Category — Telecommunications

Ford Focuses on Smart Mobility in India

Ford India hosted the City of Tomorrow Symposium in New Delhi where opinion leaders, academics, innovators, policymakers and special TED speakers got together for an interactive symposium. The thought leaders explored the innovative use of technology and discussed collaboration between the state and private sectors on the issues of mobility and transportation solutions in India’s Smart Cities.

Ford Smart Mobility, a subsidiary of Ford established in 2016, designs, builds, grows and invests in emerging mobility services. It recently partnered with the city of Indore, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, signing a memorandum of understanding to work together to address the city’s most pressing transportation issues, reports YourStory.

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Ford shared that it had already launched new smart mobility initiatives across Asia which they would introduce in India, including:

Dynamic shuttles – It will initiate a pilot project of its smart shuttle services involving its employees in Chennai by the end of this year.

Car sharing – the company has invested in Zoomcar, India’s leading car sharing company.

Creative spaces –  Ford will launch a new Smart Mobility Innovation Hub in Chennai, where an open-plan office will bring together Ford’s Global-Data-Insight-Analytics and Information Technology teams to harness creativity and explore new data-driven approaches to solving mobility problems.

Traffic management traffic cameras will enable authorities to collect data that will inform traffic management, heighten safety, and allow long-term planning.

 

October 6, 2017   No Comments

Regional Languages Drive India Smartphone Sales Further

With nearly as many smartphone users as the U.S. has people, India is already one of the world’s hottest mobile markets, with America’s Apple, Korea’s Samsung, China’s Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi jostling for market share with Indian brands such as Micromax.

Nubia Smartphone

India’s 300 million smartphone users could grow by more than 50% in the next few years, reports CNN Tech giving reasons for this:

  1. 1 billion Indians do not yet have a smartphone — a huge market opportunity.
  2. More than 66% of India’s 1.3 billion people still don’t have access to the Internet, and when they do so over the next decade, it will likely be through mobile devices. “Mobile has already become the primary device from which users access the internet,” says Shobhit Srivastava, an analyst at Counterpoint Research, a global industry analysis firm headquartered in Hong Kong.
  3. India has many regional languages, and many of the country’s newest mobile users are discovering the Internet in one of them. “One of the major reasons the smartphone hasn’t been able to penetrate rural or [smaller] cities is because it’s all in English. You need to have the regional languages, and a lot of players have understood that. They are investing in putting regional languages in their smartphones, turning this challenge into a differentiating factor for themselves,” Srivastava added.
  4. India has more than 100 smartphone brands catering to a variety of budgets.

October 4, 2017   No Comments

India’s Agri-Tech Startups Help Improve Agriculture

A Boston Consulting Group study titled ‘The Rising Connected Consumer in Rural India’ says “the number of connected rural consumers is expected to increase from about 120 million in 2015 to almost 315 million in 2020.”

Because of government initiatives such as Digi Gaon (Digital Village) and the Bharat Net project, which provide access to high-speed broadband connectivity, WiFi hotspots, and other low-tariff digital services, “more than half of all new Internet users will come from rural communities and rural users will constitute about half of all Indian Internet users in 2020,” says the study.

To cater to these customers, almost all agri-tech startups in India commenced operations to build mobile apps to solve problems related to quality of soil, weather prediction, pests, disease control, equipment, prices in markets, and storage of grain produced, reports Forbes.

Fruit vendor

Bangalore-based Nubesol technologies enables farmers to consult with agricultural scientists and also offers ‘Remote Sensing Technology’ that diagnoses soil health; Agrihub is an e-commerce ecosystem that connects traders, companies, and distributors with the needs of farmers; EM3 offers interventions from soil preparation to harvesting, where farmers pay a service fee calculated on a per-hour or per-acre basis; and Ergos offers micro and medium warehousing services. Pune headquartered AgroStar can receive real-time data on the pest or disease that has affected a crop and offer solutions.

“These startups are increasing productivity, bridging knowledge gaps, and making a huge difference in the way work is done in fields,” notes Forbes.

 

October 2, 2017   No Comments

India Sets Up the 5G India 2020 Forum

The Government of India set up a high-level 5G India 2020 Forum to roll out 5G in India by 2020.

The committee will have on board three secretaries, one each from the Department of Telecommunications, IT and Electronics, and Science and Technology Ministries. Other members of the forum will include Dr. A. Paulraj, professor emeritus, Stanford University; Gururaj Deshpande, chairman of Sycamore Networks, U.S.A.; CEOs from India’s ICT industry; officials from the Telecommunications Standards Development Society of India; and professors from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad, the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore; as well as stakeholders from industry associations.

The primary goals of 5G India 2020 Forum are: an early deployment of 5G in India, which will require a rapid overhaul of basic infrastructure and a focus on substantial growth of India’s technical ecosystem, and a globally competitive product development and manufacturing ecosystem.

5G connections

Gizbot suggests that a vibrant ecosystem of research built around 5G that encompasses industry, government and academia will further strengthen the Make and Design in India initiatives to enable design and manufacture of 5G technologies, products, and solutions in India.

September 28, 2017   No Comments

Foxconn to Invest $5 Billion in India

Taiwan-based Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer for electronics, will invest up to $5 billion in India to make the country a parallel manufacturing hub to China for export to key markets across Europe and the U.S. In India, Foxconn is keen on investing in a display fab unit, Computer Numerical Control machines, a lithium-ion cell factory, and facilities for printed circuit boards.

An executive of the company said, “India is already high on our priority list, and we now plan to step up investments and business here by opening new factories and expanding the manufacturing footprint.” The expansion will create employment opportunities in the country , the official said, adding that the company is in serious talks with many state governments.

Foxconn Logo

Foxconn manufactures phones for companies such as InFocus, Oppo, Xiaomi, Nokia and Gionee from its existing facilities in India. The official said that Foxconn will look at “vertical integration” for its operations in India, reports the Economic Times.

August 31, 2017   No Comments