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Sunday, March 18, 2018
‘ESDS appoints proficient technology leader GS Murthy as CEO – Global Business’

‘ESDS appoints proficient technology leader GS Murthy as CEO – Global Business’ESDS has brought on board accomplished technology leader GS Murthy as CEO – Global Business. With a career spanning 19 years in technology sector, Murthy has worked for top international IT companies like Oracle, IBM and HPE. In his last role as the Chief Technologist and Global Head - Solution and Technology (Global System Integrators) at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Murthy led the pre-sales and consulting alliance executive teams for GSI-I6 business globally.

Elaborating on the development, Founder and Managing Director of ESDS, Piyush Somani said, “I have been an admirer of GS Murthy as an individual and also as a technocrat. Many of us at ESDS saw his leadership skills as well as his championship in technology from his Oracle days. We have experienced phenomenal growth in our business due to the growth in India’s Cloud market and now we are looking to expand offshore as well. Murthy with his experience of working with large MNC IT giants will help ESDS to go to the next level.”

On joining ESDS, GS Murthy said, “I'm very excited about joining the ESDS family as CEO driving global business and growth. Our patented technology is a great testimony to deliver a world-class, fast, simple and peace of mind cloud experience. I'm sure we will win by creating competitive advantage for our partners and customers world-wide, embarking on their digital transformation journey.”

To understand more about GS Murthy’s take on growth of cloud technology and his road map in ESDS, we asked him a few underlining questions. Here is an excerpt from his interview…

Q: What made you choose ESDS as the next step in your illustrious career?
GS Murthy: ESDS has the agility that most players in the market don’t have today. ESDS’ leadership skills, customer focus, relationship with the customers and technological expertise are its unique propositions. The company today is addressing real-time customer problems with its technical strengths. And trust me the problems are huge. It is a very chaotic market and the sheer number of technological advances is confusing the customers in terms of what it is that they really need to adapt to grow their businesses. With ESDS I plan to iron out this chaos and bring empathy in the industry.

Q: As someone who has come in observing the IT industry deeply, what do you think are ESDS’ strengths that you will push forward and the challenges that you aim to resolve?
GS Murthy: Cloud is the base of any kind of digital transformation today. Without digital transformation businesses across all verticals can’t sustain. Cloud is the catalyst that can actually take your business to the next level and give you the ROIs. Without Cloud none of the new IT platforms like IoT, AI, FinTech, containerization, mobility and others would have come into play. And, ESDS has this unique technical expertise that nobody possess. Vertical Auto-scaling is our biggest differentiator when it comes to IT cost control mechanisms which is eventually going to make businesses succeed. Thus, I think it is time now for ESDS to move to the next pedestal – Go Global.

Q: How do you propose to direct your past experience towards your overall goal to take ESDS to the next level?
GS Murthy: The factors that ESDS needs to go global is a cloud set up and run experience. I have set up the cloud business for Oracle and HP in India and I have seen managed services business across India.
And the best part of my last stint with HPE was managing system integrator partners, who are big managed service players. I have driven billions of dollars of revenue with them globally. I have done this across the product portfolio of HPE.
Here, my goal is to marry the strengths of ESDS with the MSP knowledge I bring and give birth to a huge growing incubation channel for us. I am looking at multiple geographies where we should be investing our time and money.

Q: Where do you foresee ESDS under your leadership over the next year?
GS Murthy: We should not hesitate to target 10 times growth from where we are today. It will not only change the dynamics of how ESDS is going to be looked at in the market place but it is going to change the dynamics of customers, onboarding with us. We will grow with our customers. Customers looking at cutting-edge technologies and digital transformation should be partnering with ESDS to see more ROI. If they are not partnering with us they are missing out on a huge potential to take their business to the next level. If they want to grow they have to be with ESDS. (Source: Convergence Plus)
Matrix to Showcase Innovative Telecom and Security Solutions at SECUREX, West Africa, 2018

Matrix to Showcase Innovative Telecom and Security Solutions at SECUREX, West Africa, 2018Matrix, a leading manufacturer of Telecom and Security solutions is to display its products at SECUREX, West Africa, 2018. The event is organized on 21st and 22nd March’18 in Nigeria, West Africa. The event is an ideal platform for different industries to network with their peers and showcase latest products.

From the Telecom domain, Matrix will display its elite range of devices which addresses the multi-location collaboration, mobility and hybrid communication needs of West African enterprises.

Matrix will exhibit its Unified Communication Server specifically targeted towards the small and medium businesses. The solution offers connectivity for up to 2,000 users and help employees boost productivity by offering easy access of numerous call management features. The major attraction in the event will be SPARSH VP710 – the Smart Video IP Deskphone. The video enabled endpoint increases remote collaboration and enhances productivity by offering single touch access to voice and video applications. Matrix will also showcase its high-end Universal Gateways that offers connectivity of the desired network while maintaining existing infrastructure.

In the event, we will showcase futuristic technologies from the Security domain. Matrix Access Control and Time-Attendance domain will showcase its newly launched Face Recognition technology for authentication through mobile. The technology enables contactless authentication with precise and accurate authentication. Apart from this, we will display our high-end cloud based Time-Attendance and Access Control solution. Mobile being the next generation technology in the security domain, we will showcase Mobile based Access Control solution whereby user can either scan QR code or just twist his/her phone for authentication. User can mark attendance automatically using GPS or Wi-Fi through mobile application. Thus, Matrix being the front face in innovation, we are going to show some extraordinary Biometric Door Controllers useful for applications in Time-Attendance, Access Control, Visitor Management, Cafeteria Management and many more.

Matrix will present its Standalone Access Control solution where one can connect up to 255 devices and 25,000 users. Additionally, to enhance the security Matrix biometric solutions can be integrated with any video surveillance solution. It will capture real-time images when any pre-defined event occurs.

The other wing of Matrix, IP Video Surveillance, will showcase its Video Management solution SATATYA SAMAS, which addresses threats in a logical, sequential manner through its unique features like CREAM (Cognitive Responsive Engine with Automated Monitoring). CREAM eliminates false alerts by conducting a multi-stage verification. Keeping in mind the need for automation in medium, large and multi-location enterprises, we will demonstrate how SATATYA SAMAS can seamlessly automate the parallel working of various systems integrated in an organization. Alongside, we are going to exhibit the recently launched new range of Network Video Recorders that are equipped with characteristics like Cascading, Camera-wise Recording Retention, Database Level Integration and plenty of other distinct features. In addition to this, we will present the new range of IP cameras which sport SONY STARVIS series sensors with EXMOR technology. These cameras have an edge over others in terms of exceptional low light performance, consistent image in varying light conditions (True WDR), better bandwidth optimization and many other features.

“At SECUREX 2018, we are looking forward to meeting system integrators and other business associates which can help us strengthen our base in the West African market. We expect to host numerous meetings and get a clear idea of the present market needs”, commented Ganesh Jivani, Managing Director.

Matrix invites you to visit us at Stand Number D2, SECUREX West Africa 2018 , on 21st and 22nd March’18 Landmark Center, Lagos, Nigeria for a first-hand experience of our feature-rich Telecom and Security solutions. (Source: Convergence Plus)

India's media, entertainment sector to cross Rs 2-trillion-mark by 2020: Report

India's media, entertainment sector to cross Rs 2-trillion-mark by 2020: ReportThe media and entertainment industry is expected to cross the Rs 2 trillion-mark by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 11.6 per cent, says a report. The industry reached Rs 1.5 trillion in 2017, registering a growth of almost 13 per cent, according to the Ficci-EY report released today at the annual industry jamboree Ficci Frames here this evening.

The report pegs the industry to touch Rs 1.66 trillion this year. According to the report higher 2017 growth was led by digital, films, gaming and events.

"Digital subscription made a strong impact in 2017, with a growth of 50 per cent. As per our estimate, there are around 2 million paid digital subscribers across application providers, and between 1 and 1.5 million customers who have moved entirely to digital media consumption." By 2020, we expect 4 million digital-only consumers who, along with millions of other tactical and mass customers will generate subscription revenue of Rs 2,000 crore," the report said and attributed higher traction to availability of niche and global content, increased OTT-only content, sports and falling data charges.

The report notes that the digital infrastructure and payments are expected to grow the online gaming industry over two times from Rs 3,000 crore in 2017 to Rs 6,800 by 2020.

"Growth will be driven by real money and social gaming on mobile phones. This estimate assumes status quo on the current set of permissions and regulatory environment." The animation, post-production and VFX segments are expected to grow at a CAGR of 20 per cent till 2020 reaching Rs 11,400 crore, led by domestic films, TV and digital segments, as well as outsourcing by international studios, and more sequel-based action and animation films.

From traditional media side, TV continues to lead growing from Rs 59,400 crore to Rs 66,000 crore in 2017, up 11.2 per cent.
TV advertising grew to Rs 26,700 crore or 40 per cent of the total revenue, while distribution grew to Rs 39,300 crore, contributing 600 per cent of total revenue.

At a broadcaster level, however, subscription revenue (including international subscription) made up around 28 per cent of revenue.
The report estimates that while advertising is 41 per cent of industry revenue today and 72 per cent of broadcaster revenue, it would grow to 43 per cent of total revenues by 2020 and 75 per cent of broadcaster revenue.

Still there are over 30 per cent households which are yet to get television screens, while the households with TV sets touched 183 million in 2017, up 3.5 per cent over 2016.

The print media accounted for the second largest share of the ad pie, growing at 3 per cent to reach Rs 30,300 crore in 2017 and is estimated to clip at an overall CAGR of around 7 per cent till 2020 with vernacular at 8-9 per cent and English slightly slower.
"This growth is expected despite FDI limit remaining unchanged at 26 per cent, and 5 per cent GST on advertising revenue of the print industry for the first time," it notes.

The print industry saw some degrowth in English language advertising and moderate growth in the Hindi and regional language segments.

"But this was compensated by growth in subscription revenue as print increased its reader base and, in some cases, cover prices.
This year promises to be better, with growth expected at around 10 per cent, given that there are five state elections, as well as the run up to the general elections next year" it says.

While magazines contributed 4.3 per cent of the total print segment, the segment has been largely flat with not many significant new launches in 2017.

The radio segment grew around 6.5 per cent in 2017, on the back of the lingering effect of demonetisation and GST.
For the digital media, mobile is paving the way to success for video on demand services, as around 40 per cent of total mobile traffic came from video consumption in 2015 and it expects this to touch 72 per cent by 2020.

As many as 250 million people viewed videos online in 2017, a growth of 64 per cent over 2016.
"Video viewing audience is expected to record a CAGR of over 13 per cent and by 2020, India is expected to become the second largest video-viewing audience globally with around 500 million, from 250 million in 2017".

Digital advertising contributed 17 per cent of the total ad pie in 2017 and it expects to touch 22 per cent by 2020. (Source: New Indian express)

Google, Facebook offensive pushes out fintech, e-commerce players in India

Google, Facebook offensive pushes out fintech, e-commerce players in IndiaWhile Google has market capitalisation of almost $753 billion and Facebook commands one of $515 billion, it is the wealth of user data they have that one fears

In the fight between information technology, fintech and e-commerce firms in India and Google and Facebook, the global giants seem to be winning hands down. It is becoming a matter of survival for these sectoral ones, as one-stop solutions such as business listings, travel bookings, money transfers and financial services are available on both platforms and these firms rely on Google and Facebook to promote their services.Google has in the past two years systematically got into a host of sectors and businesses.

Starting from listings where it competes with firms such as Just Dial and Zomato. Google Tez competes with mobile wallets such as Paytm. And, most recently, Google Flights has taken on MakeMyTrip, Yatra and others in the travel sites segment. Facebook is launching its own wallet via WhatsApp Pay. It also has its own e-commerce arm and plans to bring more services.According to experts, Google has been placing its sponsored flights unit prominently on a search result page, pushing down travel sites such as MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip and Yatra in favour of Google’s own specialised search service, Flights. Players in other sectors have raised similar issues.While Google has market capitalisation of almost $753 billion and Facebook commands one of $515 billion, it is the wealth of user data they have that one fears.

Many believe it is this data that gives them the power to create a monopoly on almost everything under the sun.“The kind of data they generate on individuals, they can tailor that to offer a wide range of products and services. Their algorithm is such that they push options to people. That information can be marketed, which they are currently doing. In Europe, we are seeing authorities taking notice of this and taking measures to curb their powers. We also need to take significant regulatory action.

The Competition Commission of India and the government need pro-actively work on it, so that sector players are not pushed out and a monopoly not created,” said Arvind Singhal, chairman and managing director, Technopak.Recently, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of Paytm, the country’s biggest mobile wallet and financial services firm, in an interview with Business Standard actually said: “I believe Facebook is the most evil company in the world. Earlier, they tried to dupe the country with what called free internet. Now, they are flouting all guidelines and rules and bringing out an app that does not need three-step authentication to make online and mobile payments.”This was in response to chat messenger WhatsApp launching its WhatsApp Pay wallet, for a beta test without the complete authentication process mandated by National Payments Council of India.According to experts, WhatsApp has already started WhatsApp for Business. From getting e-ticketing, delivery updates from online marketplaces, paying utility bills, buying financial services to even booking a plumber, the app is rapidly adding a host of products to its platform."Critics contend this is not a protectionist attitude.

“India is an open country. Most of the major firms are owned by Chinese, Japanese or American companies. It is not about India versus global players. Global players such as Google should not misuse their monopoly status. They should not put their reference on top or take undue advantage,” said Murugavel Janakiraman, founder and chief executive, His company took on Google and this later led to CCI imposing a Rs 1.36-billion fine on the latter for 'search bias' and abuse of a dominant position. (Source: Business Standard)

Neron Informatics Announced as Winner at the 8th edition of Aegis Graham Bell Award
Neron Informatics Announced as Winner at the 8th edition of Aegis Graham Bell Award New Delhi, 23rd February 2018: Neron Informatics was announced as winner in “Innovation in Green Telecom” category for their innovation “ONYX” at Aegis Graham Bell Award 2017, honoring the best innovation in the ICT domain in India. Neron has been applauded as winner at the 8th edition of Aegis Graham Bell Award at NDMC Convention Center, New Delhi.
The Core concept behind Onyx CXM is based on consolidation of four major Industry requirements, those are 1) Basic SIP IP-PBX, 2) Advanced Telephony, 3) 3rd Party integration and 4) Business Apps; into a Single working system that can be managed in a friendly manner.

Aegis Graham Bell has been promoting innovations and entrepreneurship in Telecom, Data Science, Smart City Solution, Cyber Security, Digital India, Cloud and Mobility. AGBA has been rewarding those who made outstanding contribution in these fields since 7 years with a vision to foster and stimulate innovators, for India to become a nucleus of innovations.

“Getting nominated for Aegis Graham Bell Awards is an incredible honor, particularly when the strength of the competition is so extraordinary. But to win against such strong competition is just amazing. I am humbled, but incredibly proud too. With so many innovations to choose from, the judges must have had an unbelievably difficult job to select the winner and I’d like to thank all of them for recognising the innovations that Neron presented. Every time I look at it, I’ll be reminded of this moment and how much it means to me, to us. All said and done, let’s not forget that awards are not simply about winners and losers; they tell us a lot about our industry too and as long as there are awards like Aegis Graham Bell around with such competition, we don’t need to worry about the future of Telecom Industry. This award I’m accepting for my team/myself/my company and of course on behalf of Telecom Industry. From where we stand, the future of Telecom Industry looks bright!”

Mr. Dev Kumar, Chief Technical Officer, Neron Informatics Pvt. Ltd.

About Neron Informatics Pvt. Ltd

Neron Informatics is a reputed player in the Unified communication Industry and specialises in the development and implementation of innovative products for the telecommunication market in India. Incepted in 2014, under the banner of “Make in India” programme, Neron Informatics is into manufacturing of State of the Art IPPBX systems besides providing solutions for Network Security & Surveillance and Internet of Things or IOT. The core of this manufacturing has been Neron’s expertise in improvising on the existing features that are currently available in the unified communication industry. The company offers a range of products that covers the whole spectrum of SIP and Unified Communication integrated solutions. Our product range comprises of ONYX CXM, a state of the Art IPPBX with Advanced Features and AAIKYA, an Automated Telephony System in a Box Solution.

About Aegis Graham Bell Award

The Aegis Graham Bell Award is the largest innovation award for the ICT domain in India. The Aegis School of Business, Data Science, Cyber Security and Telecommunication has established the Aegis Graham Bell Award as a tribute to the father of the telephony, Alexander Graham Bell. This Award is intended to promote innovation, entrepreneurship in the field of Telecom, Social, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud, and Security to provide recognition for outstanding contributions by the innovators. The Award is organized with support of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), and Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCOE), Convergence India and Deloitte as a knowledge partner. (Source: Convergence Plus)

India is a key part of international subscription growth: Netflix

India is a key part of international subscription growth: Netflix Streaming service Netflix is disrupting the entertainment business across the world, producing cult hits like ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Stranger Things’ with a budget of $8 billion to produce original shows in 2018. With over 117.5 million subscribers in over 190 countries who consume over 140 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, the company was able to grow its streaming revenue by 36% to over $11.6 billion, adding 24 million new members. On the back of this growth, the company has seen its share price double in the last 12 months, helping it reach a market capitalisation of $120 billion.

The company is led by Reed Hastings, a serial entrepreneur who has helped transition the company from a mail order business for DVDs to a technology and content powerhouse. The 57 year old entrepreneur sat down with ET during his visit to India for the Economic Times Global Business Summit to talk about progress it has made in India, future of the studio business and advise for startups. Edited excepts:

Economic Times (ET): It’s been two years since you entered India. How has been the growth and the experience as the Indian market can stun players in both good ways and bad ways…
Reed Hastings (RH): We launched two years ago and we are really early, with Internet just starting to develop well. We only supported international credit cards, just had Hollywood content.

But now, in the last two years, we have expanded and can take all the 250 million local debit and credit cards . We have added a lot of content, from all around the world.

Of course, we have invested in developing shows here, both for India and to export around the world. We just added a movie last week, Love Per Square Foot. It is doing well in India, which is no surprise, but it is also doing well in the US and the UK.

We can give Indian film makers a voice to the world. We have opened up a Mumbai office six months ago.
The very fortunate thing is that reduction in data rates in India has been phenomenal and like nowhere else in the world driven by Reliance Jio and the competition to it.

ET: Can you tell us about how many subscribers you have and how have those numbers grown?
RH: What we can tell is that international segment as a whole is over 60 million and grown over 40% over year. India is a key part of that and we are to see that success throughout the world.

ET: Initially, when Netflix launched in India, you said the market that you are targeting is the top 10-20 million customers. With two years here, have you thought about experimenting with freemium service, which players like Hotstar have?
RH: We are sticking with our model but we are expanding as well by adding a lot more Hindi content. But it’s still English and Hindi, so we are still just in part of the market. Remember that Hotstar is very broad with sport rights, so is Youtube.

There is no change to that strategy, which has worked around the world. It doesn't mean that we will win the market or beat anyone else, cause others are doing great content as well. In the US, HBO just announced their numbers and they have got record growth.

What’s unique about the Indian market is the evolution of pay television. It is extremely inexpensive and advertisement supported. So, basically everything at home has a lot of ads in it, while Netflix is the only ad free network.

It’s a good market, a different market and we just don't compete for advertisement revenues. We will evolve over the years to do more languages and more Indian content, again both for India and for around the world.

ET: Is regional language content something you have started working on?
RH: Right now we are just English and Hindi. We have got little samples but nothing substantial.

ET: You have outlined a $8 billion budget for content this year, which is a lot of money for content. How much are you spending here?
RH: It’s not enough. Next year, it will be higher.

We can look at it by the number of shows. We have six shows (in India), which have already been announced and more coming. That is not as big for us as UK and Japan, but it is very substantial.

ET: How do you think Fox-Disney deal will change the media landscape?
RH: It is a big deal. If you look at the movie side, there have been six major Hollywood studios for almost a 100 years, which has been stable. But now things have changed with the internet, and we are a part of that. This is causing them to think about things and explore opportunities.

ET: There is a two-way race, with some content companies trying to become technology companies other way round as well. Who do you think will win?
RH: Clearly, its not all gonna be about one side, which is if you know tech, you win, or content, you win.

And if you think why Apple was so popular was understanding fashion and technology. They could sell technology like fashion in a way no tech company had ever done. And they understood technology better than any fashion company, which has allowed them to become the most valuable company in the world.

I don’t know if we will be able to follow that but we are working on technology and content.

ET: Netflix is really known for the culture it has built. As Indian startups transition to becoming companies, what advise will you give them?
RH: The big tension in growing a company is between flexibility and efficiency. So, everybody seeks efficiency and they don’t realise how much that hurts flexibility. Eventually, a market changes and there is a new competitor, then you really need the flexibility to adjust. But if you have become too efficient and process oriented then it becomes very hard. Remembering how valuable flexibility is, is important. Don't be obsessed by efficiency and but by flexibility.

For example, we don't have annual budget but rolling budgets, which are constantly re-planned. We value forecasting, of what things will be not trying to do the annual plan and see if we have spent that much and generated revenues according to the plan. (Source: Economic Times)

Flipkart ahead of Amazon in smartphone 2017 sales

Flipkart ahead of Amazon in smartphone 2017 salesFlipkart now sells more than half the smartphones online, taking a bigger lead over Amazon in the crucial category. Flipkart grew its market share of online smartphone shipments to 51% in 2017, from 44% the year before, while Amazon's increased marginally to 33% in 2017 from 31%, according to a report by Counterpoint Research. Flipkart’s smartphone volumes grew by 43% in 2017, compared to Amazon’s growth of 33%, said the report released on Friday. Overall online smartphone shipments grew 23% annually, faster than the overall smartphone market in 2017, with Flipkart and Amazon capturing a combined 84% of the total volume and 87% of the total value. Chinese brand Xiaomi’s is also aggressively pushing sales through its own platform, now contributing 10% to overall online smartphone shipments.

Flipkart, however, contested the numbers, citing a larger market share and growth. Amazon did not respond.

“While they (Counterpoint) are directionally right about the market share, they have underplayed Flipkart’s numbers. We have 70% online market share and are growing 70% year-on-year,” said Ayyappan Rajagopal, senior director of smartphones at Flipkart.

“We have been able to take the lead because of the exclusives launched on Flipkart and the affordability offerings,” he added.

Exclusive smartphone deals on online platforms pushed sales for both platforms, with nearly 100 exclusive smartphones launched online last year, Counterpoint said.

“Exclusive smartphone models are the main heroes on online platforms, and whichever platform gets more deals will have more sales,” said Karn Chauhan, research analyst at Counterpoint.

“Flipkart took lead in this with an exclusive for Redmi Note 4 in January 2017, while Amazon started exclusive deals only in April with Redmi 4A. This gave Flipkart the lead,” he said.

Flipkart had 64 exclusives, with 158 phone models launched on the platform in 2017, Ayyappan said.

Amazon had the upper hand in the premium segment in the category, which is in the price range above Rs 30,000.

Amazon contributed 63% to online smartphone premium segment shipments in 2017 driven by sales of OnePlus and Apple, according to the report. Flipkart’s contribution was 31% of online smartphone premium segment.

The average selling price of smartphones sold online was Rs 11,500, growing 10% annually, and was 5% higher than the offline channel.

While online smartphone market shipments contributed to more than one-third of total smartphones sold in 2017, Counterpoint expects the share of online to remain flat in 2018, citing the offline-online hybrid strategies of smartphone brands. (Source: Economic Times)

Speedtest provider Ookla says actively working with Trai in India

Speedtest provider Ookla says actively working with Trai in IndiaIn India, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel had locked horns last year after Ookla certified the Sunil Mittal-led telco as the fastest network in the country last year, contrary to the regulator’s ranking of Jio as the fastest 4G network. US-based Ookla is actively working with the Indian telecom regulator to provide regular analysis of local telecom networks, having already shared insights into its methodology. It added that India is a very important market for the speed test provider.

In India, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel had locked horns last year after Ookla certified the Sunil Mittal-led telco as the fastest network in the country last year, contrary to the regulator’s ranking of Jio as the fastest 4G network. US-based Ookla is actively working with the Indian telecom regulator to provide regular analysis of local telecom networks, having already shared insights into its methodology. It added that India is a very important market for the speed test provider.

“Trai came up to us for information sharing… We are pleased to be in dialogue with TRAI and have thus far shared insights into our methodology and analysis with them to make them understand how we measure the speed,” Jamie Steven, Chief Operating Officer at Ookla, told ET in a telephonic call. “We look forward to continuing the conversation,” he added.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had earlier this month suggested that all data-speed testers must share their certification methodologies in a transparent manner to ensure that stakeholders, including consumers, can clearly understand them amid a surge in consumption levels. In its latest paper, Trai said measuring broadband speeds of telecom service providers “had become critical” since customer expectation levels about broadband experience had risen sharply.

The regulator underlined the methodology, approach and evaluation criteria of its own MySpeed app, which measures mobile data speeds of operators through crowdsourcing. In India, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel had locked horns last year after Ookla certified the Sunil Mittal-led telco as the fastest network in the country last year, contrary to the regulator’s ranking of Jio as the fastest 4G network.

Mukesh Ambani-owned Jio accused Ookla of knowingly releasing the misleading speed results and had filed a case against the testing company, alleging loss of reputation and money due to the ad campaign run by Airtel that had amounted to conspiracy, defamation and breach of trust, among others. The court, however, dismissed Jio’s plea. On the episode, Steven said, “We operate all over the world and there are times where companies and other bodies will use other sources of data. We really focus on what we do, we are very strong in terms of accuracy of our data.”

The executive said that the Indian market is very important to the company and it is invested in continuing to provide accurate tools for Indian consumers to test the speed and performance of their internet connections. “India is very dynamic, and it is changing the most both in terms of competitive landscape and technology,” he said. Ookla has 439 servers in India, which Steven, said helps customers to do speed test with servers close to them and get much more accurate results. Steven said that speed indeed is one of the main factors of an internet connection, and is the great indicator of network health.

In India, Ookla is working with various telecom 7operators, including Bharti Airtel to provide data analytics on the telco’s network to help it improve customer experience and the state of network. Ookla is currently working on new features that will help customers get coverage related data, along with insights into home networks and over-the-top (OTT) services. “These features will be available sometime later this year,” he added. (Source: ETtelecom)

India m2m + iot Forum Hosts Successful 4th Editions of India Smart Cities Forum and India Smart Villages Forum

India m2m + iot Forum Hosts Successful 4th Editions of India Smart Cities Forum and India Smart Villages Forum31 January 2018, New Delhi, India. India m2m + iot Forum has delivered yet another successful edition on 30 – 31 January 2018, New Delhi, India. The 5th edition of the forum, which hosted India Smart Cities Forum and India Smart Villages Forum, was jointly organized by Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (DMS, IIT Delhi), FI Media (Future Internet and Electronic Media) a project funded by the Delegation of European Union to India and India m2m + iot Forum.

The inaugural session on ‘smart cities journey so far’, witnessed the Honourable Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Mr Hardeep Puri addressing the audience comprising of distinct stakeholders from the ecosystem. ‘Smart Cities Mission is setting a new benchmark in terms of project implementation. This remains one of the fastest ever project implementations at this scale and geographic spread in urban sector’, shared Mr Hardeep Singh Puri during his inaugural address to the audience.

Dr Sameer Sharma, Additional Secretary during his plenary address re-emphasized the significance of machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) technologies in smart cities, ‘M2M and IOT holds considerable promise and potential for Smart Cities in India and the World to improve lives of the people through enhancing existing capabilities manifold and opening vistas of development.’

The forum, also hosted the most significant ‘India-EU dialogue on ICT for Smart Cities’, moderated by the European Union, focusing on innovations, concrete cooperation experiences, and business partnership opportunities in the space of ICT for Smart Cities. ‘India and the EU share similar challenges and need similar solutions to ensure smart and sustainable urbanisation. The EU is impressed by India's ambitious urban and digital agenda and committed to implement the Urbanisation Partnership. The EU can bring together its 28 Member States, all of which have their own key strengths, competencies and technologies. Our Partnership will bring on board the relevant stakeholders to facilitate policy dialogue and provide best practices, business solutions and joint research & innovation, and to look at financing models’, shared H.E. Mr Tomasz Kozlowski, Honourable Ambassador of European Union to India.

The Smart Cities CEO’s + Industry Round Table invited representation from Smart City Projects that have very successfully kicked-off and are delivering from the front, including the Industry Partners and Players who are making the most ambitious project of the Government of India’s Smart Cities vision a success. Companies and organizations including European Union, FIWARE Foundation, Telular Corporation, SEAK Energetics, C-DOT, GAIA Smart Cities, Dolphin RFID, Osiris Smart Connected Systems, Parking Rhino and Smart Cities Lab, demonstrated m2m and iot solutions for smart cities, with case studies that showcased successful implementations of these technologies.

The discussion points and deliberations from the sessions were reported and will be delivered to the decision and policy makers of the Government of India. The Forum also organized a dedicated ‘India Smart Villages Forum’ on 31 January 2018 that focused on empowering Villages through Technology and Creating Rural Innovation Clusters’.

This specialized session brought together the stakeholders from the eco-system addressing the basics of needs of any village encompassing the vision for a well-connected smart village highlighting key sectors that will contribute towards building scalable and sustainable smart villages in India.

While sharing about the latest works which have been initiated by Ministry of Rural Development, Dr Seema Gaur, Chief Advisory, Ministry of Rural Development shared that, ‘Under BharatNet which is the world’s largest broadband connectivity program, recently a significant milestone has been achieved by connecting over 1 lakh Gram Panchayats which is the basic administrative unit at village level.’

Mr Ajay Singh Yadav, Mukhiya (Village Head), Village Dharnai, District Jehanabad, Bihar shared about his works with Green Peace International to bring electricity via Solar Power to his village. It took 1.5 years to completely install the solar plants, which were then used to provide electricity to the whole village.

India m2m + iot Forum 2018 was supported by European Union, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India, Digital India, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.

The forum delivered a successful 5th edition with the valuable support from 3GPP, All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG), EURAXESS, European Telecom Standards Institute (ETSI), National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), oneM2M and Telecom Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI).

Detailed and live videos from the forum proceedings will soon be available at

India m2m + iot Forum extends it’s invitation to one and all from the machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) eco-system to join the much awaited 6th edition in 2019, while the forum prepare for a curtain raiser in March 2018.

About the organizers

Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi
DMS, IIT Delhi was established in 1997 with the objective of providing world-class education in the field of management studies. Since then the department has come a long way not only in achieving this objective but also in expanding its course offerings, widening its faculty network, diversifying its student intake and expanding its reach across the globe, while gaining academic recognitions in the process of this journey.

The Department has contributed at the highest policy making levels of the government, academia and industry, including contributions of Management Research via its quarterly International Journal – Journal of Advances in Management Research, which is now recognized in various rankings which rate DMS among Top B-Schools in the country.

Future Internet and Electronic Media Project (EU-India FI-MEDIA)
FI-MEDIA is a clustering partnership and mobility project funded by the Delegation of the European Union to India.

The 4 year project started on the 1st of December, 2014 and is coordinated by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Ireland, and has two India partners, IIT Delhi and Beyond Evolution Tech Solutions Private Ltd, Gurgaon. FI-MEDIA also has the strong support of the large scale European Technology/Industry driven platforms e.g. EU’s NEM Technology Platform and Confederation of Indian Industry - CII.

The core objective of FI-MEDIA is facilitating the building of Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnerships in areas such as Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies with a C2C designed to enhance the cooperation of research and innovation (R&I) and industry cooperation between EU and India. The approach to achieve this objective is to identify the ICT topics of common interest, advise and help of the available R&I / industry clusters in both countries in the selection of right topics, enabling the building facilitation of sustainable C2C partnerships between the EU and India clusters. The project has successfully facilitated two C2C partnerships on Smart Villages and bringing the EU’s FIWARE platform to India and is now progressing with a new C2C partnership related to M2M and IoT in a number of possible areas e.g. Smart Agriculture, Smart Dairy Farming, Smart Energy Management, with a view to synchronising these C2Cs with suitable Smart Village and Smart Cities programme in both the EU and India.

India m2m + iot Forum
Founded in the year 2014 India m2m + iot Forum 2018 is the 5th Annual National Forum on machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) from the larger umbrella of the Information Communications Technology (ICT), and has become the signature forum in marketing ‘Brand Of India’ to the entire Information Communications Technology (ICT) stakeholders across the world. With an objective to promote India’s brand image and provide a preeminent platform to the m2m + iot companies from large, medium to small enterprises to showcase their business ideas innovations and capabilities in emerging markets, and has been at the forefront of this cause since 2014.

The forum aims at enriching the m2m and iot ecosystem with market intelligence, technology trends, success stories and capacity building, and offers the best opportunity for branding and positioning, learning and sharing, connecting and networking with eminent peers, senior decision makers from Central and State Government Agencies and Departments and Industry Experts and have created opportunities for the m2m + iot systems designers, application developers, and hardware manufacturers, to build realistic business contacts with leading buyers from within the country and the world. (Source: Convergence Plus)

TDSAT order may stop race to bottom on telecom tariffs: COAI

TDSAT order may stop race to bottom on telecom tariffs: COAITelecom tribunal TDSAT's order that directed the regulator TRAI to issue a framework for assessing tariff consistencies with non-predation principles may stop "race to the bottom" on telecom tariffs, according to industry body COAI.

"The TDSAT order may be helpful in stopping the race to the bottom when it comes to tariffs. Offerings will have to be filtered through the lens of whether they are predatory," Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) Director General Rajan Mathews told PTI.

On February 1, the Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) upheld a TRAI order that had allowed Jio's free offers to continue beyond 90 days after its services were launched, but gave certain directions to the regulator.

The tribunal asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to work out guidelines that can be used for checking compliance of tariffs with principles of non- predation.

Till such guidelines are issued by the TRAI, the TDSAT order insisted on a filing requirement and prior approval from the regulator, for operators launching "all services free" offers.

The TDSAT order said that till TRAI issues the non- predation filters, no "all services free" offer can be launched by either Reliance Jio or other telecom operator "without making a written submission to TRAI relating to self check for consistency with regulatory principles of non- predation".

"TRAI will examine such submissions within one week and convey its approval or disapproval in writing with reasons," the TDSAT order has said.

At present, the tariffs are under forbearance, which means operators virtually have a free hand in fixing the rates and only have to report plans to TRAI in seven working days of launch.

The TDSAT has said that it found the TRAI decision with regard to 'Jio Welcome Offer' and the 'Happy New Year offer' to be "in order requiring no interference". At the same time, it asked the TRAI to take "appropriate action" against Jio for non-compliance of the reporting requirement, with regard to the 'Welcome Offer'.

The two offers in reference are 'Jio Welcome Offer' and the 'Happy New Year offer'. Jio had launched the inaugural free voice and data plan in September 2016, and in December 2016, had extended the freebies up to March 2017.

Following this, the established players -- Airtel and Idea -- moved the tribunal against the TRAI order that allowed Jio to provide free services beyond the stipulated 90-day period.

The TDSAT order of last week, also directed the TRAI to issue clear guidelines, benchmarks or methodology for performing self-check for consistency with principles of Interconnect Usage Charge (IUC) compliance.

"We direct TRAI to issue suitable direction/order/regulation regarding benchmark/guideline that can be applied for ascertaining consistency with the principles of non-predation," said the order.

TDSAT said its directions, need to be carried out expeditiously and "preferably within four months".

The TRAI is currently working on framing rules of tariff assessment with regard to promotional offers and predatory pricing.

A consultation paper on `Regulatory Principles of Tariff Assessment' pertains to measures that need to be prescribed to ensure transparency in the tariff offers of telecom operators, and strengthening definition relating to "non-discrimination". (Source: Economic Times)

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