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(Updated  July 24  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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Industry bodies weigh in on proposed changes to e-commerce rules in India
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Voice-based UPI payments may be here soon
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IT happened in India
  Industry bodies weigh in on proposed changes to e-commerce rules in India
July 25 2021:  The Indian government  last month mooted significant changes to the  rules  governing e-commerce operations in the country. We had reported on the proposed draft Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 which were available for public comment till  July 6  ie within 15 days. ....
Indians assured comprehensive Olympic experience across TV, web
Tokyo, Japan, July  26 2021:The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Sony Picture Networks India, the official broadcast partner of the IOC, have announced the most comprehensive, multi-screen experience ever for fans in India. Available in both English and Hindi, a specialised digital platform on olympics. ....
Voice-based UPI payments may be here soon
'Voice-Enabled Assistants are the new FinTech Frontier' July 25 2021: The National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI),  developer of Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and Aadhaar Enabled Payment (AePS) systems is readying a new voice-based payment solution aimed at feature phone users in remote areas where Internet is a challenge. ...
Indo-US Health care and insurance industry service provider Vee Technologies, opens delivery centre in Philippines
July 24 2021: US-India co-headquartered IT services provider Vee Technologies has announced the opening of a new delivery centre in the Philippines to expand its global footprint. ...
Class 6 CBSE text offers Financial Literacy basics -- but adults will profit too
Mumbai, July 23, 2021: The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have joined hands to introduce a financial literacy curriculum for students of Class VI. ...

Education and e-learning
CBSE introduces Financial Literacy Booklet for students curated by NPCI
Mumbai, July 23, 2021: The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and  the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have joined hands to introduce a financial literacy curriculum for students of Class VI. The Financial Literacy Textbook is launched as part of new elective ‘financial literacy’ subject that will enable students to have an understanding of basic financial concepts at a preliminary stage of their education. ....
Vegetable sellers' son lands Sr Engineer job with Amazon India
Pune, July  15 2021: A 25-year-old engineer from Pune has bagged his dream job with Amazon at a time when job security itself is seen as a blessing, let alone being able to crack your dream job. Hrishikesh Raskar, an incoming SDE2  (a senior enginner scale) engineer at Amazon, is the son of two vegetable sellers. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
IBM to help BIAL to create 'Airport in a Box'
Bangalore, July 22, 2021: IBM and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) -- operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/BLR Airport) --  have entered into a  ten-year partnership under which IBM and Kyndryl will provide best of breed IT solutions to create a new “Airport in a Box” platform that will support transforming the end-to-end travel experience for passengers at BLR Airport. ....
Kerala offers In-Car dining at its Aahaar restaurant chain
July 19 2021: Aiming to allay health risks while eating in public spaces amid the pandemic, the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) has launched a novel facility that serves food to travellers inside their vehicles.  Through the ‘In-Car Dining’ scheme, customers can place orders and receive dishes of their choice from the KTDC’s Aahaar Restaurants by remaining in their parked vehicles, Tourism Minister P. ....

Online hospital supplies player Medikabazaar, earns patent for inventory management tool
June 16 , 2021:  Leading Indian online B2B platform for supply of medical consumables, pharma products and medical equipment – Medikabazaar --  has announced that VIZI, it's AI and ML-powered hospital inventory management and forecasting software application, has been granted a national patent for System and Method for Inventory Management in Hospitals. ....
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
April 23 2021: The Government. of India’s National Telemedicine Service – eSanjeevani  -- has crossed another milestone by completing 3 million (30 lakh) consultations by March this year. ...

Product Pulse
XGIMI Halo: handy portable projector
June 15 2021:  China headquartered  global  TV and entertainment electronics company,XGIMI,  has launched  Halo,  a portable projector, in India. Halo is capable of turning any white wall into a 30-300 inch large screen and offers a physical resolution of up to 1920×1080 and combined with 600-800 ANSI Lumens of brightness,  making it arguably  the brightest 1080p portable projector available. ....
Two new webcams from AverMedia
June 13 2021: AVerMedia Technologies has brought  its two new plug-and-play webcams to  India, the  PW310P and PW315. These are designed to deliver the best streaming experience for home offices, virtual classrooms, personal and professional calls and more. ....
Asus ROG 5: Let the Games begin!
In the fifth iteration of its  gaming phone, Asus  has come  as  close as any handset has to replicating the console experience By Vishnu Anand April 14 2021: The ROG phone 5 is the latest edition to the mobile gaming portfolio of Asusand is a worthy successor to its previous editions. ...

IT's for you
  Mindtree is now Google Cloud partner for data analytics
Bangalore July 16, 2021: India headquartered global digital transformation and technology services company Mindtree,  has announced that it has achieved the Data Analytics Services Partner Specialization in the Google Cloud Partner Specialization Programme. ....
Avalara updates its tax compliance tools for cross-border businesses
Bangalore, June 25, 2021:  Leading provider of cloud-based tax compliance automation for businesses — Avalara – has added  new features to its cross-border solutions: Trade Treaty Support and Trade Restrictions Management. ....
Siemens offers first 5G industrial-grade router
Focus on 5G June 22, 2021: The Scalance MUM856-1 – the  world’s first industrial 5G router, is available now -- from Siemens. ...
Vivaldi 4.0 is here, with the biggest new features in years
Oslo, Norway, June 11 2021: Vivaldi  has unveiled the fourth iteration of its browser for desktop and mobile – its most  substantial upgrade yet. ...
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. ...

IT people
  Daisy Chittilapilly to lead Cisco in India and SAARC
July 14 2021: Networking leader Cisco has announced the appointment of  Daisy Chittilapilly  as President for India and the SAARC region from August 1. Currently Daisy leads the Digital Transformation Office for Cisco India and SAARC, in digitally enabling organizations across sectors and industries in India. ....
Lingaraju Sawkar named India President of new IBM spinoff, Kyndryl
July3, 2021:Kyndryl, the independent public company that will be created following the separation of IBM's Managed Infrastructure Services business, has appointed Lingraju Sawkar as President of Kyndryl in India. “Kyndryl will organize around our customers and ensure we are providing access to senior leadership and the best talent and skills in each market,” said Kyndryl’s Chief Executive Officer Martin Schroeter. ....
Christiano Amon takes over as CEO of Qualcomm
July 3 2021; Cristiano Amon has been named the new CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. Throughout his 26 years at Qualcomm and particularly in serving as head of QCT and the company’s President, Cristiano has played a critical role in not only setting strategy and managing day-to-day operations, but in driving an industry-leading roadmap, expanding and diversifying our business beyond mobile into automotive, compute, infrastructure/edge, IoT, RF Front End, connectivity, networking, and of course, overseeing the successful acceleration and rollout of 5G. ...

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Flush With Unicorns, India’s Tech Moment Arrives
Last week marked a watershed for technology startups in India, as a record bout of fundraising shifted attention to the world’s second-most populous market, just as investors were becoming spooked by a crackdown on internet companies in China.Food-delivery app Zomato Ltd. became the nation’s first unicorn to make its stock-market debut, raising $1.3 billion with backing from Morgan Stanley, Tiger Global and Fidelity Investments. The parent of digital payments startup Paytm filed a draft prospectus for what could be India’s biggest IPO at $2.2 billion, while retailer Flipkart Online Services Pvt raised $3.6 billion at a $38 billion valuation, a record funding round for an Indian startup.  Saritha Rai in  BloombergJuly 18 2021

Pichai pitch for free internet deserves consideration
It is...unfortunate that India, which has contributed one of the biggest pools of talent to the digital world, is now seeking to roll back Internet freedom.  New Indian Express editorial, July 14 2021

As India Stumbles, One State 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.  Shalini Venugopal Bhagat in New York Times May 23  2021


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