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(Updated  November 28 2021
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.24 billion (1224 million)
Mobiles:    1199 million    Landlines: 25 million 
Broadband Internet users:    820 million  including  mobile Internet 800  million
and wired broadband 20 million.  

TV owning houses: 210 million  
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
NEW!: Indian Drone Rules notified  August 25 2021
KPMG Media and Entertainment Report 2020. Read full report
Ericsson Mobility Report Dec 2020 
25 years of Internet in India. The numbers
INDIA Media and entertainment: FICCI Report  March 2021

Feb 28 2019: TRAI  White paper on  5G in India

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Raghuram leads VMware at a critical time as it becomes an independent company again
Raghuram leads VMware at a critical time as it becomes an independent company again
Raghuram leads VMware at a critical time as it becomes an independent company again
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IT happened in India
  Raghuram leads VMware at a critical time as it becomes an independent company again
December 1 2021: The euphoria yesterday  in India, over the appointment of  Parag Agarwal to lead Twitter, ignored the fact that he was only the second Indian to lead a major tech MNC this year. On June 1 , longtime employee, Rangarajan Raghu Raghuram, took after as  CEO of VMware succeeding  Pat Gelsinger who returned to Intel as CEO. ....
On National Computer Security Day, some hints from experts
November 30 2021: In response to burgeoning threats of cyber attacks, a chapter of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) created National Computer Security Day to raise public awareness every November 30 since 1988 On this occasion, some relevant thoughts and suggestions from tech leaders: Indrajit Belgundi, Senior Director and General Manager, Client Solutions Group, Dell Technologies, India comments  “With hybrid work becoming the new norm, there’s a strong need for organizations to have a robust security and data protection strategy. ....
India1 Payments crosses 10,000 White Label ATMs
Mumbai, November 30, 2021: India1 Payments Limited (formerly BTI Payments Private Limited), India’s largest White Label ATM operator has crossed the ATM deployment milestone of 10,000 White Label ATMs. ...
UST set for sharp manpower growth in Bangalore
Bangalore, November 29, 2021:  UST, a leading digital transformation solutions company, today announced the expansion of the workforce in its Bangalore centre to over 6000 employees. ...
Livey deploys AI to help fight skin disease
November  29, 2021: There is a gross mismatch between the huge burden of skin diseases and skills necessary to manage it, leading to a high number of untreated or poorly treated patients. ...

Education and e-learning
Zoho launches TrainerCentral, a platform for e-learning
Chennai, November 30, 2021: Zoho Corporation, the parent company of leading technology brands such as ManageEngine, Zoho and Qntrl, announced today the launch of TrainerCentral,  a robust training platform built to serve the booming e-learning market. ....
Proctur app is a tool for educators
November 29, 2021: Leading EdTech Company, Proctur recently launched their app “Proctur - Live Teaching App” for teachers, educators, and tutors in India. Currently available for free on App Store and Google Play, the app will help coaching institutes to manage and streamline their services like live classes, online exams and fee collection. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Bring your pet along, to these hotels, on a pawcation!
November 19 2021: You need that vacation after 18 months of Covid lockdown – but have no place to leave your pet? Not to worry, take your four-legged friend along. Yes, you can have a ‘pawfect vacation’, in select hotels in India that welcome pets along with their human guests. ....
Digital revolution will innovate the entire hotel industry
November, 17 2021:  We bring you this perspective on the new digital revolution in making the hotel industry smarter, from Barrows Hotel Enterprises,  a  provider of hotel investment and advisory services for hotels in the Middle East and Africa. ....

Poor bear disproportionate disease burden: study
Bangalore, November 21, 2021: A third of India's people now live in urban areas. India's urban population has seen rapid growth from about 18% (1960), 28.53% (2001), to 34% in 2019. Close to 30% of people living in urban areas are poor. COVID-19 has called for a big fix of our healthcare systems, but how much of this trickles down to the most vulnerable communities in our cities?  The Azim Premji University, in collaboration with 17 regional NGOs across India,  has launched the 'Health Care Equity in Urban India' Report, a compendium of learnings that unpack health vulnerabilities and inequalities in cities in India. ....
Mindtree crafts a universal digital health passport
Bangalore, November 7, 2021: Global technology services company,  Mindtree,   has launched a  Digital Health Passport for Travel, a solution that provides a smarter, safer and smoother experience to global travelers in navigating frequently changing travel regulations and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. ....
Eka to help create digital health IDs under AyushmanBharat scheme
Bangalore, October 27 2021: Private healthcare platform Eka Care is  to facilitate the creation of Health IDs under Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission (ABDM). ...

Product Pulse
O2Cure: portable air purifier
Anand Parthasarathy September 6 2021: With many Indian cities finding a place in the dubious list  of the world’s most  airt polluted places, a room air purifier has become a necessary fixture in many urban homes. And with the Coronavirus pandemic posing yet another threat to health, an air purifier that can also   neutralise the threat of novel coronavirus hanging in the air is something on many a wish list. ....
Asus Chromebook C223: Google all the way
This Chromebook is light in build and light on your pocket By Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, August 18 2021: Hard to believe,  but Chrome the operating system that Google created for a predominantly always-online user, is 10 years old this year!  Most of us, installed Chrome as a second string to a primary OS. ....
Amazon Fire TV Cube: When smart speaker meets smart TV
By Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, August 18 2021:  For some years now, Amazon has had two distinct streams of hardware products:  First, the Echo range of smart speakers, featuring the Alexa voice assistant. ...

IT's for you
  Many Indian enterprises harness Aerospike's NoSQL solutions
November 28 2021: Aerospike is a global leader in next-generation, real-time NoSQL data solutions.  The company  works with several companies in India including Airtel, Jio, BookMyShow, Flipkart, Snapdeal, PhonePe, Paytm, DBS Bank,, BigBasket, Ola, Dream11 etc. ....
Xilinx unveils data accelerator card for High Performance Computing applications
Bangalore,  Nov. 16, 2021:Leader in adaptive computing,  Xilinx, used the platform of the  SC21 supercomputing conference to introduce the Alveo U55C data centre accelerator card and a new standards-based, API-driven clustering solution for deploying FPGAs at massive scale. ....
Barracuda researchers identify AtlassianConfluence and Azure OMI attacks conducted through remote code execution vulnerabilities
550 unique attacker IPs were discovered to have attempted to exploit the Confluence vulnerability, October 19, 2021: Researchers of Barracuda, leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions have uncovered remote code execution vulnerabilities used to conduct attacks; The Atlassian Confluence OGNL injection attack and Azure Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) attack. ...
Visionet offers AI-driven document processing platform
October 8 2021: Visionet Systems, Inc., a leading provider of digital solutions to the Banking and Financial Services industry,  has launched DocVu. ...
NXP summit highlights safety and security issues
New Delhi, October 8 2020: NXP India, part of the world leader in secure connectivity solutions has  organized its  9th Mega Tech Summit- Security & Safety Week . ...

IT people
  Raghuram helms VMware, the company he joined 18 years ago
December 1 2021: Raghu Raghuram has been leading VMware as CEO since June 1 this year, helping transition the company back as an independent entity, after 16-plus years as a Dell group enterprise. During his tenure at VMware ( since 2003), Raghuram has held multiple leadership roles, most recently Chief Operating Officer, Products and Cloud Services, where he had responsibility for all of VMware’s product and service offerings and centralized services, support and operational functions. ....
Rajnish Gupta to head Zebra sales in Indian subcontinent
New Delhi,  November 22, 202: Zebra Technologies Corporation has appointed Rajnish Gupta as its Sales Vice President for India and Sub-Continent business. Based in Gurgaon, he reports to Ryan Goh, the Singapore-based Senior Vice President and General Manager of Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific. ....
Phanimohan Kalagara is new CTO at Pine Labs
New Delhi, October 20, 2021: Pine Labs, a leading merchant commerce platform,  has announced the appointment of Phanimohan Kalagara as its new CTO. ...

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Online gaming has seen a big boom in India during lockdowns
India is estimated to touch 657 million gaming users by FY25. Sectoral revenues are projected to increase to Rs 29,000 crore by FY25 from Rs 13,600 crore in FY21 led by casual gaming.... India is the second-largest base for gamers after China.  Financial Express November 28 2021

‘Tata in talks to set up $300 million chip unit’
Tata is talking to the States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana and scouting for land for the outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) plant... While Tata has previously said it would likely enter the semiconductor business, this is the first time news about the group’s foray into the sector and its scale has been reported. Reuters report sourced from The Hindu, November 27 2021


How IT Firms Plan to Call People Back
Companies, especially in the IT sector, are more eager to bring back employees to the for three a week, rather than five days a week, according to a report by Nasscom. As per the report, employees above the age of 25 will be back in their offices by November itself, while the next lot based on age will come in a similar graded manner.As per the ‘NASSCOM Return to Workplace Survey’ , about 70 per cent of workplaces in India are exploring the hybrid model of work, whereby employees can work from home on  certain days and  from office on the others. TV News 18,November 9 2021


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