Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Delhi ‘celebrates’ India’s technology, invokes Ghalib

IndiaIndia Today — On a cloudy Monday morning in Delhi, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who can’t stop emphasising the potential and opportunities of cloud computing, said it was time to “celebrate the technology that India creates”. “It is not about celebrating our own technology, it is about celebrating the technology that India creates. I want us to be the platform to foster the ingenuity of the people of India,” said the Microsoft CEO.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/technology/story/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-in-delhi-celebrates-indias-technology-invokes-ghalib/1/680633.html

Airtel completes acquisition of Videocon’s spectrum in six circles

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has said that it has completed the Rs 4,428 crore deal with Videocon Telecommunications Ltd (VTL) to acquire the latter’s spectrum in six circles. In March, Bharti Airtel and VTL had entered into a definitive agreement, wherein, Airtel proposed to acquire the rights to use 2X5MHz spectrum in the 1800MHz band allotted to VTL for an aggregate consideration of Rs 4,428 crore.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Airtel-completes-acquisition-of-Videocons-spectrum-in-six-circles/articleshow/52430649.cms

India to test reusable launch vehicle technology on Monday

IndiaTimes of India — SRIHARIKOTA: India will test on Monday a reusable launch vehicle technology (RLV) space agency ISRO developed to reduce cost of firing rockets to deploy satellites in orbit, a senior official said. “A mini-rocket with the winged reusable launch vehicle demonstrator (RLV-TD) on its top will lift-off during the launch window between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, depending on wind and weather conditions,” Indian Space Research Organisation director Devi Prasad Karnik said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/India-to-test-reusable-launch-vehicle-technology-on-Monday/articleshow/52388510.cms

Amazon India will no longer offer refunds on electronics

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Amazon India has silently upgraded its return policy for electronic items. As per the new , electronics are no longer eligible for refunds. However, customers can still get defective items replaced. It is important to note that this is applicable only for products that are fulfilled by Amazon. For items that are seller-fulfilled, it is up to the seller to issue refunds for items that can’t be repaired or replaced.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Amazon-India-will-no-longer-offer-refunds-on-electronics/articleshow/52405076.cms

10 reasons why India’s new map law might make life tough for its startup entrepreneurs

IndiaTech in Asia — If you’re stuck in a new city, want to find a street, but can’t speak the local language, your smartphone can come in really handy. Driving a car and can’t stop every few meters to ask for directions? Your GPS device becomes a savior. And if you’re stuck in a mountain pass, with nobody around to ask, a GPS-enabled map might save your life.

https://www.techinasia.com/10-reasons-indias-map-law-kill-dreams-startup-entrepreneurs

What’s the reason behind Tim Cook’s India visit?

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: He came. He saw. But Apple CEO Tim Cook is yet to get the biggest bite into the huge consumer base in the country, of which every tech player — from China to Korea to Taiwan — is trying to get a bigger share. If we look at why, in the first place, Cook came to India in this sweltering heat, it would not be wrong to interpret his first visit to the country as an exploratory mission rather than as one with a clear-cut investment agenda.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Whats-the-reason-behind-Tim-Cooks-India-visit/articleshow/52396278.cms

Flipkart finally seems to have a blueprint of its business model

IndiaLive Mint — Bengaluru: Nearly nine years after starting out, squaring up against two of its role models and making some costly missteps along the way, Flipkart Ltd, India’s largest e-commerce firm, finally seems to have a blueprint of what its business model will look like.

http://www.livemint.com/Companies/kcNbpF89GYRnGbKHrWqG1H/Flipkart-finally-seems-to-have-a-blueprint-of-its-business-m.html

The rise and rise of Amazon in the great Indian e-commerce market

IndiaDeal Street Asia — Every week, Amazon India country head Amit Agarwal and his senior leadership team get into a room at the company’s headquarters in Bengaluru to discuss the previous week’s performance. The meeting starts off with a customer call, what Amazon calls, “the voice of the customer”. Things usually get ugly.

http://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/the-rise-and-rise-of-amazon-41711/

Data centre market in India to touch $4.5 billion by 2018: IAMAI

IndiaTimes of India — Currently valued at $2.2 billion, India’s data centre infrastructure market is expected to touch $4.5 billion by 2018. India is poised to be the second-largest market for data centres in Asia-Pacific by 2020 and the investments are expected to reach $7 billion, according to a report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Data-centre-market-in-India-to-touch-4-5-billion-by-2018-IAMAI/articleshow/52438691.cms

Flipkart collaborates with MapUnity to launch Map Services

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — Indian eCommerce marketplace, Flipkart, will collaborate with MapUnity, a Social Technology Lab, known for developing a variety of platforms for urban management, safety and transport. The collaboration may see Flipkart’s Mapping business – Flipkart Maps – taking a more central role in the company’s business schemes.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/flipkart-collaborates-mapunity-launch-map-services-1703963519

Telecom minister lauds Apple CEO Tim Cook’s India commitment

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom MinisterRavi Shankar Prasad today lauded Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘s long-term commitment to India and called for working in collaboration for growth and business opportunities. “Since he has made a public statement that his commitment to India is going to be of 1000 years, I also take this opportunity publicly to compliment the CEO of Apple who is in India for his public commitment for the attachment with India.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Telecom-minister-lauds-Apple-CEO-Tim-Cooks-India-commitment/articleshow/52365280.cms

ST Telemedia to Buy Majority Stake in Tata Communications’ India, Singapore Data-Center Business

IndiaWall Street journal — SINGAPORE—Singapore Technologies Telemedia has agreed to buy a majority stake in some of the data-center business owned by India’s Tata Communications Ltd., valuing the entire business at about US$640 million. ST Telemedia, which is a unit of Singapore state-investment firm Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd., will acquire a 74% stake in data centers in India and Singapore, while Tata Communications will hold the remaining 26% stake, a joint statement from both the companies said Thursday.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/st-telemedia-to-buy-majority-stake-in-tata-communications-india-singapore-data-center-business-1463634022

ST Telemedia expands data center business in India and Singapore

IndiaDatacenter News — Singapore Technologies (ST) Telemedia and Tata Communications have entered into a strategic partnership to expand their joint data center business in India and Singapore. ST Telemedia has officially acquired a 74% majority stake in Tata Communications’ while the company continues to hold the remaining 26% stake.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/st-telemedia-expands-data-center-business-india-and-singapore/

Indus’ Android-based OS races to become second most popular in India

IndiaZDNet — Most articles trumpeting Indus’ epic feat of becoming the second most popular OS in India after Android either don’t understand operating systems or deliberately obfuscate the fact that it is nothing but an optimized Android OS.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/indus-android-based-os-races-to-become-second-most-popular-in-india/

Geospatial bill: Bengaluru finds a route to save the map from government

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: A campaign against the Union government’s move to govern how companies and individuals use maps is gaining momentum, with a number of thinktanks, research organisations and activists launching efforts to rally resistance against the proposed law.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Geospatial-bill-Bengaluru-finds-a-route-to-save-the-map-from-government/articleshow/52233478.cms

India IT infrastructure spending to reach $1.9 B in 2016

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — The Indian IT infrastructure market, which includes server, storage, and enterprise networking equipment, will reach $1.9 billion in 2016, a 1 percent increase from 2015, according to research analyst firm Gartner. “Indian enterprises will continue to focus on optimizing their infrastructure and operations budgets in 2016,” said Naveen Mishra, research director at Gartner.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/india-it-infrastructure-spending-reach-1-9-b-2016-1304254603

Digital Realty and Tata Comm Partner to Expand Connectivity Services in Hillsboro

IndiaDQ India — Digital Realty Trust announced today that it is partnering with Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, to offer customers a new state-of-the-art connectivity solution in Digital Realty’s data center in Hillsboro, Oregon. This facility is widely recognized as a hub for major submarine cables, and the partnership is expected to enable both organizations to meet enhanced customer demand for high-bandwidth services and enterprise-grade applications across the U.S. and Asia.

http://www.dqindia.com/digital-realty-and-tata-comm-partner-to-expand-connectivity-services-in-hillsboro/

India continues to dominate global outsourcing industry

IndiaZDNet — Cashing in on growth in an innovative and vibrant startup ecosystem and an economic revival, India continued its dominance in the global outsourcing market in 2015. Nasscom, the voice of the Indian IT industry, the sector also continues to be one of the largest employers in the country directly employing nearly 3.5 million professionals, adding over 230,000 employees during the year.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/india-continues-to-dominate-global-outsourcing-industry/

India’s Indus beats Apple, Microsoft for second spot in smartphone operating system market

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Mumbai-based Indus OS, creator of the world’s first regional operating system, has pipped Apple and Microsoft to take the second spot in the smartphone operating system market — a first for a local software maker.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Indias-Indus-beats-Apple-Microsoft-for-second-spot-in-smartphone-operating-system/articleshow/52161795.cms

Bharti Airtel to sell 950 towers in Congo to Helios

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel Africa on Thursday said it will sell 950 mobile towers in Congo to telecom infrastructure company Helios Towers Africa (HTA) but did not disclose the deal size.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Bharti-Airtel-to-sell-950-towers-in-Congo-to-Helios/articleshow/52138250.cms

Telstra expands Asian backbone

AustraliaIT News — Telstra has expanded its Asian network backbone through capacity purchases on existing submarine cables and a new fully-owned overland circuit. A Telstra spokesman said the company was not part of the consortium that built the Bay of Bengal Gateway cable, but has secured capacity on the system that connects Singapore, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka with Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/telstra-expands-asian-backbone-419273

Facebook onboards companies in India for ‘Facebook at Work’

IndiaTimes of India — Social networking giant Facebook has started boarding companies for ‘Facebook at Work’ in India. ‘Facebook at Work’ is said to be social networking gaint’s Slack competitor. According to the company, “Facebook at Work lets you create a work account that is separate from your personal Facebook account. ”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Facebook-onboards-companies-in-India-for-Facebook-at-Work/articleshow/52205963.cms

Indian SaaS on fire: Freshdesk enters Gartner Magic Quadrant

IndiaHelpdesk software maker Freshdesk today became the first Indian startup to enter Gartner’s Magic Quadrant (MQ) for customer engagement. MQ is a series of reports published by American research and advisory firm Gartner aimed to provide a qualitative analysis into a market and its direction, maturity, and participants.

https://www.techinasia.com/freshdesk-enters-gartner-magic-quadrant

Bharti Airtel bolsters cloud capabilities with Microsoft partnership

IndiaBusiness Cloud News — Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of Connexion as well as a new collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Azure ExpressRoute to Indian businesses. The new Connexion service is designed to maximize network performance over the cloud, whereas Azure ExpressRoute ensures a more secure and scalable connection between enterprises, cloud service providers, and data centre partners, through using a private connection as opposed to public internet.

http://www.businesscloudnews.com/2016/05/09/bharti-airtel-bolsters-cloud-capabilities-with-microsoft-partnership/

‘Digital India augurs well for data centre business’

IndiaFinancial Express — Data centres are an important part of infrastructure and there are several sectors spurring this growth, says Sunil Gupta, executive-director & president of Netmagic, an NTT Communications company and a leading managed hosting and cloud service provider.

http://computer.financialexpress.com/interviews/digital-india-augurs-well-for-data-centre-business/17429/

Google, Apple and Microsoft may need licence for Maps in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Cold response from MNCs like Google to India’s security concerns is seen as a prime reason for the proposed legislation to regulate mapping of the country, a move that critics call “return of the Licence Raj” and “digital nationalism”. A draft of Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, released last week seeking public comments, says anyone mapping India by a satellite or aerial platform will need a licence from a government “security vetting authority”.

India market: Lenovo and Apple seeing fast growth among top-10 smartphone vendors, says Canalys

IndiaDigi Times — India’s smartphone market grew 12% on year to 24.4 million units in the first quarter of 2016, according to Canalys. Among the top-10 vendors during the quarter, Lenovo grew the most with shipments up 63%, while Apple saw its shipments climb 56% making it the second fastest-growing vendor.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160505PR202.html

Paytm shakes hands with Uber and Alipay for payments across 400 cities worldwide

IndiaTech in Asia  — Till now, if you were an Uber user in India who wanted to hail a cab anywhere outside the country, you would have had to mandatorily register a credit card on your account. But most Indian internet users don’t have a credit card. India, with its over 350 million internet users, has just 21 million credit card users. But today onwards, Paytm wallet users can hail an Uber cab and pay with the online wallet at any of the 400-odd cities Uber runs in. Paytm has tied up with Uber for this.

https://www.techinasia.com/paytm-shakes-hands-with-uber

Micromax launches Canvas Lapbook L1160 laptop at Rs 10,499

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Indian consumer electronics company Micromax has added yet another entry-level laptop to its Lapbook series with the launch of the Canvas Lapbook L1160. Made in association with Microsoft and Intel, the L1160 is priced at Rs 10,499. The laptop will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting May 4.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/more-gadgets/Micromax-launches-Canvas-Lapbook-L1160-laptop-at-Rs-10499/articleshow/52110483.cms

‘Among first three guests of Airbnb, one was an Indian’

IndiaTimes of India — What started as two friends accommodating guests on air mattresses and providing homemade breakfast has turned into a profitable business, valued at around $25 billion, spread across 191 countries. Airbnb (Airbedandbreakfast) is eyeing India as one of its fastest growing markets. It is also talking to companies here to launch its business travel model.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Among-first-three-guests-of-Airbnb-one-was-an-Indian/articleshow/52116985.cms