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(Updated  June 13  2021
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.20 billion (120 million)
Mobiles    1800 million 
Landlines: 20 million 
Total no. of PCs: 250 million 
Internet users:    700 million  including  mobile Internet 500  million
Broadband users:    720  million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless :  700 million) Broadband  defined as >512 KBPS

TV owning houses: 300 million  ( DTH 125m  cable 175m)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
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Ericsson Mobility Report 2020
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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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IT happened in India
  Govt invites drone agencies to join country-wide Covid vaccine delivery programme
June 13 2021: The Indian government  has  formally launched an initiative for the  delivery of Covid vaccines and mediciines via drone at locations all across India. Two days ago, HLL Infra Tech Services Limited, a   government owned medical infrastructure company,   put out a notification on its website, Expression of Interest (EOI) from experienced Indian agencies for  the “Delivery of Medical supplies (Vaccines/ Drugs) by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) at various locations in India. ....
Zaggle launches banking product ZikZuk, for SME sector
June 11 2021:  Leading Indian fintech company, Zaggle,  has  announced its entry into the neo-banking space last week. The company had launched the initiative through its group company, ZikZuk  to address  major challenges faced by SMEs. ....
This Face Recognition terminal also screens body temperature
Noida, June 11,  2021:  Leading edtech  and healthcare solution provider,Globus Infocom has launched a  new AI Face recognition temperature screening product. ...
Brand websites drive online fashion industry growth, finds Unicommerce survey
New Delhi, June 11,  2021: Unicommerce‌‌, India’s‌ ‌largest‌ ‌e-commerce‌ ‌focused‌ ‌supply-chain‌ ‌SaaS‌ ‌technology‌ ‌platform,  has released a report focused on the online fashion industry. ...
El Salvador adopts bitcoin as legal tender, as India has mixed feelings about crypto currencies
June 10 2021: El Salvador   has become  the first country to adopt Bitcoin as official legal tender. ...

Education and e-learning
Byju's & Google launch, Vidyartha, an educational platform for schools
Bangalore, June 2, 2021: BYJU’S,  has entered into  partnership with Google to aid continuity of online learning for both teachers and students. This integration of Google Workspace for Education with BYJU’S will offer a collaborative and personalised digital platform for classroom organisation, available for free to participating educational institutions. ....
IBM offers Indian academia access to Quantum resources via cloud
May 27 2021: Ten of India’s leading educational institutions are poised to collaborate with IBM on quantum computing education & research.   The collaboration is  part of the IBM Quantum Educators programme that helps faculty in the quantum field connect with one another and provides them with resources to enable quality educational experiences. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Bangalore airport is net energy neutral
World Environment Day special Bangalore, June 5, 2021: On World Environment Day, 2021, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL)  has accomplished of one of its ambitious goals — Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) achieves net energy neutral  status in the Financial Year 2020-21. ....
Hit by 2nd lockdown, Indian airlines are offering charters
May 16 2021: Hit hard by the 2nd Covid-wave-induced lockdowns,commercial airline operators in India  are looking at new business opportunities to stay afloat. And the preferred route is to offer their fleet for charter -- by groups as small as 5 and as large as 300. ....

As India stumbles, one state, Kerala, charts its own Covid course
Kerala uses tracking of patients and supplies, a network of health care workers and coronavirus “war rooms” to succeed where the national government has fallen short. May 23 2021: When India’s second coronavirus wave slammed the country last month, leaving many cities without enough doctors, nurses, hospital beds or lifesaving oxygen to cope, Sajeev V. ....
e-Sanjeevani app for home healthcare crosses 3 million online consultations
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Making doctor's prescriptions easy to understand
New Delhi, 25th March 2021:  Indigital Technologies, a leading research-based technology company that is inspired by pharmaceuticals and driven by healthcare has announced the launch of Kyoiku, a personalized video prescription platform that will assist healthcare practitioners in making the complex instructions for the patients simpler and understandable. ...

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Two new webcams from AverMedia
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Asus ROG 5: Let the Games begin!
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Spectrum launches all-in-one generator & digitizer, HybridNetBox
April 9 2021: The hybridNETBOX from Spectrum Instrumentation,  is an innovative instrumentation platform that combines a multi-channel arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and a digitizer in a single portable unit. ...

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Oslo, Norway, June 11 2021: Vivaldi  has unveiled the fourth iteration of its browser for desktop and mobile – its most  substantial upgrade yet. With versions for Windows, Mac, Linux computers, and Android devices. New features include  Vivaldi Translate, a built-in, privacy-friendly translation service, powered by Lingvanex and hosted by Vivaldi, keeping translations out of the reach of companies like Google or Microsoft. ....
Altos server from Acer, for AI work loads now available in India
Bangalore June 6, 2021:  Altos Computing , an Acer company, has unveiled its new NVIDIA-Certified server Altos BrainSphere R685 F5, with two AMD EPYC 7763 CPUs, two NVIDIA ConnectX-6 network adapters and four NVIDIA RTX A6000 GPUs based on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture. ....
Software language “Julia” accelerates developments in AI, medicine and robotics
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Recommerce conference highlights challenge and opportunity in textile recycling
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Airtel rejigs its corporate structure for a digital future
New Delhi, April 15, 2021: Bharti Airtel,  has gone in for a new corporate structure to sharpen the focus of the company in driving the rapidly unfolding digital opportunity in India. ...

IT people
  Ashish Nanda takes over as CFO at IBS Software
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Sunil Mittal to be next CEO of CSS Corp.
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Rajeev Khushu is new Chairman of IESA
Bangalore, India, May 20, 2021: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA),  has announced  Rajeev Khushu, Director of Corporate Affairs and Govt Relations, Texas Instruments as Chairperson of the Board of Directors & Executive Committee. ...

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As India Stumbles, One State Charts Its Own Covid Course
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Indian bank choke crypto trade ahead of govt
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New Attempt To Censor Covid Related Info On Social Media Platforms
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