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Monday, December 18, 2017
Indywood Film Carnival boosts film trade imports and exports

Indywood Film Carnival boosts film trade imports and exportsHyderabad (11.12.2017): Indywood Film Carnival (IFC), the ultimate film extravaganza of entertainment and fun, concluded successfully at Ramoji Film City. The event was held from December 1 – 4.
IFC become a host for over 150 potential investors this year who allegedly have a major role to play in fulfilling the set targets of the whooping 10 billion US dollar Project Indywood. After the startling announcement by Abu Dhabi-based NMC Group Founder B R Shetty on his Rs 1000 crore movie project, Mahabharata, many more investors have willingly expressed their interest in following the suit, with major announcements soon to follow.

Indywood Film Market (IFM), the trade arm of IFC bustled with energy and witnessed participation of over 600 companies and 3000 plus trade delegates. The exhibition segment was not just attended by top international brands like Sony, Cannon, Ari, Red, but also saw participation from emerging film markets like Cambodia. Indywood Film Carnival also honoured top trade achievers with International trade awards. This year Baahubali topped the chart of numbers of awards and grabbed five including India’s Pride Award which was shared with Dangal for bringing international fame to Indian movies.

Yash Raj Films was presented with National Producer of the Year award; Fox Star Studios and AA Films were bestowed with Best National Distributor award; Anil Thadani was honored with Distribution personality of the Year award and well acclaimed film critic, Taran Adarsh was bestowed with Media Icon of the year award. Other winners included Lionsgate (International Film Brand of the Year); International Film Festival of India - Goa (Best Film Festival of India), Film and Television Institute of India (Best Film Institute); and Cinepolis (Most Prolific Cinema Chain of the year).

(Left to Right) Baahubali producer Shobu Yarlagadda, Yashraj Films Vice President Aashish Singh, noted trade analyst Taran Adarsh, NH Studioz director Shreyans Hirawat attending the panel discussion organised by Indywood Film Market (IFM).

Indywood Film Tourism Awards 2017 was also conducted to honor top national and international film commission and tourism boards who have taken brilliant initiatives to encourage film tourism. H E Mr. Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India; H.E. Mr. Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India and H E Mr. Archil Dzuliashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to India also graced the event with their presence.

Technology award was also conducted at IFC to honor top production, post production and animation studios in the country. Lensmen K K Senthil Kumar and Ravi Varman were honored in the cinematography category while national award winner Sajith Koyeri was bestowed with award for best Sound design In the VFX section Pete Draper was honored with award for best VFX person and NY VFXwaala was awarded with Best CGI VFX Service Provider.

Renowned film production designer, Sabu Cyril and Action director, Peter Hein also conducted interesting workshop during the event.
With the aim to bridge the gap between the East and the west, Indywood Film carnival opened new avenues for international trade and investments beyond conventional borders and kept its promise to bring the Indian diaspora a step closer to the global film market. (Source: Convergence Plus)

Telecom fraud: Calls worth Rs 45.5 lakh in 7 days, to 63 countries

Telecom fraud: Calls worth Rs 45.5 lakh in 7 days, to 63 countriesCBI books woman engineer with BSNL and director of a Jaipur-based company; suspects had hacked into the Primary Rate Interface line provided to MSCERT

THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked an engineer with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Pune, and director of a Jaipur-based telecom solutions firm, in connection with a fraud in which international calls to 63 countries were made in a period of seven days, generating a bill of Rs 45 lakh. The CBI sleuths suspect fraudsters to have done it by hacking the system and taking help from BSNL insiders.

The Anti Corruption Bureau of the CBI in Pune was conducting a preliminary enquiry into some facts brought to their notice by the BSNL officials about the sequence of events between March and May last year. The BSNL had provided a Primary Rate Interface (PRI) line to the Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research and Training (MSCERT) for an interactive helpline, for which only incoming call facility was made available. The PRI lines are generally provided to users which require multiple telephones lines.

The line provided to the MSCERT was being operated by an NGO named Shyamchi Aai Foundation, which had further outsourced the technical operation to a Jaipur-based telecom solutions firm. The line was used in March and April, for which total bills of over Rs 12,000 were generated, including charges for delay in payment. The line was disconnected on May 19 last year because of the outstanding bills.

During May, when the BSNL’s revenue wing officials checked the line, it could not be connected. The BSNL authorities received a shock when the bill for the month of May was generated and it was of Rs 45.5 lakh. BSNL authorities set up a committee to probe the matter. The observation from the committee were subsequently submitted to the CBI. The committee found that between May 1 and May 7, calls worth Rs 45.5 lakh were made to 63 countries. One parameter of the PRI line, called the SR3, was removed from the system, which enabled the international calling. A primary probe suggested that this was not possible without insider involvement and a woman sub-divisional engineer (SDE) was identified.

A CBI official said, “The suspects from the Jaipur-based firm had accessed the PRI line for making calls with mala fide and fraudulent intention to misuse the system provided to Shyamchi Aai Foundation, by the method of system hacking, which has resulted into a bill amounting to Rs 45.5 lakh. It was pointed out that when contacted, officials from the Jaipur-based firm did not respond to the calls.

The data that could have been shared by fraudsters to foreign nations using the said PRI Line is also not known and that may be against national interest. Thus, a criminal offence has been registered against the woman engineer, the director of the Jaipur-based firm and some unidentified BSNL employees. We are now trying to probe how the system was hacked into and how the insiders helped the suspects.” The CBI has filed the case under section 13 (2) Prevention of Corruption Act (Criminal misconduct by public servant) and Information Technology Act section 66 (System hacking). (Source: The Indian Express)

Bharti Airtel PAT expected to leap 9-fold by 2020-2021: CLSA

Bharti Airtel PAT expected to leap 9-fold by 2020-2021: CLSACLSA said it expects Bharti Airtel to achieve “a 7% CAGR in average revenue user (ARPU) over FY18-21 amid rising data adoption".

KOLKATA: Bharti Airtel is likely to deliver 16% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in operating income and a ninefold jump in profit after tax (PAT) between 2017-18 and 2020-21 on the strength of its countrywide data network and execution, brokerage CLSA said.

CLSA said this is the case even as the 57% cut in interconnect charges and Reliance Jio Infocomm’s feature phone push could keep earnings in the fiscal‘s second half under pressure. On the contrary, the brokerage said it expects Idea Cellular’s cash flows to remain under pressure and gearing to worsen in the coming months amid falling operating income.

CLSA said it expects Bharti Airtel to achieve “a 7% CAGR in average revenue user (ARPU) over FY18-21 amid rising data adoption,” though the market leader saw a 23% year-on-year fall to 145 on this key metric, following Jio’s disruptive entry in September 2016.

Bharti Airtel, the brokerage said, has already benefitted from the exponential surge in data usage triggered by Jio’s launch of 4G services, recording a fourfold jump in its persubscriber data usage levels at 4 GB per month. Experts said that though Bharti Airtel initially lost data customers when Jio’s services were free, it has managed to add more than eight million subscribers once the Mukesh Ambani-led telco started charging for its services from April.

Bharti Airtel’s pan-India data network, they said, allowed the market leader to be more nimble in responding to Jio’s tariffs, resulting in lower churn. CLSA said that Airtel’s 66 million data subscribers account for only 47% of the market leader’s urban subscriber base, reflecting “immense opportunity to grow data revenues in the coming quarters."

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“Idea has reported losses every quarter since Jio’s launch, and a 47% on-year fall in operating income in 2QFY18 coupled with a 48% rise in net debt to Rs 54,000 crore (due to spectrum purchases last year) has resulted in the telco’s net debt to Ebitda ratio rising to an uncomfortable 9 times operating income,” the brokerage said.

Airtel, CLSA said, added 22 million customers in the first year of Jio’s operations, more than three times higher than the no. 2 carrier Vodafone India’s seven million and twice Idea’s 11million during the period. The market leader’s revenue market share (RMS) has also gained 100 basis points (bps), or one percentage point, to 33% in metro circles since Jio’s launch while Vodafone and Idea saw theirs shrink by 200 bps and 100 bps to 31% and 10% respectively. (Source: ET Bureau)

Anritsu and Huawei demonstrate 1.2 Gbps LTE-A Pro download speed

Anritsu and Huawei demonstrate 1.2 Gbps LTE-A Pro download speedHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider has successfully demonstrated downlink 1.2 Gbps stable IP data throughput using Anritsu’s ( Rapid Test Designer (RTD) and MD8430A Signaling Tester test solution for LTE-A Pro.
Using a combination of three downlink Carrier Aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM modulation scheme Huawei was able to demonstrate market leading downlink 1.2 Gbps stable IP data throughput capability of its latest LTE-A smartphone technology.

With ever increasing market demand to increase both downlink and uplink data rates to support more and more data intensive mobile internet based applications this is the latest step to extend Gigabit LTE capability beyond 1 Gbps towards 2 Gbps. Huawei has become an industry leader in the evolution of LTE-A Pro technology, delivering highly innovative smartphone technology. Its latest Kirin 970 mobile artificial intelligence SoC platform powers Huawei’s latest Mate 10 PRO smartphone includes a state-of-the-art 1.2 Gbps Cat 18 modem and an innovative new AI mobile computing architecture enabling broader use of AI technology in mobile applications.

Anritsu’s RTD/MD8430A LTE-A Pro solution enables more efficient testing of leading edge technologies and faster than any other solution. Its highly flexible configuration enables three, four and five carrier aggregation in combination with 2x2, 4x2, 4x4 or 8x4 MIMO and 256 QAM modulation in the downlink to achieve this latest 1.2 Gbps LTE Category 18 capability and above. RTD/MD8430A capability extends further still to support other key LTE-A Pro technologies including License Assisted Access (LAA) by aggregating carriers in the licensed and unlicensed (<5 GHz) bands. Support for two and three carrier aggregation in the uplink enables RTD/MD8430A to simulate the highest data rates demanded by the next generation of smartphones is also supported.

The Huawei engineers were able to create 1.2 Gbps test scenarios using RTD’s unique flowchart based integrated design environment (IDE) to drive the execution of the test simulation on an Anritsu MD8430A LTE-A Pro signalling tester.

“Anritsu is delighted that Huawei, one of the world’s largest mobile cellular manufacturers, continues to rely on Anritsu’s RTD/MD8430A for verifying the implementation of leading edge capability in its devices”, stated Tsutomu Tokuke, General Manager at Anritsu.
“Huawei’s demonstration shows how Anritsu’s RTD/MD8430A delivers leading technologies helping LTE device makers to reduce their product launch times – a critical success factor in this intensely competitive market”.

“We have found that Anritsu delivers ideal test solutions for leading edge technology when we need them most”, said by Huawei Technologies. “Anritsu’s RTD solution helps us to quickly evolve our implementation and is a major contributor to our leading position in the LTE device market”, added. (Source: Convergence Plus)

'Digital companies taking control over global economy a concern'

'Digital companies taking control over global economy a concern'Platform provided by digital cos is not limited to only commerce. It has been expanded to logistics, finance, payments and others areas. Digital companies have expanded to large part of economy.
Amid controversies about growing threat on "security and privacy" with the digitisation of economy, a former official of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Sunday raised concern upon how digital companies are taking control over global economy. "The platform provided by digital companies is not limited to only commerce. It has been expanded to logistics, finance, payments and others areas. Digital companies have now expanded to cover a large part of the economy without any governance.

"Digital companies are taking over control over global economy, which is a concern," said Supachai Panitchpakdi, a former Secretary General at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In his address at the Horasis Asia Meeting, co hosted by the West Bengal government and the Indian Chamber of Commerce, he said that the "proliferation of Chinese companies" in the "digital space" in Asia and Southeast Asia in particular, was also a "concern".

"They are buying up production, trading units, inventories and others in Asia, particularly in Southeast Asia," he said. Asked whether digitisation of economy could lead to a threat to security and privacy, he said, "Yes, of course."

Panitchpakdi advocated for bringing "more monitoring and governance" or "regulatory" measures on digital companies. He also said the Asian countries have been going for "cash less" economy or "less cash" economy and what it promotes is easy consumption and according to him, too much focus on consumption could lead to disruption.

Asked about thrust on digital economy being given by the Indian government, he said: "I think India needs more savings than consumption. Cashless society must make people understand that consumptions have to be well planned." (Source: ETTelecom)

High-speed encryption to secure future internet

High-speed encryption to secure future internetIn a bid to fight against the future cyber threats, scientists have developed a new system with high-speed encryption properties that drives quantum computers to create theoretically hack-proof forms of data encryption.
New York: In a bid to fight against the future cyber threats, scientists have developed a new system with high-speed encryption properties that drives quantum computers to create theoretically hack-proof forms of data encryption. The novel system is capable of creating and distributing encryption codes at megabit-per-second rates, which is five to 10 times faster than existing methods and on par with current internet speeds when running several systems in parallel.

The technique is secure from common attacks, even in the face of equipment flaws that could open up leaks. "We are now likely to have a functioning quantum computer that might be able to start breaking the existing cryptographic codes in the near future," said Daniel Gauthier, Professor at The Ohio State University.

"We really need to be thinking hard now of different techniques that we could use for trying to secure the internet," Gauthier added, in the paper appearing in the journal Science Advances. For the new system to work, both the hacker as well as the sender must have access to the same key, and it must be kept secret. The novel system uses a weakened laser to encode information or transmit keys on individual photons of light, but also packs more information onto each photon, making the technique faster.

By adjusting the time at which the photon is released, and a property of the photon called the phase, the new system can encode two bits of information per photon instead of one. This trick, paired with high-speed detectors powers the system to transmit keys five to 10 times faster than other methods. "It was changing these additional properties of the photon that allowed us to almost double the secure key rate that we were able to obtain if we hadn't done that," Gauthier said. (Source: ETTelcom)

Fintech involves another’s money, it has to be secure: PayPal CEO

Fintech involves another’s money, it has to be secure: PayPal CEOAs President and CEO of digital payments firm PayPal, Dan Schulman is focussed on transforming financial services to make life easier for billions of people around the world. The California-based company is, therefore, seeing an opportunity in India where financial inclusion through digital platforms is seeing huge uptake.

Schulman told BusinessLine that digital payments are making financial services universally affordable and accessible.

“The digitisation of money, the rapid expansion of internet access and of course, the adoption of mobile phones, have created the perfect conditions to make it easier, more secure and more affordable to save, spend, give and borrow,” Schulman said.
On concerns over increasing incidence of hacking and stealing online data, the PayPal chief said governments, law enforcement, companies and customers all have to play a part in ensuring security.

“Money is a very personal part of our lives and customers want an experience that makes the management and movement of money simpler and more convenient, but also ensures that the transaction is secure. Fintech is not like other tech, because it involves somebody’s money and, therefore, must be secure. As a customer champion company, PayPal works hard to put our customers and their needs at the heart of everything we do. And because of this, we firmly believe we will continue to be successful,” he said. ( Source: The Hindu Business Line)

Idea Cellular expects to ink 4G ICR arrangements with Vodafone, to launch VoLTE in 2018

Idea Cellular expects to ink 4G ICR arrangements with Vodafone, to launch VoLTE in 2018Idea and Vodafone had last month entered into an active Infrastructure sharing arrangement to avoid duplication of spends and make the best use of capital expenditure (capex).

NEW DELHI: Idea Cellular said it expects to close the new 4G ICR arrangements with Vodafone India at the earliest for an additional 4G coverage in nearly 5,000 new towns and neighboring villages for each operator. Idea and Vodafone had last month entered into an active Infrastructure sharing arrangement to avoid duplication of spends and make the best use of capital expenditure (capex). Both telcos have now started to enjoy expanded coverage from such shared sites.

Idea said that it is on course to introduce its own VoLTE – ‘Voice over LTE’ by early calendar year 2018.
As 4G adoption rate is ahead of initial company estimates primarily driven by affordable smartphones, expanding 4G coverage and world’s lowest ‘voice and mobile broadband tariffs’, almost all of Idea’s incremental network capital investments is allocated to 4G expansion (including fiber and capacity).

The 4G population under Idea's coverage has nearly tripled from 14.8% (~170 million) in the second quarter last year to 38.1% (~450 million), reflecting Idea’s aggressive intent to participate in emerging 4G consumer market.

In order to support the burgeoning demand of mobile broadband services, Idea has also increased its fibre backbone network by more than 50,000 kms (100,400 km in Q2FY16 to 150,500 km in the second quarter.

On overall terms Idea’s gross investment in fixed assets has now risen to over Rs 122.2 crore, a net addition of Rs. 486 billion (capex + spectrum) during the last 24 months. The capex spend for the current quarter was Rs. 19.7 billion, the telco said. As industry operating tariffs tumble, voice and data volume growth partially compensated the steep rate fall. During this low demand period, Idea's sequential quarterly voice minutes grew by 1.7% to 255 billion minutes and mobile data volume (2G+3G+4G) witnessed strong sequential growth of 73.5% (on back of 99.1% growth in the first quarter) as Idea’s pan India data network carried 438.7 billion MB.

Idea said that the broadband data usage (3G+4G) has nearly doubled to 413 billion MB in the second quarter from 228.8 billion MB in the first quarter. While the total mobile data users on Idea network remained flat at 38.2 million, the broadband (3G+4G) subscribers increased by 3.2 million to 29.6 million in second quarter. (Source: ETTelecom)

Long power cut may disrupt mobile services in Delhi: TAIPA

Long power cut may disrupt mobile services in Delhi: TAIPALong power cuts due to grid failure or a natural calamity can cause disruption in mobile telephony services in Delhi NCR any time as use of generator sets for powering towers has been banned till March 15, telecom infrastructure players said. Long power cuts due to grid failure or a natural calamity can cause disruption in mobile telephony services in Delhi NCR any time as use of generator sets for powering towers has been banned till March 15, telecom infrastructure players said. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee following a decision of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority has imposed ban on generator sets running on petrol, kerosene or diesel till March 15, 2018.

Telecom infrastructure industry body TAIPA said that though mobile towers are deployed with high-capacity batteries including fast charging to extend backup, these cannot run for long in case of long power outage due to grid failure or a natural calamity.
"Mobile towers cannot solely rely on battery backups which may lead to disruption in services in event of power supply failure," TAIPA Director General Tilak Raj Dua told .

He said that as the DPCC has allowed use of generators for essential services such as hospital, railways, airports and elevators, mobile infrastructure should also be included in the list of essential services.

"Mobile towers are also critical infrastructure enabling telecommunication services to connect people with various emergency services in any unforeseen situation and should be included in the list of essential services," Dua said.

He said that besides need to provide telecom services, telecom operators are required to comply with rules of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to maintain round the clock network availability with 99.95 per cent uptime.

"In case telecom companies don't comply with quality of service norms of TRAI, huge penalties are imposed on service providers," Dua said.

Under the new Quality of Service norms, effective October 1, telecom operators may face a maximum penalty of Rs 10 lakh for call drops which will now be measured at mobile tower level instead of telecom circle level. (Source: ETTelecom)

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