Tata Group companies to have chief digital officers

IndiaTimes 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.


Operators Alone Not Responsible For Call Drops – Assocham, from IN

IndiaRTN 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.


TRAI: Don’t blame mobile operators for call drops

IndiaTimes 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.


Thanks To TRAI, Uninor Breaks Even For The First Time

IndiaRTN 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.


Orange unit in deal with Tata to expand network in India

IndiaTrade 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.


Orange Business Services Partners with Tata Communications to Expand Its Network Presence in India to Meet Customer Demand

IndiaBusiness 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.


Digital India: Ratan Tata partners with Google and Intel to launch Net initiative for women

IndiaIndia 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.


Ratan Tata applauds government’s ‘Digital India’ programme

IndiaTimes 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.


Ratan Tata invests in taxi-hailing company Ola

IndiaThe 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.


Satya Nadella, Azim Premji among 400 to attend Digital India launch

IndiaTimes 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.


Tata group to launch India’s first hybrid online venture

IndiaKOLKATA/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.


Tata, Reliance gear up to join the e-commerce bandwagon

IndiaMUMBAI: 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 buys stake in Xiaomi

IndiaRATAN 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.


Xiaomi gets a new investor: Indian tycoon Ratan Tata

IndiaIndian 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.


Tata Tele a surprise with its strong bids in spectrum auction

IndiaKOLKATA: 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.


Tata Teleservices, Aircel can’t bid for new airwaves: DoT

IndiaNEW 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 partners with Kaltura on next-gen online video and content delivery platform

IndiaTata 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.


Connaught Place gets public Wi-Fi, from India

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 drives hybrid cloud adoption

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.


Tata Communications partners Google for cloud computing services

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.