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IESA will host IoTNEXT 2015 representing ESDM and TiE to boost Entrepreneurship Globally
Source: ELE Times; November 21, 2015

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, along with, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE, Bangalore Chapter), with a mission to foster entrepreneurship globally, will be hosting the first edition of IoTNEXT – a platform to Learn, Explore and Network on ushering the next era of Internet of Things (IoT) innovation on December 9th & 10th , 2015 at Shangri – La, Bangalore. This year, with the theme “Innovating Digital Economy with IoT Solutions & Services”, the platform will attempt to address the convergence of multi-disciplinary facets of the technology ecosystem with IoT- hardware, IT, Big Data, Cloud and Connectivity, hence enabling a more agile, efficient and cost effective solutions and services with industry collaborations and partnerships. With aggressive focus by Indian Government on “Digital India”, “Smart Cities” and “Make in India” to drive the growth and development of the nation, with a rapidly maturing multi-disciplinary talent base and accelerating startup ecosystem, this growth momentum would provide an impetus for driving digital economy innovation with IoT, not just in India but all around the world.

Government to set up separate portal to support innovations: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Source: The Economic Times; November 21, 2015

To provide support to innovators in various fields, a separate portal under Department of Electronics and IT (Deity) will be established, where people can put up their innovative products to get government help. "Under my Department of IT, a separate portal shall be created which is dedicated to the innovators of India. Anyone who innovates can put his innovation on that portal and my department will follow it. We will reach them in the event they are worthy of that. They will be given all the support," Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said during an Intel event on innovation here. The Minister said he will personally oversee the initiative to ensure that the innovators are getting all help. Prasad said Indians by nature are frugal innovators and they should be supported. The Minister said his government is promoting domestic electronics manufacturing in a big way and have received investment proposals worth Rs 1.17 lakh crore till now, of which Rs 90,000 crore have already been approved. The Minister also facilitated 10 finalists of the 'Intel and DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge' who have developed innovative solutions for various fields like healthcare, agriculture among others.

Foxconn to build processing base in China
Source: The Times of India; November 21, 2015

Contract electronics maker Foxconn plans to build a new processing base in northwest China's Gansu province, indicating the tech giant's further expansion on the inland market. Foxconn Technology Group, the main supplier to tech giant Apple, inked a cooperation deal with Gansu Radio and Television Network Co Ltd, agreeing to establish a joint electronics processing base in the provincial capital Lanzhou, Xinhua reported. The company wants to expand its business to central and western Asian markets amid China's Belt and Road Initiative. It signed an agreement with the Gansu government in September that pledged to build long-term cooperation. The Lanzhou processing base will focus on the combination of new information technology such as cloud computing and big data, with industries such as manufacturing and productive service, according to the deal. It will "help with Gansu's entrepreneurship and innovation, and boost local economic growth."

Government demand a base amount investment for chip making or face cancellation: Make in India
Source: ELE Times; November 21, 2015

The government is set to give the two consortia selected to set up semiconductor wafer plants a four-month deadline to raise funds and show their ability to handle the critical project which is the first step towards indigenous electronics production. The fabrication plants are the cornerstone of the Make in India plan for strategic electronics that will involve the defense, space and cyber security sectors, besides meeting the massive demand of the civil sector. While the two consortia – led by HSMC Technologies India and Jaiprakash Associates BSE 0.16 % had been identified by the previous UPA government to set up the fabrications plants, they have failed convince officials on their ability to raise the heavy investments needed to set up shop. By conservative estimates, the cost would exceed Rs 60,000 crore. The government is set to give both companies a four-month deadline starting late November to show an investments of at least Rs 1,000 crore or face cancellation of the entire project, people with knowledge of the matter said. “There is no confidence on the ability of either company to raise funds for a very capital intensive project. We are being left with no option but to give them a final deadline or deal with cancellation,” a senior government functionary told ET.

Gionee to bring vendors to make mobiles in India
Source: mydigitalfc; November 24, 2015

Chinese phone brand Gionee is looking at bringing its vendors to make in India. The company that has begun to manufacture phones at its plants in the country wishes to reduce the amount of imports to reduce costs, a senior official said. In October, Gionee launched its first made-in-India phone, the F103 model, from its plant at the Sri City SEZ in Andhra Pradesh. The company had announced that it would commit about $50 million in India over the next three years for activities including manufacturing. Foxconn and Dixon would be the manufacturers on behalf of Gionee and they would make the company’s phones in Andhra Pradesh and Delhi-NCR respectively. By the end of this financial year, Gionee plans to assemble all its phones in India. “Right now we do only phone assembly. However, in due course, we plan to bring in our vendors (from China), who would help us to make products locally,” said Arvind R Vohra, country chief executive officer and managing director of Gionee India. “At least six sets of components including packaging, chargers and plastic parts can be sourced locally. We are looking at the options but can’t name the vendors because we have non-disclosure agreements with them. Moreover, we may also look at couple of more locations to make phones within the country. We have capacity of about half a million and once we exhaust that, we would have to look at other options.”

TCS, Gfi partner for smart cities programmes in France
Source: The Times of India; November 24, 2015

Country's largest software service firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said it has partnered with Gfi Informatique to collaborate on smart cities projects in France.

Country's largest software service firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said it has partnered with Gfi Informatique to collaborate on smart cities projects in France.

Gfi will use IUX analytics software to support digital initiatives that enhance public services for citizens, make efficient use of resources and improve the environment in France.

The partnership will help the companies to tap the opportunity that is pegged to grow to $1.6 trillion by 2020.

"This partnership enables us to quickly add value to our digital technology offerings in the public sector, such as our City Hub mobile portal or our Public CRM, as well as to leverage data and applications to promote a coordinated, systematic roll-out and sustained growth of smart cities, bringing greater value to everyone involved," Gfi chairman and CEO Vincent Rouaix said.

'Info Valley II will be ready by 2018'
Source: Times of India; November 24, 2015

The state government on Tuesday said the Info Valley II project, which aims to attract global investment in information technology (IT), would be ready by 2018. Singapore-based Jurang Consultants has prepared the master plan for the project.

"We need world class infrastructure to attract global IT companies. The master plan will be implemented within a month through the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation, a state PSU," said IT minister Pranab Prakash Das after reviewing the infrastructure status here.

Infrastructure works like road and boundary construction, electricity supply, water connection, communication facilities, policing and setting up of food stalls were reviewed during the meeting.

The project being developed on 660 acres will have an IT special economic zone project, an electronic system design and manufacturing unit, a business and recreation centre and a hardware park.

Gionee eyes 10 mn sales, reveals plans to make all phones in India by March 2016
Source: The New Indian Express; November 24, 2015

Gionee had recently announced its partnership with Foxconn to manufacture its F and P series in India. It now plans to expand its manufacturing units across the country in hopes of even better sales figures. Speaking on its ‘Make In India initiative, Vohra said, “We are going model by model and have already started assembling P103 and S+ smartphone models in India. We plan to manufacture all Gionee devices in the country by March 2016.” Commenting on Android Marshmallow upgrade for Gionee phones, he said, “Even before the Android Marshmallow was released, Gionee smartphones had several features that were quite similar to it. Our customised Amigo Android ROM already provides users with features like super power saving mode, seamless integration of links within apps, fingerprint support and inbuilt USB Type C support for charging,” Arvind Vohra pointed out. He, however, added that Android 6.0 will be rolled out for Gionee devices by January 2016.

Wistron, Optiemus to set up manufacturing unit in India
Source: Mint; November 25, 2015

Taiwanese original design manufacturer (ODM) Wistron Corp., which focuses on information and communications technology (ICT) products, and Optiemus Infracom Ltd, a distribution and management services provider for mobile brands, accessories and other telecommunication products, on Tuesday said they would set up a manufacturing facility for telecom products in India. “Over the next five years, the partners will strategically invest approximately $200 million in best-in-class infrastructure, technologies and processes, to cater to growing Indian and global demands for telecom products viz smart phones, tablets and smart devices”, said Ravinder Zutshi, managing director, Optiemus Infracom Ltd. This is the most recent in a series of investments announced in India under the government’s Make in India initiative. According to union minister for communications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, India has received electronics manufacturing proposals worth Rs.1,17,000 crore, of which the government has already approved proposals worth Rs.19,000 crore.

“With Foxconn, and now Wistron, we expect a large number of similar initiatives in the manufacturing space, completing the loop from design to innovation in the manufacturing landscape,” said M.N. Vidyashankar, president, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association. “Technology transfer from countries like Taiwan will certainly enhance the bar of local manufacturing to global standards.”

Make in India wins with Xiaomi but FDI, infra a problem
Source: Moneycontrol; November 25, 2015

Make in India, the program that is the centerpiece of the Indian government's drive to attract fresh foreign investment and spur job creation, has scored some early wins, but shortcomings may stymie future successes. Introduced in September 2014, Make in India is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious initiative to transform India into a global manufacturing powerhouse – a field dominated by China over the past three decades. Since the program's launch, Modi has pulled out all the stops to court business leaders, traveling to France, Germany, the US, the UK and Canada to personally pitch the campaign. The drive has had one big early success story: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which counts India as its second-largest market globally after China, has set up a manufacturing center on the subcontinent. Overall, India is expected to soon supplant the U.S. as the world's second-largest smartphone market after China.

'I Will Create a Tech Team in India'
Source: Businessworld; November 25, 2015

Oneplus, the Shenzhen-based consumer electronics company, has drawn rave reviews for its first product, OnePlus One. Founders Pete Lau and Carl Pei remain in the background while their smartphone is gaining popularity globally. Lau, the CEO, was in India recently to ink an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government to manufacture OnePlus devices locally.

Oneplus, the Shenzhen-based consumer electronics company, has drawn rave reviews for its first product, OnePlus One. Founders Pete Lau and Carl Pei remain in the background while their smartphone is gaining popularity globally. Lau, the CEO, was in India recently to ink an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government to manufacture OnePlus devices locally. The company sold one million devices last year and is set to end 2015 with double the number. Like many Chinese businessmen who have set up an office in the Indian market, Lau is keen to tap into the software talent of this country. His philosophy is simple; no matter what the background of a person, she should go after what she believes in to do something significant.

Centre gives nod to four new STPI units in Odisha
Source: Business Standard; November 25, 2015

In a major boost to Odisha's IT (Information Technology ) sector, Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has accorded final nod to four new STPI (Software Technology Parks of India) centres in the state.

"The department of electronics and information technology (deity) under the ministry of communications and information technology has approved setting up of four new centres. We are yet to receive a formal communication. It is our biggest achievement", said Pranab Prakash Das, state IT minister.

The new centres will come up at Jajpur, Anugul, Koraput (Jeypur) and Sambalpur.

Last year, the Centre had given in-principle approval for six new STPI centres in Odisha. The sites selected were Jajpur, Sambalpur, Koraput (Jeypur), Angul and Kalahandi (Bhawanipatana). After that, the state had sent feasibility reports of five more locations barring Bhawanipatana for final approval.

Bangalore realty gets startup boost with smart city option
Source:; November 25, 2015

Bangalore, the startup capital of India, has now emerged as the No. 2 city globally where rent and capital value of property are likely to rise over the next 12 months, according to a recent report by global real estate body RICS. It’s infrastructure, techies & cosmopolitan culture, more than 100 R&D centers and the largest number of VC's and mentors make Bangalore most favorable location for blooming Start-ups. To cater to this vast number of emerging startups and their growing need for co-working and co-housing spaces, a unique and one of its kind, Smart city – Emprasa - is being planned to be built in Hoskote, Bangalore. Hoskote is a planned township near established manufacturing & auto hubs and has world class connectivity to International airport, metro station & major IT hubs in Whitefield and Electronics city. In the last few years, land prices in Hoskote have witnessed tremendous growth, of more than 40%.

Emprasa would be Bangalore’s 1st smart city dedicated to the startups. It is a place where Innovation hub, startups, VCs, Incubators will get the startup ecosystem together. The total size of the project is 48 acres with 5,000 co-housing and 5,000 co-working spaces.

Auto components, electronics have untapped potential in MSME
Source: Business Standard; November 26, 2015

Auto components and electronics have huge untapped potential in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in India, according to a new report.

The MSME Report 2015, brought out by the Kochi based, Institute of Small Enterprise and Development (ISED) headed by P.M. Mathew, will be launched by Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor S.S. Mundra at Mumbai's World Trade Centre on Thursday.

The report said that India is an emerging global hub for sourcing auto components besides being geographically close to the key automotive markets like the ASEAN, Japan, Korea and Europe. The country also has significant cost competitiveness, especially in relation to critical raw materials like steel.

The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), estimates that component export figures would reach $9.4 billion in 2015, an indicative of the strength of this sub sector.

IoT to Drive Semicon Sector: IESA Chairman
Source: CXO; November 26, 2015

The domestic consumer electronics and durables sector has been growing substantially since a few years already. With the government boost to “Make in India”, 2016 should see increased manufacturing of the consumer durables serving local and export markets, according to Vinay Shenoy, Chairman, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry.

Shenoy shares outlook on technology trends for 2016, as well as other developments across key vertical industries.
ESDM industry trends

Shenoy said, on innovation, Internet of Things (IoT) will generate significant attention and action. Startups will thrive, primarily on IoT.Defence electronics will generate increasing interest amongst Indian companies and some of whom will enter into joint venture for technology licensing. Indian companies will look for international joint ventures for technology access, he said.

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