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(Updated   November 11 2019
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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  Consumer lending app, EarlySalary, has disbursed a million loans
Pune, November 14  2019: EarlySalary, India’s largest consumer lending app for salaried individuals,  has achieved a key milestone of successfully disbursing 1 million loans amounting to over  Rs 1,850 crores (Rs 18.5 billion). The app primarily provides young working professionals an easy line of credit, instant cash loans, interest-free EMIs and other long term loans in sectors such as education, travel, shopping, etc. ....
Indian millennial parents develop growing trust in AI, Robotics for Health Care
Mumbai, November 13, 2019: IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, has released a survey: "Generation AI 2019: Third Annual Study of Millennial Parents and Generation Alpha Kids. ....
Techgig Geek goddess crowned
Bangalore, November 12, 2019: At  the TechGig Geek Goddess 2019 finale  this week, Tanneeru Leela  was first among more than 73,387 women technologists to win this year’s title crown. ...
Record attendance at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration
Women in Technology -II Bangalore, November 12, 2019: The 10th Anniversary of Grace Hopper Celebration India, Asia’s largest gathering of women technologists, concluded in the city this week. ...
New waves of WiFi are here
Recent  advances  promise faster networks  at home -- and SIM-based  hotspots everywhere By Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, November 11 2019:The 'connected'  TV was the tipping point:  suddenly lakhs of households in India saw sense in  installing a home WiFi network: It provided economic Internet access for   multiple  mobile phones; it fuelled PC and laptop -- and it 'smartened' the television set,  enabling  the family to enjoy at a time of  its choosing,  hundreds of new movies and serials   from  Net-based providers like Hotstar, Netflix,Amazon and the like. ...

Education and e-learning
ufaber revolutionizes online education through tech and hyperpersonalisation
October 31 2019: Edu-tech startup ufaber, provides hyper-personalised affordable education across career transformational domains like IELTS, PTE, UPSC, GATE and English Communication using the platform of Python Jhango.   In little over 4 years, ufaber has enrolled 100,000 registered learners, 30,000+ paid customers,  over 1200 trainers ufaber ensures that each trainer undergoes a skilling program known as ‘eMaester’. ....
CommLab India honoured as e-learning leader
Hyderabad,  October 20, 2019:  Leader in rapid eLearning solutions and authoring tools -- CommLab India -- has been conferred the Silver Award among the top eLearning content development companies for 2019 by eLearning Industry. This recognition is an acknowledgement of CommLab India’s contribution and impact on eLearning development on a global scale. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
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. ....
Female business travelers don't have it easy, finds SAP survey
Bellevue, Washington (USA), November 4 2019: SAP has announced the results of a new SAP Concur survey revealing that more than three in four female business travelers have suffered harassment while traveling and more than one in two change their plans because of safety concerns. ....

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. inconvenience, confusion and high costs. A brainchild of four engineers from BITS Pilani – Anurag Prasad, Shashvat Tripathi, Vaibhav Singh and Chetan Anand – who have faced the problem of inaccessibility to quality healthcare, firsthand. ....
Zorgers home health services in North India, enhanced with an app
Delhi, August 8 2019: Zorgers, a pioneer in the home healthcare industry has now joined the mobile app bandwagon by launching an Android app that aims to help monitor its patients remotely. The app also provides information about the health of the patients and navigation to caregivers, whenever in need. ....
Niramai breast health test to be offered in all municipal hospitals of Bangalore
Bangalore,  July 22, 2019: All hospitals in Bangalore Corporation will  offer the Niramai non invasive breast health test. ...

Product Pulse
Pennline Deskmo: charger-cum mousepad
Wirelessly charge your phone,  while making that video call Bangalore, November 4 2019: In this business of computing accessories, we have seen some strange combos -- but a portable  mouse pad that is also a wireless charger. That is a new one on us!  William Penn  best known as distributors of premium writing instruments  have brought the Pennline Deskmo  wireless charging mousepad to India. ....
TecnoCamon 12 Air and Infinix S5
Two brands from one parent, Tecno and Infinix are challenging  mobile phone biggies  with   top-notch specs  at affordable prices October 31 2019: Not too long ago,  triple and quad cameras  on mobile phones,  AI-enhanced shooting modes,  gesture-based  controls,  face-based unlock  and  Google Lens  image  recognition were  exclusive to pricey premium handsets. ....
Redmi Note 8 is redefining affordable flagships
Bangalore, October 23 2019:There's nothing to hate about the recently launched Redmi 8 series from Xiaomi. ...

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
  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. Sanjay will contribute to Google’s ongoing efforts to expand the internet ecosystem in the country, driving Internet adoption among consumers and businesses and accelerating innovation. ....
Anil Kapur to lead Money transfer player MoneyGram in AsiaPac- South Asia
Mumbai, Oct. 6 , 2019: MoneyGram, a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services,  has announced that industry veteran Anil Kapur has joined the company as head of Asia Pacific and South Asia.  “We are happy to welcome Anil to the MoneyGram team,” said Grant Lines, Chief Revenue Officer at MoneyGram. ....
Raghunatha Chary to head operations at 365squared
September 6 2019: Leading Cloud Communications Platform service provider, Route Mobile  has appointed Raghunatha Chary Maringanti as the new Chief Operating Officer of its subsidiary, the , European SMS Firewall solution company 365squared. ...

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WhatsApp spying: Govt, come clean
Millions of users across the world who trusted WhatsApp’s claim of being a secure, end-to-end encrypted communication platform are in shock after revelations that it is susceptible to compromise and has, in fact, been used by third parties to snoop on people in many countries through spyware......Ravi Shankar Prasad’s response to the revelations has been far from convincing, which only strengthens doubts that the government was always in the know of things. Deccan Herald November2 2019

Welcome ruling on Internet access
The Kerala High Court’s ruling that the right to access the Internet is a fundamental right has expanded the scope of citizens’ freedom as defined in the Constitution and recognised the role of Internet as an enabler and an important tool of empowerment...  Deccan Herald editorial   October 9 2019


Prominent scientists warn that 5G could pose health hazards
 Several eminent scientists in the country have begun a crusade to caution the Government against rushing into auctioning of spectrum for the industry to roll-out 5G technology based services in the country.These scientists are campaigning, writing letters to Government and Parliamentarians and other opinion makers. Hindu Businessline July 30 2019


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