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(Updated  April 15 2019
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.206 billion (1206 million)
Mobiles    1184 million 
Landlines: 22 million 
Total no. of PCs: 150 million 
Internet users:   580 million  including  mobile Internet 400  million
Broadband:   550 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless :  530 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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All aboard the Smart TV train
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  FSS offers Voice Commerce banking platform
Chennai, April 19  2019:  Global payments technology company, FSS (Financial Software and Systems), has launched FSS Voice Commerce, a real-time voice banking platform that offers customers, meaningful, contextual and personalized banking interactions. ....
IBM Asia-Pac CEO to speak at ConnecTechAsia expo in Singapore
Singapore,April 18 2019: Harriet Green, CEO and Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific  is the key note speaker at the ConnecTechAsia2019 Summit’s Combined Plenary on  June 18 in Singapore. Ms  Green is a global executive who has led business transformations on four continents, with a proven track record for developing and implementing strategies for profitable growth and increasing shareholder value in global technology, logistics, travel and consumer sectors. ....
All aboard the Smart TV train
 Aggressive smart TV deals this summer,  come from relatively unknown Indian brands. Will customers perceive these as  value for money? By Anand Parthasarathy April 18 2019: This summer, things are heating up in the TV industry. ...
Yet another affordable smartphone on sale at ShopClues
New Delhi, April 17  2019: A mobile phone with an HD display, 13-megapixel main camera, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 1. ...
Bigly attracts 500,000 downloads of its app for SMEs
New Delhi,  April  16 2019: The Delhi and Noida-based startup  Bigfly Technologies has engineered a connected platform to smoothen the process for influencers, resellers, unorganized retailers, and ecommerce retailers. ...

Education and e-learning
Digital education portal Notebook, launches more CBSE courses
Kolkata, April 3 2019: Digital  education content portal Notebook, has recently launched its CBSE English and Hindi courses.Where other Edtech brands have focused on Maths and Science primarily, Notebook is the first of its kind effort in CBSE English and Hindi in the country. ....
Gartner signposts top higher edutech for 2019
Mumbai, India, March 29, 2019 : Gartner, Inc. has identified the top 10 strategic technologies impacting higher education in 2019. These are technologies that higher education CIOs should have on their radar this year, especially as they look to enhance their competitive advantage and support emerging business models. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Digital preservation of Gateway of India creates photo-real 3-D models
Mumbai, April 3 2019: World leader in data storage solutions – Seagate Technology --  has joined with with international non-profit organization CyArk to digitally preserve the Gateway of India, a historic arch monument in Mumbai. ....
Vistara provides sanitary pads on domestic flights
New Delhi, March 8 2019: Indian carrier, Vistara,  has launched an initiative today -- #PadsOnBoard --  whereby it will provide sanitary pads onboard its flights to women travellers on request, starting on  International Women’s Day on 8 March 2019. ....

Chatbot helps sensitive tooth sufferers
April 17 2019: Media agency Mindshare,  has  created a technology driven chatbot for GSK sensitivity toothpaste brand Sensodyne.  When invoked through Google Assistant, by  saying ‘Hello  It also offers information about the causes of tooth sensitivity, and how one can treat the problem using Sensodyne. ....
Abbot launches digital health platform for India
March 20, 2019: The global healthcare company Abbott today announced the launch of its new digital health service in India as part of its global a:care program. The a:care platform from Abbott’s pharmaceuticals business provides doctors and consumers with services and information to help people achieve better health. ....
Global digital respiratory solutions market outstrips diabetes
March 16 2019: The global digital respiratory solutions market is  set to grow and potentially become even bigger than the digital diabetes care market. ...

Product Pulse
Redmi Go is a smartphone on diet
April 15 2019: The  fierce upward mobility of the Indian smart phone owner, has surprised  even experienced industry analysts.  He or she may begin with a feature phone --  but peer pressure,  plus the  desire to squeeze some more value out of the device,  will see the owner  graduate to a smart phone as soon as the purse will allow. ....
Blaupunkt Sound Bar SBW-100 provides sound with bass benefits
 Blaupunkt's  new soundbar,  separates the  woofer -- literally! April 15 2019: Sound bars have become a useful adjunct, especially to new -generation  LED smart TVs. In the quest to be  thin-n-light  , these  large flat panels have to compromise on the sound  and the  ultra small speakers  usually belt out from the back. ....
Serious gameplay with new Asus ROG gaming laptops
March 25 2019: For those who take gaming seriously, ROG will be a familiar buzzword. This  summer  sees the launch of three new Republic Of Gamers gaming laptops from Asus for the Indian market: the Strix Scar II, ROG Strix Hero II, and Zephyrus S GX701, all powered by the latest RTX-series graphics processing chips. ...

IT's for you
  Aegis People Analytics conference coming to Navi Mumbai
Mumbai, April 17 2019: Aegis School of Data Science  is to hold the  Aegis People Analytics Conference (APAC) 2019 scheduled on  April  26  in Vashi , Navi Mumbai.The conferenced will  attempt to create a new era of learning and understand that in turn will pave way to a deeper understanding and better development to advance people analytics practice in the HR industry. ....
ServiceNow & Nokia sharing innovative CEM solutions for telecoms operators at Customer Experience Management (CEM) in Telecoms World Summit 2019
Singapore, April 3 2019:CEM solutions market leaders, ServiceNow & Nokia, will be sharing innovative CEM solutions for telecoms operators at Customer Experience Management (CEM) in Telecoms World Summit 2019 which will take place from 25 to 26 April 2019 in Singapore. ....
Crowdstrike cited by Forrester as cybersecurity leader
Delhi , March 21, 2019 :CrowdStrike the leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection,  has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave for Cybersecurity Incident Response Services, Q1 2019. ...
MWC19 evolves beyond mobile
March 14 2019: More than 109,000 visitors from over 198 countries and territories attended Mobile World Congress (MWC19) Barcelona, the mobile industry’s premier event. ...
CrowdStrike Threat Report details attacker insights
Mumbai,  February 26, 2019: Leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection --CrowdStrike--  has releases the 2019 CrowdStrike Global Threat Report: Adversary Tradecraft and The Importance of Speed. ...

IT people
  Jitendra Chaddah is new Chairman IESA
Bangalore, April 15, 2019: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the industry body representing the Indian Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) industry  has announced its new Executive Council (EC) for the year 2019-20 with Jitendra Chaddah (JC), Senior Director - Operations and Strategic Relations, Intel taking over as the Chairman. ....
Sathya Kalyanasundaram to head India operations of Experian
Mumbai, 8 April, 2019: Leading data analytics and decisioning company, Experian India, has announced the appointment of Sathya Kalyanasundaram as Country Managing Director, Experian India. Sathya will be responsible for driving further growth of the overall India operations of Experian with a focused vision on vertical market strategy and strategic clients. ....
K. Purushothaman is new CEO at K7 Computing
Chennai, March 147 2019: K7 Computing  has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). ...

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Industry slams draft national e-commerce policy, calls it vague
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade’s proposed e-commerce policy has drawn flak from industry as well as civil society for being vague and heightening the uncertainty for the sector. Also, the draft policy has skirted many existing legal provisions, stakeholders have argued..... BUSINESS STANDARD  April 3 2019

Google Joins Race Into India's Booming Online Music Market
Google has introduced its YouTube music app in India, offering local and global songs to a booming market that saw the entry of Spotify just a few days ago....Bloomberg  March 13 2019

Battleground 5G: Reliance Jio vs Airtel vs Vodafone-Idea vs BSNL
Indian telecommunication companies have got new material to fight - 5G. But what about the leading telecom service providers in India? What is the status of 5G network in India? Zee Business  March 17 2019


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