India to Host its Own Mobile World Congress

The Cellular Operators Association of India  announced that it will host the Mobile World Congress with the support of India’s Department of Telecom and the Ministry of Electronics and IT from September 27 to 30 this year. It will be a 3-day event at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, and the GSM or  Groupe Speciale Mobile Association which is formed by the Confederation of European Posts and Telecommunication has agreed to associate with the event.

 “There is a Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and an edition in Shanghai. There is nothing in between for South East Asia. India is emerging as one of the global leaders in telecom which we will also showcase in the Indian Mobile Congress,” director general of the Cellular Operators Association of India Rajan S. Mathews told Press Trust of India.

Department of Telecom

Facebook, Huawei, Ericsson and Cisco are likely to take part, reports Digit. A trade show that will be a part of the event will primarily focus on smartphones, but it will also showcase the latest innovations in 5G, wireless devices, and processor chips among other exhibits.

March 8, 2017   No Comments

India Participates in Hyperloop One’s Global Challenge

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One‘s chief executive officer Rob Lloyd, senior vice-president global field operations Nick Earle, and executive chairman and co-founder Shervin Pishevar were in New Delhi end February to showcase their ‘Vision for India’ to mark their official launch in the country.

Hyperloop One in India

The event convened India’s five semifinalist teams from the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, along with a roster of government officials, media, urbanists, and transportation specialists. The teams shortlisted from more than 100 applications, were AECOM, LUX Hyperloop Network, Dinclix GroundWorks, Hyperloop India and Infi-Alpha. Each put forward a comprehensive and commercially viable transport plan covering economic and policy aspects of their respective cities and regions, reports Mint.

Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman of Hyperloop said, ‘India is an extremely important geography for developing Hyperloop networks and re-imagining how cities and regions work. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for transforming India and the role he sees for technology in driving this change is indeed remarkable,’ he added.


March 3, 2017   No Comments

Airtel to Buy Telenor India

New Delhi headquartered telecom service provider Bharti Airtel will acquire Telenor’s India operations in a no-cash deal. However, it will take on the latter’s spectrum liabilities toward the government amounting to nearly $240 million, (Rs 1,600 crore) payable in installments till 2026.

The Airtel-Telenor deal is subject to regulatory approvals, but both sides said it should be completed within the next 12 months. With this merger, the country’s biggest telecom company has strengthened its spectrum holding in the 4G-enabled 1800 MHz in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh (east, and west), and Assam, reports the Indian Express.

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“We believe today’s agreement is in the best interest of our customers, employees and the Telenor Group. Finding a long term solution to our India business has been a priority for us, and we are pleased with our agreement with Airtel,” CEO Sigve Brekke of Norway headquartered Telenor said in a statement.

February 27, 2017   No Comments

India Bypasses Global Tendering To Replace 44,000 Guns

The Manohar Parrikar-led Ministry of Defense in India will buy its requirement of close quarter battle carbines directly instead of going through the conventional route of floating global tenders for them.

“With repeated failure to procure it through the global tendering process, the ministry has to go for direct government-to-government sale for buying these weapons. It will speed up the acquisition process and will rule out allegations of corruption,” a senior ministry official said.

Manohar Parrikar

Manohar Parrikar

The New Indian Express reports that New Delhi has proposed an agreement under the ‘foreign military sales’ category for buying 10,000 such carbines directly from a country that is willing to supply them. The remaining 34,000 units will be manufactured in India under a production license.


January 4, 2017   No Comments

Ash Carter: U.S. and India Destined to be Strategic Partners

CNN Politics reports that outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter was in Delhi in the second week of December in a last bid to boost relations with an ally that could prove crucial to U.S.-India defense relations.

En route to New Delhi, Carter told reporters, “India and the United States are destined to be strategic partners.” The relationship has “grown by leaps and bounds” since 2008, Carter said, adding that he intended to discuss with his counterpart a “major change” that is “very close to the finish line” regarding the easing of regulations on defense exports to India, reported CNN.
US and India Flags
Carter highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s “Act East Policy,” a diplomatic initiative aimed at boosting India’s presence and relationships in East and Southeast Asia. Some analysts in Washington and New Delhi see the two large democracies as natural allies, and Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, told Congress in February, “As the world’s two largest democracies, we are uniquely poised to help bring greater security and prosperity to the entire region.”
“We’ve made significant progress on the defense side with India,” a U.S. defense official said. U.S. arms exports to India were 11 times higher in 2010-2015 than 2006-2010, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, an independent resource on global security.

December 14, 2016   No Comments