Broadcasting sector declines as broadband gains ground in India

The latest industry numbers for the broadband and broadcasting industries seem to confirm what many industry watchers have been warning for years — the rising penetration of affordable and high-speed wired internet will displace cable and DTH services in India. While this has always been seen as a theoretical possibility or hypothesis, new data from […]

RattanIndia to benefit from new drone rules

RattanIndia, a company focused on next-generation and disruptive businesses and led by Indiabulls founder Rajiv Rattan, said it expects to benefit from the new drone rules announced by the government this week. Government of India had, earlier this week, announced several far-reaching regulatory changes aimed at allowing people to use drones or unmanned aerial vehicles […]

Hinduja’s NXTDigital signs up 3 MSOs for infra-sharing

NXTDigital, the television channel aggregator, said it has signed on three MSOs in the India for its infrastructure sharing scheme, and expects the government to start approving these deals as early as this month. “There are three partner clients,” said CEO Vynsley Fernandes, speaking to investors, promising to disclose the names once the ministry permissions […]

Zydus Cadila gets nod for ZyCoV-D DNA COVID vaccine

Zydus Cadila has finally said it got Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from Indian authorities to administer ZyCoV-D — the world’s first DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine — for both adults and teenagers. This is the first time any COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for those below 18 years of age in India. The approval has been given […]

Vodafone Idea hopeful of justice in AGR case

Vodafone Idea is hoping that it will be able to do a better job of convincing Supreme Court of India to allow the government to rectify the mathematical and compilation that crept into the calculation of its humongous regulatory levies that now threaten its very existence. A Supreme Court bench headed by Arun Mishra had […]

Vodafone Idea to launch free music streaming service for users

Vodafone Idea, the country’s third largest telecom operator, said it plans to launch a music streaming service in tie-up with a large content provider in the coming days. The service, said CEO Ravinder Takkar, would be available to all of the company’s prepaid and postpaid subscribers. The company currently has a free video streaming service […]

Bharti Airtel gets Rs 1,004 cr from Jio for CDMA spectrum

Bharti Airtel said it has closed its deal to transfer CDMA spectrum to Reliance Jio Infocomm and received the money. “Airtel has received Rs. 1004.8 crores (net of tax) from Jio for the proposed transfer. In addition, Jio will assume future liabilities of Rs. 469.3 crores relating to the spectrum,” the Gurgaon-based company said. The […]

Cadila Healthcare hopes to get Zydus COVID vaccine approval in 1-2 weeks

Cadila Healthcare MD Sharvil Patel said the company has started stockpiling the ZyCoV-D COVID vaccine, and is in the process of providing additional data to drug regulators and hopes to get the shot approved in one or two weeks. If approved, ZyCoV-D will become the first vaccine anywhere in the world to use DNA to […]

Dixon Tech, Japan’s Rexxam in electronics components JV

Dixon Technologies, arguably the most successful Indian electronics manufacturer of all times, said it has decided to float a 40:60 joint venture with its customer and Japanese electronic components maker Rexxam to target both Indian and international markets. The two companies have inked a memorandum of understanding and will begin the work of thrashing out […]

Reliance Industries makes 370-cr bet on Li-ion rival

Reliance Industries, India’s largest private sector company, has announced a Rs 370 cr bet on a technology that aims to rival the dominant Li-ion technology for stationary and large-scale applications. The company has invested $50 mn in a US-based startup, Ambri, to in exchange for an unspecified stake in the company. Ambri, which started out […]

Airtel Broadband adding 1 town/day; Target 2000 towns in 3 years

Bharti Airtel, formerly India’s biggest telecom operator, announced plans to take its fiber-based broadband services to nearly every town in India over the next three years, except for the smallest of the small. The company, which is currently launching its fiber services in more than 1 new town per day, said it plans to take […]

Bharti Airtel to push prices higher, targets ₹200 ARPU

Bharti Airtel, which this month increased its minimum monthly recharge price from Rs 49 to Rs 79, said it plans to continue with the price increases, targeting to take the average amount paid a single customer from Rs 146 to Rs 200 over the next six months. From this month, the company increased its minimum […]

Facebook to help India’s Sterlite Tech build 5G solution

Facebook, the social networking giant, will help Sterlite Technologies Ltd — one of the oldest private sector cable manufacturers in India — to create specialized 5G radio units. Facebook will help Sterlite Technologies create two products — a 5G radio unit designed for dense deployments, and another, dual-tech 4G+5G radio unit. These are more complicated […]

Infosys Finacle gets new client for cloud computing solution

Infosys Ltd said Philippines-based UnionBank has selected its Finacle banking platform as its software of choice for easing its migration to a cloud architecture. The UnionBank of Philippines, a medium-sized bank with over 3,500 employees, is a traditional Infosys’ customer. Banks are increasingly moving from the traditional IT architecture — under which they buy accounting, […]

RailWire introduces new plans at cheaper rates

RailWire, the wired service from Indian Railways’ RailTel Corp, has announced a set of new plans offering more data for lower monthly subscription amounts. The move comes less than a month after BSNL introduced new plans in the low-tariff category. The highlight of the new RailWire plans is the new 50 Mbps, which is priced […]

COVID drags Zensar Tech’s revenue, boosts Q1 profit

Zensar Tech, a mid-size IT and outsourcing company based in India, reported a 3.1% dip in its revenue (after adjusting for currency fluctuations) as the number of onshore employees fell sharply year-on-year due to COVID-19. Constant currency calculations measure how the company’s revenue would have performed had there been no change in currency exchange rates […]

No need for census data, will protect reservation: Govt

Government of India on Wednesday said lack of economic and social data about intermediate castes will not impact their inclusion in OBC reservations for government services and higher education. Nityanand Rai, Minister of State for Home Affairs, was replying to a question by MP TR Baalu on why the government is not collecting socio-economic data […]