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(Updated  October 22 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
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Ericsson Mobility Report Dec 2020 
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IT happened in India
  AU Small Bank introduced a QR Code Sound box to help small traders
Mumbai, October  23, 2021: India’s Largest Small Finance Bank, AU Small Finance Bank has launched QR Code Sound Box to enhance its reach in digital payments, while making it the first bank to launch such a product. AU SFB QR code sound box is a small and portable speaker for daily payment alerts. ....
TataSky to operate its own satellite, ISRO to build it
October 23 2021:   Direct-to-Home TV service provider  TataSky, is to have its own dedicated  communication satellite to fuel its services.  NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL), the commercial arm of  the Indian Space Research Organisation has confirmed that it will soon launch a 4-tonne Ku-bandsatellite – named GSAT-24 --  specifically to serve TataSky. ....
Data Storage leader DDN to start manufacturing in India
Delhi,October 22 2021: The world’s largest privately held storage company, Chatsworth, California (US)-based  DataDirect Networks (DDN), has announced plans  for local manufacturing of their data storage solutions in India. ...
XBOOM Launches VFLYX, a ‘Make in India’ drone technology company
Bangalore, October 21, 2021: e-Commerce gadget platform XBOOM Utilities, has launched its Make in India UAV (Drone) Technology company VFLYX India The new wing of the start-up will also be based in Bangalore in a 10,000sq. ...
Now, an in-clinic analytical tool for doctors
October 21 2021: HealthPlix Technologies,    has released its in-clinic analytics software – ROBIN -- for doctors who can now access thenew, one-click in-clinic Doctor Insights Dashboard that aims to give back to doctors,  information on what is happening in their clinic over time. ...

Education and e-learning
Amazon Web Services offers free skilling programme
Bangalore, October 7 2021: Amazon Web Services (AWS)  has announced the launch of AWS re/Start in India -- a free skills-development and job training programme that prepares learners for cloud computing careers. The 12-week programme is offered with no cost to learners, and previous technology experience is not required to apply. ....
EmpowerYouth extends its loan scheme to Rajasthan
October 7 2021:, the career-tech platform, has now opened up its offerings to students in Rajasthan, after the immense success of their Education loans for studies across the states of Punjab and Himachal. In a first, the organization has tied up with Shyam University, Dausa to help their students with availability of education loans. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Hilton hotels introduce new tech innovations for digital key entry and connected rooms
Singapore, October 21 2021:Hilton today announced the latest in a series of technology innovations to enhance the guest experience across the company’s 18 world-class hotel brands. In a first for a major hospitality company, Digital Key Share will allow more than one guest to have access to their room’s Digital Key, which turns the free Hilton Honors app on their smartphones into a room key. ....
After houseboats, Kerala moots caravan tourism
September 18 2021:Kerala has put in place a  comprehensive, stakeholder-friendly Caravan Tourism Policy, promising the visitors safe, customized and closest-to-nature travel experience, with private investors, tour operators and local communities as key stake holders. ....

HealthPlix launches analytical tool for doctors
October 21 2021: Indian provider of AI-powered Electronic Medical Recorss ( EMR)software  for doctors HealthPlix Technologies,    has released its in-clinic analytics software – ROBIN -- for doctors. ROBIN sits on HealthPlix's flagship product, EMR. ....
This Medical AI Programme is saving lives
September 29 2021:Balaji is a businessman who owns a garment shop in one of the busiest streets in Chennai. He travels to his shop on his two-wheeler, threading through heavy and chaotic traffic every day. His job requires him to sit for long hours overseeing his staff and to wait on clients, and he smokes on occasion, primarily to while away time, waiting for potential customers. ....
NASSCOM body launches privacy guide for healthcare
New Delhi, August 23, 2021:  The Data Security Council of India (DSCI) a body set up by NASSCOM, has  launched a Privacy Guide for the Healthcare sector, as part of its Sectoral Privacy Project, supported by Omidyar Network India. ...

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
  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.AI – an AI-driven Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) platform. Apart from banking and the mortgage industry, 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 . ...
Robotics workshop precedes innovation contest
New Delhi,  October 7 2021:  Capgemini and 'The Innovation Story' (TIS)  recently organised a Creative and Design Thinking Workshop on Robotics  as a  precursor to the TIS-Capgemini Innovate for Tomorrow Contest ( Oct 3-29) presented as a part of the  India-Internet Governance Forum event. ...
Matrix Comsec honored at SME Empowering Awards
New Delhi, September 30 2021: Leading manufacturer Telecom and Security solutions, Matrix Comsec, has been honoured with a "Certificate of Appreciation" in the category Electronic Products & Solutions at the recently concluded award ceremony of SME-Empowering India awards 2021 held here on September 28. ...

IT people
  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. Phanimohan is a M.S. in Computer Science from Utah State University and has over two decades of experience of working with companies in the United States and India. ....
Indian American Nita Patel to lead IEEE Computer Society
October 14 2021: Nita Patel,  senior director at the Engineering Lead Design Centre-Farmington at Otis has been elected president of the IEEE Computer Society  for 2023. The Indian American engineer is active with multiple IEEE CS committees, the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee, several IEEE Women in Engineering committees, and the IEEE New Hampshire executive committee, according to a press release. ....
Vishwanath to be GM, India Operations at TE Connectivity
Bangalore, October 3 2021: World leader in connectivity and sensors-- TE Connectivity-- has announced the appointment of Vishwanath. ...

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How Facebook Undermines Privacy Protections for Its 2 Billion WhatsApp Users
WhatsApp assures users that no one can see their messages — but the company has an extensive monitoring operation and regularly shares personal information with prosecutors.  Pro Publica September 7 2021

Tax Move May Not Be Enough ....
India’s government has finally taken a decisive step toward ending “tax terror,” fulfilling a pledge it had made during the 2014 campaign that first brought Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power. Is this a fresh start, the beginning of an open, predictable, and fair relationship between New Delhi and global capital? Blooomberg August 6 2021

Squaring up India's education emergency
In making up for months of lost formal learning, there needs to be action on the education, health and livelihood fronts....The Hindu oped by  Sajith Bashir and Anvar Sadath, August 13 2021


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