Telcos losing money due to call drops: Bharti VC Akhil Gupta

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Call drop is not only a loss for consumers but also for telecom operators as they invest thousands of crores in buying spectrum but are unable to use it for delivering services due to lack of mobile towers, Bharti Enterprises vice chairman Akhil Gupta said. “Operators do not make money from call drops as there are per second billing plans. They are losing enormous amount of money and reputation from call drops”, Gupta said responding to queries at a FICCI event on Women entrepreneurship here.

Micromax launches Canvas Pace 4G Q416, priced Rs 6,821

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Domestic handset maker Micromax has launched Canvas Pace 4G Q416 smartphone in India. The entry level smartphone is priced at Rs 6,821 and is currently available on eBay India. The dual-sim smartphone features a 5-inch FWVGA (480x854p) display and is powered by 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor and 1GB RAM and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.

China’s Baidu Is Increasing Its Indian E-commerce Exposure?

IndiaChina Tech News — Chinese search engine company Baidu reportedly plans to acquire a controlling stake in, a leading e-commerce platform for discounted products in India. According to reports in Indian local media, Baidu expressed an intention to acquire a majority stake in and the investment can reach up to USD100 million, which is about CNY630 million. Neither Baidu nor have commented on the news.

Telcos seek national policy for optical fibre rollout, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Citing limited spectrum for cellular services, telecom players said the government should come out with an industry-friendly policy to facilitate the rollout of optical fibre across the country. “Optical fibre cable (OFC) will be more valuable than the spectrum in coming days. Spectrum is limited and also has gone in the different tangent.

Dell Ventures to invest $300 million in Indian startups

IndiaAUSTIN, TEXAS: Dell Ventures, the $300-million venture fund arm of personal computing giant Dell, is planning to bet big on the Indian startup ecosystem and partner or invest in new-age disruptive startups in the country, as part of its broader push into Asia, a top company executive said in an interview.

China Telecom launches cloud service to Indian market

IndiaBusiness Cloud News — The Indian subsidiary of China Telecom (China Telecom India) has launched a business cloud service to Chinese businesses operating on the India market. The service, it says, will straddle the public private computing divide and cater to demand for hybrid cloud systems. The new hybrid cloud service offers professional system management, security and disaster recovery, along with 24-hour, 7 days a week customer service in Chinese.

Wistron and Optiemus set up joint venture in India

IndiaDigi Times — Wistron has announced the establishment of a joint venture in Noida, a planned new town in northern India, with Optiemus Infracom, an India-based mobile telecom device distributor. Wistron president Robert Huang and Optiemus president Ravinder Zutshi signed an MoU for the joint venture in New Delhi on November 24. The Taiwan-based Wistron will hold a 20% stake in the joint venture.

VMWare looks to thrive under Dell India shadow

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Virtualization software maker VMWare expects the takeover of its parent, EMC Corp, by Dell to help it make inroads into the small and medium enterprises and businesses market in India, where the US technology giant has a large presence. “Where I think we will have opportunity to do a little more with Dell will be in the small medium enterprise and the SMB space where VMware has not had a large footprint. We have not had access to that market which is a Dell stronghold,” Arun Parameswaran, managing director at VMware India, told ET in an interview.

Lenovo aims to double India smartphone production to 10 million units

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo, which owns the Motorola brand, plans to nearly double local production to 10 million units annually next year, as it aims to become the No. 2 smartphone brand in the fastest growing market worldwide. The company also plans to export from its existing facility in Chennai and will add more models from both brands to be made locally. Lenovo plans to bring the popular phone customization programme Moto Maker to India, after launching it in the US and Brazil.

Mobile subscribers in India to cross 500 million by year end: Report

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India is set to have more than half a billion (500 million) unique mobile subscribers by the end of the year, thanks to affordable devices, easy tariff and digital literacy drives, a study by GSMA said on Thursday. The report, “The Mobile Economy: India 2015”, said that 13% of the world’s mobile subscribers lived in India. The subscriber growth was forecast to outperform the regional and global averages over the coming years.

India market: Smartphone shipments increase 21.4% on year in 3Q15, says IDC

IndiaDigi Times — Shipments of smartphones in India totaled 28.3 million units in the third quarter of 2015, up 21.4% from 23.3 million units shipped for the same period of a year earlier, according to IDC. In the third quarter, the 4G enabled devices have witnessed almost a three-fold increase in unit shipments over the previous quarter, IDC noted.

Why Asia’s Silicon Valley is in India, not China

IndiaTech in Asia — I was dining alone at a hotel in Bangalore when an Indian stranger came up to me. He asked, “can I join you?” I was surprised by his forwardness. No one does that in Singapore where I come from. This behavior, I later found out, is common in India. After learning about what I do, he peppered me with questions about the tech industry. Returning the favor, I asked him about the brands he uses.

Telenor to add 950 mobile towers in Bihar, Jharkhand

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom operator Telenor said it will be adding 950 new mobile sites covering over 3,380 rural areas and upgrade the existing 3,235 sites in Bihar and Jharkhand. With this, Telenor sites will go up to 4,185 in both the states, which will help the company offer better voice quality and data speed to its customers.

TCS partners French company to offer smart city solutions

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and France-based Gfi Informatique – a value-added IT services and software vendor – on Tuesday said they have entered into a strategic partnership agreement on smart cities to meet the requirements of digital initiatives in public transportation, water, and energy.

Facebook expands basic services to everyone in India

IndiaTimes of India — Social networking giant Facebook has taken another step in expanding the reach of its, now called Free Basics, platform in India. In a post on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We just took another step towards connecting India. As of today, everyone in India nationwide can access free internet services for health, education, jobs and communication through’s Free Basics app on the Reliance network.”

Micromax disputes IDC findings, says still No. 1 Indian handset player

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Micromax Informatics, India’s second-largest smartphone vendor, said that it remained the largest home bred player, disputing the findings of research firm IDC which showed that Intex had surpassed it to become the leading local supplier in overall handset market in the third quarter. “We continue to retain our No.2 position (behind Samsung). We imported almost 9.7 million devices in the (third) quarter.

Lenovo looks to boost enterprise segment growth, in India

Indialivemint — New Delhi: Chinese computer technology company Lenovo Group Ltd is betting on India’s e-commerce sector to accelerate growth for its enterprise segment which sells servers and storage, catering to the networking needs of web companies. Taking on the bigger rivals including Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell Inc. with the renewed India strategy, the company is eyeing a bigger piece of India’s datacenter infrastructure market.

Singapore IT Park firm plans expansion in India

IndiaSINGAPORE: An IT Park specialist firm in Singapore is planning its expansion in India where it manages more than $1 billion worth of Tech Park assets. “We believe in the future of India and are committed to growing in the country. We are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to invest/develop the right assets with like-minded partners,” said Manohar Khiatani, president and group CEO of Ascendas.

Infosys Finacle teams with Oracle to offer Finacle on Oracle Cloud

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Infosys Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, has launched Finacle as a managed service on Oracle Cloud. This offering will enable banks globally to leverage Finacle’s industry-leading solution suite, along with other enterprise-class applications hosted on premise or in an external environment, to gain agility and cost efficiencies. With this offering, Finacle becomes one of the first comprehensive banking platforms to be available as a managed service on Oracle Compute Cloud.

Indian IT industry revenue to reach $350b by 2025: NASSCOM

IndiaNotwithstanding the economic headwinds which have slowed down the global economy, the revenues of the Indian information technology (IT) and services industry are expected to be around $225 billion by 2020 and $350 billion five years later, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) said.