Tech in Asia — India’s biggest ecommerce company, Flipkart, finally launched its own digital wallet PhonePe this week. The wallet officially started working on subsidiary Myntra today. Flipkart tied up with India’s Yes Bank to launch what it is calling “India’s first unified payments interface-based mobile payments app.”
Nikkei — MUMBAI (NewsRise) — Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software exporter, said some of its clients are holding back technology spending, underscoring that customer demand is weakening amid lingering global macroeconomic uncertainties.
Tech in Asia — How ironical that Apple still can’t find a way to put a dent in the world’s second largest market for smartphones: India. Some may quibble over whether India has already gone past the number of smartphone users in the US, or will do so in the near future. In any case, the matter will soon become moot because India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world.
Mobile World Live — Facebook is holding talks with a number of ISPs in India to expand its Express Wi-Fi programme, after trials in rural areas in partnership with BSNL. Express Wi-Fi, aimed at making broadband in rural areas more affordable, rolled out 125 rural public Wi-Fi hotspots with the state-run operator as part of a pilot project, the Economic Times reported.
Tech in Asia —- InMobi will pay a US$950,000 fine to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in response to a complaint filed against it on Wednesday. According to the complaint, the adtech startup has been collecting cellphone users’ location data without their consent. InMobi ties up with apps to get access to user information. It then feeds that info back into its database to help companies send out more relevant ads.
Tech in Asia — It’s rare for CEOs of India’s unicorn startups to issue a statement on the departure of an executive at one of their investment firms. But Nikesh Arora was not an ordinary name. Nikesh, whom I met twice in his Google days, always came across as a sharp sales guy and a people’s person who knew how to move things around.
Enterprise Innovation — Enterprise application software company, SAP Labs India has launched accelerator programme SAP Start-up Studio, aimed at providing mentoring, infrastructure and technology support to early-stage start-ups.
Enterprise Innovation — Amazon Web Services, (AWS), a global cloud computing platform, has launched two data centres in Mumbai recently, taking the total number of Availability Zones (AZs) to 35 across 13 technology infrastructure regions globally. With these data centres, Mumbai becomes the sixth region in Asia Pacific.
Enterprise Innovation — Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and Bharti Airtel (Airtel) have joined hands to deliver high-speed, secure data network coverage to Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United States. They have combined resources into one network to provide high-speed data connectivity to 325 cities across the world through 370 Points of Presence (PoP). This will form one of the largest Internet Protocol Virtual Private Networks (IP VPN) globally.
Amazon’s cloud computing arm has officially introduced its first data center infrastructure in India with the launch of two data center locations in Mumbai. Though thousands of Indian companies were already using Amazon Web Services (AWS), in June last year the tech titan announced its intention to target Indian customers by rolling out dedicated data centers in the region.
First Post — World’s leading cloud computing platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of the Asia-Pacific (Mumbai) Region. The Mumbai region is the sixth in Asia Pacific for AWS, and with this announcement, AWS now provides 35 availability zones across 13 technology infrastructure regions globally.
Asia Times — Are you a Bollywood movie buff and want to know about the Kapoors or the Bachchans? Google India has come up with a new and exciting way of answering your queries on films, actors, song lyrics, trivia, trailers, screening times and more with contextual answers.
Sputnik News — India has issued a red alert against cyber attacks for the second time in three months due to an attack on government and commercial organizations by Chinese Military Western Headquarters. The alert has been issued to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force that a Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat group called Suckfly, based in Chengdu region, is targeting Indian organizations and the Indian defense establishment is its prime target.
The Guardian — Indian police have asked YouTube and Facebook to block a video that mocks cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, sparking the country’s latest row over freedom of expression. Comedian Tanmay Bhat posted the clip, which also lampooned famous Indian movie singer Lata Mangeshkar, on Snapchat and Facebook on Thursday, angering rightwing politicians in Mumbai who complained to police.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom industry’s revenue grew 6.5% last year, the lowest since 2010, despite the sector witnessing a further addition of 79 million active subscribers during the period, says GSM industry body COAI. “If I go back to 2010, the industry has consistently been delivering double digit growth of about 10%. After years of constant revenue growth of double digit, it has come to the level of 6.5%,” industry body COAI’s outgoing chairman and Idea Cellular MD Himanshu Kapania said at an event.
Mobile World Live — Online retail giant Amazon is partnering with India’s second largest operator Vodafone to sell handsets at the operator’s retail outlets in a move to boost its offline presence in the country. The two firms starting selling handsets available on Amazon at 40 Vodafone shops in Bengaluru, the Economic Times said. The idea is to attract buyers, who are reluctant to shop online, to brick-and-mortar stores.
Nation Multimedia — CAT Telecom and Indian telecom giant Tata Communications will sign a memorandum of understanding for a submarine cable partnership today. This is part of the government’s plan to seek more strategic partners in the telecom industry during Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s three-day visit to India that ends tomorrow.
Telecom Asia — India’s telecoms watchdog has proposed regulating the cloud computing segment due to the increasing uptake of cloud services among businesses. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has invited comments from stakeholders over the proposal to regulate the cloud sector.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Reliance Communications (RCom) is set to launch 4G services on its own across India in phases, starting mid-August from the key circles of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and will gradually leverage its sharing agreement with Reliance Jio Infocomm as clearances come through.
Times of India — BENGALURU/MUMBAI: As the Seattle-based e-commerce juggernaut Amazon closes in on the pole position of the Indian e-commerce market, its founder & CEO Jeff Bezos has announced that his company will pump in an additional $3 billion investment into India, taking its total capital commitment here to $5 billion.
Datacenter News — Cloudways has secured integration rights into DigitalOcean’s new Bangalore data center in India, which the company says will extend its reach in India and into other Asian markets. Cloudways Cloud Platform provides a base for the deployment and management of business websites, blogs, e-commerce businesses and web applications.
Tech Crunch — While global stock markets reset and U.S. tech unicorns readjust to new expectations and valuations, India’s tech renaissance is just beginning to flourish. Infosys founder Nandan Nilekani calls it India’s “WhatsApp Moment,” echoing how a simple software solution from Silicon Valley turned the Asian telecommunications industry upside down, making obsolete decades of infrastructure, business models and loyal customer relationships with massive telecom operators.
Times of India — Video streaming service YouTube has rolled out a new feature. Dubbed ‘Smart Offline,’ the feature lets users download videos at cheaper night time data rates offered by mobile operators in India. “Today, we are beginning to roll out a feature called Smart Offline on YouTube that lets you take advantage of the cheaper data rates as offered by your mobile operator, without requiring you to stay up late at night,” Google wrote on its India blog.
Asia Times — Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon.com, announced on Tuesday, that his company will boost its investment in India by an additional $3 billion, on top of the $2 billion investment announced in 2014, for a total of $5 billion. Bezos made the announcement before India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the CEO Roundtable of the U.S.-India Business Council’s (USIBC) 41st Annual Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Global smartphone growth is set to slow, dragged by a slowdown in China, notwithstanding the strong pace of sales in India, which has emerged as the fastest growing market in the world. This highlights the fact that India may have surpassed China’s pace of smartphone sales growth, but replacing its Asian rival as the growth driver for the global handset industry seems a long shot, given the vastly smaller market size and majorly rural user base fetching far lower revenue.
NEW DELHI: Global smartphone growth is set to slow, dragged by a slowdown in China, notwithstanding the strong pace of sales in India, which has emerged as the fastest growing market in the world. This highlights the fact that India may have surpassed China’s pace of smartphone sales growth, but replacing its Asian rival as the growth driver for the global handset industry seems a long shot, given the vastly smaller market size and majorly rural user base fetching far lower revenue.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: By the year 2021, Indias smartphone subscription is expected to be 810 million, which is four times the subscriber base in 2015, said Ericsson Mobility report released on Tuesday. Also, total mobile traffic will grow 15-fold from the year 2015 to 2021, said a statement issued by Swedish communication technology major Ericsson, citing the report.
BBC — India has rejected Google’s plans to collect images for its Street View service in the country after objections from security agencies. Officials told the BBC there were concerns that the service would compromise the country’s security. Google Street View collects high definition images to give its users 360 degree views of streets, tourist spots, hills and rivers.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese mobile internet company UCWeb , part of Alibaba Group, today launched its news aggregation app called UC News. The company also announced an update for its popular UC Browser, which claims to have 80 million active users in the country and a market share of 58%. UC Browser reportedly has 400 million monthly active users globally. It is the largest mobile browser in Asia and the second largest globally.
Times of India — In March, Ola’s largest investor, Soft-Bank, declared that the cab aggregator controlled 85% of India’s taxi market. Uber India chief executive Amit Jain told ET that Uber is as big as Ola in India in terms of completed trips. Their battle can only get more intense. Jain, in an interview, said the San Francisco-based Uber, which last week raised $3.5 billion (about Rs 23,000 crore) from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, will continue to invest in India to increase its pool of drivers, improve technology, and add categories such as bike taxis. Edited excerpts: