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Saturday, March 23, 2019
NSBM Green University secured by R&M

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum 2019 concluded Overview
NSBM (National School of Business Management) Green University Town in Pitipana, Sri Lanka, is the first ever green university in Southern Asia and sets an example for the whole area by paving the way for environmental sustainability. The state-of-the-art university offers nationally and internationally recognized UGC approved degree programs and foreign degree programs in three faculties: Management, Computing and Engineering.

Business Challenge
NSBM Green University Town was established under the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training and is renowned for its world-class academic offerings. The university is spread over an area of 26 acres with a massive university complex with more than 9000 students and highly qualified lectures.

The challenge was in deploying a secure communication network across the university which is safely accessible by all the students and faculty in the premises. Thus, IT Managers from NSBM were looking for a structured cabling service provided who can serve their demands with high quality and future proof cabling solutions. “The university’s huge infrastructure needs the best cabling and network components to have uninterrupted data communication. We would require an experienced structured cabling provider who can help us in achieving this” saidChamindra Attanayaka, IT Manager at NSBM

R&M’s Solution for NSBM
After a detail evaluation of global structured cabling companies, IT team from NSBM selected R&M for its Swiss quality products and innovative, forward-looking system designs. R&M deployed superior cabling products comprised of Cat. 6 cables and components to go along with 12 core SM fiber.With the help of local IT consultant in approving the brand, R&M completely installed a world-class data communication network backbone for NSBM which is reliable and future-ready.

Benefits
With the network support provided by R&M, NSBM is now monitoring and managing the entire communication network of the university with ease. The data transmission rate has been increased allowing the fast transfer of data across the people in the university. Deployment of highly reliable cabling components improved the overall functionality of the network.

Speaking on the benefits reaped by choosing R&M for their network infrastructure, Chamindra Attanayaka, IT Manager at NSBM said, “R&M has helped us achieve a secure network with faster data transfer capabilities. R&M

Tata Communications Transformation Services partners with Zeetta Networks for Next-generation Network Services

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum 2019 concluded The partnership will drive early adoption of new user-centric networks using cross-layer Network Slicing and Splicing®. Mumbai – 20th March 2019 – Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), partner of choice for the world’s leading Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Communications, a leading global digital infrastructure provider and Zeetta Networks, a leading network slicing and splicing® company, today announced a global partnership agreement to facilitate early adoption of technologies like 5G and network slicing within the ICT space.

As a partner to Zeetta Networks, TCTS will install, maintain and support Zeetta Networks’ NetOS® in telco and enterprise networks to enable use cases like Factory-as-a-Service, smart cities, smart venues, connected cars, gaming and security etc. TCTS will also provide System Integration services for Zeetta Networks' multi-tenant, multi-technology software platform. As part of the agreement, TCTS will be a key go-to-market partner for Zeetta Networks to target new markets and grow the business by leveraging TCTS strong presence in the Telecom service provider market.

Commenting on this partnership, Madhusudhan Mysore, Executive Chairman & CEO, Tata Communications Transformation Services said, “We are happy to partner with Zeetta Networks at this important juncture as the telecom industry goes through digital transformation to drive more customised and differentiated service offerings. Our partnership with Zeetta Networks for network slicing will allow operators to build networks on demand & slice the networks based on specific requirements of autonomous cars, AR/VR & other use cases. While the service providers get ready for 5G networks, we have demonstrated slicing-as-a-service – which is ready now on 4G/Wi-Fi networks with experiential use cases of smart stadiums and pop up networks.”

Harkirit Singh, Global Head of Solutions, TCTS said, “Network slicing will transform the way networks are consumed by humans and machines. Our partnership will enable service providers to launch new use cases and business models in high growth enterprise markets through differentiated connectivity-as-a- service enabling new revenues and lower total cost of ownership.”

TCTS’ decade long experience in transforming, simplifying and managing global networks offers Zeetta Networks an edge in terms of market awareness, product knowledge, best practices, and multi-vendor domain skills that can enable Zeetta Networks to deliver real world success and value to customers.

With extensive global experience, Zeetta Networks has developed patented technologies that enable network owners the flexibility and freedom to manage their services – and budgets – more effectively. This not only supports and extends the Open Networking philosophy beyond data centres to core and access networks, but also towards a future where the whole ‘end-to-end’ network is as agile as it needs to be. With such expertise, Zeetta Networks is a natural partner of choice for TCTS in their ambition to drive the technologies of the future for its customers globally.

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with TCTS, a major transformation, managed services and solutions provider to the telecommunications industry with long-established relationships with industry leaders. This partnership will enable us to expand rapidly into new markets, and explore business opportunities of mutual interest at a global scale” said Vassilis Seferidis, CEO of Zeetta Networks. “We launched our collaboration at MWC 2019, where we unveiled our latest product, NetOS Rapide™, that has made available immediately to TCTS and their partners,” he added.

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum 2019 concluded

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum 2019 concluded 6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum 2019 concluded. The two-day forum witnessed industrious deliberations on smart cities & villages

The 6th edition of India m2m + iot Forum 2019 (www.m2m2iotforum.com), the national forum on machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) focused on applications of these disruptive technologies in smart cities and villages space was concluded on 15th January after 2 days of enthralling series of Panel discussions, Keynote addresses, Technology show at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The forum was jointly organized by the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (DMS, IIT - Delhi), FI Media (Future Internet and Electronic Media - a prestigious project of the European Union) and India m2m + iot Forum.

The forum highlighted the need of forward-looking policies and a proactive government to play a role in the development of smart cities & villages on the bedrock of JAM Trinity which has 1bn bank accounts (Jan Dhan) + 1bn Aadhaar + 1bn mobile broadband users, already organized for the technological revolution in this space, thus, Capitalizing the connected World with the help of modern & niche technologies like 5G, GIS, IoT, m2m and others. Likewise, the governments effort to connect 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats with BharatNet project was discussed to leverage the smart villages concept in India.

5G vision for India was also one of the major highlights of the 2-day forum, as 5G technology has the potential for ushering a major societal transformation in India by enabling a rapid expansion of the role of information technology across manufacturing, education, healthcare, agriculture, finance and social sectors. The panelists voiced that India must embrace this opportunity by deploying 5G networks early, efficiently, and pervasively as well as emerge as a significant innovator and technology supplier at the global level. Emphasis should be placed on 5G touching the lives of rural and weaker economic segments so as to make it a truly inclusive technology.

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum 2019 concluded Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Honorable Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India via her message highlighted, “A city is a complex system, involving many different domains, infrastructure, organizations and activity which need to be integrated for that city to emerge as a smart city. Standardisation forms a critical part of the work that needs to be done. Being smart cities, a new holistic and cross functional standardization approach is needed, breaking the old ‘vertical silos’ approach, through better cooperation and synergies.”

“While the cities of India are fast progressing towards digitalization, it is encouraging to note that digital solutions are being readily accepted amongst the rural population of India as well. To support this technology adoption, the Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Ministry of Communications, Government of India, has initiated projects to provide broadband connectivity for connecting various digital services and solutions across our Urban and Rural Landscapes”, added Ms. Sundarajan.

Elated about the forum Mr. Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary (Mission Director - Smart Cities), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs stated, “The forum can make noteworthy contributions to the Smart City Program at large. By sharing and collaborating on topics such as technology, multi-country experiences and innovative approaches, I am sure that we can bring together the best minds, and the surest hands to co-create cities of the future.”

The attraction of the forum was, NOT TO BE MISSED ‘Technology Show – by FIWARE Foundation member companies namely – NEC Technology India, APInf, MobilePedia and Smart Cities Lab Ltd where they demonstrated the OPEN SOURCE PLATFORM designed and developed by the FIWARE FOUNDATION– a market-ready open source software, combining components that enable the connection to IoT with Context Information Management and Big Data services in the Cloud.

The forum also hosted a dedicated session on 'India-EU Dialogue on ICT for Smart Cities' which was organized by the prestigious project, namely, ‘India-EU ICT Collaboration Standardization’ of the Delegation of European Union to India, highlighting the absolute need for ‘Leveraging Standards for Smart Cities’, which brought together key stakeholders and smart city officials.

Participants from across the globe got the opportunity to meet Stellapps Technologies – an end-to-end dairy technology solutions company – the first of its kind in India, Sensorise – an IOT Services and Solutions company, Phoenix Robotix – a network-IoT and Big data company, Sensable – an IoT company offering end-to-end smart solutions using artificial intelligence and machine learning, C-DOT – an autonomous Telecom R&D Centre of Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Government of India – showcasing Common Service Platform for m2m communications on oneM2M Specifications. “We appreciate the participation from our key partners, showing trust in the forum and the vision it stands for. The key speakers, thought leaders and industry leaders have made this forum a thought provoking one with dialogs on disruption these modern technologies can bring to make cities & villages smarter, and at the same time, mentoring the startups in this segment. We are proud to have EU partners to share their insight on business possibilities from across the globe. Thus, making the 6th edition of this forum a success” concluded Ms. Shilpi Batra, Director, India m2m + iot Forum 2019

India's tech rules are taking on a Chinese quality

India's tech rules are taking on a Chinese quality For global technology giants looking for growth, India was supposed to be an easier hunting ground than China. But New Delhi's plan to compel the likes of Facebook and Alphabet's Google to actively police user-generated content threatens free speech.

For global technology giants looking for growth, India was supposed to be an easier hunting ground than China. But New Delhi's plan to compel the likes of Facebook and Alphabet's Googleto actively police user-generated content threatens free speech. Coming after edicts that limit foreign giants Amazon and Walmart in e-commerce, the rules suggest India may not be a much easier bet than the People's Republic.

The proposal, made by the technology ministry in December, addresses a real problem. It's an effort to curb the spread of misinformation after mob violence linked to messages circulated on Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which counts India as its largest market. The draft demands companies pre-screen user content, remove unlawful material within 24 hours and provide a way to trace the user. India is also asking any content provider with more than 5 million users to be locally incorporated.

If enacted, the policy would reduce various tax benefits and liability protections that consumer-facing tech companies enjoy as a result of being based in the United States, and elsewhere. An alarmingly broad definition of what constitutes "unlawful content" also leaves plenty of scope for self- censorship and enforced censorship in the run-up to a general election that must be held by May.

A lobby group which includes the big U.S. names has criticised the plan, ratcheting up trade tensions between the two countries. Local companies, including billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio and social network Sharechat are less concerned with the interference. Certainly, India is not the first to seek to curb the internet and use it on their own terms, benefitting domestic players in the process.

But it's a blow for tech behemoths who viewed the country of 1.3 billion people as a way to compensate for problems they have faced in larger and much richer China, which has, for years, banned the services of Facebook and YouTube owner-Google.

India's sheer size and potential allow it to make some demands. But companies like Google have faced significant backlash at home when they have attempted to bow to the demands of authoritarian regimes. Now that India has almost half a billion internet users, foreign companies may find that prize comes with strings attached.

- An Asian internet lobby group, which includes Alphabet's Google and Facebook, on Jan. 31 criticised India's plans to regulate social media content.

- The proposal drafted by India's technology ministry in December would compel companies to pro-actively prescreen user-generated content, and remove unlawful items within 24 hours and, if asked by a government agency, provide a way to trace the offending user within 72 hours.

- The draft has a very broad definition of "unlawful", including anything "grossly harmful, harassing, blasphemous, defamatory" and which "threatens the unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India" among other things.

- "We strongly feel that blanket regulation that is overly broad and contains vague and ambiguous language will jeopardise citizens' fundamental rights to privacy and free speech," the Asia Internet Coalition said in a press statement.

- India also wants any content provider with more than 5 million local users to incorporate in the country with a physical address and contact person.(Source:ETTelecom)

China launches 5G services in Qinghai-Tibet region

China launches 5G services in Qinghai-Tibet region China launched 5G network services in the high-altitude plateau of Qinghai-Tibet as a state telecom company opened a 5G base station in the city of Xining. The government in April 2018 had announced to develop new wireless technologies such as 5G network in the region which lags behind in infrastructure.

Currently, part of the city's downtown area is covered by 5G service, with a peak download speed of 1.3 gbps, about 10 times that of 4G service.

The province also plans to offer information services such as virtual reality and tele-medicine thanks to faster Internet speeds, according to Xinhua news agency.

Officials with the company said 5G service is expected to improve communication between Qinghai's Tibetan-populated areas and the rest of the country by closing their information service gap. (Source:ETTelecom)

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