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(Updated    February 16 2020
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.217 billion (1217 million)
Mobiles    1196 million 
Landlines: 21 million 
Total no. of PCs: 250 million 
Internet users:   580 million  including  mobile Internet 400  million
Broadband:   600 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless :  580 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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Telangana startups receive prototyping grant
Shell creates special programme to scale up mature energy startups
Shell creates special programme to scale up mature energy startups
After Pune & Delhi, Urban Mobility Lab set up in Bangalore
Study reveals data protection & privacy concerns of customers
STPI sets up India's first CoE in gaming and FX
Flipkart and Amazon lead India's e-commerce platforms
Personal Technologies  
Google to exit India railway free WiFi project
Travel & Tourism Technology  
American Airlines to launch non-stop flights from Bangalore to Microsoft city, Seattle
Now, a first-ever mobile learning platform for hospitals in India

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Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar: Sheldon's spot!
IT happened in India
  Shell creates special programme to scale up mature energy startups
Bangalore, February 21, 2020: Energy leader Shell,  has launched a 'Scale Track’  programme for  mature startups under its  E4 start-up incubation programme. The Scale Track is built for mature, energy-related start-ups who have achieved a product-market fit with their commercial products. ....
Study reveals data protection & privacy concerns of customers
February 21, 2020: Design strategy and consulting firm, Pensaar Design,  has  joined in study with independent think tank, CGAP to better understand low income customers and their behaviour towards data protection and privacy (DPP).  The objective  was to understand whether customers were aware of what it meant and how it impacted them, it started out with exploratory research to gain this context. ....
Flipkart and Amazon lead India's e-commerce platforms
Gurgaon (NCR)February 20, 2020: techARC  has released 1st Edition of "India m-Commerce Insights" report capturing user trends about adoption of m-Commerce in India. ...
India's mobile ecosystem is biggest among digital platforms
New Delhi, February 19, 2020: India’s local UPI (Unified Payments Interface) platform crossed the  one billion (1000 million) user mark in October 2019, making it one of the fastest adopted payment gateways in the world, leading to a massive rise in social commerce. ...
Google to exit India railway free WiFi project
Bangalore, February 19 2020: Having helped provide free WiFi in over 400 railway stations in India, Google  is  walking out of the project, after 5 years. ...

Education and e-learning
TechMahindra, SRiX join to launch acceleration programme for startups
Hyderabad, February, 21, 2020: SR Innovation Exchange (SRiX),  the technology business incubator of SR Engineering College,  Warangal in partnership with Tech Mahindra has announced, a 3 month Acceleration programme: XELERATE  to  support startups working on niche technologies like Internet of things, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. ....
Oliveboard app offers free UPSC prep
February 20 2020: Online learning platform, Oliveboard  has announced the availability of Skholar - a free preparation platform -- ‘Skholar’ --  for UPSC CSE aspirants, featuring exhaustive revision notes, videos, test series and more on the occasion. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Djubo X-press, an iPad based self check-in app
New Delhi, February 15 , 2020: To ease out the guest check-in experience at hotels, DJUBO, a cloud based PMS platform, with all hotel technology verticals built into a single platform announced the launch of ‘Djubo X-press’, an iPad based self check-in app, which enables the guests to just walk-in, use a self check-in kiosk, issue room key cards and walk into the room with zero human intervention. ....
Iconic Sites to be developed at archeological digs
February 4 2020: These are the archeologically significant sites that the Government of India plans to develop with on-site museums,  with a generous provision in the Union Budgedt 2020. See our background story here Rakhigarhi, Haryana is one of the  five biggest townships of Harappan civilization in the Indian sub-continent. ....

Online learning solution available now for healthcare providers
Bangalore, January 30 2020: Online content and learning solutions leader  Impelsys Inc,  has brought an end-to-end mobile learning and upskilling solution for the healthcare sector --  iPC Health -- to India.  The mobile-first platform brings a much-awaited solution to impart ‘on-the-go’ training and education for hospital staff and in turn deliver better outcomes and save lives. ....
Healthcare market in India is a $158.6 billion opportunity
January 30 2020: Healthcare has become one of India's largest sectors both in terms of revenue and employment. For the medical supplies segment particularly, Asia is projected to be the fastest-growing region owing to factors such as the rising geriatric population, increasing incidence of various diseases, growing medical tourism industry, and improving healthcare infrastructure. ....
Now, pet care based on Ayurveda!
November 28 2019: Petveda is an exclusive brand aimed towards pet care, providing pet care products based on various studies of properties of plants, herbs and natural ingredients, as laid down in the ancient scriptures of Ayurveda formulations, using only certified organic ingredients. ...

Product Pulse
Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar: Sheldon's spot!
Fans of 'Big Bang Theory' will be familiar with Sheldon Cooper's seating spot. Sennheiser is redefining it. Bangalore, February 8 2020: German sound experts Sennheiser recently launched their flagship AMBEO soundbar in India. One of its salient features is the advanced room calibration, which optimizes the sound for the individual room and your preferred seating location. ....
Oppo: F for feature-rich
Bangalore, January 20 2020: Setting the tone for 2020, Oppo has just launched the F15, an all-in-one offering at an attractive price, targeted at those of us who crave a little bit of everything.  The brand has also revealed how it has segmented its offerings where Reno will be a premium line, the A series will be the value line and the F series will be a mid-range all-in-one line. ....
Spark Power,Tecno's year-end release takes power performance seriously
Bangalore,December 30 2019:Tecno is a brand that has successfully followed the 'wait and watch' strategy in India. ...

IT's for you
  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. ....
Cyber Adversaries turning to Business Disruption as main attack objective
Bangalore, January 29, 2020: CrowdStrike,   a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection,  has releasd e CrowdStrike Services Cyber Front Lines Report which provides valuable takeaways from the front lines of incident response (IR) cases spanning 2019 and shares insights that matter for 2020 and beyond. ....
Aegis Bell Awards set for Feb.27 finale
January 29 2020: Aegis School of Business, Data Science, Cyber Security and Telecom, a leading school in telecom, data science and cyber security hosted the second jury round with a focus on IT, SMAC and exponential technologies in Bangalore. ...
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. ...

IT people
  Elvis Zhou is new President of Oppo in India
February 13 2020:  Leading global smart device brand OPPO, has appointed . Elvis Zhou as the President of its India Operations. In his new role, Mr. Zhou will be spearheading OPPO’s business strategy in India. Mr.Zhou has spent over 11 years with OPPO in various roles starting as the regional manager of OPPO East Guangdong wherein he was responsible for sales in the region. ....
Sandeep Neelamangala is new EVP Sales at Bosch India
Bangalore, February 11 2020:  Sandeep Nelamangala has taken charge as Executive Vice President responsible for Sales in Bosch Limited India. Starting his professional career as a Technical Graduate Trainee in 1992, Mr. Sandeep has been associated with the Bosch group for twenty-seven years. ....
Anjani Rathor to head HDFC Bank's digital drive
Mumbai, February10, 2020: HDFC Bank Ltd. has appointed Anjani Rathor as its new Group Head - Digital Banking and Chief Digital Officer (CDO), responsible for taking the Bank’s digital transformation journey to the next level. ...

Best of the rest
900 patents granted to Indian inventors with IBM
This is also the highest ever number of patents filed by Indian engineers in the last 27 continuous years that IBM has been leading the patents game in the US. India is the second largest contributor to Big Blue’s 2019 list of 9262 patents. Financial Express January 20 2020

Internet Saga and the Indian State
Between January and July 2019, Access Now reports that India had 80 instances of Internet shutdowns.....Asian Age January 19 2020

Apps to beat Net shutdown
As pan-India protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens intensified on Thursday, Internet, voice and messaging services by telecom service providers, including Airtel, Vodafone, Idea ansd Jio were suspended in many parts of the country. Here are some messaging and chat apps and other handy services that can work without the Internet. Deccan Herald, December 21 2019


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