auction, even as bidders shun 700 MHz
Day 1 of Indian  telecom spectrum auction New Delhi, March 2, 2021: Bharti Airtel has acquired 355.45 MHz spectrum across Sub GHz, mid band and 2300 MHz bands for a total consideration of Rs 18,699 crores in the  spectrum auction conducted by the Indian goverenment’s Department of Telecommunications, today. ....
Household dust is the Enemy Within
Hidden dust and the  healthy home February 1 2021: Given the ongoing health crisis and stay-at-home emerging as the new normal, many have pledged to start this new year by building clean and healthy home environments to ensure the wellbeing of their loved ones. ....
Xerox announces enhancements to production printing line
January 30,  2021: Xerox announced a suite of production print innovations including new presses, technology enhancements for existing printers as well as artificial intelligence and automation features that aid speed and productivity. ...
Matrix recognized as outstanding MSME
Vadodara, January 25 2021: The Federation of Gujarat Industries, has conferred on Matrix comxsec,  a Certificate of Merit in the category of Outstanding MSME. ...
Aligning social media and content marketing
December 15 2020: On the one hand, we have content marketing, which is the best way to keep your audience engaged and educated. ...

IT people
  Anil Valluri to lead Palo Alto Networks in India and SAARC
Mumbai, March 3, 2021: Anil Valluri has taken over as  cyber security leader, Palo Alto Networks’ regional vice president for India and the SAARC region and will be based in Bangalore. Prior to this,  Valluri was leading the Google Cloud business in India. ....
Tapan Rayaguru to head Kerala Startup Mission
Thiruvananthapuram, February 12 202: Tapan Rayaguru  is to take over as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), the nodal agency of the State Government for building the startup ecosystem in the state. Mr Rayaguru, an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and IIT Kharagpur, has more than 25 years of global experience in the technology and analytics services industry leading client advocacy, execution and grooming future leaders. ....
Roch D'Souza to head Things2Do as CEO
Mumbai, February11 2021: Things2do which curates and co-creates multiple experiences across a host of local events, nightlife, food festivals has  appointed Roch D'souza, former Chief Marketing Officer at Brand Factory, Future Group as its new CEO He will be based out of Things2do's Mumbai office. ...

Best of the rest
Cyber warfare and state surveillance new normal
In this modern technological environment, the State has been empowered to use cyber tools in surveillance as technology in this field has improved by giga leaps and bounds. Editorial in Deccan Chronicle  March 4 2021

Amazon documents reveal company's secret strategy to dodge India's regulators
Indian traders, both brick-and-mortar and smaller online sellers, have long alleged that Amazon’s platform largely benefits a tiny number of big sellers and that the American giant engages in predatory pricing that has crushed legions of retailers.  Reuters  story February 17 2021

Freedom and security: On social media platforms operating in India
The govt. must view freedom of speech as an aid, not impediment, to national security. Editorial in The Hindu, February 17 2021


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