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(Updated   September 17   2019
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.200 billion (1200 million)
Mobiles    1188 million 
Landlines: 22 million 
Total no. of PCs: 250 million 
Internet users:   580 million  including  mobile Internet 400  million
Broadband:   570 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless :  550 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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  IMPS is world-best realtime money transfer system, finds FIS study
Mumbai, September 20, 2019: India's real-time money transfer platform, IMPS - Immediate Payment Service, is rated as world’s best real-time payments system according to research released today by global leader in financial services technology,  FIS. ....
Mphasis earns US patent for AI system
Bangalore, September 19  2019:  India based Information Technology solutions provider,Mphasis has been granted a U.S. patent for its AI system for tracking, managing and analyzing data from unstructured data sources. The newly issued patent – U. ....
Xiaomi enters water purifier market, while disrupting TV biz with 4 new models
Bangalore, September 17, 2019: Older readers may recall a classic Tata advertisement  whose catchline was "We also make steel",  pointing at the very wide categories of business carried out by the company. ...
Niki extends the power of voice & vernacular transactions to Bengali
September 17 2019:  Niki, India’s first voice and vernacular enabled commerce app for the next billion internet users of Bharat, has recently made its services available in Bengali, enabling additional 10 million people to do online transactions in their first language. ...
The Viva Pro from ROAV is the world's first voice- enabled car charger
Ride with me, Alexa! By Anand Parthasarathy September 16 2019: The Echo smart speakers  from Amazon and similar  Google Home options have found good traction from  younger buyers  who  like the comforting presence of a friendly voice you can talk to. ...

Education and e-learning
Online tutor platform GuruQ adds new features
Delhi Sep 17, 2019:    GuruQ, India’s leading digital platform for connecting students with certified user-rated tutors, has revamped its website recently by introducing additional features to meet sartorial needs for both tutors and students. ....
Microsoft, Roorkee IIT join to promote quantum computing
Hyderabad, August 31, 2019:  Microsoft Garage India has partnered with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee to conduct lectures on quantum computing for a full semester. IIT’s BTech and MTech students can choose the course as a pool elective. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Tomorrow's travelers will all be digitally driven & tech-savvy
September 4 2019: Airport and airline IT executives believe that the growing number of tech-savvy travelers will have the biggest impact on their digital plans over the next six years to 2025. This is revealed in a new report published yesterday  by leading IT provider to the air transport industry, SITA. ....
Travelport unveils blockchain tool for hotel commission reconciliation
New Delhi, August 25, 2019: Travelport, a leading technology company serving the travel industry  has announced the development of a blockchain solution to enhance the hotel commission reconciliation process.   Working with IBM Services and leading travel management company BCD Travel as well as a number of high-profile hotel chains, the blockchain technology solution aims to optimize hotel commission processing on a distributed ledger by managing reconciliation, tracking and accounting for commission payments owed from hotel chains for services purchased by travelers via booking agencies . ....

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.  To start with free breast cancer screening for underprivileged women at all Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) hospitals  will  conducted by Niramai These screening camps will be conducted at various BBMP hospitals offering Niramai’s AI-based early stage breast cancer detection technology. ....
First-ever hackathon held in geriatric healthcare
Bangalore, 1 July 16 , 2019:  A  first of its kind Medical Device Hackathon “ReImagineHealth 2019”  was held here yesterday, supported by MedTech and Geriatric Healthcare Technology Business Incubator, Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science (IISC), K-Tech, Government of Karnataka, various companies, hospitals, policy bodies, entrepreneurs, legal and regulatory organizations and NGOs in Bangalore. ...

Product Pulse
Tecno Spark Go is great value
Bangalore, September 17 2019: An 8 MP primary camera with dual flash, a 5 MP selfie camera, a 6.1 inches dot notch screen, with an exclusive video chat beauty mode -- the Tecno Spark is indeed a phone that has caught the pulse of the 'other' India, that is  Bharat. ....
Lenovo K10 Note - All-in-one wonder
September 16 2019: Recently, Lenovo launched in India, three devices, one each in the Z, K, and A series respectively. The one that caught our fancy was the middle one -- the K 10 note. With its clever mix of specs and performance, the K 10 Note is the all-in-one phone that does everything you want, with optimal efficiency. ....
Oppo Reno 2 is piece of art
September 16 2019: The difference between a Rs. 6000 Titan watch and a Rs. 30,000  from Michael Kors is usually not about what it does. ...

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
  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.  Raghunatha Chary – fondly known as “Raghu” – is an OU and NMIMS alumni with over 25 years of corporate experience spanning SCM, Media Planning, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and big data/analytics industries. ....
Ashish Mahadwar returns to Microland -- to head global sales
Bangalore, August21 2019: Microland, India's leading digital IT transformation company  has appointed  Ashish Mahadwar as  President, Global Sales and Marketing based out Microland's San Jose office in the US. ....
i-Life appoints Anshuman Rath as its India head
Bangalore, August 20, 2019: US-based leading electronics manufacturer i-Life Technologies Inc.  has appointed Anshuman Rath, IT & Telco Distribution veteran from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta as its India  Country Head. ...

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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

Indian-origin VFX artistes creating special effects waves in Hollywood
The Indian imprint on Hollywood is acquiring, quite literally, new dimensions and the dazzle of special effects in films ranging from extravaganzas like Thor: The Dark World and Avengers to more intimate cinema like The Shape of Water and The Handsmaid’s Tale..... The Hindu ( PTI wire)  July 22 2019

Despite initial success, fantasy gaming may need a new strategy
While user base is exploding, finding a critical mass of big-spending, sticky users remains a challenge. ECONOMIC TIMES  April 16 2019


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