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(Updated  May 24 2020
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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AI startup QBlocks moots on-demand supercomputing
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AI hiring platform, Skillate, now on SAP App Center
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Made-in-India video sharing tool, Roposo, is available in 11 languages
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IT happened in India
  AI startup QBlocks moots on-demand supercomputing
Bangalore, May 27 2020: Q Blocks, a startup founded by brothers Saurabh and Gaurav, has developed a business model for making supercomputers available on demand  for scientists, engineers, and designers to further their research.   Their affordable supercomputer initiative is built on technologies such as distributed and peer-to-peer computing  and will be especially useful for high performance computing applications. ....
AI hiring platform, Skillate, now on SAP App Center
Bangalore, May 26, 2020:AI based recruitment platform, Skillate,  has announced the availability of its solutionon  on  the SAP App Center, the digital marketplace for SAP partner offerings.  Skillate integrates with the SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting and Onboarding solutions and empowers the decision-making process in hiring. ....
Reliance launches online grocery arm, JioMart
Bangalore May 25 2020: Reliance Industries Ltd  took to Twitter  over the weekend, to  launch an online grocery service, JioMart,  to  deliver groceries in more than 200 towns across the country. ...
Made-in-India video sharing tool, Roposo, is available in 11 languages
May 24 2020: As lockdowns make work from home and relax at home,  the new normal, it is worth  reminding that India has its own  homegrown video-sharing social networking platforms: Roposo. ...
As businesses, return to post-lockdown work, SOS signposts the steps ps
Mumbai, May 23 2020: As the return to the ‘new normal’ workplace  after the lockdown, starts for many organisations International SOS highlights the  steps for returning to WORKSAFE operations. ...

Education and e-learning
Acer teams with Indian Principals' Network
Bangalore, May  27,2020: Acer has partnerfed  with India’s leading Knowledge Network for School Leaders- IPN (Indian Principals' Network) to expand the accessibility of educational resources and help teachers teach better and smarter during the ongoing lockdown. ....
Vedantu sees huge urge in its online classes
Largest LIVE Online Learning Platform in K-12 education May 19 , 2020: Vedantu, a pioneer in LIVE online  learninghas witnessed a major surge after it announced support to students with free access to its complete learning platform during Covid-19 lockdown. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Survey highlights desperate state of Indian travel and tourism industry
May 26 2020: A survey carried out by Business of Travel Trade (India) reveals the alarming fact that 4 in 10 travel & tourism companies stare at complete shutdown in next 3 to 6 months. The survey also highlights the fact that 81% of T& T companies saw 100% decline in their revenue due to COVID-19 while another 15% have lost revenue up to 75%. ....
Air transport technology: enabling the 'new normal'
By Andrew O'Connor , VP Portfolio Management, SITA May 19 2020:In May 2020 air transport lies physically and financially fragmented, with major airlines grounded, flight schedules cut by up to 80% globally, and many countries closing their borders to reduce the spread of COVID-19. ....

DocMode launches app to calculate nutrition for critical care
Mumbai,  May 2 2020: Healthcare learning platform, DocMode in collaboration with renowned doctor Dr. Sanjith Saseedharan,  has unveiled iNutrimon, a patented web-based application for doctors and dieticians to calculate nutrition among critical care patients including those battling the novel coronavirus. ....
Thiruvananthapuram lab develops 2-hour Covid-19 test
Thiruvananthapuram, April 21 2020: The  Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, based  here, has developed a diagnostic kit called 'Chitra GeneLAMP-N,'   to confirm the coronavirus. The testing kit’s detection time as 10 minutes, and the time of 'sample to result' (from RNA extraction in swab to RT-LAMP detection time) is said to take less than two hours. ....
Kroll offers a Covid-19 heat map
Mumbai,  April 19, 2020: In the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, a global leader in risk mitigation, business intelligence, investigations, compliance, cyber resilience, security and incident response solutions,  has launched the Kroll COVID-19 Heat Map. ...

Product Pulse
Vivo V19 offers 6 cameras
May 25 2020: Over the years in India, Vivo has acquired fiercely loyal  customers who  will upgrade  to  another Vivo instead  of shopping around.  They  are comfortable with  its look and feel and don't bother if other brands are  slightly better spec-wise and  what passes for paisa vasool This has perhaps  why the latest   Vivio V19 has stuck to the Snapdragon 712 platform rather than opt  for a slightly more powerful processor as some of the competition in the mid-priced handset sector have done That said the V19 delivers, where its  fans look -- in the camera category. ....
Prestige introduces domestic electric mop
May 12 2020: Prestige Clean Home has  launched India's first  domestic electric mop to ensure that your floors at home are spotlessly clean. The mop is designed to perform multiple  tasks – from deep cleaning of your house to removing tough dirt to sweeping, mopping and scrubbing the floor. ....
Infinix S5 Pro: Pop-up selfie specialist
This phone packs in a lot of  high end-features you will not find in any other handset in the below-Rs 10,000  price band By Anand Parthasarathy That classic American stage and screen musical  of  an earlier era, "Annie Get Your Gun!" had a  catchy song whose refrain went: "Anything  you can do, I can do better"! Infinix is now a respected brand of made-in-India smart phones, and this could well be their  slogan: they have a pattern of watching the latest tech trends in premier  handsets,  then quietly offering them a few months later at a significantly lower price point. ...

IT's for you
  Huawei whitepaper documents how telecom tech can take on pandemic
Shenzhen, China, April 30, 2020: At its online summit "5G+, Better World" held last week,  leading ICT provider, Huawei,  released its white paper, “Technology against Pandemic: Insights and Practice on Telecom Networks.”  The white paper provides  insights into global networks and explains the important role telecom networks have played in the fight against the pandemic. ....
Self-drive player, Revv, offers cars free for health workers
New Delhi, April 8, 2020: Self-drive mobility start-up, Revv  is offering cars at zero fee, to assist healthcare workers amid the coronavirus outbreak. In times when healthcare workers continue to fight out the pandemic, the paused availability of public transport options has made their day commute to hospitals more difficult and potentially even unsafe, and this initiative aims to solve that problem. ....
Tech highlights from Huawei annual report 2019
Shenzhen, China, April 1 2020:  Huawei released its 2019 Annual Report  yesterday,  In 2019, Huawei's carrier business led the commercial rollout of 5G networks. ...
Digital Experience Platform Liferay recognized by Gartner for Critical Capabilities in B2B and B2E
New Delhi, March 11  2020 : Liferay, Inc., which makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile, and connected devices has  received the highest product scores for B2B and B2E experience use cases in the 2020 Critical Capabilities for Digital Experience Platforms. ...
NXP tech summit highlights wired & wireless connectivity innovations
January 30, 2020: World leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications -- NXP India --  organised their sixth flagship tech summit event ‘Connectivity Week’ earlier this week, where the highlight was  a panel discussion on ‘Power of Connectivity Technologies’ for NextGen product design. ...

IT people
  New AsiaPAC leadership annunced for Zendesk
Bangalore, May 22, 2020: Customer Relations Management (CRM) solutions  leader, Zendesk, ha strengthened its regional leadership  with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) veterans Wendy Johnstone and Gari Johnson to accelerate growth in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, which accounts for more than 10% of the company’s global business . ....
Arvind Singhal, is COO at edutech leader Vedantu
Bangalore, May 24, 2020: Vedantu, a pioneer in  online tutoring in India, has announced the appointment of Arvind Singhal as Chief Operating Officer. Arvind will lead Vedantu’s growth strategy and scale up the organization while working very closely with sales, marketing, academics, operations, and customer experience teams. ....
Cesar Cernuda is new President of NetApp
Bangalore, May 14 2020: Cloud data services  leader, NetApp,  has announced the appointment of Cesar Cernuda as president of NetApp, effective in July. ...

Best of the rest
Covid-19 woes: Phone majors ring in post-lockdown drill as plants reopen
Three electronics majors, which make up almost half the smartphone market in the country, opened up their factories after the longest shutdown so far lasting 48 days.... Business Standard  May 10 2020

Surveillance in health app clothing?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi specifically recommended the use of the contact-tracing app Aarogya Setu in his address to the nation on Tuesday as an item in his to-do list for citizens in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.....Critics have maintained that the collection of a lot of personal data using the app is a violation of the Supreme Court judgement on the right to privacy.  Editorial in Deccan Herald April 17 2020

Transition to ‘work from home’ may pay off
Savings in travel time and reduction in traffic congestion, pollution and fuel consumption are immediate benefits.... Hindu Businessline March 25 2020


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