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(Updated    January 20 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  Draft e-commerce policy Feb 2019... full text  below
Feb 28 2019: TRAI  White paper on  5G in India

 August 2018:  Indian Drone regulations

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Xiaomi is Mix-ing it up!
CEOs face Innovation Achievement Gap, finds Accenture study
CEOs face Innovation Achievement Gap, finds Accenture study
Google doodle remembers poet Kaifi Azmi
Start 2020 with a smarter home
Mahindra Ecole Centrale joins Telangana government on AI
Zeta launches new universal banking platform
Personal Technologies  
Zeta launches new universal banking platform
Travel & Tourism Technology  
Mindtree sets up special centre in Bangalore to develop immersive experience solutions
HDFC Life launches Etty, the Whatsapp chatbot

Product Pulse  
Oppo: F for feature-rich
IT happened in India
  CEOs face Innovation Achievement Gap, finds Accenture study
New Delhi, Jan. 23 2020: While a majority of CEOs express strong confidence in the effectiveness of their current information technology (IT) systems, most are struggling to achieve levels of innovation that drive growth and revenue, according to a global study by Accenture . ....
Zeta launches new universal banking platform
Mumbai, January 22 , 2020: Banking platform provider  Zeta  has unveiled Tachyon -- a modern universal banking platform that can be used to power debit, credit, and prepaid products for retail and commercial customers of banks and fintechs. It has a comprehensive end-to-end card management system, a universal switch and a payments engine. ....
Now, anti-drone technology from cyber security leader,Kaspersky
Bangalore, January 22 2020: In what is arguably a first for a cyber security company, Kaspersky has developed anti-drone technology, which can detect  such unmanned autonomous vehicles, if they   intrude into closed airspace and even  disrupt its communication and guidance. ...
Xiaomi is Mix-ing it up!
ByVishnu Anand Bangalore, January 20 2020: A few days back, Xiaomi revealed, its  new smartphone vision: Christened Mi Mix Alpha, it is the first phone to feature a wraparound screen design, which essentially means it is an OLED screen all over. ...
$1 billion investment, 1 million jobs promise by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
Mumbai,  January 18, 2020: Amazon plans to create 1 million new jobs in India by 2025 through continued investments in technology, infrastructure, and its logistics network. ...

Education and e-learning
English 99 is a free app for learners
January 1 2020: With a vision to educate  10 million  Indians to speak fluent English by 2023, Piyush and Maya Bhatia, a brother-sister duo, have launched English99, a comprehensive app for English learning, comprising of 99 tutorial videos, 99 tests, peer to peer interaction for free download. ....
Indian students learn Japanese for fruitful careers
December 22 2019: Earlier this month, some 800 students took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at Sona College of Technology in Salem, Tamil Nadu. Till now the test centres were restricted to large metro cities only. And until December 1, 2019 even candidates from as far as Kochi had to travel to Chennai for the test. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Look out for new TripTypes in 2020
Bangalore, January 19 2020: The Asia Pacific Travel Trends report from Skyscanner is an amber light for tourism  and travel agencies :  new categories of tourists are coming. For some years, the  most popular stimulus for travel choices was social media. ....
Inviting Indian innovation in tourism
New Delhi, Delhi, India In association with IHCL and Tata Trusts, WTFL commits to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship for the sector The eagerly awaited Innovation Camp garners over 200 promising entries from India and South East Asia Exciting new concepts await to be evaluated for their game changing ideas in innovation and sustainability   Bangalore, November 6 2019:  World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL), a global platform  for  tourism, travel and hospitality, is making its debut in India and has received over 200 participation requests for the upcoming Start-Up Innovation Camp, 2019. ....

Now, pet care based on Ayurveda!
November 28 2019: Petveda is an exclusive brand aimed towards pet care, providing pet care products based on various studies of properties of plants, herbs and natural ingredients, as laid down in the ancient scriptures of Ayurveda formulations, using only certified organic ingredients. ....
HealthSignz launches AI-powered app, AyuRiti
November 26 2019: AI-powered healthcare startup HealthSignz has recently launched its Ayurveda-based App – AyuRiti. Wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga coming from age. Blended with Artificial Intelligence algorithms the  platform provides  users with a Preventive, Curative and Management approach to their health challenges. ....
Visit Health bridges doctor - patient gap
September 26 2019: Visit Health is a Delhi based Healthtech company that aims to solve the problems faced by Indians in accessing quality healthcare viz. ...

Product Pulse
Oppo: F for feature-rich
Bangalore, January 20 2020: Setting the tone for 2020, Oppo has just launched the F15, an all-in-one offering at an attractive price, targeted at those of us who crave a little bit of everything.  The brand has also revealed how it has segmented its offerings where Reno will be a premium line, the A series will be the value line and the F series will be a mid-range all-in-one line. ....
Spark Power,Tecno's year-end release takes power performance seriously
Bangalore,December 30 2019:Tecno is a brand that has successfully followed the 'wait and watch' strategy in India. It has a fair understanding of what Indian consumers want, based on how they have responded to competing devices. The company's latest launch ,  Tecno Spark Power,  puts  this intelligence into a phone  with a triple camera and a massive battery,  in an attractive package. ....
Realme X2: 64 MP masterpiece
Bangalore, December 92019:Ever since its launch in India, Realme smartphones have challenged other brands with a different series of phones, aimed at value-for-money, all-in-ones and affordable flagships. ...

IT's for you
  Zee5 launches 2 tools for advertisers
Mumbai, September 18, 2019: ZEE5, the digital entertainment  brand of  Zee Entertainment Enterprises   has launched 2 tools in recent days in its   its ‘Ad-suite’ offering for brands and the advertising ecosystem at large. ....
Birst is a Strong Performer in Client-Managed and Vendor-Managed BI Platforms
September  15 , 2019 – Infor, a global leader in business cloud software  has announced that the Birst cloud business analytics Enterprise BI Platforms (Client-Managed), Q3 2019” and the “The Forrester Wave: Enterprise BI Platforms (Vendor-Managed), Q3 2019. ....
BFSI tech summit ends
 August 31 2019: The 8th Edition of the BFSI Innovation and Technology Summit 201   which addressed the theme: embracing innovation & understanding the evolving role of technology saw had more than 85+ delegates in attendance. ...
Banking and Financial services in a new customer-centric era
L C Singh, Director and Executive Vice Chairman, Nihilent,  talks about the new customer-centric focus of the  Banking and Financial Services sector and how disruptive technologies  can be leveraged. ...
Lava launches gaming phone Z93
New Delhi, August  25  2019: Lava International  has launched a  gaming smartphone- Lava Z93, sporting  a Smart AI Gaming Mode which allows users to increase the graphic acceleration for heavy games for a lag free gaming experience. ...

IT people
  Sandip Patel is IBM MD for India region
Bangalore, January, 9 2020: IBM  has  announced the appointment of Sandip Patel as managing director of its India & South Asia (ISA) operations, succeeding Karan Bajwa who will pursue Mr. Patel will be responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM's sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. ....
Kali Prasad moves from TiE Hyderabad to Global Board
Hyderabad,December 18, 2019: TiE Global Board of Trustees has named Kali Prasad Gadiraju, immediate past president of TiE Hyderabad Chapter as its newest board member beginning January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021. ....
Sanjay Gupta is new Country Manager for Google India
New Delhi,November 8 2019: Google today announced the appointment of Sanjay Gupta as its new Country Manager and Vice President of Sales and Operations for India. ...

Best of the rest
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

Internet Saga and the Indian State
Between January and July 2019, Access Now reports that India had 80 instances of Internet shutdowns.....Asian Age January 19 2020

Apps to beat Net shutdown
As pan-India protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens intensified on Thursday, Internet, voice and messaging services by telecom service providers, including Airtel, Vodafone, Idea ansd Jio were suspended in many parts of the country. Here are some messaging and chat apps and other handy services that can work without the Internet. Deccan Herald, December 21 2019


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