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(Updated  September  20, 2023)
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.178 billion (1178 million)
Mobiles:    1148 million    Landlines: 30 million 
Broadband Internet users:    860 million  including  mobile Internet 800 million and wired broadband 40 million.  
TV owning houses: 210 million  
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
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  Acronis launches advanced automation tool
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, September 22, 2023: Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection,  has announced the general availability of Acronis Advanced Automation.  This helps Managed Service Providers transition from simple break-fix services to cloud-centric, subscription-based services that require a new approach to billing and contract management. ....
Tech Mahindra opens innovation centre in Finland
New Delhi, September 20, 2023: Leading provider of digital transformation, consulting, and business re-engineering services & solutions, Tech Mahindra today inaugurated a local innovation centre in Espoo,  Finland. This expansion comes after a sustained period of growth in the region and signifies Tech Mahindra’s commitment to further its journey in Finland, and the Nordic region. ....
Skillsoft launches Conversation AI Simulator CAISY
September 19, 2023:  Leading platform for transformative learning experiences – Skillsoft  has announced the general availability of Skillsoft CAISY (Conversation AI Simulator), an enterprise AI-powered skills trainer. ...
AWS empanelled for govt work loads in India
September 18, 2023: Amazon Web Services (AWS) India has received cloud service provider (CSP) empanelment from India’s Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology (MeitY) for cloud services provided using the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region. ...
From Pune to Brazil, Ninjacart's agritech platforms go on stream
Pune, September 17, 2023: Ninjacart, India's leading agri-startup is taking significant steps to modernize the agricultural ecosystem. ...

Education and e-learning
IT pioneer Ajai Chowdhri commits Rs 100 million to engineering scholarships through family trust
Delhi,  July 29 2023: Dr Ajai Chowdhry, Founder of HCL and author of the recently launched biography, Just Aspire, has announced an initiative to build India’s future talent. Chowdhry’s family trust, Swayam Charitable Trust has set up the Aspire Scholarship – an initiative that aims to provide essential support to aspiring engineers who face financial obstacles in their pursuit of higher education and help create a brighter future for them in their pursuit of excellence. ....
Embibe is a 3D learning app that transforms every text book into a Smart Book
Bangalore, June 29, 2023: Leading AI-powered learning platform Embibe ,  has announced Embibe Lens app, an innovative AI-led text-to-visual learning app. Embibe Lens is designed to revolutionise students' understanding of complex subjects by transforming any textbook into stunning 3D models and videos. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Cleartrip offers full refunds on hotel bookings until check-in
September 18, 2023: Cleartrip, a Flipkart company, has  launched ‘Cancel for No Reason’, an industry-first feature that  will enable users to cancel their hotel bookings until check-in and still get instant full refunds, giving them unprecedented control over their travel experience. ....
Hospitality jobs surging once more, Delhi leads in opportunities
Reproduced courtesy Travel Daily News Asia August 22, 2023: The travel and tourism industry in India has rebounded from the pandemic, with job postings for hospitality jobs surging by 66% from June 2022 to 2023. This is a significant turnaround from the 60% decline in job demand during 2019-2020 and the subsequent 7% dip in the following year. ....

Infosys offers free certification and training in AI
Bangalore, June 24, 2023:  Indi-based tech bellwether Infosys  has  launched a free Artificial Intelligence (AI) certification training on Infosys Springboard. Infosys AI-first specialists and data strategists, responsible for delivering Infosys Topaz AI-first set of services, solutions and platforms will help shape the curriculum to help learners build future-ready skillsets. ....
LifeSigns launches ‘Continuum Care’ enabling wireless monitoring of patients in ambulances and homes
April 15, 2023: Chennai-based health-tech startup, LifeSigns iMS (a brand by LS Devices Pvt. Ltd.), has developed a revolutionary continuum care solution that allows patients to be monitored wirelessly and in real-time, regardless of their location. This Biosensor has 21 USA Patents and global accreditation. ....
Made-in-India AI-based breast cancer detection tool makes waves worldwide
April 8, 2023: Can advanced technologies may replace doctors in some roles? A New York Times article last month reported on some success  with A. ...

Product Pulse
Tecno Pova 5 Pro: RGB lighting on phone
By Vishnu Anand August 29, 2023: In the September of 2000 when the Nokia 3310 mobile phones  was  released, it swept the consumer tech market owing to its affordability and ruggedness. The auxiliary market for cases and other accessories skyrocketed as the device grew in popularity. ....
Sony WH-CH720N: their lightest active noise cancelling over-ear headphones
By Anand Parthasarathy April 16, 2023: I had the opportunity to try out a very recent model of a wireless active noise cancelling over-the-ear headphone – Sony’s WH-CH720N -- which the company has recently launched in India. The electronics of noise cancelling are all-digital these days, the chips that do the work are smaller, lighter and faster – which means they don’t call for a pair of penlight sized batteries, but use a tiny rechargeable Lithium-ion cell. ....
Wear your health checker!
World Health Day special April 8, 2023:The Covid years pushed many people into monitoring their own health to the extent possible: and in a canny response to this opportunity, the wearable device industry has built basic health parameter checks into almost every smartwatch now in the market – with varying degrees of functionality. ...

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  Fujitsu pioneers supply chain CO2 visualization
Tokyo, September 15  2023:Fujitsu  has  announced that it has succeeded in visualizing CO2 emissions throughout its supply chain through participation in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Partnership for Carbon Transparency (PACT) Implementation program , the world’s first social implementation program to enable business-to-business data integration for product carbon footprint (PCF) information For its initial implementation of the scheme, Fujitsu leveraged its Track and Trust technology, a PACT-compliant solution based on the Pathfinder Network , to link actual data and calculate CO2 emissions in PCF across its notebook PC supply chain. ....
World Battery Expo concludes at Guanzhou with 137500 visitors
September 8, 2023: Organized by Guangzhou Innovation Exhibition Co., Ltd, the 8th World Battery & Energy Storage Industry Expo (WBE 2023) was successfully held this August 8-10 at Area A, China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou.  Spanning over 100,000 sq. ....
June 21, 2023: The GOVO GOSURROUND 950 Soundbar has been launched on the occasion of World Music Day. The key features:  5. ...
World CX summit saw call for data democratization
Gurgaon, NCR, May  17 2023: The recently concluded  10th global edition of World CX Summit in Gurgaon  brought government leaders and an inspirational line-up of experts and solution providers together to discuss the latest challenges and explore the latest applications in data powered solutions. ...
Password Security: Don’t let it pass
By Karmendra Kohli, CEO & Director,  SecurEyes, a pure-play cybersecurity consulting service May 4 2023. ...

IT people
  SAP Lab's Sindhu Gangadharan is NASSCOM Vice Chairperson
Bengaluru; September 14, 2023: Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP and MD, SAP Labs India and Head, SAP User Enablement, has been appointed as Vice Chairperson of The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM). In her new role, Sindhu will leverage her extensive experience in technology and corporate leadership gained over decades in both India and Germany to help shape India’s TechAde. ....
Rajeeva Lochan Sharma to head Barco in India
New Delhi, August 18,  2023: Barco, a global technology leader that develops networked visualization solutions for the entertainment, enterprise, and healthcare markets, has announced the appointment of Rajeeva Lochan Sharma as the Managing Director of Barco India. ....
Dr VK Saraswat named Chairman of QETCI
Bangalore, August 12 2023: Quantum Ecosystems Technology Council of India (QETCI), a not-for-profit organization, Think Tank and an Ecosystem Entity dedicated to Enabling and Accelerating the Quantum Ecosystem in India, has announced the appointment of Dr. ...

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Why satellite spectrum auction won’t work
The auction of satellite spectrum is totally futile (useless) and serves no regulatory objectives...  Parag Kar in Economic Times, July 3, 2023


Indian universities fail excellence test
 The World University Rankings 2024,  which provide an international benchmark for the performance and popularity of universities the world over, has again disappointed the country’s education sector. The report, released last week, does not give a top  ranking to any Indian university...  Deccan Herald editorial  July 2,2023

A case of unchecked power to restrict online free speech
The Karnataka High Court judgment against Twitter is ominous and subverts the procedural safeguards that must be employed while restricting the freedom of speech....The judgment undermines the right to free speech and expression and also paves the way for the state to exercise unchecked power while taking down content without following established procedure. Moreover, it exhibits a new trend to hinder digital rights and the exercise of free speech on the grounds of the dissemination of false speech. OpEd, The Hindu July 3, 2023


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