COAI Reaffirms Support for Net Neutrality

Calls for Drive to build a Digital India and connect a Billion citizens

Says Internet should be for all and not remain the preserve of a few – like voice revolution, the data revolution should empower every Indian

Demands an enabling environment in order to be sustainable and capable of investing in the Digital India story

Urges a comprehensive and informed debate on Net Neutrality from an India perspective

The COAI today reaffirmed its support to Net Neutrality and made a strong pitch for ‘Net Equality’ that will enable access to Internet for a Billion Indians as part of the Government’s Digital India vision.

The Association urged all stakeholders to have a comprehensive and informed debate on the subject of Net Neutrality keeping in mind the requirements of India and its citizens. An important and complex subject such as this, which is still being debated in many countries, which has taken years to conclude in many other countries and which is the subject of litigation in some, should not be left to the opinion of a few.

Clearing misconceptions that have arisen from the recent public debate over net neutrality and concerns over operators who are trying to control the consumers’ access to the Internet, COAI said:
We support an open Internet and believe that consumers, should decide what to do online. Our job is to enable consumers to benefit from that freedom.
We offer choice and do not block or provide any preferential access to any web site or app.

COAI also underlined their commitment to the Digital India story and called for an open, inclusive and affordable Internet access for every Indian. The Industry Association added that India’s telecom revolution has empowered over 950 million citizens through affordable services and the Internet revolution must now touch every citizen of the country.

COAI said its members are fully committed to investing in the Government of India’s Digital India vision and need an enabling environment that promotes the growth of the entire Internet ecosystem.

Create an Enabling and Equal Environment
Without infrastructure and investment, there will be no Internet access. The operators have invested billions of dollars in license fees, spectrum fees and network roll-outs. Yet the Industry still makes negative return on the capital employed.

The industry estimates the country would need an additional capital outay of INR 300,000 to 500,000 crores over the next 10 years in spectrum, new technology, equipment, towers, optical fibre backbone, etc., to meet the PM’s vision of Digital India, and connect 1 billion Indians to the exciting world of Internet. The need of the hour, therefore, is to have a sustainable industry that has the ability to invest in growth of data services and connectivity to all.

Promote Innovation to Enable Internet for All
India has over 950 million mobile subscribers – the second largest in the world. This growth was enabled by innovation across the ecosystem – in our ever expanding complex networks, outsourcing models, infrastructure sharing, innovative pricing structures – that allowed operators to offer customers some of the most innovative and affordable call rates in the world.

We need the same spirit to connect a Billion Indians to the Internet. This means innovations across the ecosystem – affordable smartphones, more efficient networks, even more broad ranging applications (especially in areas such as education, health, governance) and pricing flexibility – that promotes greater digital inclusion. Only then can our citizens in rural India, or from a lower economic strata, be empowered through internet access.

Ensure the Same Rules Apply to Same Services to Get Internet Access to the Common Man
We believe that our role is to enable all services to reach customers across the country. One of the key factors to enable this is that the same rules must apply to the same types of services, including Mobile and IP Voice services. This is the only way to ensure digital inclusion and bring about social and economic good to the common man.

Make Internet Access Pro-Consumer, Pro-Choice
We should ensure customers have the freedom to choose how they want to access the Internet. A customer should be free to choose the device, technology and access platform – paid or subsidized as long as the Internet is always open in terms of access in a non-discriminatory manner. We support this! The interests of a few should not dictate the fundamental right of a customer to choose what he/she wants.

ICICI Bank launches ‘Tap n Pay’ in arrangement with Tech Mahindra

Enables users to pay using NFC enabled tag and mobile phones at merchant outlets
Anyone (account holder or not) can avail this facility.
It requires no documentation or branch visit

Mumbai: ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, in arrangement with Tech Mahindra Limited, announced the launch of a contactless payment service based on the Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. Christened, ‘Tap n Pay’, this innovative payment service enables anyone (account holder of ICICI Bank or not) to make over-the-counter payments without using cash. It allows users to just tap the NFC enabled tag or mobile phone at the merchant’s point-of-sale device to make payments.

‘Tap n Pay’ is a prepaid account, which can be availed by customers of any bank by simply registering for it and transferring money online from any bank account. ICICI Bank customers can also transfer money to the Tap-n-Pay account through an SMS. To start with, this solution is being offered at large campuses of corporate offices. ICICI Bank and Tech Mahindra have plans to extend this service across the country.

Commenting on the launch Mr. Rajiv Sabharwal, Executive Director, ICICI Bank said, “ICICI Bank has always been at the forefront of introducing innovative technology for a world class customer experience. We are delighted to partner with Tech Mahindra to enable a contactless payment service in the country for low value transactions. This initiative will offer a new, differentiated digital solution to replace cash for regular and small value payments made over the counter in large campuses. We believe that this service will offer users an unparalleled experience of making quick and safe payments like buying meal coupons at canteens with just a tap of their mobile phone or the NFC tag. Its usability is wide as it allows customer of any bank to register for ‘Tap-n-Pay’ with no documentation or branch visit. It will additionally ease the day-to-day hassle of cash handling and currency change for merchants too.”

Mr. C P Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra said, “As a technology company, we always endeavor to provide superior user experience to the end customer of our business partners. ICICI Bank is known for its continuous innovation to bring in enhanced customer experience. As such, the synergies between the two partners will bring about a new payments ecosystem, parallel to, and yet in harmony with, the existing payment networks in the country and further the move towards a digital India.”

Once an organization has enrolled for the service, its employee only need to register online with their details to avail the facility and collect the NFC tag from the kiosk set up for this purpose. To know more, visit www.icicibank.com/tapnpay
The launch of this initiative comes close on the heels of a slew of technology-led innovative services by ICICI Bank. These include the launch of the windows version of iMobile, new apps for Mobile Banking, fully automated 24X7 ‘Touch Banking’ branches, Tab Banking and the country’s first contactless debit and credit cards. Recently, the Bank launched ‘icicibankpay’, India’s first service that allows users to send money over Twitter and ‘Pockets by ICICI Bank’, the country’s first digital bank available for download by anyone on mobile phone.

The Bank services its large customer base through a multi-channel delivery network of 4050 branches – the largest branch network among private sector banks in the country 12,091 ATMs, call center, internet banking (www.icicibank.com), mobile banking and banking on Facebook & Twitter.

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Vodafone Enhances Customer Experience With Retail Transformation And Simplified Digital Platform In Rajasthan

With over 670 stores, Vodafone has the largest exclusive retail footprint in Rajasthan

With easy-to-use, hassle-free and responsive website, pre-paid and post-paid customers can now access their accounts, manage mobile usage, pay bills, add/remove packs and recharge in just 30 seconds

Following a ‘Customer First’ approach, Vodafone India, has made significant investments in last fiscal in strengthening the network, retail and distribution in Rajasthan circle and will continue the same momentum in coming years. Pursuing an aggressive retail growth strategy in Rajasthan, Vodafone has already launched 9 Vodafone Stores (VS) and 50 Vodafone Mini Stores (VMS) in the last 12 months. Today with over 670 stores, Vodafone has consolidated its position as the largest exclusive retail footprint in Rajasthan.

Evolving to the changing market dynamics and growing mobile internet and smartphone penetration, Vodafone in the last one month has launched 8 Global Design Retail Stores across Jaipur, Kishangarh, Baswara, Chittorgarh, Ganganagar, Kota and Hanumangarh, in Rajasthan. Whether it is Jacksdale in UK or Jaipur, Vodafone Global Design Stores offer a uniform customer experience. Additionally, Vodafone has over the years expanded its network reach to cover 90% population of Rajasthan and will continue to take requisite steps to further enhance its distribution and reach.

Serving the needs of 10.9mn happy customers in Rajasthan, Vodafone has been focusing on closer engagement and enhancing customer experience in an endeavor to be future ready. Over and above its retail presence, catering to the needs of the net-savvy and evolved customers, Vodafone is driving digital simplicity by offering easy-to-use mobility solutions on its new, responsive website. Vodafone’s pre-paid and postpaid customers are now able to access their accounts, manage mobile usage, pay bills, add or remove packs / services and recharge for themselves or others in just 30 seconds!

Talking about the initiatives taken by Vodafone to enhance customer experience, Amit Bedi, Business Head – Rajasthan, Vodafone India, said, “With the largest retail footprint in the country, Vodafone believes in remaining accessible to our valued customers across urban and rural locations. Our latest retail expansion in Rajasthan with the launch of ten new Global Design Stores within a single month is led by this same customer centricity focus. I am proud to say that is a reaffirmation of our retail leadership in the state.”

Continuing its retail expansion strategy across India, Vodafone has launched more than 160 Vodafone Stores and over 1000 Vodafone mini stores across India in FY14-15. Today, with over 9800 stores, Vodafone has the largest exclusive retail footprint in telecom in the country.

Inviting the residents of Rajasthan to experience Vodafone’s new age retail and digital offerings, Kavita Nair, Senior Vice President – Retail and Digital, Vodafone India said, “The consumer has always been at the heart of everything we do. Understanding the market dynamics and with more customers adopting smart phones and mobile internet, we have taken an innovative approach in retail design. The new Global Design Store with a simple, warm & friendly design and an ever welcoming and engaging staff will give a one-stop shop experience to our customers. Being sensitive to the evolving customer needs, Vodafone has also taken the lead to develop user friendly digital interface opportunities that allow customers to access our wide spectrum of services ‘on-the-go’ and ‘hassle-free’.”

Increasingly net-savvy customers seeking an unmatched online shopping experience for recharge, top-up, bill payments and more are on the rise and India leads the way. Understanding this consumer behavior and taking a leadership stance, Vodafone India has created an on-the-go and hassle free platform that enables the customers to avail a range of products and services. Additionally, Vodafone also offers customers an opportunity to connect with the brand through a robust customer service call centre platform, the simple and convenient My Vodafone Mobile App and Vodafone Web Chat.

The new Vodafone Global Design Store retail concept is designed and equipped to be warm & customer friendly, to meet the evolving needs and expectations of the customers. The store offers live and engaging retail experience of Vodafone’s wide range of products and services. This store has been specifically adapted and customized after testing and validating a full suite of customer insights, which are relevant to customer needs in India.

Telit GNSS Module Enables High-performance Position Reporting and Navigation Solutions

The SE868-V3 tracks GPS and Glonass or GPS and Beidou constellations simultaneously and is Galileo ready

Telit Wireless Solutions, a global enabler of the Internet of the Things (IoT), today announced the release of a new GNSS module, the SE868-V3. This positioning module combines GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, and SBAS which enables the creation of high-performance position reporting and navigation solutions.

TheSE868-V3 can navigate to -162 dBm and track to -166 dBm, thereby providing improved performance in harsh environments. It is pin-to-pin compatible with the former SE868-V2 as well as the JF2. This advanced GNSS module can track GPS and Glonass or GPS and Beidou constellations simultaneously and it is Galileo ready.


The 11 x 11 mm QFN package contains a powerful baseband processor, SQI Flash memory and GNSS chip with integrated Low Noise Amplifier (LNA). The ultra-sensitive RF front-end enables multi-GNSS indoor fix and hi-quality navigation in challenging outdoor scenarios such as dense urban areas.

In addition the SE868-V3 supports ephemeris file injection(A-GPS) as well as Satellite Based Augmentation System(SBAS) to increase position accuracy. Its onboard software engine is able to locally predict short-term ephemeris starting from data broadcast by GNSS satellites received by the module and stored in the internal Flash memory.

“The SE868-V3 is yet another addition to our positioning product portfolio, which is the result of over twenty years of experience in GNSS applications,” said Felix Marchal, Chief Product Officer, Telit. “Our products are compatible with the GPS constellation as well as its Russian counterpart Glonass and China’s Beidou.”

Vuzix Acquires Two New Patents in Wearable Display Space

Patents Cover Augmented Reality Gesture Control and Ambient Light Transmission Control

Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI) (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of video eyewear and smart glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets, today announced that it has acquired for an undisclosed cash payment two patents, one covering gesture controls of 3D virtual objects, including within augmented reality applications and the other ambient light management in see through wearable displays; US Patent number 6243054 and US Patent number 6559813 respectively. These patents add to the 50 patent and patents pending already part of Vuzix’ patent portfolio and further strengthens the Company’s Intellectual Property (IP) position in the wearable technology space. Vuzix places a strong emphasis on IP, and as a result has developed a relevant and constantly expanding portfolio of owned and licensed IP.

Vuzix CEO and President Paul J. Travers said, “As wearable tech, and more specifically the smart glasses market, continues to develop we expect more and more value placed on relevant IP. Gesture control with augmented reality applications and managing the ambient light, especially in optical see through glasses, is critical in the operation of wearable display technology and especially augmented reality in smart glasses. Vuzix acquired these additional patents to secure a stronger IP position for its current and soon to be released products including, but not limited to, smart glasses based on our proprietary waveguide technology. This is just one element of our long-term approach to staying ahead of the curve in this dynamic sector.”

Global ICT Provider NTT Communications Announces India Business Strategy

NTT Communications India celebrates its 10th anniversary on April 15, 2015
NTT Communications India announces landmark developments:

Ø Ahmedabad operations goes-live today
Ø With the proposed NLD License, NTT Com to provide high quality network in the country
Ø Builds 3 Lacs sq. ft. Datacentre in Chandivali, Mumbai

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT (NYSE: NTT) – a 53rd ranked Fortune 500 company, India subsidiary on its 10th Anniversary celebrations today announced the ‘India Business Strategy’. Globally, NTT Com is a long-distance & ICT solution provider, with subsidiaries and offices in124 cities across 42 countries around the world.

Speaking on the occasion of the 10th anniversary said, Masakazu Kobayashi, Managing Director – NTT Com India, “We are extremely delighted to have completed a decade of our successful operations in India. With a robust India strategy ahead, we shall continue to invest in and expand high-quality Datacenter /Cloud services and international network services based on our service strategy “Global Cloud Vision”. With an explosive growth in data traffic in India along-with an expansive need of hosting and cloud, NTT Com India along with our sister company Netmagic Solutions would optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure of enterprises in India.”
About the landmark developments, Masakazu Kobayashi stated, “NTT Com India has inaugurated a new branch office in Ahmedabad today. Our Ahmedabad office is primarily targeted to support companies which are planning to build factories and start new business in the state of Gujarat.

“With our proposed Unified License, NTT Com India will shortly be able to provide a high-quality National Long-Distance branded network in the country. In addition to the NTT Com’s Submarine Cable Systems which connect Japan, US and major Asian countries including India at the industry’s lowest transmission latency, NTT Com India will provide a range of network services that are expanding in India. Specific offerings will include secure, high-quality private network services, such as IP-VPN connecting Datacenters or Cloud to the domestic and overseas customers.”

Addition of Netmagic Solutions’ Datacenter services and Cloud Computing capabilities will magnify NTT Com’s capability to provide one-stop ICT solutions in the fast-growing Indian market, thereby, accelerating its offering of global seamless services through its expanded ICT infrastructure world-wide.

On this momentous occasion, Sharad Sanghi, CEO & Managing Director – Netmagic, an NTT Communications Company, stated “NTT Communications globally owns Datacenters under the brand of “Nexcenter” in over 130 locations with an approx. 349,000 sq.mtr server floor space. Netmagic continues to innovate and create Intellectual Property through R&D whether it is in the area of improving PuE, automation in cloud, business processes or new products. The company is building its largest ever Datacenter in Mumbai and will be operational from 3rd quarter of CY2015. We continue to intensify our product roadmaps, and plan to augment our Cloud offerings and invest in building compatibility and skillsets for supporting diverse technology platforms.”

NTT Communications has 5 subsidiaries in India including NTT Com India, Netmagic, Arkadin India, Emerio India and Virtela India, and its solutions leverage these subsidiaries and the Indian resources of other NTT Group companies including Dimension Data and NTT DATA.