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(Updated  September  29, 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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IT happened in India
  Now, enjoy Internet access at 5200 metres at Everest Base Camp
September 29, 2023:  Visitors to Mount Everest Tourist Base Camp 5,200m above sea level, are now connected from the top of the world with high-speed WiFi. China Mobile Communications and Huawei have announced the successful launch of ultra-gigabit premium Wi-Fi services and F5. ....
Worldline India digital payments study reveals dominance of UPI
Mumbai,  September 28, 2023: Digital payments leader  has released its India Digital Payments Report for H1 2023 (January to June 2023) which captures a series of noteworthy trends and shifts within the digital payments landscape. The report reveals UPI as a huge success and expect it to continue dominate payments in India. ....
Tata Communications is first Indian global corporate to join Air France–KLM’s Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel programme
New Delhi, September 25  2023: Tata Communications, has joined  the  Corporate SAF programme of the  Air France-KLM Group to promote and develop the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Tata Communications is the first global corporate from India to join this programme which actively supports the transition to Sustainable Aviation Fuel and will therefore contribute to the reduction of the CO2 emissions generated by aviation. ...
PhonePe launches Indus Appstore developer platform
Bangalore, September 25  2023: PhonePe,  has launched the Indus Appstore Developer Platform. ...
Black Box opens Centre of Excellence in Bangalore
Bangalore, September 24, 2023: IT solutions provider Black Box (formerly AGC Networks Limited and an Essar  investment)  has  inaugurated  its new Centre of Excellence  here. ...

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
Indians overwhelmingly opt for domestic holidays
September 28 2023: The  Hansa Research Travel Trendz Report 2023 reveals fascinating insights into the travel preferences and habits of Indians, uncovering the motivating factors that drive their wanderlust. The following details are sourced courtesy Travel Daily News A majority of Indians, 71% prefer planning their holiday trips independently. ....
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. ....

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
GOVO offers GoSurround 750 soundbar
September 25, 2023: With the World Cup season on the horizon, GOVO, a new challenger in the audio technology sector,  has introduced the GOVO GoSurround 750 Soundbar. Says  Varun Poddar, Founder of GOVO: “As the world unites for the highly anticipated Cricket World Cup, we are excited to introduce the GOVO GoSurround 750 Soundbar, a fusion of innovation, state-of-the-art technology. ....
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. ...

IT's for you
  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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A report on global digital IDs brings Aadhaar’s limitations, risks back into focus
Global rating major Moody’s Investors Service has flagged some uncomfortable home truths about India’s ambitious digital identification (ID) programme for residents, Aadhaar..... The Hindu editorial, September 27 2023

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


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