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Telecom Companies in India Require Looking Further Than Voice Revenue

Aruna Sundararajan, the Telecom Secretary, recently had a chat with the media regarding the stress in the telecom sector. Let us have a look as to what she has to say.

Telecom Companies in India Require Looking Further Than Voice Revenue

How do you see the current pain in the industry?

I see the current situation as a temporary phenomenon. I firmly believe that in the medium-to long-term, Indian telecom prospects are extremely healthy. Companies need to start differentiating their products and services. They really need to also collaborate much more. They are already sharing towers, and now fiber will have to be shared.

Do you see unnecessary infighting and bickering within the industry?

Let me put it differently. I think the industry needs to focus on the opportunities which are lying ahead. Clearly the days of regulatory arbitrage are over. Now, they are not only competing with themselves, there are other bigger gorillas in the room in terms of platforms… Are telcom companies going to be mere utilities, or they can become more than that and offer real value to customers. Let’s look at cloud, data centers, artificial and virtual reality, big data analytics — all are converging. They need to look at these opportunities and not only focus on plain voice. We are seeing voice as a backbone of the industry, we are seeing the end of it. Data will grow ten times more than voice, very easily.

Government’s revenues from the telecom sector have come down. Do you want revenue maximization, or do you prefer affordability and growth? Does fall in revenues worry you?

Government has to create an enabling environment and a level-playing field for everybody to grow. Beyond that, I cannot get into the market. I cannot start taking sides in the market. If there are barriers which industry as a whole is facing, yes it is certainly our responsibility to tackle those. Beyond that, arbitrating between specific players, we cannot. That’s not our role.

Do you think fluctuations in revenues are a function of the market?

Yes, there are some areas where the market prevails and there are some where the policy can drive. Clearly, this a function of market dynamics! A new player comes in with new disruptive technology.

There are security concerns as sensitive information is flowing on our networks…

Security is a huge issue. We are digitizing faster than anybody else and we have more at stake than anybody else… We need to ensure that all our networks are security-enhanced. On capability and manufacturing, innovation has to come from here. That is the only way in which we will be able to create the jobs we need. We cannot afford to be so dependent on any country — whether China or anybody else.

India has one of the lowest voice and data tariffs. Are you comfortable with current levels?

I have to speak from the point of view of the consumer. I am delighted with the tariffs. It has really given an opportunity to 1.18 billion Indians to partake in the digital economy. Lower tariffs have been a big driver of growth.

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Tata Teleservices Organizes an Exit Strategy for Employees

The telecom arm of Tata Sons, TTSL (Tata Teleservices), is organizing an exit strategy for most of its 5,000 odd workers, which comprises a severance packages for those ready to leave in advance, notice of 3–6 Months, a VRS (voluntary retirement scheme) for elders, while transporting only a tiny part of its workers to other group firms.

Industry insiders and company executives claimed that the loan-laden telecom firm, which will conclude its operations shortly, had previous month requested circle managers to resign by the end of March 2018.

Tata Teleservices Organizes an Exit Strategy for Employees“The Tata Group has for all time taken care of its individuals, but very less will get engrossed in other group firms. It is unjust to burden other Tata firms with workers of TTSL,” claimed a senior administrator, who did not desire to be named. The transfer might only take place if there is a niche cluster of skills required in other companies that might match with those of workers in the telecom division. There might be VRS for the senior workers (above a specific age) that will be launched in the upcoming couple of months, claimed a senior administrator in the Tata Group. For bulk of the workers, the telecom division of the Tata Sons will provide a notice of minimum 3–6 Months and those who wish to go away can obtain the severance packages.

There were almost 5,101 workers as of March 31, 2017, on its rolls as per the recent yearly report. Search companies that are hunting into the telecom industry for profiles claimed that they have got resumes from circle managers who wish to resign the telecom company, and have been given a period to do so.

“Circles managers of TTSL whose resumes we are receiving have been given period till March 2018 and were informed regarding this in September 2017. If they resign now, they will be provided the salary for the rest of the months of this fiscal year,” claimed chairman of search company Headhunters India, Kris Lakshmikanth, to the media in an interview. The salary of a circle manager can be almost Rs 1 Crore.

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Nokia Might Shortly Enter the 4G Feature Handset Race

The maker of Nokia-branded smart and feature handsets, HMD Global, may shortly make an entry in the up-and-coming 4G feature handset sector that is receiving a huge support from Jio Phone of Reliance Jio controlled by Mukesh Ambani.

“Jio Phone is absolutely going to have an influence on the sector, and there is no doubt regarding it. We are witnessing how this materializes. If we view a viable commerce proposition, we will absolutely think about it and take part,” claimed India VP for HMD Global, Ajey Mehta, to the media in an interview.

Nokia Might Shortly Enter the 4G Feature Handset Race

Mehta claimed that the feature phone segment is very significant for the Nokia brand due to its possible size in the country. Nokia does have 4 feature handsets in India, comprising the new generation 3310 handset. “If there is an opportunity for business, certainly we are open to it. Our brand is very sturdy in that (feature phone) segment,” he further added. As per a Hong Kong-located research firm, 24 Million 4G feature handsets are expected to be transported by the end of 2017.

In the market of open handset, home-bred company Lava has already rolled out its 4G feature handset, while its larger rival, Micromax will shortly roll out its 4G feature handset in a joint venture with state-run BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited). The tie-up schemes comprise plans of free voice.

Presently, Spreadtrum and Qualcomm are offering chipsets for 4G feature handsets in the nation. Both firms individually claimed to the media that various Chinese and Indian ODMs and OEMs have plans to roll out 4G feature handsets utilizing their chipsets.

Nokia, once the biggest brand of handset, re-entered the country with Android-operated handsets, looking to make itself as one of the leading 3 smartphone companies, using the reputation of the brand. The manager claimed that user response has been optimistic. HMD Global, which launched last week in India its flagship handset Nokia 8, now anticipates a 40% to 50% growth in handset trades at the time of the festive season. “We have previously witnessed a vigorous traction,” he further added.

Well, let us see if this turns out to be true or not.

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Job Losses Not a Concern Since Data Demand Will Keep Telecom Afloat

The present financial pressure on telecom industry of India is provisional and there are no major job losses, a top administrator claimed. He further added that the government is optimistic about the forecast of the segment in the long or medium term given the increasing need for data. “The present condition is a provisional phenomenon. We have not even started to take actions in terms of data. Data detonation has just started. The long-term and medium-term prospects of the segment are very healthy,” Aruna Sundararajan, the telecom secretary, claimed to the media at a panel conversation last week at the India Economic Summit 2017.

Job Losses Not a Concern Since Data Demand Will Keep Telecom Afloat

She claimed that the government was known of financial stress in the segment but will not interfere further than a point. “The government will play the role of an enabler and guarantee that it is a balanced field. The remaining will be left to the market companies. But there is sufficient for everybody to develop.” Sundararajan also dismissed worries of huge scale losses of job after reports that almost 100,000 jobs are set to leave since the industry combines and some firms close down or shrink operations. “There is consolidation. Companies are making an attempt to merge. Companies are claiming that there is financial stress, but no one is claiming that there is great joblessness in the industry,” claimed Sundararajan.

The telecom segment, grappling below a burden of almost Rs 5 Lakh Crore of loan and in the middle of an atrocious cost competition, has been looking for government sops for some monetary relief.

The government is ready to elevate deadline for costs for auctioned airwaves as well as reduce interest to be given on penalties. But the industry needs more in the shape reduced spectrum usage charges and yearly license fees, among others. “India is the quickest digitizing country and starving for digitization. But there is a huge demand that needs to be carried out in terms of building data super highways and highways,” Sundararajan claimed.

She highlighted to the BharatNet project below which 75,000 Gram Panchayats have already been connected via a network of optic fiber.

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British Tech Company Micro Focus to Restrain Code Evaluations

Micro Focus International Plc, the British tech firm and the new holder of ArcSight security software, claimed that might; limit reviews of the basis processing instructions in its goods by high-risk governments, after the media posted that the application had been inspected by Russia.

Micro Focus did not answer to queries looking to clarify if the nations comprised Russia or how it might show which evaluations were expected to be given to governments. But a spokesperson of the company claimed that future evaluations might need sanction from chief executive of Micro Focus. And a blog of Micro Focus posted this week by Jason Schmitt, head of ArcSight, defended the evaluations of basics software processing instructions, dubbed as source code, as ordinary. He claimed that number of brand-name goods has gone through the similar kind of certification testing.

British Tech Company Micro Focus to Restrain Code Evaluations

“Micro Focus will not enable any reviews of source code if we sensibly believe that the high risk nations’ governments will have authorization to that evaluation,” the spokesperson of Micro Focus claimed further to the media in an email. Micro Focus obtained the ArcSight product line in a sale concluded previous month from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Media posted last week that HPE permitted a Moscow defense organization to evaluate the inner mechanism of ArcSight, a cyber security software utilized by the Pentagon to defend its computer systems.

Former US intelligence officials, cyber security experts, and former ArcSight workers claimed that the practice might assist Moscow find flaws in the software, probably assisting hackers to blind the U.S. military to a cyber assault. Evaluation of ArcSight from Russia ended previous year, during the time when Washington was blaming Moscow of an elevating number of cyber assaults against the U.S. politicians, the U.S. firms, and government organizations, comprising the Pentagon. Russia has frequently refused the blames.

Russia in last few years has increased up needs for source code evaluations as a need for doing trade in the nation, media posted in June 2017, and many firm have obeyed. Other HPE security products and ArcSight, were traded to Micro Focus in a deal concluded in September 2017.

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Hacker Puts Data of More Than 6,000 Indian Companies up for Sale

In what might be the largest breach impacting organizations in India, Seqrite Cyber Intelligence Labs in association with its partner seQtree InfoServices has traced an ad on DarkNet declaring secret authorization to the database dump and servers of more than 6000 businesses in Indian including government organizations, ISPs, and private organizations.

It has recognized the impacted organization as National Internet Registry of India: Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN) that comes below NIXI (National Internet Exchange of India). As defensive actions, Seqrite Intelligence Labs has contacted to Government managers and APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) with a sturdy suggestion to warn all potentially impacted organizations and advise them to alter passwords and get their systems and servers patched with newest upgrades.

Hacker Puts Data of More Than 6,000 Indian Companies up for Sale

The hacker has kept the price tag of the data at 15 Bitcoins and is providing network takedown of impacted firms for an unnamed amount. As per the scientists, the seller says to have the capability of tampering the pool of IP allocation, which might lead to a grave outage or DoS (Denial of Service) like instances. This might affect several hosting and CDN providers too. If the hacker receives a concerned buyer, then an assault on the network might disturb allocation of Internet IP and impact Internet services in the country. Along with the authorization, the hacker is also trading PII, credentials, and several contractual business papers and states to have authorization to a huge database of APNIC.

Being the DarkNet observing division of Seqrite, Seqrite Cyber Intelligence Labs is very cautious about such instances. Seqrite is the enterprise security solutions company of Quick Heal Technologies, the cyber security company. The firm claimed that on sensing the broadcast ad, the team realized that the ad was recently created, which is a current drift trend witnessed with other latest information breaches. They then made a contact with the actor for additional data, causing as a concerned buyer, and were lastly capable of getting an illustration of the mail list.

Seqrite claimed that if the details were traded, then an assault on the network might disturb allocation of Internet IP and in-turn impact Internet services in the country.

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Microsoft Teams Gets Guest Access Feature for Office 365

Microsoft this week declared that it is rolling out the heavily-asked guest access characteristic to its messaging platform—Teams. The Redmond-located firm claimed that it is now launching out the new characteristic to all Office 365 education and commercial user. This indicates that Office 365 consumers can now include individuals from outside their own firm to a group.

“Now Office 365 consumers can add consumers from outside their firm to a group, so guests can join meetings, take part in chats, and many more including collaboration on documents,” Microsoft claimed in its blog post. Beginning this week, anybody with an Azure AD (Azure Active Directory) account can be included in Teams as a guest. This effectively indicates that users from commercial cloud services Microsoft and 3rd-party Azure AD incorporated apps can be included as a guest.

Microsoft Teams Gets Guest Access Feature for Office 365

“Later, we will add the capability for anybody with an MSA (Microsoft Account) to be included in Teams as a guest. If the guest does not have a current MSA, they will be taken to a new page to make a free account utilizing their existing consumer or corporate email address, such as Gmail.com or Outlook.com,” the company claimed in its post.

Microsoft claims that the fresh feature arrives with enterprise-grade safety as the guest accounts are securely managed and added inside Azure AD via Azure AD B2B Collaboration. “Azure AD also utilizes machine learning adaptive heuristics and algorithms to notice suspicious incidents and anomalies, allowing remediation or mitigation actions, such as multi-factor verification, to be activated as appropriate,” the company claimed.

Besides this, the fresh guest feature arrives with the ability for IT to centrally handle how guests take part inside their Office 365 environment, offering consistency all over app experiences in Office 365, Microsoft claimed in its post. Particularly, the IT admins can effortlessly add, view, or revoke the access of a guest to the host tenant, according to the post of the company.

Individually, Microsoft has also rolled out a fresh application for Mac since the company for Office 365 has rolled out a toolbar. The new toolbar, dubbed as My Workspace, fundamentally provides users convenient and quick access to their Office 365 features and apps.

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Fujifilm Turns its Mid-Range X Series Camera 4K-Capable

Fujifilm has declared the heir to X-E2S retro-styled mirrorless camera of last year, which was itself a small update to the X-E2. The mirrorless X-E3 rangefinder-style camera is the lightest and smallest in the X series, and as well as transmitting capabilities of 4K video to the party, it also supplies for distant operation utilizing a smartphone as a substitute to Bluetooth. This is the first in the X series. It is also quick to focus, fast to start, and can trail moving elements better as compared to cameras that have arrived before.

At the core of the X-E3 is a X-Processor Pro engine and X-Trans 24.3 MP CMOS III (23.5 mm x 15.6 mm) image sensor combination. Fujifilm claims that the camera shows a startup time of 0.4 Second, 5 frames each second live-view nonstop recording, and an ISO base range of 200–12,800, which can be extended up to 51,200 and down to 100.

Fujifilm Turns its Mid-Range X Series Camera 4K-Capable

The big draw for lovers of retro camera though is almost certainly its 4K/30 fps video shooting prowess, even though 1080p is also on scheme at almost 60 fps. There is a microphone input jack and video can be drawn to an external monitor using HDMI, too.

The new addition to the X series benefits from a zippy speed for autofocus of 0.06 seconds and an AF 325-point system. It is also said to provide enhanced AF-C tracking of subject thanks to the latest algorithm, capable of keeping up with subjects 50% the size and moving 2x as fast as last models.

In common with the older X-E2S, there is built in Wi-Fi, but latest addition to the X series has its Bluetooth LE mode always on for remote operation and image transfer ease. The X-E3 has a comprehensive 2.36 Million dot, 0.39-inch OLED viewfinder, and a 1.04 Million dot, 3-inch touchscreen display board to the rear, even though Fujifilm has not taken this upgrade chance to add a vary-angle mechanism for tilting.

The rear of the camera falls short of the clickwheel controls and button found on the current model, so most navigation of the menu takes place on the touch screen, but users can make custom functions of the camera for activation via swipe on the panel and there is a focus lever that does permit for joystick-like control for autofoc

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“Words with Friends” Adds 50,000 Pop Culture Words

Tell your bestie or your bae: The mobile game “Words With Friends” is including millions of words related to pop culture as a fraction of its biggest dictionary upgrade in the history of 8 Years of the game.

Zynga, the game developer, claimed this week to The Associated Press that it is including 50,000 Internet slang words, comprising fitspo, BFF, FOMO, delish, kween, hangry, TFW, smize, werk, turnt, yas, bae, as well as bestie.

“Words with Friends” Adds 50,000 Pop Culture Words

Director of product for the Scrabble-esque game, Gurpreet Singh, claimed that players of “Words With Friends” are continuously reaching out—in the game, which has a submission feature, and on social media—with words they would like included to the dictionary. He claimed that Zynga receives 5,000 recommendations each day, which made the basis of the upgrade.

“For us, it is an approach to listen to our users and also have a little fun,” Singh claimed. “The words that they are asking are in fact an indication of what they are doing in their daily life and how they interact with their nearest and dearest.”

The phone-friendly multiplayer crossword game has been downloaded over 200 Million times from 2009, as per Zynga. In 2017, an anticipated 57 Million active “Words With Friends” games are being installed at any given time all over the world.

The 50,000 fresh words will be included to the current dictionary of 173,000 words, which is constantly developing. The game previously this year included “covfefe” after Donald Trump, the President of the U.S., rolled out the inexplicable term and it became trendy on social media similar to a wildfire, while selfie and twerk were included in 2014.

Singh claimed that there is no “hard and fast” rule for what contains a word and what does not. The team inclines toward ones that are popular and inclusive.

“We make an attempt to be extremely holistic in our thoughts,” he claimed. “It is a game based on linking and if we think our values are being held to by the word that we are including, then an appropriate word does not have a stand,” he further added.

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RBI seeking into crypto currencies, not comfortable with bitcoin

The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has a team looking into crypto currencies as lawful tender, a senior administrator claimed this week, but emphasized the discomfort of central bank with bitcoin that has lately come under intense worldwide regulatory inspection.

“For instance, a formal authorization (fiat) will be required when the Reserve Bank begins subjecting digital currency that you can bear in cyberspace and you do not have in your pocket the physical money,” an RBI executive director, Sudarshan Sen, claimed to the media in his statement in Mumbai at a FinTech conference. “As far as the question remains of non-fiat crypto currencies, I believe, we are not contented with them,” Sen further added to his statement.

RBI seeking into crypto currencies, not comfortable with bitcoin

The central bank had not earlier disclosed its strategies on crypto currencies and Sen did not offer any data on where the talks on the matter stand. It was not clear whether the team at the RBI plans to subject a suggestion to the government on crypto currencies, or if the evaluation is at an advanced or early stage. Bitcoin is a digital currency that allows people to pay value to each other and transfer for services as well as goods by-passing banks and the typical financial networks.

Bitcoin dropped 6.6% last week, after reports that China was almost geared up to shut down domestic exchanges of crypto currency. This week, FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) of Britain warned that ICOs (initial coin offerings), the practice of selling and creating digital currencies to finance companies and projects, are of very “far above the ground” risk and tentative. Chief Executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Jamie Dimon, also emerged out sturdily in opposition of the bitcoin this week referring the digital currency as a fraud. It also further added that the digital currency will blow up in the coming period. The virtual currency, not supported by any government, has increased more than 4x in value to more than $4,100 since December.

Well, in short, bitcoin is that thing, which can be a bane or a boon to the society. Now, only time will decide the fate of bitcoin.