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(Updated  April 18 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
NEW: KPMG Media and Entertainment Report 2020. Read full report
Ericsson Mobility Report 2020
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INDIA Media and entertainment: FICCI Report  March 2020

Feb 28 2019: TRAI  White paper on  5G in India
 August 2018:  Indian Drone regulations

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  Salesforce joins NASSCOM to help skill 1,00,000 professionals
Bangalore, April 21, 2021: Global leader in CRM Salesforce  has joined with NASSCOM’s FutureSkills Prime Programme to skill 1,00,000 professionals, potential employees and students, in India, by 2024.  Salesforce is leveraging the power of  its free online learning platform Trailhead, and NASSCOM will deliver free and continuous learning on the FutureSkills Prime portal. ....
Pizza king Domino's may have experienced a hack of its India data base
April 20 2021: The India data base of  pizza leader, Domino's  including customer information  like names, phone numbers, and credit card details  is alleged to have been  hacked and put on sale on the dark web. In  tweets by Israel-based Chief Technology Officer of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, Alon Gal,  he alleges that  the hacked  comprises 13 terabytes (TB) covering 180 million order details, including 1 million credit card details. ....
Internet provider ACT offers a home camera
Bangalore, April 19 2021:  Indian Internet service provider ACT Fibernet,  has launched  a Home Camera, an important surveillance tool. ...
WeHear earphones harness bone conduction, offer better experience to the hearing-challenged
New Delhi, April 19 2021: WeHear  has launched India’s first bone conduction open ear wireless earphones. ...
AdmitNXT eases admission process in India
April 18, 2021: AdmitNXT, an AI-driven  Admissions Solution cater sto educational institutions around the world. ...

Education and e-learning
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. ....
OUP study finds Net connectivity was a challenge in India for students during Covid lockdowns
April 12 2021: In India, the transition to online learning was done rather well, However, a major issue identified by respondents was unequal access to digital learning devices, as well as a lack of internet connectivity and little familiarity around the tools required to facilitate online learning," finds a new report from Oxford University Press (OUP) OUP studied seven countries—the UK, India, Brazil, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey, and South Africa, to reflect on the shift in learning ecosystem and what the “future could hold for education. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
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. ....
As travel takes off, the future is hybrid!
March 21 2021: As  customers step out after almost a year of forced inactivity, the travel industry  is getting set to  meet and plan its strategy --  at trade shows and other business-to-business events. And for the first time in 12 months, it is possible in some pockets to meet in person, even as global travel restrictions, inhibit wider participation. ....

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. ....
How a tech start-up is harnessing Artificial Intelligence to bridge India’s healthcare divide.
March 15 2021:Learning from personal experience with a family member’s ailment and armed with the belief that technology could bridge the demand and supply gap,  42-year-old entrepreneur Sujay Santra  launched iKure in 2010. ...

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
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IT's for you
  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.   In the new structure Airtel Digital Limited folds into the listed entity, Bharti Airtel. ....
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 355.45 MHz spectrum across Sub GHz, mid band and 2300 MHz bands for a total consideration of Rs 18,699 crores in the  spectrum auction conducted by the Indian goverenment’s Department of Telecommunications, today. ....
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. ...
Xerox announces enhancements to production printing line
January 30,  2021: Xerox announced a suite of production print innovations including new presses, technology enhancements for existing printers as well as artificial intelligence and automation features that aid speed and productivity. ...
Matrix recognized as outstanding MSME
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IT people
  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. He succeeds the outgoing CEO, RP Singh, who retired after  35 years with Nucleus Software. ....
Bhavya Misra to head HR at Lenovo India
Bangalore, April 16, 2021: Lenovo,  has announced the appointment of  Bhavya Misra as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for India. She will be responsible for leading HR for the India business.  Bhavya brings in over 13  years of experience  at PepsiCo and Bharti Walmart. ....
Smrithi Mathur to head people organization at Pega Systems
Bangalore, April 15, 2021: Pegasystems Inc., the software company that crushes business complexity  has appointed Smriti Mathur as senior director and head of people organization in India. ...

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Top 3 IT firms’ hiring up 44% at 72,000 in FY21
While a few years ago, companies were talking about a slowdown in hiring from campuses, things have reversed now as a healthy deal pipeline has raised the need for people to work on numerous digital projects. Infosys, TCS and Wipro are expected to hire as robustly this fiscal as they did in the last. Times of India April 19 2021

Cyber warfare and state surveillance new normal
In this modern technological environment, the State has been empowered to use cyber tools in surveillance as technology in this field has improved by giga leaps and bounds. Editorial in Deccan Chronicle  March 4 2021

Amazon documents reveal company's secret strategy to dodge India's regulators
Indian traders, both brick-and-mortar and smaller online sellers, have long alleged that Amazon’s platform largely benefits a tiny number of big sellers and that the American giant engages in predatory pricing that has crushed legions of retailers.  Reuters  story February 17 2021


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