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(Updated  May 14 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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  Most PCs sold in India, are notebooks, finds IDC
New Delhi, May 14, 2021:  The India traditional PC market (inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations) continued its growth streak with shipments growing 73.1% year-over-year (YoY) in  the first quarter of 2021, finds IDC.  A total of 3. ....
One in 14 smartphones sold in India is 5G-ready, finds IDC
New Delhi, May 14, 2021P: The Indian smartphone market started the year with a healthy 18% year-over-year (YoY) growth in the first quarter of 2021,  selling  38 million units, but  this constitutes a declined by 14% from a strong 2020 year ending finds IDC. ....
Kerala Digital University to offer online blockchain course
Thiruvananthapuram, May 13 2021: India’s first digital University, the  Digital University of Kerala (DUK) has announced the launch of an online “Certified Blockchain Startup Programme” that  will help entrepreneurs and startups in sharpening their skills in cutting-edge digital technologies. ...
MapMyIndia offers free tracking of hospital supply vehicles
New Delhi, May 12, 2021:Leading Indian cartography and digital mapping company, MapmyIndia, has  offered  to install GPS tracking systems for free  in all  vehicles  transporting oxygen, vaccine, hospital equipment and medical supplies across India. ...
Covid looms over industry as biggest tech challenge
May 11 2021: May 11 marks the anniversary Of the Indian nuclear tests  at Pokhran in 1998 and is observed as National Technology Day to celebrate the achievements of Indians in science and technology. ...

Education and e-learning
Indian-American teens start world-first science-social network
May 12 2021: Two US-based teenagers  both aged 15,  of Indian origin have created the world’s first science social network SciLynk, a comprehensive platform connecting  students teachers and research professionals in the STEM industry. ....
Edutech sector seeing huge growth finds Risers Accelerator study
New Delhi, April 17,  2021,According to the findings of a study conducted by Risers Accelerator, a conglomerate of India’s leading entrepreneurs dedicated to supporting the startup industry, the Edu-tech sector is going through the biggest growth period ever since its inception in India. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Guide to reopening hotels after pandemic
April 22 2021:Veteran hotelier Andrew Wood writes in Travel News International to suggest strategies for hoteliers to reopen their properties. Here is a summary of his top tips: - Work with local travel agents and DMCs, and create a lasting bond. ....
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines turn to IBS software to beef up on board retail and dining solutions
Thiruvananthapuram, March 24 2021: Norway-based cruise operator, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has chosen IBS Software to improve the onboard dining and retail purchasing experience across its entire fleet.  Fred. Olsen will be implementing IBS’s iTravel Point-of-Sale (PoS) system, where guest will have greater flexibility to order food and beverages and other onboard retail services from the convenience of their cabin, in addition to the traditional over-the-counter purchases or waiter assisted orders. ....

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. Currently, the Service is operational in 31 States/Union Territories and over 35,000 patients across the country are daily using this  digital medium to seek health services. ....
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. ....
Hybrid cloud will shape healthcare in the future, finds Nutanix study
Bangalore, March 18, 2020: Leader in cloud computing, Nutanix  has released the healthcare industry findings of its third annual Enterprise Cloud Index Report, measuring healthcare organizations’ plans for adopting private, hybrid and public clouds. ...

Product Pulse
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. ....
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. With their unique capability for simultaneous signal generation and acquisition, these powerful tools are perfect for applications involving stimulus-response or closed-loop type testing. ....
Xerox launches laser multifunction series
March 11 2021: The advent of hybrid workforce has brought in a new way of working. And with this, the need for digital transformation to support the workforce has also increased. ...

IT's for you
  Software language “Julia” accelerates developments in AI, medicine and robotics
Bangalore, May 13,2021: The fight against the Corona virus does not only take place in medical laboratories, but also in computing. Handling the huge amounts of data for vaccine development requires advanced tools: “Julia”, a relatively new software language, has surged in popularity. ....
Recommerce conference highlights challenge and opportunity in textile recycling
May 7 2021: Recommerce recently presented the first edition of Sustainable Clothing and Textile Recycling Online Conference, officially supported by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Bureau of Indian Standards and Digital India. ....
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. ...
Airtel consolidates in sub GHz spectrum at auction, even as bidders shun 700 MHz
Day 1 of Indian  telecom spectrum auction New Delhi, March 2, 2021: Bharti Airtel has acquired 355. ...
Household dust is the Enemy Within
Hidden dust and the  healthy home February 1 2021: Given the ongoing health crisis and stay-at-home emerging as the new normal, many have pledged to start this new year by building clean and healthy home environments to ensure the wellbeing of their loved ones. ...

IT people
  Dr Amitesh Punhani to head APAC marketing for Jabra
New Delhi,  May 9  2021: Jabra, leader in personal sound and office solutions  has appointed Dr. Amitesh Punhani as its Head of APAC, Consumer Marketing. Amitesh will be responsible for strengthening company’s vision and brand leadership in the retail & Online channel and driving market share growth across key geographies of Asia Pacific region i. ....
Accenture's Rekha Menon takes the chair at NASSCOM
New Delhi, April 23 2021: The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), has announced the appointment of Rekha M. Menon, Chairperson and Senior Managing Director at Accenture in India as its Chairperson for 2021-22. ....
Parag Bhise to lead Nucleus Software
April 19 2021: Leading provider of lending and transaction banking products to the global financial services industry, Nucleus Software, has appointed Parag Bhise as the Chief Executive Officer. ...

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Indian bank choke crypto trade ahead of govt
Banks are choking off access to crypto currency exchanges again. Crypto aficionados have started complaining that they are unable to shovel their money into digital crypto wallets, re-erecting a fresh hurdle for investors who have found an appetite for the mercurial asset that carries speculative risks but promises blowout returns.   The Telegraph  May 12 2021

New Attempt To Censor Covid Related Info On Social Media Platforms
The Indian Government has once again nudged social media giants to curb fake news and misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.... the GOI sent an advisory to all the bigwigs such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram in the social media space and urged them to initiate ‘awareness campaigns’ among Indian audiences... DazeInfo May 10 2021

Wall Street for All? India’s Crypto Crowd Fights Back
India’s beleaguered blockchain industry has finally got some solid support to ensure its survival, with an influential industry evangelist evoking the vision of a billion smartphones acting as gateways to the brave new world of decentralized finance. Andy Mukherjee in   BloombergQuint  April 13 2021



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