NEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi will start selling smartphones in India later this year through its own portal as it looks to beef up its presence in one of the world’s fastest growing devices market. Xiaomi, which currently sells devices in India through homegrown eCommerce major Flipkart, will bring in its website ‘Mi.com’ to India in the latter part of the year.
NEW DELHI: Handset maker Xiaomi will set up a research and development unit in Bangalore, its first such facility outside of China, as it looks to beef up presence in the booming Indian smartphone market. The company, which expects the centre to be operational in the next few months, will focus on localising its products and features for the Indian market through the unit.
The United States has joined the race to help India build 100 smart cities, signing memorandums of understanding with three Indian states to assist with new projects. The deals were signed this week as part of President Obama’s visit to India. The states of Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan signed the deal with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency on 25 January to develop Vishakhapatnam, Allahabad and Ajmer.
BENGALURU: Wipro has won a $150 million (Rs 900 crore) IT outsourcing deal from the Allied Irish Banks (AIB), one of the big four commercial banks in Ireland. India’s third largest IT services company will provide infrastructure management services (IMS), data centre and hosting services to AIB over five years. “We are excited to partner with AIB in their journey to transform the Bank. We will bring our expertise to build agile and adaptive infrastructure while improving the predictability and cost effectiveness of services,” said Rajan Kohli, senior vice president and global head — banking and financial services in Wipro.
NEW DELHI: Electronics giant Apple, the maker of iPhones and iPad, has decided to rope in global retail major Brightstar to sell its devices in India. Apple is looking to increase sales from 1 million units achieved in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, to as many as 7 million units by 2018. The US-headquartered Brightstar, controlled by Japanese telecom and internet giant Softbank, distributes mobile phones and other devices to more than 200 carriers in over 50 countries and has revenues of around $11 billion. It had recently bought a 51 per cent stake in (Bharti Enterprises chairman) Sunil Mittal’s Beetle Teletech.
NEW DELHI: Low cost mobile device maker Datawind has earmarked about Rs 150 crore to launch mobile phones with free basic Internet services for one year to start with. These phones will cost Rs 3,000 per unit. “We are in talks with a private operator to launch mobile phones with free basic Internet services for one year to start with. It should cost around Rs 3,000 a unit.
Almost 25 percent of India’s total demand for warehousing space in 2014 were driven by e-retail, findings of CBRE’s latest special report, “India Online Retail Driving Realty” shows. Transactions worth more than 3.5 million sq. ft. of office space either closed or in various stages of negotiation by leading e-tailers by the end of 2014, a growth of more than 400 percent year-on-year. Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon and Mumbai are among the most preferred tier I markets for e-tailers for both office and warehousing space.
DAVOS: Committed to a diversified global workforce, IT major Tech Mahindra chief C P Gurnani has said employees in the IT industry will have to continuously re-skill themselves as 10-15 per cent technology jobs will become obsolete every year. “We will have a diversified global workforce, but I can’t give any numbers as in our business numbers can be translated into revenue and I’m in a quiet period.
NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the market response to its Tizen OS-based smartphone in India, tech giant Samsung plans to manufacture the ‘Z1′ at its Noida facility soon. The South Korean firm, which is the world’s largest smartphone player, had launched the device earlier this month in India. “The compelling proposition of an easy to use and clutter free interface (of Z1), along with premium design has met wide consumer acceptance… The Z1 will be manufactured in company’s Noida plant in UP,” Samsung India Vice President Marketing (Mobile and IT) Asim Warsi told .
NEW DELHI: Among the fastest growing tablet markets in the world, India is expected to see over 40 million users of the smart device this year, although the popularity of phablets may restrict that growth, research firm eMarketer said. Phablets are devices with screen size in the range of 5-7 inches. The firm estimates the number of tablet users in one of the world’s largest Internet market to grow by 24.8 per cent in 2015 to touch 40.4 million.
Popular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, Inc. is going to focus on its online sales strategies in India. Xiaomi says it can sell a wider array of smartphone models in stores throughout India while it keeps implementing the same online-only sales strategy, according to Reuters. This will only take place, however, if the phone manufacturer can increase the sales of its Redmi Note 4G model sold through Bharti Airtel Ltd.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been selected by Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA), one of the UK’s leading airlines, to provide fully managed services to transform and optimise its IT processes, applications and infrastructure. Announcing this today, the IT services company said it will set up a private cloud for Virgin Atlantic and provide services including Infrastructure-as-a-Service, End User Services and Application Support Services across the whole of Virgin Atlantic’s technology landscape.
NEW DELHI: At a time when the country is launching another round of spectrum auctions in February and telecom operators are vying for allocations, global telecom infrastructure provider UTStarcom is confident that India’s top 20 cities will be fully Wi-Fi enabled by the end of 2015. “Wi-Fi will compliment data offload applications, which is something that all operators are implementing worldwide. India also has started (on this). By the end of 2015, Wi-Fi will be a reality in India. It will be there in top 20 cities in India, full coverage,” Rahul Pandey, director – sales (SAARC Countries) at UTStarcom, told IANS.
According to International Data Corporation IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly Enterprise Storage Tracker, Q3 2014 India external storage market witnessed a double-digit quarter-on-quarter growth (in vendor Revenue) and stood at USD 61.97 million though year-on-year was a de-growth. Q3 2014 witnessed a recovery majorly due to some large multi-million dollar deals that were absent from last few quarters.
NEW DELHI: Micromax’s fully-owned subsidiary Yu Televentures will put 15,000 Yureka smartphones on Amazon today, for its second online sale after launching the Rs 8,999 device last month. The online sale will begin at 2 pm Thursday and people with pre-registration will be able to buy the device. In the second round of sale today, the consumers who had registered to buy YUREKA before January 13, will remain pre-registered and can take part in the sale just the same as last time, the company said.
The termination of another 36-year-old male employee from TCS has been stayed for two weeks by the Madras High Court on Wednesday. TCS had ended the services of this employee in December 2014. The court has also directed State Labour Conciliation Officer to commence proceedings to ascertain whether the fired TCS employee is a “workman” under the Industrial Disputes Act. The conciliation officer has also been directed to determine if IT establishments can be perceived as an industry under the ID Act.
CHENNAI: Tata consultancy Services on Tuesday revoked the termination of an employee who had first moved the court last week against TCS’ decision to terminate her services. The counsel for TCS submitted in court that the decision to revoke the termination is “in line with the practice of exempting employees who are pregnant from being relieved from the company.” TCS called this revocation as an exceptional case.
Social marketing agency, We Are Social, released a whopping 376 page report on the latest digital numbers around the world. We will focus on the major milestones from second largest nation in the world in terms of population: India. A deeper look into the web traffic in the country reveals, 72 percent of all online activity in India is done on mobile, up by 9 percent rise from last year. Laptops and desktops account for 27 percent of the activity, a drop of 19 percent.
NEW DELHI: Public cloud services market in India is expected to grow about 33 per cent to touch $ 838 million by the end of this year, driven by strong growth in cloud infrastructure and security solutions, research firm Gartner said today. The public cloud services market stood at about $ 632 million in 2014. High rates of spending on cloud services in India is expected to continue through 2018 and the market is poised to reach $ 1.9 billion by the same time, Gartner said in a statement.