Govt launches Rs.
5,000 crore project for northeast's telecom infrastructure
Source: ET Telecom; July 11, 2015
The central government has launched a Rs. 5,000 crore ambitious
project for the development of telecommunications in the northeastern
states, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Saturday. The
project will be implemented in the next five years, the minister for
communications and information technology said after laying the
foundation stone to operationalise the new international internet
gateway linking Cox's Bazar in southeast Bangladesh. After the
commissioning of the international internet gateway, northeast India
would be at par with the rest of the country in internet connectivity,
thereby boosting the region's economy, education, tourism, banking and
other services, he said. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said
development of India will remain incomplete if the northeast region
continues to be underdeveloped." He said the Digital India initiative
that was launched on July 1 by Modi will transform the country.
Tata Motors secures Rs.
900 crore order from Indian Army
Source: Mint; July 11, 2015
India’s biggest auto maker Tata Motors Ltd expects to double revenue
from the defence business to Rs.3,000 crore in three years as the
Indian government encourages manufacturing of military equipment by
local companies via the “Make In India” programme. “The current order
book is Rs.1,500 crore and we want to double it in next three years.
The ministry of defence intends to promote indigenous supply base for
FICV (futuristic infantry combat vehicle),” said Vernon Noronha, the
company’s vice-president, defence and government business. Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on defence equipment forming part of
his Make in India campaign to encourage manufacturing and attract
foreign investment has seen a scramble among companies readying
manufacturing capabilities in the segment. India’s defence budget
allocation ie estimated at $620 billion between fiscal years 2014 and
2022, of which 50% will be capital expenditure, according to a report
released in February by lobby group Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry and financial services company Centrum Capital
Why Foxconn is looking
at India as its Next Manufacturing Hub?
Source: Tele Analysis; July
On his recent India visit, Terry Gou, founder of Foxconn announced
opening up of 10-12 manufacturing facilities and creating one million
jobs by 2020 in India.
Why is Foxconn looking at India as its next manufacturing hub?
Over the years, Foxconn has build its core competencies in the field
of ICT, precision machinery, opto electronics, materials, automation
equipment, software, e-commerce to build up an “Integration,
Innovation, Design, Manufacture – Sales, Marketing” (IIDM-SM)
technology manufacturing and services platform. And Foxconn wants to
leverage on IIDM-SM and also add new growth opportunities by building
India as its next manufacturing hub after China. All this will help
the company to grow in new geographies and also increase its market
share in respective categories.
Foxconn is looking at India for four reasons – Chinese economy, India
opportunity, government support, building complete eco-system and
Odisha on the radar of
mobile handset makers
Source: Business Standard; July 12, 2015
Odisha may emerge as the manufacturing hub of mobile handsets and
associated components with its proposed electronics manufacturing
cluster (EMC) drawing the attention of manufacturers.
The Indian Cellular Association (ICA), the apex body of the mobile
phone industry, is in talks with the state government to explore
possibilities of manufacture of mobile phones and their components
"We have initiated discussions with the Odisha government. Preliminary
talks have been held with the industries and IT departments. The
proposed EMC seems to be a good site for mobile handsets and
electronic components manufacturing. Apart from Odisha, we are in
talks with the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telengana,
Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh", said Pankaj Mohindroo, national
president, ICA and chairman of the fast track task force constituted
by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeiTY).
The proposed greenfield EMC cluster planned over 215 acres of land on
the city's outskirts, is expected to house over 100 electronics
manufacturing units with an employment potential of 10,000-12,000
which will be a mix of skilled and semi-skilled personnel. The state
hopes to draw investments of over Rs 2000 crore for this cluster.
Gartner Says Worldwide
Semiconductor Sales Expected To Reach $348 Billion in 2015, a 2.2 Per
Cent Increase From 2014
Source: EFYTimes.com; July
Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to reach $348 billion in
2015, a 2.2 percent increase from 2014, but down from the previous
quarter's forecast of 4.0 percent growth, according to Gartner, Inc.
"The outlook for the major applications that drive the semiconductor
market, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets, have all been revised
downward. This, combined with the impact of the strong dollar on
demand in key markets, has resulted in a lower semiconductor forecast
for 2015," said Jon Erensen, research director at Gartner. "The
typical second-quarter bounce did not materialize this year, and as a
result, the semiconductor industry is more back-end loaded and
dependent on a strong third-quarter rebound, driven by Windows 10 and
the ramp-up to the holiday season.”
In the smartphone market, Apple's iPhone is the bright spot for the
market with strong unit growth and increasing average selling prices
(ASPs), driven by the strong performance of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6
Govt to appoint CEOs
for smart cities
Source: The Times of India;
July 12, 2015
For smart cities, the government will appoint CEOs, who will drive the
concept and execution rather than leave these tasks to municipal
bodies alone. The guidelines released by government for rolling out
the scheme to develop 100 smart cities says that each smart city will
have a special purpose vehicle (SPV) like that for Metro rail projects
where managing directors are sole in-charge. These will be will be
headed by a full time CEO for a fixed term of three years. The SPV
will also have nominees of Centre and state governments besides
representatives from urban local bodies. Sources said this is a part
of the major institutional reform that has been introduced to expedite
execution. "Government officers, senior corporate executives and even
independent experts can be hired for this job," said a ministry
official. However, the SPV will also have a board of directors, which
will be headed by a divisional commissioner, collector, municipal
commissioner or head of development authority.
Karbonn to invest Rs
800 Cr for mobile production in India
Source: Moneycontrol; July
Home grown mobile phone company Karbonn has earmarked an investment of
Rs 800 crore over a period of next three years for manufacturing
mobile phones in India. "We will be investing up to Rs 800 crore on
mobile devices manufacturing in the next three years. Production at
ourNoida plant in UP and Telangana plant will start within the next
two quarters," Karbonn Mobiles Executive Director Shashin Devsare told
PTI. "In a year, we expect local production to meet 60-70 percent of
our domestic market requirement," he added. According to Cybermedia
Research report of 2014, Karbonn Mobiles was one of the main
contenders for the third position in terms of market share in mobile
devices business in India. "We are not dependent on external funding.
We are the only brand that has announced two manufacturing unit. Out
of the total, Rs 450 crore has been allocated for our Telengana plant
and Rs 100 crore we have invested in setting up Noida assembly unit,"
Devsare said. Karbonn is a joint venture between Jaina Group and
Bangalore based electronics manufacturing firm United Telecom Limited.
The company will be looking at making entry level phones priced in the
range of Rs 2,000- 7,000 a unit. Mobile phone companies are looking to
make handsets in India after the government in its budget increased
duty for imported devices.
mulls partnerships with start-ups
Source: The Hindu Business
Line; July 13, 2015
Semiconductor major Texas Instruments is looking to partner with
start-ups in India to quicken chip development cycles and go to market
faster in new areas such as automotive and industrial machines.
Talking to BusinessLine, Santhosh Kumar, Managing Director of Texas
Instruments India, said that while the company is using its R&D
facility in Bengaluru to do its technology work, it also believes that
partnerships are important to be at the cutting edge of innovation.
“Our strength is in analog chip design and with trends like Internet
of Things (IoT) catching up, start-ups could help speed up our
growth,” he added.
An analog chip is a set of small analog circuits that are designed on
a single piece of semiconductor board. “We are constantly looking at
ways to fasten chip development process,” said Kumar.
Only `Made in India'
Chips for Defence
Source: Economic Times
Epaper (Kolkata); July 14, 2015
India is considering a proposal to make it mandatory for the strategic
sectors of Defence, Space and Atomic Energy to use `made in India'
chips in an initiative that will meet not only national security needs
but also kick start the domestic semiconductor manufacturing business
that has been struggling to take off.
Sources said that preliminarily talks on the matter have already taken
place and a meeting that included top government representatives from
the strategic departments of space, atomic energy , information
technology and defence research took place at the Niti Ayog recently.
M N Vidyashankar, President of the India Electronics & Semiconductor
Association (IESA) told ET that the government initiative to promote
India made chips in the strategic sector will be a `major boost'. “It
will be a good kick start to the industry. Given the kind of funding
required, investors are in two opinions. There will be a lot of
comfort is there is a defined market that includes defence, space and
other strategic areas,“ he said.
Make in India: Govt
may make strategic sector source chips from local manufacturers
Source: The Economic Times;
July 14, 2015
India is considering a proposal to make it mandatory for the strategic
sectors of Defence, Space and Atomic Energy to use 'made in India'
chips in an initiative that will meet not only national security needs
but also kick start the domestic semi-conductor manufacturing business
that has been struggling to take off. Sources said that preliminarily
talks on the matter have already taken place and a meeting that
included top government representatives from the strategic departments
of of space, atomic energy, information technology and defence
research took place at the Niti Aayog recently.
At the heart of the issue is the setting up of two semi-conductor
fabrication facilities in India that were cleared by the UPA
government in 2013 but have still not taken off given a lack of
direction and government support for the very high investment units.
Officials say that the government is aware that 'Made in India' chips
and electronics are necessary in national interest, given the
dependence currently India has on imported products that can be rigged
and bugged. "There is a fear of overdependence on foreign sources for
such a vital thing. Cases of spurious and even suspicious electronic
parts from abroad have come to light, making it necessary for at least
the core strategic sectors to have an Indian option," an senior
official told ET.
prepares $23 bln bid for U.S. chip maker Micron – sources
Source: MSN India News;
July 14, 2015
China's state-backed Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd is preparing a $23 billion
bid for U.S. memory chip maker Micron Technology Inc (MU.O), in what
would be the biggest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company, people
familiar with the matter said.
The technology conglomerate is prepared to bid $21 per share for
Micron, a 19.3 percent premium to the stock's close on Monday. The
offer could come as early as Wednesday, a person close to Tsinghua
told Reuters, although a Micron spokesman said it had not received an
A successful bid would consolidate Tsinghua Unigroup's position as a
champion for China's technology development, after it struck deals and
research partnerships with international firms in the semiconductor
The company is controlled by Tsinghua University in Beijing, which
counts President Xi Jinping among its alumni, and is backed by China's
China has attached strategic importance to the development of domestic
semiconductor, server and networking equipment industries amid fears
of foreign cyberspying.
electronica India 2015 and productronica India 2015 set for
Source: EFYTimes.com; July 14, 2015
electronica India 2015 and productronica India 2015, the leading trade
fairs for electronic components and manufacturing, will take place
from September 9-11, 2015. The events are appreciated by the
stakeholders as it takes a 360 degree view of the electronics industry
as a whole, all under one roof. Two months before the trade fairs will
open their gates, the exhibition space of electronica India is sold
out and over 80 per cent for productronica India 2015 have already
been booked, with a fast developing waiting list of exhibitors.
International key players and innovative companies from different
continents will take part at electronica India and productronica
The ecosystem around the electronic components and electronic
manufacturing companies has reached a marked improvement by the
general economic recovery and the financial and economic crises. All
sectors of this industry are now heading for growth.
With the Government of India's flagship program 'Make in India' - to
push local manufacturing - and initiatives like 'Smart Cities' and
'Digital India', the industry expects to reduce its dependency on
electronic import by 50 per cent by 2016-17.
IT, telecom firms chip in with Skill India programmes
Source: The Hindu Business Line; July 15, 2015
Technology and telecommunication companies on Wednesday said they will
initiate different programmes as part of the Skill India Mission
announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Cellular Operators Association of India, which represents major
telecom operators including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, has
announced an outreach programme to connect with 440 million young
people for promoting the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana
(PMKVY) scheme for which aims to skill 24 lakh youth across the
country within a year.
One of the biggest hurdles facing skills training in India is reaching
out to the youth in the remote areas of the country. COAI’s outreach
programme, aims to address this challenge. Initially, a pilot project
in Bihar covered a subscriber base of over 2.2 crore people and the
same is now being rolled out nationwide by the COAI core members to
cover nearly 440 million subscribers with the launch of the PMKVY
China's Huawei gets security clearance to manufacture in India for
Source: Reuters India; July 16, 2015
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies has won security clearance
to manufacture telecoms equipment in India, paving the way for it to
become the first major Chinese brand to supply locally made products
for one of the world's biggest markets for mobile phones.
The green light from the Ministry of Home Affairs, confirmed by an
official on Wednesday, comes 19 months after Huawei first applied for
a manufacturing licence, amid wrangling over national security
concerns. It also marks a significant boost for Prime Minister
Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' campaign.
"India is an important overseas market for Huawei," Allen Wang,
president of Huawei's consumer business group in India, told Reuters
on Wednesday. "We aim to become a top three brand in India within
A spokesman for Huawei in India said separately the firm had not
received official communication from the government, and declined to
Microsoft’s YouthSpark to train 35,000 youth by 2016
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; July 16, 2015
Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal to develop a bank of
skilled India through his National Mission for Skill Development (NMSD),
software major Microsoft said that it will train more than 35,000
youths in the next 18 months.
“Our digital literacy, skill building and entrepreneurship programs
have touched 5 crore people in 20 states across India over the last
decade. Continuing this commitment, we will soon commence a large
scale digital literacy project under the global Microsoft YouthSpark
program for marginalized communities, with a special focus on girls
and young women. This program will run across 70 YouthSpark-Project
Jyoti centers and is expected to train more than 35,000 young people
in the next 18 months,” informed Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft
IESA welcomes the launch of the mission since it targets to harness
the country’s demographic dividend through appropriate and large scale
skill development effort, which in turn should make India a country of
choice to address global skill shortage.
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