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Lava to soon shift manufacturing base from China to India
Times; October 26, 2014
Lava, the country's fourth-biggest smartphone maker, could become the
first local mobile handset company to start domestic production as
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make-in-India' push helps the country
to become an attractive alternative to China as a manufacturing base.
The company, which sells Lava and Xolo branded phones, plans to spend
Rs 500 crore in local operations over three years, after which it will
shift most or all of its production from China to India.
Qualcomm to acquire CSR to speed-up its IOT growth
Engineering Herald; October 27, 2014
Qualcomm has reached agreement with CSR, where the share capital of
CSR will be acquired at a rate of £9.00 per share, which is valued
approximately US dollar 2.5 Billion.
UK-based fabless Wireless semiconductor chip maker CSR is one of the
fast-grown companies in the area of Bluetooth, but from past one year
or little more, CSR is not seeing the same level of growth, what it
has seen before. CSR may find the acquisition proposal by Qualcomm a
Centre to link mobile
SIM with Aadhaar: Official
Source: The Week; October
The central government is working hard to link mobile SIM with the
Unique Identification (UID) number or Aadhaar, a senior official said
"The prime minister (Narendra Modi) has directed us to link the SIM of
the mobiles with the Unique Id. We are working on that issue and I am
sure we will be able to resolve issues," said R.S. Sharma, secretary
of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.
First Ever Internet of
Things Policy Document Released By Indian Govt; Aims for $15B Market
In 6 Yrs #IoT
Source: Trak.in (blog); October 27, 2014
In a move which showcases the seriousness of the ‘Digital India’
vision shared by the Modi government, Department of Electronics and
Information Technology (DEITY) has just released nation’s first
Internet of Things (IoT) policy document. This draft will act as a
framework for the Government to fully implement and execute policies
and campaigns pertaining to Internet of Things in India.
This policy document related with IoT framework is part of the broader
‘Digital India’ vision shared by the Modi government immediately after
it came to power. A budget of Rs 1 lakh crore has already sanctioned
to implement all the future plans under this vision.
SoftBank to invest $10
bn in India, focus e-commerce
Source: The Financial
Express; October 28, 2014
Japanese telecom major SoftBank aims to invest $10 billion in India,
with a focus on the rapidly growing e-commerce space. Masayoshi Son,
Japan's richest person and chairman and CEO of Softbank, told telecom
minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday that India is the top-most
priority for the company.
“Son told the minister that the visit of PM Narendra Modi to Japan has
created a climate of hope and optimism about greater economic
cooperation between India and Japan. He expressed immense faith in
e-commerce potential of India. He estimated it to become a $0.5
trillion business in 10 years,” an official statement said.
Son added that the growth of e-commerce would lead to employment
generation in India by opening up new avenues. He requested the
minister to develop robust mobile phone infrastructure and sort out
the issues relating to spectrum.
Paul Mozur: Using cash
and pressure, China builds its chip industry
Source: Business Standard;
October 28, 2014
China churns out many of the world's electronic devices: smartphones,
computers, complicated networking equipment.
Now the country is redoubling its efforts to design and produce the
brains behind most of those electronics, the chip.
China is playing catch-up with global rivals. Last year, the country
imported $232 billion of semiconductor products, eclipsing even the
amount spent on petroleum.
discussion at Mentor's U2U India VLSI/electronics design event
Source: EE Herald; October
Mentor Graphics' 10th annual User2User India conference is scheduled
to begin on Oct 31, 2014 at Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore. India. This
event provides latest technology updates in VLSI/semiconductor,
embedded systems and PCB design software from Mentor.
Walden C. Rhines, CEO and chairman of Mentor is presenting keynote at
U2U India 2014. Pradeep Vajram, President & CEO, Smartplay is the
guest keynote presenter at this event. The conference includes an
industry discussion on “Bringing together Indian and Multi-National
Company Work- Cultures to Create the Next-Generation Organization”
with panelists Pillalamarri Sridhar, managing director, Maxlinear;
Anuradha Srinivasan, research director, Intel Technologies India Pvt.
Ltd.; Pradip A. Thaker, Ph.D., general manager, India Operations & Sr.
Director (VLSI and H/W Engineering) for Geo Semiconductors; Himamshu
Khasnis, CEO, Signalchip; and Walden C. Rhines, Mentor Graphics. So
something on the work culture for first time in this kind of events.
Japan Telecom CEO
assures Prasad of large investments in India
October 28, 2014
Chairman and CEO of Japanese Telecom and Internet Giant Softbank,
Masayoshi Son has assured of large Japanese investments in India while
noting that the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to their
country has created a climate of hope and optimism about greater
economic cooperation between the two countries.
This was communicated by Mr Son to Communications and Information
Technology and Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad when he met with
him last evening.
Tata Elxsi appoints
Mr. Ganapathy Subramaniam as Chairman of the board
Source: India PRwire;
October 29, 2014
The Tata Elxsi Board of Directors announced the appointment of Mr. N.
Ganapathy Subramaniam as an additional director and Chairman of the
board, with effect from November 01, 2014.
He takes over the role of Chairman from Mr. S. Ramadorai, who stepped
down from the Board of Directors of the Company, on attaining the age
of 70 years as per the Company's policy.
N. Ganapathy Subramaniam is the Executive Vice President at Tata
Consultancy Services Ltd. and head of TCS Financial Solutions, a
strategic business unit of TCS.
Infosys CEO Vishal
Sikka meets Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
Source: The Economic Times;
October 29, 2014
Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka today met IT and Telecom Minister Ravi
Shankar Prasad to discuss how the Indian IT companies can be involved
in the Rs 1 lakh crore Digital India programme.
"CEO of Infosys Vishal Sikka met me. We discussed more active
participation of India Inc in Digital India," Prasad tweeted.
This was a follow-up meeting between the two after their first meeting
on Digital India programme in Germany.
Odisha CM urges Modi
to clear ITIR project
Source: Business Standard;
October 30, 2014
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday urged Prime Minister
Narendra Modi to grant approval to the proposed IT Investment Region (ITIR)
in the state capital Bhubaneswar.
"I would urge upon your kind intervention for early approval of ITIR
proposal of Odisha to start the long pending project. I am sure that
operationalisation of this project will contribute significantly to
the Make in India and Digital India initiatives launched by the Union
government," Patnaik said in a letter to Modi.
Tangled formulations make Electronic Park on rope-stand at Kerala
Source: ELE Times; October 30, 2014
A protracted and tangled formulation delivers an uncertainty for the
The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) is yet to
receive any herald from the government for the land acquisition of
electronics park project at Amballoor which is been on stay for a long
time. The State government had given its direction to acquire 171
acres for the project.
Indian Angel Network invests in Chennai-based rural distribution firm
Source: VCCircle; October 30, 2014
Indian Angel Network (IAN), a national network of angel investors, has
invested an undisclosed amount in Chennai-based Inthree Access
Services Pvt Ltd, according to a press release. The round was co-led
by Ashvin Chadha who will also join the board of Inthree.
Inthree is an impact venture that helps the Indian hinterland access
products and services, through its focus on distribution, project
implementation and consultancy services.
Smartphone share of overall mobile phone sales stalling at 70 percent
Source: Macworld UK; October 30, 2014
Smartphones during the third quarter again accounted for about 70
percent of total mobile phone shipments. Prices need to fall even
further to attract more users in emerging markets, but that won't
Android and the Firefox OS are shaping up to be the two big platforms
in the low-price segment of the smartphone market, while Samsung
Electronics will duke it out with multiple Chinese and Indian vendors
on the hardware side, according to Mawston.
Global mobile phone shipments increased to 459.5 million during the
third quarter, including 320.4 million smartphones. Overall sales
increased by 7.6 percent year-on-year, while smartphone sales
increased by 26.7 percent.
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