NEW DELHI: iPhone maker Apple has emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country with a market share of 45% in October-December period, CyberMedia Research (CMR) today said. According to the research firm, over one million LTE devices, including smartphones, tablets and data cards were shipped to the Indian market in the fourth quarter of 2014, marking the ‘coming of age’ of the 4G devices.
CHANDIGARH: Leading personal computer player Lenovo today announced the launch of a financing support scheme to help consumers especially youth to buy computers and laptops. “As part of the initiative, Lenovo is providing an end-to-end package to make computers more accessible to youth across these markets. This includes an attractive finance scheme, Internet access and huge-scale promotion to drive awareness,” said company’s Director- Home and Small Business, Shailendra Katyal here today.
It may not be a windfall gain but definitely signals an increase in potential business opportunity. The rise in e-commerce and e-commerce driven transactions has meant a significant jump in banking transactions. Numbers clearly validate this story. Industry-wide data provided by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) website suggests that outstanding credit card loans stood at Rs.30,300 crore as on 31 December 2014, up 24% from Rs.24,400 crore a year ago.
NEW DELHI: As the government looks to adopt open source software development for its applications, proprietary software vendors such as Microsoft, IBM and Oracle are worried, and are looking at alternative ways of doing business, say experts. “All the big players are already worried. They have made a lot of money in the traditional proprietary software model, but in the next 2-3 years, as people come out of the lock-in period of (their contracts), you will see the demise of a lot of these proprietary models,” said Professor Rahul De.
NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has entered into a strategic collaboration with China Mobile under which the two companies will work towards the growth of the LTE (long term evolution) ecosystem and evolving mobile technology standards, a company statement said here Tuesday. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua and Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal.
British mining giant Rio Tinto has opened an Analytics Excellence Centre in the central Indian city of Pune to improve global equipment productivity through the use of big data. Built by American IT services firm IGATE, the analytics centre will process what Rio TInto said is massive volumes of data, captured by arrays of sensors attached to the miner’s fixed and mobile equipment.
Budget for India’s 100 smart cities project have seen a big dip in the 2015-16 Budget announced on 1 March. This comes as countries around the world race to share their expertise on city planning and sign deals with Indian states to build new cities. This year the Budget allocates INR 21.6 billion (US$349 million) to develop cities which will rely on technology to run their transport, utilities, housing, healthcare, safety and other municipal services.
NEW DELHI: Sector regulator Trai today directed Vodafone to stop using ‘111’ for offering customer care services, as it violates the national numbering plan, and submit a compliance report by March 10. In a direction to Vodafone, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said that Department of Telecom had issued the national numbering plan 2003 wherein the number 111 to 115 have not been allocated for any type of services and have been kept as ‘spare’.
NEW DELHI: With cyber security worrying the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the Indian IT industry to innovate solutions to counter the global menace as well as work on pathbreaking ideas like ‘cloud godowns’ and ‘cloud lockers’ to help keep data secure. “The whole world is concerned. Since I have become the Prime Minister, I have met around 50 world and political leaders and out of that, almost 25-30 have said cyber security is a concern. Can Indian youth work on solutions for cyber security?” Modi said at a Nasscom event.
NEW DELHI: Software services industry body Nasscom today said its members are keen on partnering the government for engaging in IT-led projects under six key areas including education, energy, food and governance. “We would like to partner the government on six transformational IT-led projects in six areas, what we call EFGHI — ie education and energy, food, governance, healthcare and infrastructure,” TCS Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director N Chandrasekaran said at a Nasscom event.
India’s startups have been mostly looking West for investment cash, but this is changing. Last year was an inflection point when Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank, visited India and announced plans to pump US$10 billion into India’s “information revolution.” Two-thirds of the first billion from SoftBank went to Snapdeal, to help it compete with ecommerce leaders Flipkart and Amazon. And nearly a quarter of a billion went to taxi app Ola to take on Uber.
NEW DELHI: In a move to boost local manufacturing of mobile phones and tablets, the government today increased duty benefits for domestic producers of these electronic items. Excise duty structure for mobiles handsets, including cellular phones, is being changed to 1 per cent without CENVAT credit or 12.5 per cent with CENVAT credit, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said while presenting the Budget in Parliament.
NEW DELHI: Samsung and Sony’s flagship smartphones of 2014, Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, are now available for less than Rs 3,000 on e-commerce websites in the country. The South Korean manufacturer will launch the update to Galaxy S5 on January 1, while Xperia Z2’s successor has been in the market for nearly six months. Flipkart is selling the Galaxy S5 for Rs 28,999 (US$ 470), while Xperia Z2 can be bought for Rs 29,900 (US$ 485). On other e-commerce websites, such as Amazon and Snapdeal, the models are still priced at more than Rs 30,000.
NEW DELHI: The government will be monitoring online activities of bureaucrats on official computers, block content which it feels is adversely affecting the productivity of the babus and also have a right to delete e-mails or internet history on such computers after intimating the user. The measures are a part of twin notifications issued by the Narendra Modi government on February 18 by which the use of private e-mail networks like Gmail and Yahoo has now also been officially banned for all government use.
The IT industry has high expectations from Budget 2015-16 in terms of attention and budget allocation. “We expect PM Modi government’s first complete Union Budget to outline the policy and regulatory framework to aid business sentiments and bolster growth,” says Kenny Ye, MD of UCWeb India. He says he hopes the new government is able to provide adequate thrust to investments in IT and its infrastructure, which could in turn act as an impetus to the the government’s Digital India mission.
NEW DELHI: The government has given the task of identifying objectionable content on the internet to industry body IAMAI, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed Parliament today. “Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), an association of content providers, has been mandated to prepare a list of objectionable sites, particularly pornographic websites, available on internet. “The identified sites will then be considered for disabling,” Prasad told Rajya Sabha. At present, Indian arms of leading internet companies occupy top ranks at IAMAI.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has said that even as it has found inconsistencies in the stand taken by the government, it is allowing the auction of 2G telecom spectrum from March 4. It added that the outcome will not be finalized without its permission. While staying the February 12, 2015 interim order of Tripura High Court, the apex court bench of justice Dipak Misra and justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that no bidder, if successful, shall claim any equity in the bidding process.
Mumbai in India plans to spend INR 225 million (US$3.6 million) on technology to track garbage collection across the city. The city will install radio frequency interface devices (RFIDs) in garbage bins that will tell the municipal authorities which bins have not been cleared. Garbage collection vehicles will be fitted with GPS to monitor their locations in real-time.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked high courts which have admitted petitions from some telcos challenging clauses in the spectrum auction rules not to proceed with them, saying that it will rule by March 3 on all such matters related to the sale guidelines. A top court bench, comprising justices Dipak Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goel, said that it would rule on a petition filed by the central government seeking transfer of all pending cases in different high courts to clear the way for the auction.
NEW DELHI: Large government and education projects, coupled with re-entry of older players in consumer segment, are expected to help the tablet PC market in India post single digit growth this year, research firm IDC said. The tablet market in India, which saw a correction post the introduction of BIS regulation in July 2013, closed at 3.5 million at the end of December 2014, a decline of 15 per cent over 2013.