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INDIAN IT IN NUMBERS 
(Updated  August  9 2020
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Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.220 billion (1220 million)
Mobiles    1200 million 
Landlines: 20 million 
Total no. of PCs: 250 million 
Internet users:   580 million  including  mobile Internet 400  million
Broadband:   665 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless :  545 million) Broadband  defined as >512 KBPS

TV owning houses: 300 million  ( DTH 125m  cable 175m)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
NEW:INDIA Media and entertainment: FICCI Report  March 2020
Feb 28 2019: TRAI  White paper on  5G in India

 August 2018:  Indian Drone regulations

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  Ozonetel offers Whatsapp based solution for contact centres
Hyderabad,  August 10, 2020: Ozonetel, India’s leading provider of on-demand cloud communication and Contact Centre Solutions has launched a first-of-its-kind WhatsApp Solution for call centres. Using this solution, any business can enable an efficient, responsive WhatsApp channel for their customer support. ....
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