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Foreign Telecom Majors to Manufacture in South
Source: The New Indian Express; April 9, 2016

US company Avaya and three Chinese telecom gear makers have been invited to set up manufacturing units in southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Tamil Nadu, by Telecom and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Kevin Kennedy, Global CEO of Avaya on Friday assured the Minister, the company’s commitment to expand its operations in India. Avaya is a leading global provider of next-generation business collaboration and communications solutions, providing unified communications, real-time video collaboration, contact centre, networking and related services. It has offices in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkatta, Pune, Gurgaon and Mumbai. Three Chinese telecom companies –Huawei, ZTE and Le ECO also met Prasad on Friday. While the companies did not make any commitments for manufacturing in India, sources in the Ministry said, the companies sought more clarity to set up manufacturing units, in southern state. “During discussion, the Minister pointed to the excellent platform available in states like Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Tamil Nadu,” an official who attended the meeting said. Huawei has bagged contracts with Indian telecom companies for supply of network equipment. The Indian companies have been able to save on cost due low cost they paid to equipments from Huawei compared to European gear makers. Jay Chen, CEO Huawei India met Prasad along with a team of executives.

Videocon bets on brand for mobiles’ growth
Source: The Hindu; April 9, 2016

Videocon, a leading domestic consumer electronics and durables group, plans to achieve market share growth in its mobile handset business in the near term. This goal is expected to be reached by its own electronic manufacturing edge on the back of gaining prominence of its local manufacturing model in the mobile handset business, its established brand name and a range of new products. It has embarked on backward integration process in its manufacturing operations in a bid to be more-competitive in mobile handset business. “We are planning to earmark 10 out of our 17 factories, which presently make a range of other consumer products, to produce more mobile handsets. We have already started producing mobile devices in seven factories across the country,” Jerold Chagas Pereira, Business Head, Mobile Phones Division, Videocon said here. Videocon sees strong growth potential in the crowded Indian mobile-handset market on the back of growing challenges for many existing companies who just rely on imports to grow their business in the country. “Increasing duties for imports, strengthening of U.S. dollar and tightening of regulations and certifications will pose big challenges for the incumbents to sustain their growth just with import-model.

"Make in India" initiative reveals mammoth opportunities for transformation and growth in the automation sector for manufacturing
Source: The Hindu Business line; April 9, 2016

Frost & Sullivan, the exclusive Knowledge Partner at the SPS Automation India, held from April 07-09, 2016 at Ahmedabad, launched a Whitepaper at the event titled “Make in India Initiative for Smart Manufacturing with Automation”. The global manufacturing market is at the crossroads as the burgeoning competition, huge influx of technology, and volatile global economy has pushed the need for transformation across the manufacturing value chain. A reflection of this growing need is witnessed in the new programs and initiatives that are mushrooming across the world. Concepts like Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, and smart or advanced manufacturing resonate the fundamental challenges pervading the global manufacturing landscape. At the supplier level, this has given way to the emergence of new applications with a heavy influx of commercial Information and communications technology (ICT). The Indian Government has been quick to realize the importance of becoming a manufacturing powerhouse to sustain in this competitive global industrial environment. Initiatives such as Make in India have paved an easy path for global manufacturing companies to set up large-scale manufacturing plants in India. This will ensure the implementation of best practices in manufacturing in India. With this background, the whitepaper talks about Internet of Industrial Things and the Four Functional Facets that will form the main backdrop, namely, Industrial Convergence, Services 2.0, Supply Chain Evolution, and Business Ecosystem.

Chhattisgarh signs 7 more MoUs worth Rs 16000cr Chinese investments
Source: The Times of India; April 9, 2016

In its fourth day of the visit to China, Chhattisgarh's state delegation in Shenzhen signed seven significant MoUs worth Rs 16,000 crore in solar manufacturing, electronics, cement and electric vehicle manufacturing. The delegation was at IT and electronics hub and major economic center in China attended by around 70 people representing 25 organisations. Subodh Kumar Singh, secretary commerce & industries, signed seven MoUs on behalf of government of Chhattisgarh. These were with Asia Pacific Generation Ltd for investing $600 million for setting up a solar power plant, China Henan Bumper for an electric vehicles production line with an investment of $500 million and Hong Kong Jinyuan International Development Ltd for setting up a cement plant with an investment of $1 billion. The other MoUs included Guangzhou Juan Optical and Electrical Tech Joint Stock Co for manufacturing of security cameras and network video recorders, Kootion Technology for USB drive manufacturing, Risen Energy for a solar photovoltaic cell project and Shenzhen Fluence Technology PLC. These MoUs are expected to bring in a cumulative investment of Rs 16,000 crore. In his address, chief minister Raman Singh said, "I invite you to Chhattisgarh and see for yourself what our government has created for entrepreneurs like you."

Oracle launches startup incubator in Bengaluru
Source: The Times of India; April 9, 2016

Oracle has launched a global-first accelerator programme in Bengaluru with the objective of catalyzing India's nascent startup ecosystem and provide a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India and Make in India initiatives. The announcement comes close on the heels of Oracle CEO Safra Catz announcing a $400 million investment into the Bengaluru technology centre. Called the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator, the programme will incubate 5-6 early-stage technology startups building innovative solutions through a six-month acceleration programme that will give them access to mentoring, co-working space, access to Oracle's customers, partners and investors, and free credits on its Oracle Cloud platform. "We are incubating first in India," said Sanket Atal, group VP, development in Oracle India. "The Indian startup ecosystem is doing incredibly well. We are third or fourth largest startup country in world and with the whole Digital India and Smart Cities initiatives we would like to support the movement and the ecosystem in which we have thrived for so long. We firmly believe that this will help India to leapfrog to the next level," he said. The centre will be inaugurated by Oracle's president of product development Thomas Kurian on Friday. "Through the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator and the growing popularity of cloud as an alternate computing model, we want to be the catalyst for new business ideas," Kurian said.

Delta inaugurates its new manufacturing plant in India
Source: The Hindu Business line; April 11, 2016

Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, today announced the official launch of its 3rd manufacturing plant at Hosur in the state of Tamil Nadu. The new plant is Delta’s 3rd plant in India and is part of Delta’s investment commitment and expansion plan in India. In the initial phase, the Hosur plant will manufacture C and CP series of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) with the rating of 10HP to 50 HP. In the second phase we will add on E series VFD of 7.5HP to 30HP ratings. The factory has been designed and built using environmental conservation measures and it will provide a healthy and safe workplace for employees. As part of Delta’s expansion plans in India, the new factory reinforces Delta’s mission: “To provide innovative, clean, and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow.” Inaugurating the plant Mr. Dick Hsieh, president of Delta Electronics (Thailand), parent company of Delta India, said, “The new factory in India is an important project for Delta. It not only supports Delta's commitment to India’s economy, but it also presents a significant opportunity for our strong growth in India. Delta is well positioned to help this dynamic economy with the latest industrial automation solutions for the ever growing manufacturing sector across industries.”

Samsung, Micromax miffed over levy giving Apple edge; demand parity
Source: The Economic Times; April 12, 2016

An industry body comprising leading smartphone makers such as Samsung, Panasonic, Micromax, LG and Intex has asked the government to reduce import duties levied in this year's Budget on accessories claiming it places companies with local manufacturing facilities at a disadvantage vis-a-vis Apple and others which import and sell handsets and accessories in ready-to-sell packages. "There is an anomaly in duties which the government should look into, as it will benefit only a few brands like Apple which are currently importing finished goods and have no manufacturing investment in India as compared to all the other smartphone makers who are investing in India," said Ravinder Zutshi of CEAMA. Zutshi is the chairman of the mobile and communications council of the Consumer Electronics & Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA). Zutshi is the chairman of the mobile and communications council of the Consumer Electronics & Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA). This year's Budget has levied 29% customs duty on batteries, chargers, adapters, speakers and wired headsets that are imported by brands which manufacture in India. But importers of completely built units have to pay only 12.5% on the same inputs since these accessories are packaged inside the box. Accessories account for up to 40% of the cost o ..

India ranks 44 in 2016 Global Connectivity Index, Digital India seen as driver of growth
Source: Express Computer; April 12, 2016

Huawei has announced its third Global Connectivity Index report during the Global Analyst Summit 2016 in Shenzhen, China. The report sheds light on various global improvements in the field of internet connectivity. In terms of numbers, United States, Singapore and Sweden top the rankings, while India is ranked 44. The report which measures the progress of 50 nations in investment and deployment of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), says that globally broadband connectivity and speeds have improved enormously from last year. India with a GCI score of 30 ranks number 44 in the report, and is seen as starter in the world of ICT deployment. India may not have ranked well, but the situation might change rapidly in 2017. Huawei Global Connectivity Index 2016 notes that the Indian government’s Digital India initiative is driving growth, and improved broadband penetration. The report says the initiative will enable last mile connectivity, bringing many people online for the first time, and enables a whole new opportunity for telecom operators. These numbers come in at a time when India sees expanded 4G rollout, and start of local data centres. Huawei says the faster deployment of ICT infrastructure will enable cloud, big data, and IoT. India is on the cusp of rapid Internet connectivity and deployment of 4G services. With Reliance Jio launch and Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani’s statement on India’s ranking improvement, the country could jump several places in terms of ranking next year.

Govt seeks new investors as JP pulls out of semi-conductor project
Source: Business Standard; April 12, 2016

With Jaiprakash (JP) Associates withdrawing its proposal to set up a Rs 34,000-crore electronic chip plant, the government is examining fresh investment proposals in the semi-conductor space, according to Aruna Sharma, secretary, department of electronics and information technology (DeitY).

“At present, we’re assessing the situation and after further deliberation we might look for a fresh set of investors in this space,” said another official.

In February 2014, the Union Cabinet had approved two electronic chip manufacturing plants for a total of Rs 63,410 crore. One of the semiconductor wafer fabrication manufacturing plants was supposed to be set up by JP Associates, with IBM and Tower Semiconductor of Israel as partners.

The debt-laden company has bowed out of the project, saying it’s not commercially viable.
The other firm, Hindustan Semiconductors, is still working on the project, said Sharma. This plant is being built by HSMC Technologies India, in partnership with STMicroelectronics, Europe's largest semiconductor maker, and Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd..

Ten Finalists Shortlisted For Qualcomm's 'Design in India Challenge'
Source:; April 12, 2016

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced the 10 finalists of the first edition of the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge, that was launched in December 2015. In association with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge aims to catalyze the creation of a product and hardware design ecosystem in India in the domains of smartphones, tablets and Internet of Things (IoT) for agriculture, automotive, banking, education, healthcare, smart cities and wearables.

“We are delighted to see an industry leader like Qualcomm, join forces and contribute to the government’s Make in India vision,” said J S Deepak, secretary, of the Department of Telecom (DoT), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India. “The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge will have a positive impact towards making India a global hub for hardware design.”

“At DeitY it is our endeavor to promote Electronics System Design & Manufacturing industry with a recent focus on mobile manufacturing,” said Dr. Aruna Sharma, Secretary, Department of industry Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India. “We appreciate the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge that has the potential to foster game-changing product innovation, design and development of mobile technologies and IoT, and support the Government’s Make in India vision.”

AMD to set up chip factory
Source: The Asian Age; April 13, 2016

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said that chip maker AMD is planning to enter Indian electronics sector in a big way even as Indian infra firm JP Associates has pulled out of a similar chip project.

“AMD wants to come to India in a big way,” the minister said.

AMD CEO and president Lisa Su met Prasad and conveyed that the company is committed to transform India into electronics manufacturing hub. According to an official, Mr Su discussed matters related to semi-conductor policy and its fab proposal.

The government is working to make India a big hub of electronics manufacturing and is giving providing various incentives to companies to set their shop here.

Demand for electronic products in India is expected to reach $400 billion by 2020 and local chip factory is crucial for manufacturing electronic products in the country.

AMD has entered into an MoU with HSMC to explore various options for providing technology licence to manufacture micro processors in the semi conductor fabs.

Meanwhile, debt-laden JP Associates has withdrawn its proposal to set up a chip plant in partnership with IBM and Israel’s Tower Semiconductor.

Ericsson to deploy 15000 smart meters in Assam
Source: Business Standard; April 13, 2016

Ericsson, a Sweden-based telecom equipment firm, has won its first deal in India in the utilities space. It is to install 15,000 smart meters in Assam over the next three years, for a public sector power company.

“The pilot project will start soon and the company expects to get more such deals in its industry and society vertical, created last year to tap opportunities thrown by the government through its Digital India and smart cities initiatives,” said Orvar Hurtig, vice-president, industry and society, Ericsson.

For Ericsson in India, the bulk of business comes from telecom network equipment. The company expects 20 per cent of the business to come from the industry and society vertical by 2020 in India, as well as globally, he said.

Under the smart meters project, Ericsson will provide a comprehensive Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution for operating the 15,000 units, along with systems integration and support services in Guwahati.

The solution will offer outage management, reduction in aggregate technical and commercial losses, power quality management and net metering.

The aim is to reduce network losses and improve system efficiency. The smart meter deployment is a key component in improving energy usage and distribution, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Micromax goes online with 100% ‘Make in India’ plans
Source: Times of India; April 13, 2016

Leading domestic brand Micromax today announced a complete overhaul of its market strategy to arrest stalling growth in smartphones. Primarily a mobile brand, Micromax has expanded its focus to tablet PCs, LED TVs and laptops and aims to become a complete consumer electronics player.

The company intends to ramp up domestic production to achieve its 100 percent 'Make in India' plans and reduce dependence on imports. It is optimistic of deploying additional functional manufacturing units in Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan by 2017.

"Our future growth relies heavily on domestic manufacturing. We are aiming for complete local manufacturing by 2017," said business head Ajay Sharma. Currently, the company claims to manufacture 60 percent of its offerings locally.

Dubbing the new strategy as 'Micromax 3.0', it unveiled a new logo and brand vision to drive agility. Apart from the product lineup, it aspires to be a top services company in India by building an ecosystem around its customers. It will offer online services in the form of utilities, music, entertainment, travel, wallet and food to users.

Why little data and its security is as important as Big Data for IoT to be trusted
Source: Express Compute; April 14, 2016

The ‘Internet of Things’ is certainly shaping up to be the buzzword and it is expected, that by 2020 around 1.6bn IoT devices will be shipped for smart homes, around 1.8bn for smart cities, 0.6bn for industrial and 1.1bn for other sectors. The numbers clearly indicate the scope of new ecosystem, new opportunities and new business models, but with the increase in adoption of IoT, the question of how safe our data is, remains extremely relevant.

The Internet has transformed society in ways that couldn’t have been predicted and the mobile revolution has only made it more so by giving billions of people around the world instant, on the-go access. There are many predictions about IoT as well, but history has shown that predictions most likely go wrong. For example, Popular Magazine had quoted in 1950 that computers of the future would only weigh 1.5 tons. Forecasters are good at being wrong about size and scale of computing waves. Fortunately, they were wrong about the size and weight of computers too.

It is also estimated that there are around 9 million mobile developers, 8 million web developers and around 600,000 embedded developers worldwide. But with the investment of around $1.5bn in IoT startups in 2015, the talent pool is not skilled enough to cater to the demand of producing secured devices.

IOT design competition 2016 announced by Analog Devices India
Source: EE Herald; April 15, 2016

Analog Devices announced the start of its electronics engineering design competition "Anveshan 2016" with focus on the hot Internet of Things (IoT) field. This year's design competition covers both engineering student community and also IoT startups, makers, hobbyists and entrepreneurs. But the student and professional teams will be assessed and appraised separately. The design engineers are asked to create and experiment with innovative IoT applications, develop sensor-to-cloud prototypes, experiment and innovate with key technologies such as energy harvesting and IoT connectivity, develop breakthrough concepts and algorithms for IoT use cases, and experiment with IoT platforms with analytics running on the edge, fog or cloud. The participating engineers need to design and architect a complete innovative IoT product, core technology, algorithm or an IoT service in a low-risk setting with funding and guidance provided by Analog Devices. Analog Devices India said it will fund projects with a maximum amount of INR1,00,000 assigned to finalist teams for up to nine months. Engineering students are also suggested to use this competition as part of their B.E./B.Tech final year project, and must have an assigned faculty advisor along with a mentor from Analog Devices. "Unlike a Hackathon or Makeathon, which are short-term proof of concept prototypes to learn, Anveshan is run differently as participating teams are encouraged to go much deeper and develop an idea through a focused effort and test and refine the concept for a much longer timeframe of up to nine months." quoted in the release from Analog Devices.

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