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Huawei CBG plans retail presence in tier-2 and 3 cities in 3 years

Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), the company''s smartphone selling vertical, plans to expand its retail reach to tier-2 and -3 cities in three years, a top company official said on Thursday. The company claims to have presence across 800 retail stores in metros at present. "Our current focus is to expand our presence in India market and reach where consumers are. We have just started expanding offline presence in metros and then we will go to tier-2 and tier-3 cities in three years,"

Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea oppose allocation of premium 700 MHz spectrum to Railways

Mobile operators Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have vehemently opposed allocation of premium 700 MHz spectrum to Indian Railways for specific services, citing commercial value of such radio waves and the potential for 4G and 5G offerings. The mobile telephony services industry - otherwise polarised over a range of issues - has spoken in one voice this time to assert that spectrum allotted to the Railways for captive use should not be utilised for commercial services for passengers

Make India hub of telecom equipment manufacturing: Prasad to telcos

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday exhorted the sector to make India a hub for telecom equipment manufacturing. Prasad said that India is on its way to become a global power with march of technology and asked the telecom industry to focus on innovation around 5G technology to create products with India specific patents. He said that India generates huge amount of data and has a potential to emerge as global hub for data analysis, data innovation and data refinery while prioritising privacy.

Indian telecom operators urge govt to clear the air on Huawei telecom gear

Industry body COAI has urged the government to clarify its stance on the use of Huawei equipment in telecom infrastructure, particularly for futuristic 5G networks, at the earliest to enable operators to take a long-term view in investment decisions. Cellular Operators'' Association of India (COAI) Director General, Rajan Mathews told PTI that it is for the government to decide on whether Huawei telecom gear will be allowed in 5G networks,

Unlimit opens R&D centre in Bengaluru for innovations in IoT

Leading Internet of Things (IoT) service provider Unlimit of the Reliance ADA Group on Thursday opened its research and development (R&D) centre in this tech hub for innovations in the IoT domain. "The R&D centre will focus on customised projects, supply chain, connected vehicles and industry 4.0," said the Mumbai-based company in a statement here.

Reliance Jio's subscriber base touches 1.16 crore in Punjab

Reliance Jio Wednesday said its subscriber base has touched 1.16 crore in Punjab within two-and-a-half years of commencement of its operations. The company said it has become the market leader in Punjab with a subscriber base of 1.16 crore as of January 31, 2019. "Jio added 3.25 lakh customers in January and attained the highest customer market share (CMS) in Punjab, as per the latest telecom subscription data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for January 2019," a company statement said here.

Samsung tops consumer-focused brands in India list

Samsung, Tata Motors, Apple, Hero MotoCorp and Nike are the top-five consumer-focused brands in the country, according to a study by TRA. The study, titled ''India''s Most Consumer-Focused Brands 2019'', measures brands on their increase in buying propensity index over the previous year. "Samsung showed an upward movement of eight ranks to secure the top position on the list of this year. The South Korean conglomerate dominates the Indian market by displaying its determined supremacy through complete consumer focus,

Reliance Jio ties up with Xiaomi to offer Rs 2200 cashback, 100 GB data to Redmi Go users

Mukesh Ambani-driven Reliance Jio has tied up exclusively with Xiaomi for its Redmi Go devices. As part of the partnership, customers will get Rs 2200 instant cashback and 100 GB additional data applicable on recharge of Rs 198 and Rs 299. The Redmi Go went on sale starting March 22 across the country. The cashback of Rs 2200, shall be credited in the form of 44 discount coupons of Rs 50 each, in the MyJio App of an eligible subscriber. The vouchers can be redeemed for subsequent eligible recharges of Rs 198 and Rs 299 only.

Xiaomi announces 7th manufacturing plant in India

On Tuesday, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced a new manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu, making it the company''s seventh such plant in the country. The manufacturing plant was launched in partnership with Flex Ltd. "We are delighted to announce our new smartphone manufacturing partnership with Flex Ltd. In line with our sincere commitment to Make in India, this new association will further drive our localization efforts," Muralikrishnan B, Chief Operating Officer, Xiaomi India, told reporters here.

Wipro launches Industrial Internet of Things Centre of Excellence in Kochi

Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company has announced the launch of its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Kochi, India. The CoE marks Wipro’s commitment to developing innovative IIoT solutions that span across the technology stack for its customers in the industrial manufacturing, automotive, healthcare and pharmaceutical, consumer products and goods, and utilities space.

Anritsu introduces industry’s first field solution providing 3D indoor and outdoor coverage mapping for 5G

Anritsu Company and TRX Systems introduce the industry’s first field solution that provides 3D indoor and outdoor coverage mapping for 5G New Radio (5G NR) that integrates the Field Master Pro™ MS2090A RF handheld spectrum analyzer with the MA8100A TRX NEON® Signal Mapper. The integrated field test solution allows wireless professionals deploying 5G NR to conduct more accurate measurements than conventional instruments using 2D data

NELCO secures In-Flight & Maritime Connectivity licence from DoT

Tatanet Services Ltd. (TNSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nelco Limited (NELCO) and India’s fastest growing Satellite Communication service provider, has recently obtained the Authorisation (license) from Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Govt. of India for providing in-flight & maritime connectivity (IFMC) services. This Authorisation has been granted under the flight & maritime connectivity rules 2018, announced by the Central Government.

Delhi witnessed various talents at the 8TH edition of Youth Festival

The 8th edition of Youth Festival started on February 22, 2019, is organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad and the Department of Art, Culture, and Languages, Delhi Government. The 6-day long festival will continue till February 27, 2019, at Central Park. This Youth Festival is one such big platform that showcases the rich cultural legacies of our country and more than 1200 artists are participating this year.

Sahitya Kala Parishad and Dept. of Art, Culture, and Languages, Delhi Govt organizing Youth Festival 2019

Sahitya Kala Parishad and the Department of Art, Culture, and Languages, Delhi Government is organizing the 8th edition of the Youth Festival from February 22 to 27, 2019 at Central Park from 5 PM onwards. The 6-day long festival will be a celebration of music, dance, Theatre and arts. Honourable Deputy Chief Minster, Manish Sisodia said "I am proud to see Delhi Youth Festival has engaged more than 1000 youngsters who are serving the society through art and culture. There are many social problems in our history and present times. I strongly believe solutions will come from education and art. Creative, innovative and compassionate youth give us hope for the future, as they take our country forward with passion."

Airtel launches its 100th Next-Gen store in Kolkata

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, today announced the launch of the 100th Next-Gen Airtel store in India with the opening of the new format store at Park Street in Kolkata. Delivering a highly engaging experience to customers, the Next-Gen Airtel stores aims to create excellence in every interaction with the customer. The futuristic design and embedded digital technologies in the stores are built on the philosophy of winning customers as friends for life.

Sterlite Tech Q3 net profit up 62% to Rs 146 crore

Optical fibre maker Sterlite Tech Thursday reported around 62 per cent jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 145.6 crore in the December 2018 quarter, on account of robust services solutions business. The company had registered a profit of Rs 90.09 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2017-18. Total income jumped around 60 per cent to Rs 1,345.3 crore, compared with Rs 841.91 crore a year ago. "We have been operating at 100 per cent capacity of optical fibre and optical fibre cable. Our new facilities are on track that will further expand our supplies.

Oppo to set up Greenfield Electronic manufacturing cluster in Greater Noida; to jointly invest Rs 3500 cr

China-based handset maker Oppo is setting up a Greenfield Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) in Greater Noida to manufacture electronics and support accessories locally in India. The EMC project is being set up by TEGNA Electronics in partnership with Oppo and a few Indian companies. The project is expected to receive a total investment of Rs 3500 crores over a period of 5-10 years.

Mukesh Ambani urges PM to take steps against data colonisation

Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps against ''data colonisation'', specially by global corporations, stating that Indian data must be owned by Indians. Invoking Mahatma Gandhi''s movement against political colonisation, Ambani said India now needs a new movement against data colonisation. "Gandhiji led India''s movement against political colonisation. Today, we have to collectively launch a new movement against data colonisation," he said here at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.

Vodafone introduces new annual plan, to offer 365GB data at Rs 1,499 for prepaid users

Leading telecom operator Vodafone has rolled out a new plan for its prepaid users. The company has introduced an yearly plan of Rs 1,499 which is valid for 365 days. This new plan from the service provider also include Vodafone Play subscription and unlimited national roaming facility. Under Rs 1,499, Vodafone offers unlimited national and local calling with 100 SMS per day. Along with this, users will also get 1GB data per day which means users will get the total data of 365GB. In case users will exhaust the 1GB data limit then users will be charged 50 paise per MB.

BSNL revamps broadband plans for daily benefits to its users

State-owned telecom operator BSNL has revamped its broadband plans. After the revision the plans offer increased daily benefits to its users. The entry-level plan of Rs 99 now offers 1.5GB data per day with the speed of 20MBps. The other plans revised by the service provider offers up to 20GB data per day. BSNL has also introduced a new combo plan - BBG Combo ULD 1495 for its new and existing broadband users. As the name reveals the new plan from BSNL comes with the monthly rental of Rs 1,495 and it offers 25GB data per day with the speed of 10Mbps.