Times of India — MUMBAI: The Tata Group, one of the oldest and largest conglomerates in the country, plans to appoint chief digital officers at all its consumer-facing companies to help them use new technologies in all aspects of business, two people aware of the development said. Chief digital officers will take care of companies’ use of technologies and digital initiatives such as e-commerce, social media management, cloud deployment, analytics, mobility and as-a-service offerings for customers and employees, they said.
RTN Asia — Expressing concern over steadily deteriorating situation with regard to call drops in mobile networks, ASSOCHAM today pointed out it is unfair to put the blame on the operators only since many of the critical factors causing the problem are not within the control of the telecom industry.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom regulator appears to have absolved telecom companies for the increasing instances of call drops, citing instead radiation fears and local laws as the biggest reasons carriers are unable to put up adequate cell sites, which are key to providing quality services.
RTN Asia — Uninor, the Indian brand of Telenor, has managed to break even at an operating level for the first time in India, thanks to the recent cut in termination charges by telecom regulator TRAI. TRAI had, about five months ago, cut termination charges (paid by one operator to another) by a massive 30% — helping low-cost operators like Uninor and Tata DoCoMo and hurting high-cost operators like Vodafone and Bharti Airtel.
Trade Arabia — Orange Business Services, an IT solutions integrator and applications developer, has entered into an agreement with Tata Communications to expand its network footprint in India. The Network-to-Network Interconnect (NNI) agreement is part of a strategic partnership between the two companies and will increase Orange domestic coverage ten-fold to over 120 cities to meet customer demand, said a statement.
Business Wire — PARIS & NEW DELHI: Orange Business Services today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Tata Communications to expand its network footprint in India. The Network-to-Network Interconnect (NNI) agreement is part of a strategic partnership between the two companies and will increase Orange domestic coverage ten-fold to over 120 cities to meet customer demand.
India Times — MUMBAI: A digitally connected India will bring “tremendous power” in the hands of citizens by connecting them to the rest of the world, Ratan Tata said today, lauding the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme. “I’m delighted that the Prime Minister has decided to give so much preference and priority to the fact that India will be a digitised nation,” Tata said here at the launch of an initiative to deepen Internet usage among rural women.
Times of India — MUMBAI: A digitally connected India will bring “tremendous power” in the hands of citizens by connecting them to the rest of the world, Ratan Tata said, lauding the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme. “I’m delighted that the Prime Minister has decided to give so much preference and priority to the fact that India will be a digitized nation,” Tata said at the launch of an initiative to deepen internet usage among rural women.
The Star — Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India’s Tata conglomerate, has bought a stake in online taxi-hailing firm Ola, the company said. Tata, a respected business leader who was the chairman of salt-to-software Tata Sons for more than two decades, has previously invested in start-ups ranging from online retailer Snapdeal to Chinese phone maker Xiaomi.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and Wipro chairman Azim Premji will be among 400 corporate honchos who will attend the launch of the government’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ initiative on July 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch the logo for the Rs 1.13 lakh crore project using a laser beam in front of an audience of about 10,000 people.
KOLKATA/MUMBAI: The Tata group will launch the country’s first hybrid online retailing venture, a combination of a portal that will list brands and handle payment transactions and brick-and-mortar stores that will set prices, deliver products and provide customer support. Group firm Tata Industrial Services, which changed its name to Tata Unistore Ltd, will spearhead the venture that’s likely to be piloted before the Diwali shopping season. The venture’s brand name is yet to be finalized.
MUMBAI: Diversified conglomerate Tata group, which is giving shape to its e-commerce venture code named Tata Mall has hired between 35 and 50 executives who will work out Mumbai’s new business district, Bandra Kurla Complex, said a person with direct knowledge of the plan. Meanwhile, Reliance Industries is also stepping on the gas and is readying its supply chain, riding on its retail chain Reliance Fresh. It has started hiring executives with experience in e-commerce platforms for its online and strategy teams.
RATAN Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India’s Tata conglomerate, has acquired a stake in Xiaomi Technology, a deal that is likely to bolster the Chinese phone maker’s presence in the world’s third-largest smartphone market. Financial details of the unspecified stake bought by Tata in Xiaomi, the first by an Indian, were not disclosed by the Chinese company yesterday. Xiaomi, the No. 3 global smartphone maker, was valued at US$45 billion in December.
Indian biz tycoon Ratan Tata, who heads the US$100 billion Tata group, has just picked up a stake in Xiaomi from China. More than the investment itself, a thumbs up from the chairman emeritus of the Tata Group, who is one of the most respected business figures in India, adds to the Xiaomi mojo which has already cast a spell over the country.
KOLKATA: Tata Teleservices surprised many by aggressively going after LTE spectrum in the 800MHz band, thwarting Reliance Jio Infocomm’s efforts to acquire contiguous spectrum in the band in key markets like Delhi, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh where the Tata group company won small slivers of the bandwidth, say analysts. “Tata Teleservices restricted Reliance Jio’s contiguous-800MHz footprint by preventing it from picking up contiguous (or full 5MHz slots) in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra,” said analysts at J M Financial in a note seen by ET. Contiguous, or full 5MHz slots, frequency is necessary for good quality 4G LTE on 800Mhz.
NEW DELHI: Tata Teleservices and Aircel — the only two telcos that have declared a negative net worth for next month’s spectrum auctions — are allowed to only top up their existing holdings and can’t bid for new airwaves, the telecom department has said. A senior official of the Department of Telecommunications explained to ET that the auction rules require an operator to have a net worth of at least Rs 100 crore to make it eligible to either expand its geographical coverage or buy airwaves in a new band in circles where it holds spectrum.
Tata Communications has announced a partnership with Kaltura that will combine its Content Delivery Network (CDN) with Kaltura’s open source online video platform. The integrated offering will offer an easy way for media companies and enterprises to manage the entire video process, from acquisition to delivery. Tata Communications is a global telecommunications company based in Mumbai, and operates an extensive network of submarine cables and Tier 1 IP networks.
NEW DELHI: Visitors to Connaught Place can now enjoy free Wi-Fi connectivity. Telecom company Tata Docomo has joined hands with the NDMC for providing the service in the commercial hub in the heart of the national capital. “NDMC has partnered with Tata Teleservices to provide Wi-Fi service, which will cover the inner and outer circles of one of the most significant business and leisure centres in the city,” Tata Docomo said in a statement.
Tata Communications has announced the launch of a global network platform for enhanced hybrid cloud enablement. The new network platform, IZO, is designed to help businesses overcome the challenges associated with realising the potential of the cloud. Businesses can now leverage IZO to offer access to a full ecosystem of network, cloud and data centre connectivity to users.
NEW DELHI: Global internet solution provider Tata Communications today said it has become authorised partner for Google Cloud Platform. Under the terms of this agreement, Google’s new service, Google Cloud Interconnect will connect with Tata Communications’ IZO Public platform that enables companies to set up their cloud computing facility.