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18 November 2019




© 2019 All Rights Reserved Tech Update Gives You a Quick Briefing about Disruptive Technology and the Digital Economy from India.


Thought for the Week: The theme that comes across this week is the government drafting regulations/rules for telcos and e-commerce and trying to get the right balance for all the players and consumers. Both these markets are important for the Digital India programme and to develop India’s economy to US$5 Trillion.


This week:


CAIT agitates against ecommerce: Confederation of All India Traders is launching agitation against ecommerce platforms over what they say are distortions in price including discounts. This dispute has been going on for a while and has surfaced in the news regularly this year.


Vodafone Idea in difficulty: Vodafone Group CEO Nick Read has said that the status of its joint venture in India is at a critical stage in light of the recent Supreme Court Judgment which said that Telcos owed outstanding dues to the Government. Remember the huge Vodafone tax case a few years back? Telcos have been through a brutal price war in the last 2-3 years and the 5G auction is coming up. Telcos are facing the heat.


Govt. to consider SEZs: The Govt is considering proposals by TCS and Infosys to form special economic zones for the IT sector in Kancheepuram and Pune.


Draft e-commerce guidelines: In the draft ecommerce guidelines, ecomm players cannot influence the price of goods. This should make CAIT happy


iPhone in India: the iPhone is increasing its market share in the high-end smartphone market. It seems Apple’s strategy for India is working.


Tata and Microsoft team up for connected cars tech: Tata Communications will be working with Microsoft to develop innovations and solutions for connected car services. There have been numerous partnerships recently between Indian firms and those from abroad in 5G/IoT development.


Sony to set up R & D centre in Bengaluru: again, a number of foreign firms are doing this. This is a good sign that India is becoming a base for innovation in technology and is shedding its ‘call centre’ image.


TRAI paper on DTH: recommendations in its paper is likely to make Direct-to-Home players unhappy, capping the number of platform services that a channel can carry. Again, telcos in this market will put their concerns forward.


Ending IUC charges for telcos in 2020: TRAI’s proposal to end IUC charges has had a mixed response among telcos.








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