VOL XVI, ISSUE 05

15 March  2017

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  • Telecom secretary J.S. Deepak named India’s new WTO ambassador

  • Industry 4.0: Narendra Modi govt eyes merger of the real and virtual to create next-gen manufacturing blueprint 

  • Honeywell India looks to tap mid-market segment 

Telecom secretary J.S. Deepak named India’s new WTO ambassador

Telecom secretary J.S. Deepak was Wednesday named India’s next ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from June this year. A 1982 batch IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh, Deepak, who is at present attending the World Mobile Congress at Barcelona, has been shifted with “immediate effect” from the telecom ministry and has been made officer on special duty in the commerce department, an official order said.

During his earlier stint in the commerce ministry, he was India’s chief negotiator at the WTO and for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the mega Free Trade Agreement being negotiated by 16 countries. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is a global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations. India has been pushing for a trade facilitation agreement (TFA) in services at WTO which has 164 member countries. The WTO’s trade facilitation pact in goods came into force on 22 February.

According to the official order, Deepak has been appointed the OSD in the department of commerce after the government upgraded this post from director to secretary. He will be functioning as OSD till 31 May this year, the order of Appointments Commitee of Cabinet, headed by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said. The order also named him as India’s ambassador/permanent representative of India to the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation from 1 June till the date of his superannuation which is 31 July next year. Deepak is credited with successfully conducting the first ever e-auction of spectrum in 2010 that fetched government over Rs1.06 lakh crore in 2010, while also setting the roadmap for future auctions.

Source:http://www.livemint.com/Politics/CJgoEFRJY34AQPA48fnFXO/Telecom-secretary-JS-Deepak-named-Indias-new-WTO-ambassad.html

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Industry 4.0: Narendra Modi govt eyes merger of the real and virtual to create next-gen manufacturing blueprint 

DIPP has come up with the paper called Industry 4.0 to usher in the fourth industrial revolution, which will be driven by an amalgamation of emerging technologies like data volume, computational power, internet, business analytics, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, elemental design and advanced robotics.

 

Industry 4.0 is the next phase in “bringing together conventional and modern technologies in manufacturing”. It’s envisaged as the process of creating “smart factories”. Such factories consist of machines (in the entire production chain) that are digitally connected and can learn from the large amount of data generated and then make autonomous decisions.

 

“To achieve the ambitious target of making India a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation, and augmenting the share of manufacturing in GDP from the current 16% to 25% by 2022, the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies becomes imperative to increase competitiveness and build efficient value chains,” said the concept paper.

 

Usually, physical systems in any industry go through a technology ladder — from electrification, automation to digitization and then “smart factories”. Most parts of the manufacturing sector in the country are still in the post-electrification rungs of the ladder. A sizeable chunk of it falls in the lower rungs of automation and a tiny segment moves up this ladder. Similarly, the use of IT in manufacturing is dominated by embedded systems in machine units that operate independently of each other. The integration of physical systems on cyber platforms, too, is at a very nascent stage. Also, a huge number of MSMEs have just started to enter the automation phase. “(So) An assessment of industry on parameters of willingness and prerequisites to adopt Industry 4.0 will be required to ascertain preparedness,” said the concept note. The paper pitches for public-private partnerships to achieve this goal.

 

Source: http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/industry-4-0-narendra-modi-govt-eyes-merger-of-the-real-and-virtual-to-create-next-gen-manufacturing-blueprin/574228/

 

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 Honeywell India looks to tap mid-market segment 

Honeywell IndiaBSE 1.92 % will look at creating more products in the urban and midmarket segment as it seeks to expand its customer base in the country, Vikas Chadha, president, told ET to snare aspiring consumers demanding better products and services.

 

"As urbanisation happens, the mid-segment will blossom. A lot of consumers, both b2b and b2c, who are on the edge now will enter the middle class,” said Chadha. The company plans products that would primarily be de-frilled and  and scaled down versions of the existing portfolio of HoneywellBSE 1.92 % Building Technologies which caters to residential and commercial constructions like hotels and hospitals. “Even if it is a smaller hotel, it would be interested in a better security system or a solution that helps conserve energy. We believe if we defrill the products and solutions that we currently sell to the five star hotels or large hospitals and have them at an attractive price point, it will help, said Chaddha. The company plans products that would primarily be de-frilled and scaled down versions of the existing portfolio of HoneywellBSE 1.92 % Building Technologies which caters to residential and commercial constructions like hotels and hospitals. 

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SECTION I - POLICY SCAN                                                                                           

 

Maharashtra unveils policy to draw $5-bn defence investments to support indigenization

 

The Maharashtra government has released a draft defence and aerospace policy to attract investments of $5 billion and create 100,000 jobs in the next five years.

 

The proposed investments are expected in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad.  The state government aims to establish Maharashtra as the preferred destination for domestic aerospace manufacturing, promote indigenous and modernized technological capabilities, develop world-class manpower and support MSMEs to be globally competitive.

 

In an attempt to cut red tape and remove procedural hurdles, the defence industry will be declared as essential services under the Maharashtra Essential Services and maintenance Act.  Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was accompanied by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, said the state government would float a Rs.1,000 crore fund with the involvement of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), IDBI, SBI, Caps and other financial institutions to provide initial funding to investors.  The fund will provide comfort to investors to kick-start their projects considering the defence and aerospace industry is capital intensive.

(BS, Mar 05, 2017)

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Master Plan for Manufacturing Clusters soon (Govt. wants to make all new capacity addition to be demand-led to reduce wastage of funds)

 

In a major overhaul of the country's manufacturing strategy, the government is devising a National Master Plan for manufacturing clusters. The government will also assess big projects including the Sagarmala Project, and upcoming industrial corridors to ensure they are in sync with this master plan being worked out. A committee formed under Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer of Niti Aayog, is expected to finalise a comprehensive master plan between June and August.


The plan, being piloted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), will then  be sent for cabinet approval. The government is betting big on manufacturing through 'Make in India' to create millions of jobs the country needs. It is targeting to increase the share of manufacturing in the economy to 25% by 2025 from around 18% now. 
 

 

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Commerce min studying report to revamp DGFT

Global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has carried out a study to revamp the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) with a view to making it a vibrant body for promoting trade. “The revamping is important against the backdrop of changing global trade scenario and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST),” an official said.

The Centre is hopeful of rolling out GST on July 1.  ET says, we reiterate that it makes sense to fix the launch date three months after the final state and central GST laws are passed and rules notified in order to enable companies to be ready with their accounting systems to meet the requirements of the new tax.

(ET, Feb 20, 2017)

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  SECTION II - INDUSTRY  SCAN                                                                                            

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Honeywell bets on smart cities and digitization  for growth (CEO of co's home and building technologies arm says Honeywell is reorienting its product portfolio to suit conditions in the subcontinent)

Honeywell sees growth in two key segments in India--Smart Cities and Digitisation, said Terrence Hahn, CEO, of Honeywell's Home and Building Technologies (HBT) business.

“We are building the ability to develop solutions locally for local applications and then be able to grow,“ Hahn said. The company is focused on serving the midmarket segment and is reorienting its product portfolio to suit the conditions in the subcontinent. “ As a global company , we want to be supportive to driving growth. As the urban population continues to grow, we are excited about opportunities in India,“ said Hahn.

The New Jersey-headquartered company has participated in the Digital India and Smart cities initiative of the government and has provided IoT enabled security solutions. In May last year, Honeywell successfully completed an IoT-enabled installation of surveillance and emergency response system ahead of Kumbh Mela in Ujjain. The CCTVs, video cameras and automatic number plate readers deployed as part of the project helped the Madhya Pradesh Police in crime prevention and crowd management by monitoring sensitive areas.

(ET, Mar 13, 2017)

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Commerce min studying report to revamp DGFT

Global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has carried out a study to revamp the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) with a view to making it a vibrant body for promoting trade. 

DGFT, under the commerce ministry, deals with matters related to exports and imports. “The agency has submitted its report and we are looking at that. “The revamping is important against the backdrop of changing global trade scenario and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST),” an official said. 

The move assumes significance as India is aiming to increase its share in the global trade to 3.5% from the current 2% by 2020. According to experts, the country needs a vibrant organization to promote its trade interests.  “We need a vibrant and independent export promotion organization whose job is to do hand-holding to traders particularly in the small and medium sector,” said Biswajit Dhar, Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He cited examples of some South East Asian countries with such bodies and suggested Indian can take cues from them.

(FE, Mar 13, 2017)

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Cash pullback had little impact on India’s growth

The government’s move to pull back high-value notes had ‘little impact’ on India’s growth and the economy will continue to grow at seven to eight per cent, says Economist Lord Meghnad Desai. 

“Demonetization had small negative effect as the latest estimates show.  I predicted this as small impact… Indian economy will continue to grow between seven to eight per cent,” the India-origin British politician told PTI. Desai claimed that he had supported demonetization.  “Indeed, I proposed it myself back in 2004.  It will not by itself eliminate corruption, but if the government follows it through with action to make large anonymous cash transactions illegal and insist on PAN cards for all large purchases, corruption will be reduced,” the professor emeritus at the London School of Economics said.

(BS, Mar 13, 2017)

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IT Minister shared H-1B Visa concerns with US Officials

Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad says India has conveyed its concerns to the US government on the issue of curbs on faster processing of H-1B visa. 

“I think our concerns at a very senior level have already have been conveyed to the US government.  I would not go into the details except to reaffirm that Indian IT companies are giving good value addition to American firms.  They are servicing more than 75% of the Fortune 500 companies.  They are making them more competitive and making extraordinary value addition,” Prasad said. Prasad was speaking on the sidelines of international conference on Theory and Practice Electronic Governance in New Delhi. 

(FE, Mar 08, 2017)

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 Master Plan for Manufacturing Clusters soon (Govt. wants to make all new capacity addition to be demand-led to reduce wastage of funds)

In a major overhaul of the country's manufacturing strategy, the government is devising a National Master Plan for manufacturing clusters. 

The government will also assess big projects including the Sagarmala Project, and upcoming industrial corridors to ensure they are in sync with this master plan being worked out. A committee formed under Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer of Niti Aayog, is expected to finalise a comprehensive master plan between June and August. The plan, being piloted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), will then  be sent for cabinet approval. The government is betting big on manufacturing through 'Make in India' to create millions of jobs the country needs. It is targeting to increase the share of manufacturing in the economy to 25% by 2025 from around 18% now. 
 

(ET, Mar 07, 2017)

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China trimps GDP target, citing severe challenges

Chines Premier Li Keqiang warned the world’s second-largest economy faces severe challenges, signaling a further deceleration as he announced a trimmed 32017 GDP growth target of “around 6.5%”. The economy is already growing at its slowest rate in more than a quarter of a century and the latest target unveiled at the opening of China’s rubber-stamp parliament is lower than a 6.5-7.0% range he set last year.  Full-year growth in 216 came in at 6.7%, the weakest since 1990. “In the past year, China’s development has faced grave challenges posed by a great   many problems and interwoven risk and dangers both at home and abroad,” Li said in his annual state-of-the-nation speech to the National people’s Congress (NPC). China aims for “GDP growth of around 6.5%, or higher if possible,” he said, despite even “more complicated and graver situations” this year.  The target s below expectations and indicates authorities will prioritize risk control over short term growth. 

(ET, Mar 06, 2017)

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China’s growth forecast lowest in 25 years, at 6.5%:

China has reduced its growth forecast to around 6.5% for 2017, down from the target range of 6.5-7% it had put itself up for a year before, a government report released at the inaugural session of the country’s Parliament said.  The growth target for the world’s second largest economy was a 25-year since the previous low of 6% in 1992.  China’s growth rate has fallen sharply in recent years, raising fears of a crippling slowdown.

(HT, Mar 06, 2017)

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Services PMI expands

India's services activity bounced back into expansion mode for the first time in four months in February, a private business survey showed on Friday, providing further evidence that the effects of demonetization may be fading.

The NikkeiIHS Markit Services Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.3 in February from 48.7 in January, marginally above the 50-mark that separates growth from contraction. The PMI manufacturing survey had showed a similar recovery. Having contracted for three months in a row, incoming new business also picked up in February. However, as was the case for output, the pace of growth in new work was marginal overall,“ the survey report said. Government data released earlier this week showed the economy grew 7% in the demonetization-hit October-December quarter, much higher than expectations, and is on course to clock 7.1% growth in FY17.

( ET, Mar 04, 2017)

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DIPP draws up next-gen blueprint, industry 4.0

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has come up with the paper called Industry 4.0 to usher in the fourth industrial revolution, which will be driven by an amalgamation of emerging technologies like data volume, computational power, internet, business analytics, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, elemental design and advanced robotics. 

Industry 4.0 is the next phase in “bringing together conventional and modern technologies in manufacturing”.  It’s envisaged as the process of creating “smart factories”.  Such factories consist of machines (in the entire production chain) that are digitally connected an d can learn from the large amount of data generated and then make autonomous decisions. 

(FE, Mar 04, 2017)

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Peak GST Rate to be Pegged Higher at 40% (Enabling provision to give govt. flexibility to raise rates without having to reach out to Parliament)

India has decided to peg the peak goods and services tax (GST) rate at 40% in the legislation instead of 28%, giving it the flexibility to raise rates without having to reach out to Parliament.

This is only an enabling provision and the highest rate levied on goods will still be 28% (14% central GST and 14% state GST). The demerit and luxury goods will attract higher 28% rate plus cess. This provision will also allow the government to remove the cess at some stage and instead have a higher GST rate only, which will make for a neater GST.

The GST Council has decided to peg the peak tax rate at 40% (20% central GST and 20% state GST) in the model GST law to preclude the requirement of approaching Parliament or state assemblies for any change in future. This has been done to ensure that when the cess is removed or merged, the flexibility to impose higher rate on luxury goods is not taken away, a senior finance ministry official told ET. “Some members of the council felt such an enabling provision was needed,“ the official privy to the development said. The Centre is looking at GST rollout from July 1.

(ET, Mar 03, 2017)

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Europe, the land of opportunities now

Amid proposed changes in US visa rules that might adversely affect the movement of Indian professionals and the UK's decision to tighten rules for foreign workforces, mainland Europe could present greater opportunities for skilled Indians. India and the EU are seeking to expedite their Joint Declaration on Common Agenda on Migration, said David McAllister, chair of the committee on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament. The declaration, adopted at their summit in Brussels last year, calls for “better organising and promoting regular migration at relevant skill levels and fostering well-managed mobility, including enhanced issuance of visas. 

(ET, Feb 28, 2017)

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 Create Value Chains with Nations Getting US, EU Sops: Govt. to Cos. (Commerce minister says manufacturers should look at Loas, Myanmar, Cambodia)

The government is encouraging Indian manufacturers to create value chains with four South Asian countries to benefit from the sops offered by the United States and the European Union to the exporters of less developed countries.

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam or the CLMV grouping gets benefits under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for developing countries, under which imports are allowed at less or zero duty. “If Indian manufacturers set up businesses in Myanmar, they will get GSP benefits to export in the EU and US,“ commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at the Fourth India-CLMV Business Conclave organised by the Department of Commerce and Confederation of Indian Industry in Jaipur.

(ET, Feb 28, 2017)

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Information Technology

Govt. proposes subsidy for MSMEs deploying cloud computing

The government has proposed subsidy up to Rs.1 lakh for micro and small enterprises to encourage them to use cloud computing for information and communications technology applications. In cloud computing, MSMEs use internet to access common as well as tailor-made IT infrastructure, including software, for managing business. The subsidy will be provided on user charges for two years. The proposals are part of the modified guidelines of the scheme for ‘Promotion of Information and Communication Technology in MSME Sector’. It centres around cloud computing which is emerging as a cost-effective compared to in-house IT infrastructure. 

(FEB, Mar 13, 2017)

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IoT Developer Borqs gets $10m funding

Internet of things devices developer Borqs International Holdings has closed a $10-million round of funding, led by Qualcomm Ventures and Accel Partners India, barely six weeks before the Beijing and Bengaluru-based Company undergoes a $303-million reverse merger. The IoT

 products and solutions provider already counts a number of leading investors among its list of backers, including Norwest Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Keystone Ventures, SK Telecom China Fund and GSR Ventures. With the closure of the series-E re of the series-E round, the Cayman Islands-registered company, which owns and operates two wholly-owned subsidiaries Bengaluru and in Beijing, has raised about $50 million in venture funding till date. 

(ET, Mar 13, 2017)

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Google bets big on AI, Machine Learning to Crack the Cloud

 

Google is betting big on its dominance in machine learning and artificial intelligence to break into the cloud market, a message that was the underlying theme on the first day of the technology giant's cloud conference. The company also made a slew of announcements strengthening its place as the leader in machine learning and artificial intelligence platforms. “We put $30 billion in the Google Cloud Platform,“ said Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet. He added that big data, or large volumes of information that are analyzed to reveal patterns through machine learning and artificial intelligence, “is so powerful that nation states will fight over it.“

(ET, Mar 10, 2017)

Trai Seeks Steps to Put Public WiFi on Fast Track (asks DoT to tweak ISP permit rules, free up spectrum for WiFi)

The telecom regulator has asked the Department of Telecom (DoT) to tweak internet service provider (ISP) permit rules, free up new spectrum bands and expedite steps to make WiFi access devices cheaper to pave the way for affordable WiFi services in public places, and in turn, boost broadband penetration.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) also recommended an aggregator model, suggesting that a new category of `public data office aggregators' (PDOAs) deliver public WiFi services without a licence. It has also suggested that such aggregators work with small     entrepreneurs who will provide the venues or `public data offices' for such mass WiFi deployment.

(ET, Mar 10, 2017)

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MeitY Secy working to Elevate Role of Women in Tech (Aruna Sundararajan says the ministry is looking at ways to make new technology opportunities available to more women)

 

Aruna Sundararajan, secretary in the ministry of electronics and information technology, is working on ushering in real change in the role of women in the technology sector in India. Women should have a much greater role in shaping India's rapid technology advancement, Sundararajan told ET.

 

“Digital India has largely been about empowering women, especially those in common service centres. We want women to come into technology startups; we want more women to be skilled in electronics manufacturing; we're talking about more technology helping women's livelihood. It's a sharper and deeper focus,“ she said.

 

A 1982 Kerala-cadre IAS officer, Sundararajan has a rich history of not just supporting but also furthering women's rights. One such example is the Akshaya mass eliteracy project, which she conceived and implemented.

(ET, Mar 08, 2017)

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India open to widest cyber security pact, says Prasad

 

The government to open for international collaboration on cyber security, and favours handling issue of cyber terrorism in cooperation with other countries, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said. “India is willing to have the widest cooperation world over in the quest of cyber security,” Prasad said at an international conference on e-governance here.”

 

The ministry of electronics and information technology has organized the three-day 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) 2017, in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO.  “If (the) internet has to remain powerful, it must be safe and secure.  (A) few people are using digital technology for terrorism, for hatred, for extremism, and we need to work together,” Prasad said. He said the internet shouldn’t become the monopoly of a few.  “Therefore, the right of its access must be without discrimination.  In order to become truly global, it must have link with the local.” 

(BS, Mar 08, 2017)

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IT Companies focus on reskilling

 

Information technology (IT) companies are gearing up to reskill their personnel, to help them stay relevant with automation.  Software service providers are seeing a shift in demand from infrastructure development ad legacy services to Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data analytics, machine learning and cloud-based delivery models.  Tata Consultancy Services, the country’s largest software exporter, has spoken about skilling 100,000 people in digital technology.  Infosys has created a Design Thinking platform to both reskill people and drive innovation.  “During the first three quarters of FY17, Wipro has upskilled more than 30,000 employees on digital technologies such as BigData, Advanced Analytics, Cloud, Mobility and Usability, Digital Security and DevOps.  N fact, our employee perception survey showed an improvement of 12.5 per cent in terms of overall satisfaction, with a significant criteria being employees’ perception of sufficient opportunities  to learn and grow in Wirpo,” said Saurabh Govil, Chief human resources officer.

 

Wipro has also enhanced its digital technology workforce through acquisitions like Designit and Appirio.  Sectoral body Nasscom has created a leaning centre with the Indian Institute of Management at Bengaluru to support small and mid-size entitles’ training on emerging technologies. 

(BS, Mar 07, 2017)

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IT sector growth slows down

 

India's $155-billion IT industry will slow down sharply in 2017, predicts a research organisation that made an accurate prediction about last year's slump in the business. US-based Deep Dive Everest Group IT Services Forecaster has forecast a 6.3% growth in constant currency for the top five Indian IT companies for the 2017 calendar year, a 2.4 percentage points drop from the 8.7% growth in 2016.

 

For the sector as a whole -including large, medium and small IT firms but excluding MNC captive centres -the growth in 2017 is expected to be a mere 5.3%. That's a steep drop from the 8-10% that the industry is expected to do, as per IT industry body Nasscom, in the 2016-17 fiscal year (Nasscom estimates include the contribution of MNC captive operations).

(TOI, Mar 07, 2017)

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IT cos need to do more to educate US policy makers

 

Nasscom president R Chandrashekhar said the Indian IT sector has more work to do in educating US policy makers on the mutual benefits of strong India-US trade in IT services. “In some cases, those benefits and the actual wor kings of the visa programmes are not well understood,“ he said on his return from the US, after leading a Nasscom delegation that engaged with key policy makers in the US Congress and the Trump administration on the contributions of the Indian IT sector to the US economy . “We remain hopeful that further dialogue between government and business leaders in both nations will lead to a better understanding of the high-skill visa issues, which will in turn inform constructive reforms,“ he added. “We appreciated the openness of policy makers and their advisers to engage in substantive, candid discussions,“ Chandrashekhar said.

 

The discussion included the H-1B visa programme, a political hot button in the US that faces newer restrictions. Among the officials met with were Republicans Darrell Issa and Zoe Lofgren, influential members of the US Congress who have sponsored legislation on the issue, as well as key Congressional staff and officials in the White House, the Department of Homeland Security , and the office of the US Trade Representative.

(TOI, Mar 07, 2017)

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Nasscom sees FY18 IT industry growth at 8-10%

 

Software services industry lobby Nasscom today said it expects the sector to grow at 8-10 per cent next financial year but added that a clearer picture will emerge only over the next two to three months. "We gave the projection to media last November. Now between November and February...now March, not much has changed that I can change my projection. So, I have given the projection on behalf of Nasscom that the growth will be 8 to 10 per cent," Nasscom Chairman CP Gurnani told reporters.  "All I am saying is that we will wait till the fourth quarter results, after which we will have a better understanding of primary data. As soon as we get that, we compile it and will come back to you in May with our forecast," the Tech Mahindra chief executive said.

(ET, Mar 03, 2017)

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India's Internet User Base May Cross 450 M by June

 

The number of internet users in India is likely to cross 450 million by June, illustrating the rural hinterland's increasing role in helping expand technology consumption in the nation of a billion-plus people.

According to a report `Internet in India' by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), the number of internet users in India was estimated to be 432 million in December 2016, and the number could reach as high as 465 million by June. The study, jointly published with research agency IMRB, said expansion was underpinned by the growth in web usage in rural India: by contrast, usage growth in Indian cities was moderating. “In urban India, there were estimated 269 million internet users in December 2016, while in rural India, there were 163 million internet users.

(ET, Mar 02, 2017)

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IT  companies breathe easy as Donald Trump softens tone

 

US President Donald Trump’s proposal for immigration reforms t encourage merit-based migration might help India’s export-focused software and information technology (IT) sector.

 

Indian IT companies, such as Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Wipro, as well as multinationals like Google, IBM and Facebook send engineers on work visas to function on client locations in the US.  They account for nearly 70 per cent of H1B visas issued every year to high-tech workers.

 

In his first State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress, Trump said, “Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others, have a merit-based immigration system.  It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially.” He also said, “Switching away from this current system of lower-skilled immigration, and instead adopting a merit-based system, will have many benefits; it will… raise workers’ wages, and help struggling families – including immigrant families – enter the middle class.”

(BS, Mar 02, 2017)

 

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With Tech Innovation in Mind, China is seeking to attract Indian Skills

 

China is hoping to attract highly skilled Indian workers on the lines of the United States, as it strives to turn the country from a manufacturing hub into a centre of technological innovation.

The move, which comes at a time when bilateral ties have hit a low amid China's attempts to shield Pakistan-based internationally designated terrorists and block India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, could act as a confidence building measure, people familiar with the matter said.

In a recent article titled `China should hire Indian science, high-tech talent to maintain innovation ability', state-run Global Times said China has perhaps not been working hard enough to attract science and techno logy talent from India to work in the country . This could open up a new destination for highly skilled Indian workers at a time when they are facing potentially tougher visa rules in the US. “Over the past few years, Chi he past few years,      China witnessed an un precedented boom in tech jobs as the   country became an at tractive destination for foreign research and development centres,“  Hu Weijia, a staffer with the Global Times wrote. “However, now some high-tech firms are turning their attention from China to India due to the latter's relatively low labour costs. Attracting high tech talent from India could be one of China's options for maintaining its innovation ability. “

(ET, Feb 28, 2017)

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Telecom

RCom also brings out Tariff Offer (adds fuel to tariff fire)

 

Reliance Communications, the telecom unit of Anil Ambani's Reliance Group has  launched a special tariff offer, further intensifying a price war that the industry is caught into. The `Joy of Holi' plans offer RCom's new 4G customers 1GB of data for `49 and 3GB for `149 for 28 days. Both come with free and unlimited on net local and STD calls. net local and STD calls. Mukesh Ambani controlled Reliance Jio Infocomm said earlier this month that it will start charging sub scribers from April 1.

But the sharp discounts it offered for a year for its existing 100 million users and those who sign up by end of March have kick off the next phase of the price war which has already hurt Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India. For a year from April 1, Jio's existing users and those who come on board between March 1 and 31 will continue to get 1 GB of data a day plus all of its apps for `303 a month and a one-time charge of `99. Despite being hit badly by the price war, Vodafone and Idea, India's No 2 and No 3 operators, have come up with new plans to counter Jio's offer. The two companies offer daily data benefit and free unlimited voice calls for their prepaid customers.

(ET, Mar 11, 2017)

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Rollout of latest communications technologies (5G Auction at an early stage to help build necessary eco-system for internet-of-things, machine-to-machine)

 

Government wants India to keep pace with latest technological advancements in mobile and communications. The government is set to go for 5G spectrum auction this year — making an early move to initiate rollout of latest communications technologies. The government will also go for a fresh auction in 700 MHz band, which drew a blank last year as companies complained of high reserve price.


The 5G auction will be conducted by selling spectrum in bands over 3,000 MHz, and sale will be conducted here for the first time, top sources told TOI. Also on sale will be any remaining spectrum in bands such as 800 MHz, 900, 1,800, 2,100, 2,300 and 2,500 MHz. "The file has been moved within the telecom ministry, and we will make a reference to Trai on the issue very soon," one source said.

 

(TOI, March 10, 2017)

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TELCOS Price war

 

Cos forced to advertise their plans in the face of cut-throat competition form newcomer Rel Jio : The telecom industry's pricing war is spreading to advertising, as top carriers Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular jacked up spending on promoting their latest price points and services to ring-fence users from jumping ship to Reliance Jio Infocomm.

 

While the three incumbents have already increased ad spending by 10-15% each since Jio launched services early September, they are expected to further rev up expenses by at least 20% on year each this fiscal through March 2017, heads of advertising and marketing agencies involved in planning telco strategies said. Jio is expected to raise its spending by 50% on year this fiscal in the firefight to swiftly build on the 100 million user base, especially in the crucial months immediately after it starts to charge for services from April 1. Jio will have to promote its offers to get users to make it the primary SIM. Currently, most of its customers use it as a secondary operator, and for customers to shift loyalty, Jio will have to advertise heavily, experts said. Jio did not respond to ET's query .

(ET, Mar 10, 2017)

 

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Moto-Lenovo to expand retail smart phone presence (to set up exclusive stores in next 3 yrs so that half its sales come from offline) 

 

The Motorola-Lenovo combine plans to strengthen its offline retail presence in a bid to increase foothold in what it expects to be a challenging Indian market over the next three years. The company , however, will take a call on expanding manufacturing once the new unified tax regime sets in.

Calling itself a challenger, the No 3 smartphone brand with 9.9% share as of December, will invest in setting up exclusive retail stores that will give hands on experience and sales for all phones, starting with pilots with large format retail stores such that half its sales comes from offline. Some new launches will include the Moto G5 and new Mods for the Moto Z.

 

(ET, Mar 10, 2017)

 

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TRAI questions DoT blaming promo offer in Telecom tariff war

 

The telecom regular has cited lack of reforms, and not promotional offers as suggested by the Department of Telecommunications, for the weakening health of the industry, triggering a blame game between the two sides on the state of affairs at what was once the showpiece sector of the Indian economy.

 

“The regulator has, over a period of time, written several recommendations to the Department of Telecom, suggesting reforms such as reduction in licence fee and the universal services obligation fund (payment), relaxing payment for auctions, so on and so forth,“ a senior official at the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said.

 

The Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making body in DoT, last week wrote to the regulator saying that its decision to allow Reliance Jio Infocomm to offer free services beyond the 90-day period permitted for promotional tariff plans had affected the sector's revenue. This in turn could jeopardise banks that have lent to telecom companies, payments to the government for spectrum and orderly growth of the telecom sector, the commission had warned.

 

(ET, Mar 08, 2017)

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Matching Rel Jio `Prime' offers likely to cost competitors dear

 

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm's  GBrich `Prime' offerings may have galvanised the top three telecom operators to unleash equally aggressive counter-offers to prevent customer churn but analysts and sector experts say the offers will come at a significant cost for incumbent telcos.

 

Some of them said matching Jio's tariffs could potentially knock off 40-50% of the revenue that market leader Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, typically, generate from upper-end customers, dragging average revenue per user (ARPUs), and hurting both revenue and profits in the coming quarters.

 

Airtel has nearly matched Jio's `303month Prime offer with a `345month variant targeted at prepaid users that dishes out an identical 28 GB of 4G data over a month (with a 1 GB daily usage cap) along with unlimited voice calls to all networks.

 

(ET, Mar 06, 2017)

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Telecom Commission cautious about loan defaults

 

Telecom Commission, the highest policy making body of the sector, has warned of a loan default by operators and asked regulator TRAI to revisit its tariff orders and free promotional offers of firms like Reliance Jio.

The then Telecom Secretary J S Deepak, who headed the Telecom Commission, on February 23 wrote to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Chairman R S Sharma about the "serious impact" of the promotional offers on the financial health of the sector and the capability of the companies to meet their contractual commitments, including payment of instalments for spectrum purchased, and repayment of loans.

Days after writing the letter, which found way into the media, Deepak left for Barcelona to attend the Mobile World Congress (MWC). And while he was in Barcelona, the government issued an order appointing him India's permanent representative to the World Trade Organisation with effect from June 1, 2017 but asked him to immediately move as OSD in the Commerce Ministry.

 

(ET, Mar 06, 2017)

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Betting on data demand Jio aims to capture half of the market

 

Reliance Jio Infocomm aims to capture half of India's mobile-telephony market at 50% margins, underpinned by increased data consumption and service quality the company expects will draw high-paying consumers to the carrier owned by the country's richest man.

 

In the December quarter, Bharti Airtel had a market share of 33.1%, Vodafone India owned 23.5%, and Idea Cellular had 18.7%. They were followed by Tata Teleservices (TTSL), Aircel and Reliance Communications with 6.2%, 5.5% and 4%, respectively , according to brokerage HSBC.. Vodafone India and Idea are in talks for a possible merger. Deutsche Bank Equity Research Asia, which attended the first analyst meeting held by Jio, said the telco expects India's mobile market will expand by 50% over five years `3 lakh crore) versus to $45 billion (.$29 billion (. `1.94 lakh crore) currently. Industry revenue growth is likely to drive government revenue by 50%, Jio said in its presentation. 

(ET, Mar 04, 2017)

 

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Voda, Idea to Launch New Data, Voice Plans to Counter Jio

 

Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, India's No 2 and No 3 telecom operators, have come up with new plans with daily data benefit and free unlimited voice calls for their prepaid customers. The new plans could be seen as a step aimed at countering Reliance Jio's data-rich prime offers that will be applicable for the Mukesh Ambani-led telco's customers starting April 1, 2017.

The Aditya Birla Group-telco is offering unlimited voice and 500MB data per day .for 28 days for Rs.348. A company spokeswoman said that this is a segmented offer, which is being promoted to non-data users of certain type using 4G handsets. Vodafone India, on the other hand, will launch a new plan to match benefits under Jio's  Rs.303 Prime plan. Under Rs. 342, the telco will offer unlimited calling along with 28GB of data per month along with FUP of 1GB per day. It will also launch a Rs. 346 plan for prepaid users to offer unlimited calling with just 10GB of data for 28 days.

 

(ET, Mar 04, 2017)

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Airtel, Millicom Ink Pact to Merge in Ghana

 

 

Bharti Airtel and Millicom International Cellular have entered into an agreement to merge their respective units in Ghana to create the second-largest mobile carrier in the African country.

 

Under the terms of the agreement, “Airtel and Millicom will have equal ownership and governance rights in the combined entity,“ both companies said in a joint statement on Friday. The transaction, they said, is “subject to obtaining approvals from the relevant Ghana authorities and satisfaction of customary closing conditions“.

 

The Airtel-Millicom combined entity will replace Vodafone to become a strong No 2 operator with nearly 10 million customers (including 5.6 million data users) in the fiercely competitive Ghana mobile turf, behind South Africa's MTN, the market leader. The combined revenue of the merged entity will be at nearly $300 million.

(ET, Mar 04, 2017)

 

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Apple's Tablet Fastest Growth in Dec Qtr.

 

Apple recorded the fastest growth in the Indian tablet market in the quarter ended December 2016 and made it into the top five, even as the segment shrank 3.1% to 3.7 million units for the year. The declining trend, which has been consistent over the past few years, is expected to continue, analysts at two research firms said. Apple's shipments in the December quarter grew 16% from the preceding one and 17% from the year earlier, said analysts at International Data Corporation (IDC) India, adding that the Cupertino-based company had moved up the rankings after a long time.

(ET, Mar 04, 2017)


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Top 3 Telcos May be `Prime' Targets in FY18

 

Airtel, Vodafone and Idea are likely to bear the brunt of a potential 16-17% fall in telecom industry revenues in FY18 if newcomer Re . 303 per month `Prime' offer finds Reliance Jio’s maximum traction from next month, analysts and sector experts said.

The price-value equation of Jio Prime offer of 28 GB data at 4G speeds with unlimited voice calls to any network is the best in the market, and incumbent carriers would do well to closely match it, they said. Brokerage Kotak Institutional Equities even warned that it would be “foolhardy for incumbents to assume they can command material pricing premium in the marketplace versus Jio“.

Kotak estimates “a potential ceteris paribus negative impact of around 16-17% on    industry revenue in FY2018“ if Jio's  Rs.303 per month offer appeals to customers with total monthly wireless spends of `200 or more. But it noted that the estimated dip in industry revenue could be restricted to 8-10% if there is “ARPU sanity in the sub. 200 segment of the market“.` Experts agreed that market share gains in the lower end of the market would restrict potential revenue declines for incumbent carriers in 2017-18.

(ET, Mar 03, 2017)

 

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Nokia, Airtel tie-up to work on 5G tech (5G promises to enable dramatic improvements in peak data speeds, network latency and agility)

 

Telecom giant Bharati Airtel and network equipment maker Nokia will expand their collaborative technology partnership to work on 5G technology standard and management of connected devices. 

(FE, Mar 02, 2017)

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Telecom Secretary  to Trai: Restrict Period of Telcos' `Promotional Tariffs'

 

Outgoing telecom secretary JS Deepak has written to the telecom regulator asking it to restrict the period of `promotional tariffs' offered by telcos which can stretch up to 90 days, as such offers have robbed the government almost Rs.800 crore in revenue and have also affected the telecom industry .

“There appears to be an urgent need to revisit and review its tariff orders in the larger interest of the government revenues as well as the telecom sector,“ Deepak has written in his letter on February 23 to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman RS Sharma.

(ET, Mar 02, 2017)

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Net Must Stay Unchained, Free Data Ain’t Bad  (Ajit Pai, first Indian-American chairman of US Federal Communications Commission, says he backs free Net access but favours free data & light-touch regulation)

 

US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said he backs open and free access to the Internet but favours free data and “light-touch“ regulation.

 

“Certain core principles of a free Internet, that Internet service providers shouldn't be allowed to block lawful content must be at the heart of policy,“ the Donald Trump appointee said in his first interview to an Indian media organisation. “The principles must be upheld with the consideration that investment in infrastructure must be encouraged. “

 

An alumnus of Harvard University and Chicago Law School, Pai, 44, has broad experience in the telecom industry and served on the commission for several years before becoming its chairman. The first American of Indian origin to hold the position, his advent has sparked controversy over his supposed stand on net neutrality. Some reports on Wednesday said he regards his country's 2015 rules on this a mistake.

(ET, Mar 02, 2017)

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Telecom Secy to be Permanent Member at WTO

 

The government has named telecom secretary JS Deepak as India's permanent representative at the World Trade Organization. It is expected to announce his replacement at the telecom department in the next few days.

Deepak's exit from the ministry comes at a crucial time when the telecom sector is riddled with tariff wars, triggered by the free data and voice offers from Jio Infocomm. The development has further triggered consolidation in the industry.

 

(ET, Mar 02, 2017)

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India should use 5G to solve development issues : Trai

 

India must make the most from the diverse applications under the upcoming 5G technology to solve some of its developmental problems in areas such as transport and agriculture, Trai chairman RS Sharma said.

 

“5G is an exciting area where application domains are going to be hugely diverse.  It’s a fantastic technology.  India, as a country, must leverage it as soon s possible so as to solve some of our developmental problems,” Sharma told PTI on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress here. 

(ET, Mar 02, 2017)

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Jio Heat Melts Top 3 Telcos' Adjusted Gross Revenue in Q3

 

India's top mobile phone operators ­ Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular ­ reported a sharp sequential fall in their adjusted gross revenue (AGR) in the third quarter, stung by Reliance Jio Infocomm's free voice and data services.

 

Bharti Airtel's AGR in the quarter ended December was down 8% sequentially to Rs. 11,500 crore, while Vodafone India and Idea's fell by 5.1% and 4.9% to Rs.8,300 crore and Rs.7,000 crore, respectively, brokerage ICICI Securities said, analyzing data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

 

The industry AGR in the quarter plunged 7.3% sequentially, which in turn, led to an 8.5% on-year fall in government revenue from wireless services, which include licence fees and spectrum usage charges, the brokerage said.

(ET, Mar 01, 2017)

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Airtel has Little Choice But to Respond to Jio Offers, Says Mittal

 

Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel, said that while it was good that Reliance Jio Infocomm will start charging subscribers for services, the rates were still “unsustainable“ and leaves Airtel with little choice but to respond, raising the prospect of the tariff war intensifying. “The tariffs that they have announced are very aggressive. We have got to respond,“ he added later.

 

Jio has announced it will begin charging existing customers a monthly rental of Rs.303 along with a one-time payment of Rs.99 for free voice and data of up to 1 GB on a daily basis. Bharti has said that it was scrapping national roaming charges as it seeks to match Jio's offfers.

(ET, Mar 01, 2017)

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Telcos Should Form Separate Cos to Pool Spectrum says GSMA Chief (GSMA chief says global mobile operators should step up resource sharing to attract investors)

 

Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of global telecom body GSMA, called on global carriers to pool spectrum in entities that could be run by third party network operators, a radical proposal that could help drive down costs in the financially stressed sector.

 

Mobile phone operators all over the world need to step up active sharing of resources such as spectrum, alleviate the fear of high roaming charges, improve billing transparency and consolidate to attract investors and boost return on capital employed he told ET. Mittal, also the chairman of India's largest telco Bharti Airtel. 

 

In his keynote address at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Mittal said that his strategy for improving the financial health and credibility of the industry worldwide rests on four pillars -deepening active sharing by pooling spectrum in a separate company run by a third party; more consolidation; a change in the attitude of governments towards telecom; and abolishing roaming charges while improving transparency in billing.  

(ET, Feb 28, 2017)

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Nokia to be Back in Stores in June

 

The new range of Nokia branded smartphones and the iconic 3310 will be available in India by June, at prices likely lower than those globally and all the devices will be made locally. Arto Nummela, HMD Global chief executive officer, told ET that Foxconn will make all models sold in the market locally as the company aims to take a place amongst top smartphone players in the coming years. The Finnish manufacturer will play on the brand recall in India -its top focus -which Nummela said is more than that in China.

 

“We will use the partnership with Foxconn to manufacture in India, and all phones that are sold in India will be made in India,“ said Nummela, adding that all products will be available across offline and online channels. HMD Global, which is the exclusive licensee of Nokia brand of phones and tablets, will use existing offline retail channels that erstwhile belonged to Microsoft, and is talking to potential online partners for selling the new phones in India. On Sunday , it launched the Nokia 3310 feature phones priced at Rs.3,457, and Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones with Google Assistant, at Rs.9,805, Rs.13,332 and Rs.16,154, respectively .

(ET, Feb 28, 2017)

 

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Consumer Electronics

 

Micromax Plans Rs 600-cr Consumer Durables Push

 

Home-grown mobile phone maker Micromax Informatics plans to invest up to Rs.600 crore over the next three years to transform itself into a consumer electronics company.

 

The Gurgaon-based company expects consumer durables to make up about a fourth of its total revenue over this period, as it seeks to enter new categories like washing machines and introduces new models for the existing range of air conditioners and televisions.

 

The mobile phone maker, which has dropped off the top five ranking charts over 2016, diversified into consumer durables in 2013. It now plans to take a place among the leading air conditioner companies, even when the space is as competitive as smartphones, though offers far better margins.

 

“Our strategy of connected devices under the broader view of being a consumer electronics company will take a step up with new air conditioner models and then with washing machines,“ said Rohan Agarwal, vice president of consumer electronics business at Micromax. 

(ET, Mar 03, 2017)

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Solar Energy

 

Solar capacity grows 3-fold to 10K Mw in 3 years

 

India’s solar power generation capacity has crossed 10,000 megawatt (Mw), a more than three-time jump in less than three years as the government pushes for renewable energy sources to meet galloping demand.  The milestone came as NTPC Ltd., India’s largest power producer commissioned a 45-Mw solar power project at Bhadla in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

 

“Bright Future: India has crossed 10,000 Mw of solar power capacity today.  More than 3 times increase in less than 3 years,” Power Minister Piyush Goyal, tweeted.

 

India’s solar power generation capacity stood at 2,650 Mw on May 26, 2014.  As much as 14,000 Mw (or 14 gigawat) of solar projects are currently under development and about 6 Gw is to be auctioned soon.  In 2016, about 4 Gw of solar capacity was added, the fastest pace till date. According to power ministry estimates, another 8.8 Gw capacity is likely to be added in 2017, including about 1.1 Gw of rooftop solar installations.  The government is targeting 100 Gw of solar and 60 Gw of wind energy capacity by 2022.  Total renewable energy generation capacity is envisaged at 175 Gw by 2022. 

(BS, Mar 13, 2017)

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Solar Power may become cheaper

 

Solar power generation costs are set to dip further during third and fourth quarter of 2017-18, helped by expected softening of interest rates and a drop in solar panel prices due to a supply glut in the international market, analysts say.

 

Solar power costs had hit a low of Rs.3.30 per unit last month, which is equal to average generation tariffs of NTPC, which produces bulk of its power from coal. NTPC's lowest cost of generation from one of its old plant is around Rs.1.80 per unit, but on an average solar power prices are expected to become significantly lower than thermal power as solar generation prices fall further.

 

“Interest rates are expected to soften this year thus bringing down cost of generation of solar power plants. This would thus bring down generation tariffs further from the new low achieved in February,“ said Sabyasachi Majumdar, senior vice president at ICRA Ratings. In February, solar tariffs in the country touched a low of Rs.2.97 per unit for the first year of generation and an average tariff of Rs.3.30 per unit at bidding for solar plants at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. According to analysts, interest rates may fall by at least 25 basis points this year.

(ET, Mar 10, 2017)

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SECTION – IV - FORTHCOMING EVENTS &  GENERAL INFORMATION              

 

For Glance of ELCINA Activities 2017-18: Please refer: (https://youtu.be/0H0mHxTi9JA)   

Event : electronica China 2017

Date : 14 – 16, March 2017,

Venue : Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), Shanghai

Organizer: Messe Muenchen Shanghai Co. Ltd

Event : IoT Summit 2017

Date : 16 – 17, March 2017

Venue : Convention Center, Santa Clara, California, USA

Organiser : ISQED

Tel : +1-408-436-3000 

Event :  Seminar on “Sustainable and Green Energy Solutions – Solar Power and LED Technologies”

Date : 24th March, 2017

Venue : Cambay Resort, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Organiser : ELCINA

Contact : Rajesh Rawat

Mob : 9911445890

Event :  Defence Electronics Conclave 2017

Date : 28th April, 2017

Venue : HICC, Hyderabad

Organiser : ELCINA

Contact : Rajesh Rawat

Mob : 9911445890

Event : LED Summit & Expo 2017

Date : 11 – 13, May 2017

Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai

Organiser : Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd

Contact : Mr. Kulbir Singh

Tel : 011 –  66762345

Mob : 9717773434

Event : electronica India 2017

Date : 14 – 16, September 2017

Venue : Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Organiser : Messe Muenchen India Pvt. Ltd.

Contact : Mr. Tanmay Paul

Tel : 022 –  4255-4700 

Mob : 09967790246

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SECTION - V - ELCINA EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES                                          

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

“Indian Printed Circuit Board Industry & Market Research Report

The evolution of miniaturization and sub-miniaturization in the design of electronic equipment led to the emergence of a new technique of inter-component wiring and assembly known as the printed circuit board (PCB). This technology has now become the backbone of electronic devices. They provide the required mechanical support structure and electrical connect for the circuit. In addition to providing the connectivity, they also help to reduce the overall size and enhance the efficiency of the device.

  • By 2020, the electronics market in India is expected to increase with a CAGR of 25.1 per cent to USD 400 billion from USD 104 billion in 2015

  • Currently only 35% of this demand is currently being met by local manufacturers. And for the rest 65%, India is still dependent on imports.

  • Hence, PCB- being the backbone of electronics holds a huge demand in India - Current demand of USD 2.01 Billion represents the demand based on the total PCBs (which includes both the bare board PCBs and the populated PCBs)

  • Current market size for bare PCBs is USD 1.2 Billion - Only 30% of this demand for bare PCBs is currently being met by local PCB manufacturers. And for the rest 70%, India.

 

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“Opportunities and Challenges in the Strategic Electronics Sector, with special focus on MSMEs”. 

We are pleased to inform you that, a Special Report (update 2016) has been prepared by ELCINA on “Opportunities and Challenges in the Strategic Electronics Sector, with special focus on MSMEs”.  This Report involved detailed research & discussions with varied stakeholders from Defence Sector. It provides updated information as well as recommendations for next steps for Strategic Electronics and policy changes that we believe are required to take the Defence Electronics Sector to new heights. The updated report was released during Strategic Electronics Summit 2016.

This Study provides on insight into the Defence Electronics eco-system in India and is a guide, both for the industry as well as the defence establishment to chalk out a path to success in this important sector. You may order the same from by following the below link;

http://elcina.com/services_publications_space_defence_msmes.asp

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 ELCINA Directory of Indian Electronics Industry - 2017

This compendium includes the updates on Indian Electronics Industry and a host of additional improved features covering central government policies, statistical industry scan, company databases plus various projections. This directory also includes major highlights of Union Budget 2017-18 and its provisions for ESDM industry.  This handy compendium with its easy-to-read format attracts the attention of a growing number of users (within India and abroad), available with interactive CD version.

http://elcina.com/services_publications_dir.asp

 

Super Capacitor-Market Landscape Study

A Supercapacitor or Ultracapacitor is a charge storage device that stores electrical charges via electrochemical & electrostatic processes and has an unusually high energy density when compared to common capacitors. Due to their beneficial properties like fast charging ability,

superior low temperature performance, long service and cycle life, and reliability, Supercapacitors hold the potential to replace or complement traditional batteries and capacitors in several applications. Supercapacitors are already being used worldwide in number of applications ranging from automotive, renewable energy to electronics. For more details you can visit below link: http://www.elcina.com/services_publications_supercapacitor.asp

For enquiries, call Ms.Tandra Majumder,
ELCINA HOUSE, 422 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III, New Delhi - 110 020.
Tel: +91 (011) 26924597, 26928053; Fax: +91 (011) 2692 3440;
Email: tandra@elcina.com  or info@elcina.com

 

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Forthcoming ELCINA-CKM  Programmes

Continuing its efforts to establish an extensive source of knowledge to serve Indian Engineering and Electronics Industry and cultivate a manufacturing culture in the country, ELCINA-Centre for Knowledge Management (CKM), since its launch in 2008, has been conducting various workshops on a variety of topics of interest to the satisfaction of the industry with focus on quality improvement and enhancing competitiveness. It has also been organizing In-house training workshops in companies for the benefit of the industry and the number of workshops is growing every year. 

 

S No. Training Programs Date Venue
1. Testing & Certification for Reliability of LED Lighting Products 18th  April, 2017 Research & Development Centre, C-53, Phase-II, Noida – 201305

 

ELCINA-CKM Training Programs Calendar

 

Quality Improvement Techniques

S. No.

Programs

Duration

1

SPC - Statistical Process Control

1

2

Basic 7 QC Tools - Problem Solving Techniques 

1

3

FMEA

1

4

RCA & CAPA - Root Cause Analysis & Corrective / Preventive Actions

1

5

KAIZEN - Continual Process Improvement in Manufacturing

1

6

Simple Problem Solving Techniques for Industries

2

7

MSA - Measurement System Analysis

1

8

APQP

1

9

PPAP

1

10

5S

1

 Management System Standards 

11

ISO 9001:2015 Requirements & Implementation

1

12

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Course

2

 Environment Management Systems 

13

EMS – Environment Management System ISO 14001:2015

1

14

EHS Legal Requirement - Environment & Health

1

15

EHS Internal Audit

1

 Six Sigma 

16

Six Sigma - Executive Brief

1

17

Six Sigma Green Belt

3

18

Six Sigma Calculations using Mini Tab

2

Communication Skills 

19

Business Communication

1

20

Internal Effective Communication

1

21

Assertiveness Communication

1

 Leadership Development 

22

Leadership Development for Organisational Success

1

23

Leadership for Young Managers

1

 Soft Skills 

24

Motivation Skills

1

25

Time Management & Stress Management

1

26

Building a High Performance Team

1

27

Building Better Work Relationship

1

28

Conflict Resolution

1

29

Personality Development

1

30

Managerial Effectiveness

1

31

Enhancing Personal Effectiveness

1

32

Influencing & Persuading Others

1

 

For more details and forthcoming programs, please log on to - http://www.elcina.com/ckm/services-ckm.htm - and/or contact ELCINA Secretariat, New Delhi – rajesh@elcina.com or call on 9911445890

 

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OSRAM PRODUCT DISPLAY CENTRE at  ELCINA HOUSE

The 'OSRAM DISPLAY CENTRE' in ELCINA House is a permanent Display Centre and serves to showcase the Indian electronics industry to visitors. The Display Centre has now 12 Full Stalls and 2 Half/Mini Stalls, presently occupied by the following Member-companies:-

  Full Stalls

1.          Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bangalore

2.          EPCOS India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore

3.          Vishay Components India Pvt Ltd, Pune

4.          Teknik Electromeconic Pvt Ltd, Bangalore

5.          SGS Tekniks Manufacturing Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon

6.      Syrma Technology Pvt. Ltd., Chennai

7.      Deki Electronics Ltd, Noida

8.         EMI Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore

9.     Elin Electronics Ltd, New Delhi

10.     Bhagyashree Industries, Secunderabad

11.     AT & S India Pvt.Ltd., Nanjangud

    

Half/Mini Stalls

1.    CTR Mfg Industries Ltd, Aurangabad

2.    Super Mount Pack Pvt. Ltd.,Bangalore

 

 

 

 

 

One full stall is  currently available at present and interested members may kindly contact ELCINA House, New Delhi (saly@elcina.com) for advance booking of the same.

 

Terms and conditions for booking of stalls:-

  • Manufacturing & Service Member-companies of ELCINA are eligible to display their products 

  •  Flexible shelves are provided inside the stalls.  Modification in fixtures of the basic structure will not be possible as it runs counter to uniformity.

  •  Lockable Storage space will be provided below the stall for brochures/publicity materials etc.

  •  Audio Visual clip/Power Point presentation will be displayed for the visitors on LCD Panel installed in the Display Area.

  •  The rental charges for the Stalls for two years – FULL Stall (Rs.20,000/-)  and HALF/MINI Stall (Rs.12,000) + Service Tax (12.36%), as per government rules.

  •  Exhibits can consist of product samples, demo kits, brochures, posters etc.  

  •  Each stall has got one power supply point of 15 Amps.

  •  Renewal will be for a minimum period of two years or multiples thereof

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