Country sees a 92 percent increase in mobile data traffic last year, driven by both 2G and 3G services, reveals MBit Index study.
India: Its size, its people, its coming of age.
Swati Prasad is a New Delhi-based freelance journalist who spent much of the mid-1990s and 2000s covering brick-and-mortar industries for some of India's leading publications. Seven years back when she took to freelancing, India was at the peak of its "outsourcing hub" glory and the world of Indian IT, telecom and Internet fascinated her. A self-proclaimed technophobic, Swati loves to report on anything that's remotely alien to her--be it cloud computing, telecom, BPOs, social media, e-government or software and hardware, and also how high-tech sectors impact the Indian economy.
3G connectivity has improved across India, with Vodafone India's 50 percent jump in data-related revenues for its latest fiscal year an indicator of the improving network quality.
Online viewership of Indian Premier League Season 6 increased by 52 percent this year. Even users in tier 2 and tier 3 cities are increasingly viewing cricket on their mobile devices.
Over the last few months, several IT companies and telcos have launched desktop virtualization, mobility management and enterprise security tools designed for BYOD.
The country is second only to Brazil in trusting technology enough to completely control vehicles. China was third, while Japan ranked 10th. Globally about 6 in 10 on average trust driverless cars.
Big data, cloud, social, and mobility are finding business use cases and bringing a paradigm shift in the way IT impacts organizations, pushing India's spending in IT infrastructure to US$2.3 billion by 2014.
Once again, there is talk of merging the two struggling public sector telecom behemoths to revive their fortunes. But benefits won't begin to show till the government spells out a new role for them.
Meru Cab, a leading radio cab service in India, sends regular SMS alerts to friends of the traveler to ensure the safety of passengers, especially women. The service has found many takers.
Goof ups and mindset changes need to be addressed in order for success in roll out of cash transfer schemes linked to Aadhaar, the government issued individual ID numbers.
Amid proposals to tighten requirements, the National Foundation for American Policy argues doing so could be a "serious mistake" since the H-1B temporary visas allow high-skilled foreign nationals to work in the U.S. and benefit the overall economy.