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INDIAN IT IN NUMBERS 
(Updated  December 4, 2022
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Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.165 billion (1165 million)
Mobiles:    1140 million    Landlines: 25 million 
Broadband Internet users:    800 million  including  mobile Internet 775 million
and wired broadband 20 million.  

TV owning houses: 210 million  
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
NEW! Draft Telecom Bill 2022 text September 2022
Internet in India the  2021 numbers, from the July 2022 IAMAI study
GOI Guidelines for intermediaries and Digital media ethics code  2021
Smart Homes in India study July 2022
India Media and Entertainment report 2022- PwC 
India Media and Entertainment report 2021 - EY-FICCI
Vision Document for the electronics sector January 2022

India semiconductor  notified  (December 2021)
 Indian Drone Rules notified  August 25 2021
KPMG Media and Entertainment Report 2020. Read full report
Ericsson Mobility Report Dec 2020 
25 years of Internet in India. The numbers

Feb 28 2019: TRAI  White paper on  5G in India

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PC market in India declines after 2 years, finds IDC study
 
 
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Airtel launches ‘World Pass’ pack for travel across 184 countries
 
 
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Airtel launches ‘World Pass’ pack for travel across 184 countries
 
 
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Education  
Indian online learning leader Simplilearn acquires US-based bootcamp trainer Fullstack Academy
 
 
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  Airtel launches ‘World Pass’ pack for travel across 184 countries
New Delhi, December 7 2022: Airtel has launched ‘Airtel World Pass’ to work seamlessly across 184 countries. So even if you are en-route at an Airport or travelling to two or more countries one pack now covers all your roaming needs. ....
US agonises over use of killer robots for law enforcement, but India has taken a sober stand
December 6, 2022: A proposal by the Police Department of San Francisco, California in the US, to deploy robots capable of deadly force including killing,  in extraordinary circumstances,  was approved in an 8-3 decision by City Fathers earlier this week. ....
PC market in India declines after 2 years, finds IDC study
December 4 2022: The India traditional PC market, inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations declined by 11. ...
Contactless passenger processing launched at 3 Indian airports
December 3,2022: The Union Minister for Civil Aviation  Jyotiraditya Scindia has  launched Digi Yatra for three airports in the countr --New Delhi, Varanasi and Bangalore -- to achieve contactless, seamless processing of passengers at airports based on Facial Recognition Technology. ...
Restricting 5G usage around airports may be an over-reaction, not warranted by Indian conditions
By Anand Parthasarathy December 2, 2022: The Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is known to have asked the three main mobile service providers – Airtel, Jio and Vodafone-Idea -- to desist from creating infrastructure that would result in customers enjoying 5G services around Indian airports. ...
 


 
Education and e-learning
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IIIT Bangalore honoured at Bengaluru Tech Summit
Bangalore, November 24, 2022:  The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB) received the Bengaluru Tech Summit, Silver Jubilee Icon Award at the recently concluded summit. The award recognized IIIT Bangalore for its contribution to the journey of Karnataka State and for playing a crucial role in the development of technology, research, policy and technical committees in making the  city the most sought-after destination in India. ....
TagHive's Class Saathi App now used by 400,000 students in India
Mumbai, November 21, 2022: TagHive, a Samsung backed ed-tech firm which launched the Class Saathi app and clicker for in-class and at-home student assessment, has recorded a fast pace growth, expanding from 10 schools to 1800+ schools across India in the past one year. ....
 

 
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Cochin airport to open a dedicated terminal for charter and business aircraft
December 3 2022: Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is all set to launch a Business Jet Terminal aimed at the chartered flying business. The Kerala Chief Minister will inaugurate the terminal, which will serve as a platform to integrate business jet service, tourism and business conferences, on December 10. ....
Contactless passenger processing launched at 3 Indian airports
December 3,2022: The Union Minister for Civil Aviation  Jyotiraditya Scindia has  launched Digi Yatra for three airports in the countr --New Delhi, Varanasi and Bangalore -- to achieve contactless, seamless processing of passengers at airports based on Facial Recognition Technology. ....
 


 
e-Healthcare
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IET joins national disease surveillance task
Bangalore, November 30, 2022: The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), in partnership with Siemens Healthineers India, the Centre for Health Research and Innovation (CHRI), and Capgemini, has developed a digital platform to enhance the national disease surveillance initiative. ....
Automatic Patient Monitoring can make up for shortage of ICU, finds study
Bangalore, July 24  2022: Connected beds in non-ICU hospital wards can save over Rs  2150 crore( Rs 21.5 billion) per year for the public healthcare ecosystem in India finds a study by Sattva Consulting for Dozee, India's first contactless Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Company. ....
HCG deploys digital hematopathology solution for better cancer treatment
Bangalore, July 5 2022: HealthCare Global Enterprises  (HCG), the specialty healthcare services focused on oncology has  deployed  Sigtuple’s AI100, making HCG the first hospital chain to equip the Hematopathology labs across its network with AI-powered screening solutions for cancer detection and disease management. ...
 


 
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New retro phones target loyal buyers by recalling classical roots
By Anand Parthasarathy September 29 2022: Anyone old enough to remember the early years of the mobile phone in India – around the turn of the century – won’t need reminding about the near- iconic status that a Nokia handset held. ....
Devialet Dione: high-end audio soundbar
July 17, 2022:  French audio technology specialist, Devialet  has announces the arrival of its new product --  Devialet Dione soundbar – in the India market. Featuring two new patented technologies, combined with a host of existing proprietary technologies, Devialet Dione has been carefully crafted to provide a truly immersive sound experience in an all-in-one compact device. ....
Garmin brings world-first GPS solar watch to India
New Delhi, July 4 2022:  Garmin has launched the  world’s first dedicated GPS running smartwatch with solar charging, Forerunner 955 Solar in India. ...
 


 
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  InfoComm Southeast Asia 2022 in Bangkok, a resounding success
November 17 2022: The 3-day InfoComm Southeast Asia 2022 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) came to a close on 4 November 2022. Returning in-person for the first time since its launch in 2019, Asia’s premier Professional AudioVisual (Pro-AV) and Transformative Technology Exhibition and Summit saw exhibitors, visitors and delegates from 22 countries. ....
Robots help customers pick up online purchases
Singapore, November 9 2022:  Warehouse robot technology company, AutoStore, has launched its latest innovation, the PickUpPort, a public-facing port that lets customers shop online and pick up their order directly from the AutoStore System. The PickUpPort is an intuitive technology that doesn’t demand extensive implementation and training. ....
Fortinet exceeds 1 Million Network Security Expert certifications
October 24 2022: Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has issued more than 1 million Network Security Expert (NSE) certifications to date, further advancing its commitment to close the cybersecurity skills gap. ...
Hikvision unveils first true 8K security video recorder
September 23, 2022: Leading video security solution provider. Hikvision,  has unveiled the security industry’s first “True 8K” Network Video Recorders that support video recording, storage, transferring, decoding and output of up to 8K super-high-resolution images. ...
Fortinet launches fastest compact firewall
August 9 2022: Global cybersecurity solutions leader, Fortinet  has unveiled  the world’s fastest compact firewalls for Hyperscale data centres and 5G networks --  the FortiGate 4800F series. ...
 

 
IT people
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  Nayaki Nayyar appointed CEO of Securonix
December 7, 2022: Threat detection specialist Securonix, has  announced the appointment of Nayaki Nayyar as  Chief Executive Officer and member of its Board of Directors. Sachin Nayyar (not related), Founder and former Chief Executive Officer has transitioned to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. ....
Deepa Madhavan to head Genesys in India
Chennai, November 30, 2022: Global cloud computing solutions leader Genesys,  has  announced the appointment of Deepa Madhavan as the India Country Head. Deepa will continue the development of Genesys cloud technologies and engagement of teams across all functions in Genesys India. ....
Meta names Sandhya Devanathan as new head of India office
November 18 2022: Meta (formerly Facebook)  has appointed Sandhya Devanathan as the new head of its India  businessas Vice President Meta India effective January 1 2023. ...
 

 
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..The real threat in much of the world is not the policies of social media companies, but of governments. Nowhere is that clearer than in India, where before Musk’s acquisition, Twitter had been fighting a legal battle to protect its users from government censorship.. New York Times, reprodiced in Deccan Herald November 14 2022


 

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India is pushing tech giants to make smartphones compatible with its home-grown navigation system within months, worrying the likes of Samsung, Xiaomi and Apple who fear elevated costs and disruptions as the move requires hardware changes, according to two industry sources and government documents seen by Reuters...The Indian government wants to reduce dependence on foreign systems, including the widely used U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), and says NavIC provides more accurate domestic navigation and that its use would benefit the economy. Reuters  report in Business Standard  Sptember 27 2022

Centre asked for entire accounts to be blocked: Twitter to Karnataka HC
Micro-blogging site Twitter informed the Karnataka High Court on Monday that the Union government was asking it to block entire accounts of holders rather than just their tweets because of their political content...Besides, about 50-60 per cent of the tweets that the Union government had asked Twitter to block under the orders, were “innocuous” (not harmful or offensive), he said. He argued that there was no justification in blocking such tweets and that because of such orders, Twitter’s business would be affected. New Indian Express September 27 2022

 

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