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Execution of new telecom policy real test to shape sector's future

TAIPA; The proposed telecom policy addresses issues of all players, but only its effective implementation will determine the growth of the sector, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) today said.

DoT to release draft National Telecom Policy on May 1

Moneycontrol reported that at the Annual General Meeting of US industry body Amcham, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan informed that the direction of the new policy, which is likely to be early as on May 1, will be

Framework for national e-commerce policy to be finalized soon this year

A think tank of key stakeholders headed by commerce minister Suresh Prabhu will finalize a framework for a national e-commerce policy in six months’ time that will settle India’s stand on key issues such a

Customs duty on open cell displays halved, LED TV prices set to go down

The government has halved the basic custom duty on open cell displays used in the manufacturing of LED television panels whereby leading television makers like Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony are now likely to roll ba

New telecom policy to be presented in next Parliament session: Sinha

Union Minister Manoj Sinha on Tuesday said the new telecom policy is almost ready and will be brought in the next session of Parliament after a Cabinet nod.

“The new telecom policy is almost ready, and, th

Revenue Dept. to standardize documents needed for GST refund for exporters

Responding to exporters’ complaints that field officers were arbitrarily demanding documents for processing Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund claims, which was leading to rejection of several applications, the

Import duty hike impact: Assembly firms to have an edge over makers

Increasing import duty hikes on electronic goods has left the sector in limbo. The surge in rates in rec

Policy certainty needed to boost upstream investments: Vedanta

The government must be disruptive in its fiscal incentives and offer policy certainty to attract investment in the upstream sector to meet its ambition of cutting oil import by a tenth, the chief executive of Vedanta&

Talks on with DIPP to secure legal status for angel groups

The country’s top angel networks are in active consultations with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on giving formal recognition to angel groups. “The DIPP is very receptive to the i

List of Electronic items on which GST reduced from 28% to 18%

List of Electronic items on which GST reduced from 28% to 18% (As announced on 10th November 2017)

Government to hold talks on new electronics policy

In order to strengthen the ongoing momentum in domestic production of electronic goods, the government is looking at drafting a new electronics manufacturing policy and as a first step, a consultation with the industr

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Telecom companies ask TRAI not to penalise them over minor service issues

Telecom companies have asked the sector regulator to take a pragmatic view on levying penalties, especially over marginal deviations from quality of service benchmarks as some of those may have been caused by natural

AI could smoothen your interactions with mobile service providers

If you get frustrated at the very thought of connecting with your mobile service provider for the time it takes to complete an interaction, there is hope. A new Ericsson report on Monday said that Artificial Intellige

IIT Madras ropes in Keysight Technologies for 5G test solutions

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has roped in the US-based Keysight Technologies to provide fifth-generation or 5G technology test solutions for government-driven test bed coming up at the southern metr

Consulting international agencies, experts on spectrum auction: TRAI chief

Telecom regulator TRAI is in the midst of consulting various international agencies and experts, and hopes to finalize its recommendation on spectrum auction "soon", Chairman R S Sharma has said. Asked about

DoT targets $100 B Investment by 2020

The telecom department (DoT) has unveiled the broad contours of the next policy, which will aim to attract investments worth $100 billion by 2020 in the digital communications sector, create four million additional jo

Govt. may ask firms to set-up servers locally by 2022 under NTP

The government, under new National Telecom Policy, may come up with provisions on data sovereignty and ask all companies hosting data of Indians to set-up servers in the country by 2022, according to official sources

Morgan Stanley says draft of new telecom policy shows fibre is a priority

Brokerage firm, Morgan Stanley says the draft of the new telecom policy has provided for increased fibre roll outs, additional spectrum that will quicken 4G/ 5G spread , simplified regulatory framework , made provisio

India mobile manufacturing industry to touch Rs 132000 cr by 2018: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Indian mobile manufacturing industry is expected to touch Rs 1,32,000 crore by end of 2018, said Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, of Electronics & Information Technology.

In India, about 110 million mobi

Nokia focusses on North-East for ‘faster growth

Mobile phone-maker Nokia, which re-entered Indian markets in June last year, is looking at a “faster growth” in the North-East. Apart from leveraging its brand recall, Nokia is ramping up the portfolio spa

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 launched in India: Price, specs and more

Taiwanese electronics company Asus launched a new smartphone in affordable range in India in exclusive partnership with Flipkart.

The smartphone, named Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 will come in three variant. The Zen

Xiaomi, India’s largest smartphone maker cruising along in startup mode

Xiaomi, India’s largest smartphone maker intends to keep its “startup culture” intact even as it expands into new categories such as TVs.

The Chinese company has not defined performance paramet

Samsung Electronics Selected as Most Trusted Brand in India

Samsung Electronics has been chosen as the most trusted brand in India, a mega market of 1.2 billion people, for the second consecutive year. LG also ranked third from two years in a row, enhancing its brand value

Make in India: Lemon Mobiles to invest Rs 150 crores in new manufacturing facility

Noida-based Lemon Mobiles will be spending Rs 150 crores in setting up a manufacturing facility for mobile phones and LED televisions, the firm in a statement Wednesday said.

The production unit, according to th

Intex steps up phone manufacturing investments in India

Nidhi Markanday, director at Intex Technologies, has revealed how some of the latest guidelines in India are encouraging phone companies to step up manufacturing in the country.

Intex, one of the leadi

Huawei to expand handset making capacity in India

China’s Huawei Technologies is set to significantly ramp up handset production capacity at its Chennai factory and also increase the number of its original equipment maker (OEM) partners as part of its efforts t

Trai views on promoting telecom equipment mfg in 1 month

Telecom regulator Trai today said it hopes to finalize in about a month the recommendations on promoting telecom equipment manufacturing in the country. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) held open house

Apple supplier Wistron to invest Rs 682 crore to set up new manufacturing facility

Wistron, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer that makes iPhones for Apple in India, is set to invest Rs 682 crore on expanding operations, having got approval to acquire additional land near Bengaluru, a senior Karnat

Telcos should focus on improving services instead of fighting: Manoj Sinha

Telecom minister Manoj Sinha has asked India’s top carriers to focus on improving services instead of fighting among themselves, especially now that the government has cleared measures for immediate relief, whic

Government approves relief package for telecom sector

The government on Wednesday cleared a relief package for the debt-ridden telecom sector, giving more time to operators to pay for the spectru

Our focus is to bring exclusive and innovative products to India: Mani Kant Jain, Yerha.com

India is the fastest-growing e-commerce market and is expected to reach US$ 188 billion by 2025. The growth of the online segment can be attributed to our increasing dependency on smartphones for professional networki

Handset makers may invest Rs 6,000 crore for more local inputs

India could see investments of up to $900 million (about Rs 6,000 crore) in the next two years from leading handset makers and global contract manufacturers that are seeking to increase the local content in their inst

Import duty may be imposed on mobile phone gear from April 1

The government  is likely to impose basic customs duty on mobile phone components such as populated printed circuit boards (PCBs), camera modules and connectors from April 1, according to senior officials. 

TRAI suggests norms for app-based calls

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India proposed that internet telephony calls originating from international out roamers should be routed through the gateway of licenced International Long Distance Operators (ILDOs

Telecom exposure of Tata group stands at Rs.47,000 crore

After its exit from  the consumer mobile business, the Tata group, which had invested Rs.47,208 crore In  in the past 15 years through equity and debt, would now have two businesses – enterprise busine

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Electronics Giant LG launches Enterprise Blockchain platform, Monachian

LG, popular worldwide for their consumer electronics is launching an Enterprise Blockchain platform called Monachain which can be used in multiple offline and online sectors.

Monachain was developed by the Block

Why data security must be government’s top priority for Modi’s ‘Digital India’ to become reality

According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India witnessed more than 27,000 cyber security threats in the first six months of 2017.

According to the Ministry of Electronics and Informat

Apple will have to come to India sooner or later: MeitY officials

US tech giant Apple Inc has to come to India for manufacturing, sooner or later, as it will not like to miss the growth in India, sources at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said.

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Telecom Commission approves Wi-Fi services on flights in India

Air travellers in India will soon get in-flight internet access, with the Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making body at the telecom department, approving the proposal on Tuesday.

“We will now hav

India, Japan keen to bolster cooperation in cyber security, start-ups

Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today met Japan's Minister of Economy Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko and discussed wide ranging issues including creation of start-up hub, cooperation in the fiel

US-based i-Life Digital Partners with Flipkart to Enter the Indian Electronics Market

US-based i-Life Digital Technology, today announced signing an exclusive partnership with Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce platform, to enter the Indian electronics market. I-Life has started accepting pre-o

Broadcasters push for bundled ad sales as more viewers go digital

With the rapid rise in video consumption over digital platforms, broadcasters are pushing for bundled advertising sales for television and digital to unlock greater value. For IPL 2018, Star India is offering bundled

Indian Intelligence Services monitoring Russia's war on Telegram

Indian intelligence services are "closely following" the progress of Russia's ongoi

Pact between India, Sri Lanka for co-operation in IT, electronics

The Cabinet was on Wednesday informed about a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Sri Lanka for promoting co-operation in Information Technology (IT) and Electronics field. The pact was signed o

Make In India’ delivery patchy: Here’s why rethinking is needed

Make-in-India is one of the key cornerstones of the current government to raise growth rates and create employment. It has been almost four years since the initiative was launched, with much hope and fanfare. The gove

A look inside the electronic voting machine

Unlike voting machines in some countries which are connected to a network, Indian EVMs are standalone. Tampering an EVM through the hardware port or through a Wi-Fi connection is not possible as there is no frequency

Internet economy to surge to $500 billion by 2022

Mobile penetration in India is now passed   As phones get ‘smarter’ and more ‘affordable’, the next big development in the telecom sector is the increasing usage of mobile data. Betti

Startups find innovative ways to make new joinees feel at home

A software professional who recently joined consumer lending startup MoneyTap as a senior Android developer was taken aback when asked to recount the most embarrassing incident from his life at an all-hands meeting du

Cyber-criminal gang took over, used Indian servers: Kaspersky

IT security software maker Kaspersky Lab has detected some servers in India that were used by notorious cyber-criminal gang Lazarus, which is believed to be behind large-scale cyber-attacks across the world including

Hexagon developing solutions for Indian smart cities

Hexagon AB, a global provider of information technology solutions, is integrating various technolo

Apple’s €850-mn data centre gets approval from Ireland

Ireland gave the green light for tech giant Apple to build an €850-million ($1.0-billion) data centre, following a battle with conservationists who were seeking to preserve a forest.

High Court judge Paul M

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East Delhi complex first to get rooftop solar plant, will generate electricity at Rs 2.50 per unit

Milan Vihar Apartments in east Delhi’s IP Extension became the first group housing society in the capital to get its own rooftop solar power plants. Inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the 140 kWp pla

Walmart-Flipkart deal shows both Indian e-commerce’s coming of age & repetition of history

Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart demonstrates both Indian e-commerce’s coming of age and a repetition of history.

US giants will spend billions in India because they see huge opportunities, and this

The defence and electronics sectors are driving India’s manufacturing industry

The Digital India scheme introduced by the government in a bid to advanced technology across the nation has seen the rise of electronics manufacturing.

As part of the scheme, India has announced the target of ne

Infineon launches new Development Center for automotive electronics and artificial intelligence in Dresden

Infineon is setting up a new Development Center at its Dresden location. The company is planning to create around 100 additional new jobs in the first phase. The new Development Center is expected to employ a total of

India automotive industry to grow at 10% CAGR between 2018-2023: Research Cosmos

The Indian automotive manufacturing sector is expanding at a fast rate, which is making the country one of the fastest-growing automotive manufacturers in the world. With an annual production of nearly 4.5 million uni

Nokia acquires US-based IoT startup SpaceTime Insight

Nokia on Monday said it has acquired California-based startup SpaceTime Insight to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio and IoT analytics capabilities. SpaceTime Insight provides machine learning-powered anal

PUSHING MAKE IN INDIA TO DEVELOP DEFENCE: MIN

Highlighting the fact that a nation cannot be “truly” self-reliant until it is able to develop and manufacture its weapon systems, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Tuesday the Government is

Govt. recommends green registration plates for electric vehicles

The Union road transport and highways ministry has recommended green registration plates for electric vehicles (EVs) so as to identify them for preferential treatment, such as special parking or discounted tolls.

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New Zealand electronics firm Rakon to buy out Bengaluru’s Centum in JV

Bengaluru-based Centum Electronics Ltd has agreed to sell its entire 51% stake in a joint venture with Rakon Ltd to the New Zealand electronics maker. The company will sell the stake in Centum Rakon India Pvt. Ltd for

Samsung eyes 40% share of Indian microwave market in 2018

Consumer electronics major Samsung is aiming 40 per cent market share in the microwave segment in India by the end of this year on the back of more innovative range of products, a top company official has said.

Solar cell imports: EU, Japan question safeguard duties recommended by India

The European Union and Japan have questioned the preliminary safeguard duties of 70 per cent on imported solar cells recommended by the Directorate General of Safeguards in India, adding to the on-going debate on the

India probes dumping of EVA sheets for solar modules by 5 nations

India has initiated a probe into the alleged dumping of EVA sheets used in solar cell industry, imported from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Thailand.

The investigation on imports of 'Ethylen

Electronics exporter Syrma sets up domestic production unit

San Jose and Chennai based Syrma Technology, an exporter of electronic products and solutions announced its foray into the domestic market with a $10 million investment in its fifth manufacturing unit in the Delhi-Mum

Electronics giant Philips posts 27% drop in Q1 profits

Dutch electronics giant Philips today posted a 27 per cent drop in first quarter profits, hit partly by the costs of restructuring and some acquisitions as it evolves its portfolio.

Net income fell in the first

India, Finland settle Nokia tax row

India and Finland have reached an accord on the tax dispute with Nokia under the Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP), clearing the way for the sale of the company’s Chennai plant, which has been idle for more than

Prabhu promises exporters to take up GST refund issue

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday assured exporters of taking up the issue of Goods and Service Tax (GST) refund with the finance ministry and said he plans to call a ministerial meeting to dis

Apple, Google, IBM CEOs Head to China With Trade War Brewing

Leaders of Apple Inc., Google and other U.S. technology giants head to China this weekend to pursue a familiar goal: To do more business in th

BYD entry worries local auto companies but government happy with dipping prices

The entry of China’s giant e-vehicles company BYD in India by bagging large tenders for electric buses is worrying Indian auto majors but the Union government is weighing their concerns against the benefits of c

Chinese companies keen to engage in India smart cities mission, initiatives:

A number of Chinese companies across various sectors have converged here in Hyderabad to take part in the Sm@rt Urbanization meet to explore the possibilities of working on projects in the upcoming smart cities projec

India has huge potential to become leader in solar energy sector: Vice President

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that India has huge potential to become the leader in solar energy sector. Mr Naidu said this while addressing the inaugural session of ELECRAMA 2018, organized by the Indian E

Delta Electronics launches EV charging solutions to support the government's 2030 vision

In support of government's electric mobility drive, leading power and energy management company Delta Electronics India Pvt. Ltd. on

The curious case of rising electronic imports

Electronic items are weighing heavily on India’s trade deficit. Relentlessly rising imports of electronic items, especially mobile phones, at a time when crude oil prices are firmer, pose a risk to the country&r

Ministry of Defence project to add tech muscle to arms procurement

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has begun a project to build IT systems that would help streamline operations and take faster decisions as it looks to increase domestic production of arms and equipment for the armed for

EESL to float another global tender for 10,000 e-vehicles

State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) will soon float another global tender for 10,000 electric vehicles to be deployed across the country for government use, a senior executive has said. 

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State-owned fuel pumps to top up digital payments companies

One of the major sectors where the government is promoting digital payments is fuel retailing and digital payment companies are targeting the state-owned fuel retailing agencies for rapid digitisation of fuel pumps, w

Industry 4.0 can transform Indian Manufacturing

In recent years, Industry 4.0 has evolved rapidly from a distant, esoteric concept to something companies now believe is real and tangible.

Industry 4.0 is a collective term for the new technologies that are sig

E-tailers’ global warehouses may come under tax net

Warehouses of e-commerce companies based in countries such as Australia, Japan, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Russia may not be exempted from paying the  income tax in India once the multilateral instrument (

Lessons from Doklam: Defence ministry okays big infra enhancement along Chinese border

With an aim to further strengthen the defence infrastructure along its frontier with China, India is focusing on the central sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by planning to connect its primary passes and val

Amazon to team up with Apple, Google for Alexa voice assistant

Amazon is willing to team up with competitions Apple and Alphabet’s Google if it would help improve customers’ experience with its Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant, an executive working on the platf

TCS net falls 2%, but beats estimates

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said its second-quarter profits dropped 2.16 per cent per-on-year to Rs.6,446 crore, while revenue grew 4.3 per cent to Rs.30,541 crore.  The revenue performance  was in line

Cyient profit rises 15% to Rs.111 crore in Q2

Cyient Ltd., formerly Infotech Enterprises, has posted revenues of Rs.965.40 crore in the second quarter ended September 30,  2017, as against Rs.913.60 crore in the same quarter last year, showing a growth of 5.

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9th Strategic Electronics Summit - Defence & Aerospace, July 2018

Venue: The Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru

Date: 05-07-2018

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CALL FOR ENTRY NOMINATIONS CLOSE ON 15th MAY, 2018

Venue: Bengaluru

Date: 05-07-2018

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