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Things to Keep in Mind while Buying Certified Refurbished Phones

Smartphones have become a necessity rather than an option these days. Almost everything right from booking flight tickets to ordering food can be done using a phone. No wonder, people want to own the best of the lot at affordable prices. A lot of times, it may happen that we have been eyeing a specific model for long but can’t fit it into our budget. Here is where a refurbished phone comes into the picture. Refurbished phones are not a bad deal. These ready-to-resale phones are a real game changer when it comes to having a quality phone in a lesser budget. However, these phones irrespective of the model, also come with a lot of hazards and may not be a profitable deal always. In case you are thinking of buying a refurbished iPhone X or any other refurbished phone for that matter, there are some general tips and tricks to keep in mind. Not only will these help you make an informed choice, but also save you from a lot of inconveniences later on. 1. See if there is any w


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How To Build A Career In Telecommunications

Why do you want a career in telecommunications? There are few fields today more fast-moving or exciting than telecommunications. It’s a career choice with opportunities that will tap your technical skills, interest in the newest technologies, organizational talents and readiness for team work. And because your work is essential to everyone’s daily home and business life, you’ll have job security as you expand your resume and professional network. What do telecommunications professionals do? In the telecommunications industry professionals have adapted and changed from telephone service to fiber optic cable to smart-grid. They design video, data, and voice communication systems and handle their installation and maintenance. Telecommunications engineers design and direct equipment installation, including electronic switching systems, IP networks, and microwave transmission systems. There are also careers for broadcast technicians, network systems analysts and data communication

Job Opportunities in Telecommunications Industry

Telecommunications industry can be categorised as device manufacturing, network distribution & signal transmission, device installtion and maintenance of equipments. These communication access services are provided by specialized companies that can deliver these services to large geographic areas. The industry has evolved with popular technology, such as the expanding installation of fiber optics. Wireless services are expected to continue to take over the industry as well, due to lower service costs. Telecom is considered to be a good career path as the industry continues to evolve and grow with the boom of new technology. Wireless equipment provides more reliable services, and businesses are competing to offer the fastest internet and best deals. If you have excellent problem-solving skills and enjoy working on a team, you’re likely to be successful in this field. Popular telecom jobs involve developing, installing, and using technology to send messages over long distances, su


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Telecom News Feb 14

✓ 41 mn customers lost, Bharti Airtel focuses on user retention, acquisition ✓ COAI oposes government plan to regulate internet platforms. ✓ Got only Rs 790 cr from Jio deal so far, zero from fibre assets: RCom to SC ✓ ITI Posts 124% Growth In Q3, Revenue Touches Rs 563 Cr ✓ Telecom companies need to cut debt quickly as leverage is high: Analysts. ✓ Wistron, Foxconn Plan to Invest 7,500 Cr in 5 Years ✓ 42,800 villages still lack telecom connectivity under Modi`s Digital India. ✓ Huawei ready to tackle extra security to stay in 5G kit race ✓ Flextronics, Foxconn And Samsung Account For Half Of India’s Mobile Manufacturing Now, Oppo and Vivo likely to make key parts locally in next one year ✓ Nokia To Build Rakuten’s New Mobile Network In Japan ✓ T-Mobile Chief Gives Congress Pledge Not to Use Huawei Gear

Telecom News Feb 12

✓ Birla Says 25kcr Issue to Give Voda Idea Funds for 3-4 Years ✓ Telecom regulator may suggest new spectrum bands for 5G services. ✓ Reliance Jio GigaFiber Rollout Likely Pushed Beyond March, Representatives Knock Doors of Home Owners ✓ Govt to begin a special audit of telcos in March; DoT selects 7 auditors MTNL seeks claims of up to 500 cr from DoT ✓ Apple iPhone sales in China fell by a fifth in Q4 -IDC Discount Curbs, Loss of Exclusivity to Hit Online Smartphone Sales ✓ Airtel will not cut call, data prices further Industry, activists give thumbs down to proposed changes to IT Act ✓ DoT panel undecided on spectrum allocation to mobile operators

Telecom News Feb 8

✓ Vodafone Idea expects Rs 25,000 crore fund infusion in April ✓ 5G may be a ‘hard sell’ to consumers initially: GSMA ✓ BARC viewership data not measurable during Trai’s tariff order transition: ISA ✓ Trai Directs DTH Providers to Grant Subscribers Full Freedom Regarding Base Pack Selection ✓ Anil Ambani group shares slide further; FIIs stare at Rs 2,000 cr of losses ✓ DoT to seek Cabinet`s approval on allocating spectrum to railways ✓ HC takes green route, orders 2G case accused to plant 3,000 trees each ✓ RIL announces plan to invest more than 10,000 crore in West Bengal ✓ RIL may sell Jio infra assets to reduce debt ✓ Voda Idea surges over 8% on Rs 2,113 crore DoT refund. ✓ China-based Realme to set up exclusive retail stores in India ✓ Vodafone Idea to increase cost of acquiring new SIM ✓ Vodafone Idea plans music streaming service to take on rivals ✓ ISRO launches communication satellite GSAT-31 ✓ Apple reportedly moves modem engineering unit into in-house chip poo

Telecom News Feb 5

✓ Telcos seek GST waiver on payments to government, Rs 35K-cr input credit adjustment  ✓ BSNL, Ciena team up for 5G trials.  ✓ TechM Says 2020 is when 5G Party Starts  ✓ Dish TV Reports Subscriber Base of 23.6 Million at the End of 2018 Dish TV to invest 3,000 crore in its subsidiary Dish Infra Services  ✓ Bharti Airtel Reaffirms it Will Focus Only on Revenue Generating Customers Bharti Airtel shares recover after early losses  ✓ Moody`s downgrades Bharti Airtel rating to Ba1 over cash-flow situation  ✓ RCom seeks relief from RBI diktat to speed up Reliance Jio deal  ✓ Vodafone Idea aims to launch narrowband Internet of Things in 1 year.  ✓ 80% smartphone sales will be in above 10,000 segment: Report  ✓ Vodafone Idea, Genus Power Infra commence narrowband IoT trials  ✓ DoT seeks GST, network gear import duties sops.  ✓ Duties on key mobile handset parts removed from February 1.  ✓ DoT to seek Trai view on allocating spectrum to Railways without auction

Telecom News - Feb 4

✓ 25% of network integration complete across India: Vodafone-Idea ✓ Airtel , Voda Idea Step Up 4G Focus to Take on Jio ✓ TV viewers face outages as new tariffs kick-in ✓ As Anil Ambani’s RCom files for insolvency, DoT likely to take a hit ✓ Ericsson to move Supreme Court to seek seizure of Anil Ambani assets. ✓ RCom says NCLT debt resolution proposal to be similar to earlier plans ✓ Telecom industry in trouble: No hope of reduction in levies as revenue targets are missed ✓ Govt cuts allocation for UIDAI by 8.7% to 1227 crore ✓ Oxigen, ePayLater join hands for ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ services ✓ Apple, Samsung smartphone shipments slip; Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo gain ✓ My first choice would be a foreign partner: Zee Entertainment MD & CEO ✓ Tata Teleservices offers to surrender spectrum allocated without auction ✓ Asian internet lobby to fight India`s plans to police social media content  ✓ Foxconn says it shifts Wisconsin plan after Trump intervenes. ✓ Telcos` body GSMA consid

Telecom News JAN 30

✓ Airtel Africa gets $200-million investment from Qatar Investment Authority ✓ Madras High Court Dismisses Plea Against Trai Regulations for Cable TV Services ✓ TRAI asks DTH firms to honour commitment on long-duration packs, if customer wants ✓ Foxconn to set up Industrial AI R&D centre at Hyderabad. ✓ Tata Communications Q3 profit zooms to Rs 173 crore. ✓ Apple lowers some iPhone prices outside US to offset strong dollar ✓ Apple premium segment shipments decline 25% in Q4; OnePlus maintains lead: Counterpoint. ✓ China smartphone market fell 14%, just 396 mn units shipped in 2018. ✓ India`s premium smartphone market logs 8% growth in 2018: Counterpoint. ✓ CBIC imposes basic customs duty on some mobile phone parts ✓ Govt May Spell Out Rules to Tax Global Digital Cos ✓ Samsung ready with world`s first 1TB chip for mobile manufacturers ✓ Spectrum Auction Likely Post August ✓ Apple profit stable as service gains offset iPhone slump ✓ There are 900 mn active iPhones glob

Telecom News Jan 28

✓ Auctioning of 5G spectrum in June: Telecom secretary. ✓ IBM helping Indian companies become 5G-ready. ✓ Portability of set-top boxes by year-end: Trai chief. 90% TV viewers would hopefully state their choice of channels by Feb 1 deadline: TRAI ✓ Airtel plans $2.4 billion push for 4G in Africa ✓ Jio may join race to pick stake in Subhash Chandra`s Zee Entertainment Shares Crash, Zee’s Chandra Blames ‘Negative Forces’ ✓ PhonePe plans expansion, eyes $50 billion in transactions in 2019 PhonePe set to enter fin services via MF sale on app ✓ Samsung R&D institute filed around 2900 patent applications in India ✓ iPhone assembler Hon Hai invests $213.5 million in Indian unit ✓ Xiaomi India Retained Leadership Position With 27% Share in Q4 2018: Counterpoint ✓ Govt plans electronic manufacturing clusters between Noida and Meerut ✓ Oppo , Foxlink, Mitac and Infopower to invest Rs. 3,500 Cr in TEGNA EMC ✓ BSNL, Tata Motors team up to fuel `smart car ✓ Facebook Might Allow Inter

Startup News Jan 25

1. Hong Kong’s Integrated Capital Leads $10M Funding In Bengaluru's Bike Taxi App Rapido 2. Xiaomi has introduced a new e-commerce platform called ShareSave in India. 3. Lingerie Brand Clovia Raises Series B Funding Led by AT Capital 4. Three Startups Won On-The-Spot Funding At IIT-B’s Ten Minute Million Challenge including LegitDoc (Rs 1.47 Cr), rePurpose Global, LLC (Rs 1.01 Cr) & Giscle Systems (Rs 63 Lakh). 5. Paytm is reportedly considering expanding its digital payments services into 1-2 more developed markets in 2019. 6. Sports engagement startup Rooter raises Rs 1 Cr from Anthill Ventures 7. Farm to door fresh milk and dairy products delivery startup Country Delight has raised around $7-10 million in its Series B funding led by early-stage investor Matrix Partners. 8. Ayurvedic foods brand Kapiva Ayurveda has raised $2.5 million in its first round of institutional funding led by Fireside Ventures. 9. Consumer lending startup MoneyOnClick has raised around Rs 15

Telecom News Jan 25

✓ Pricing recovery in telecom sector not likely in FY20: Ind-Ra ✓ 5G device ecosystem likely to mature by 2020 in India: Jio President. ✓ Huawei announces 5G smartphone based on own technology ✓ Huawei Launches Core Chip For 5G Base Stations ✓ TlRAI notice to TataSky over purportedly misleading subscribers and new tariff framework; Company claims compliance ✓ Jio could emerge as telecom market leader in FY20: India Ratings. ✓ Reliance ecommerce to challenge Amazon, Walmart, can become India’s Alibaba, says report ✓ RIL`s debt path seen tied to Reliance Jio, e-commerce plans ✓ Sunil Bharti Mittal hopeful of recovery in telecom sector by next year ✓ Paytm may enter two more developed markets this year: CFO ✓ More Than 55% of PC Applications Installed Worldwide are Outdated: Report ✓ Bharti Infratel settles tower exits for about Rs 3,800 crore. Bharti Infratel to keenly watch rival Jio monetize tower assets ✓ Huawei stokes US fear with low-cost networking gear that works

Startup News Jan 22

1. Foodtech startup FreshMenu, has raised Rs 11.7 Cr in a Series B1 funding round led by Lightspeed Ventures  2. Mutual fund investment platform Groww has raised $6.2M in a Series A round of funding led by Sequoia Capital. 3. Automobile repair and service solution startup GoMechanic has reportedly raised Rs 30-35 Cr in a Series A round led by Sequoia Capital. 4. M1xchange, a digital invoice discounting platform for MSMEs, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Mayfield India and SIDBI Ventures. 5. Early stage investor Kae Capital is raising a ₹100 crore add-on fund to invest in portfolio companies of its first fund, founder and managing director Sasha Mirchandani said in an interview to Mint. 6. Kalaari Capital has added three new venture partners in its leadership team as it gears up to raise a $200-million fourth India-dedicated fund this year. 7. Women-only community platform SHEROES has acquired Bengaluru-based women’s health app Maya in an all-stock deal. 8. Oracl

Telecom News Jan 21

5G will open up opportunities for everyone in digital space: Telecom Secy. Aircel moves Supreme Court to seek Rs 112 crore refund from Airtel. Reliance Jio may take InvIT route to monetize fibre and tower units Subscriber Base of Reliance Jio to Cross 300 Million by the End of March 2019: Report Voda Idea board to meet to finalise Rs 25k crore fund-raising plan. Flat profit, rising debt are growing worries for Reliance Reliance’s foray into e-comm will reduce digital colonisation: Pai The decline in India`s electronic imports cannot be attributed to duty hikes alone Samsung may Go Slow on Manufacturing Deal! Fossil sells smartphone technology to Google for $40 mn. HC Quashes I-T Dept Move to Reassess Bharti Infra’s Past Income Beyond 4 Yrs

Telecom News Jan 19

✓ Reliance to invest Rs 3 lakh cr in Gujarat in next 10 years: Mukesh Ambani. ✓ IBM bags $550 mn order from Vodafone Business ✓ Mobile connectivity initiative across China border may start after government’s nod’. ✓ Jio to promote Gujarat as a model digital state ✓ Mukesh Ambani sees red over ‘data colonisation’ ✓ Reliance Jio adds 8.8 mn subscribers; ✓ Vodafone Idea loses 6.5 mn subscribers in Nov: Trai data. ✓ Vodafone Idea moves Supreme Court for Rs 4,761-crore tax refund ✓ PhonePe eyes offline merchant base of 7 million by year-end ✓ India to lose out in terms of global competitiveness if it opts for local 5G standards: Ericsson. ✓ India Post Payments Bank changes validation norms for QR card transactions ✓ Consolidation in line with global practice, says Trai chief RS Sharma ✓ Airtel Subscribers Can Now Read Free Books on New Airtel Books App ✓ Consumers to spend $120 bn on app ✓ Foxconn cuts 50,000 contract jobs in China: Report.

Startup News Jan 18

1. SoftBank may pick up 42% stake in omni-channel baby and mother care product retailer FirstCry for $400M 2. Pokemon Go creator Niantic has raised $245 million in a new round of financing at nearly $4 billion valuation. 3. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the Samara Capital-Amazon joint bid to acquire Aditya Birla Group's supermarket chain More. 4. Slack's chief product officer, April Underwood, is leaving the messaging startup. 5. Google has agreed to pay $40 million for the smartwatch technology of the fashion and accessory group Fossil. 6. Digital lending platform Loantap has raised $8 million led by Bengaluru-based early stage venture capital fund 3one4 Capital. 7. Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori-led health and fitness startup is gearing up to open its first fitness centre in Dubai by mid-2019. 8. Digital payments company PhonePe is betting majorly in the offline payments space, trying to expand adoption across small merchants and orga

Telecom News JAN 18

✓ Jio net profit up 65% to Rs 831 cr in Dec quarter as customer base swells Reliance ✓ Jio adds 27.9 million subscribers in Q3; says offering Gigafiber across 1400 cities ✓ Reliance Jio`s 4G coverage to reach 99% population in next few months ✓ 5G rollout calls for $100-b investment over 5-7 years’ ✓ India can lead in 5G deployment but investments in fibre infrastructure key: TRAI Chief ✓ Top Five DTH Players Amassed 80,000 Subscribers in Q2 FY19: Trai ✓ Jio may continue pricing pressure until it levels RMS with rivals in bigger markets: ✓ Citi Research Jio says it plans to monetise tower, fibre assets, bring in new investors ✓ Mobile component industry to cross Rs. 70,000 cr in 2018-19 ✓ RIL becomes first Indian corporate to cross quarterly net profit of Rs. 10,000 cr ✓ Apple plans to cut back on hiring after selling fewer iPhones than expected ✓ Avaya India ropes in Sanjay Pai as a sales director ✓ B2B digital solutions estimated to reach USD 29 bn market by 2023: Report

Startup News Jan 17

1. Edtech startup Byju’s has acquired Osmo, a US-based learning platform for $120 million. 2. Personal care brand Arata Zero Chemicals raises Rs 3.5 crore in seed capital. 3. SaaS startup ITILITE has raised Rs 30 crore in its Series-A funding round led by Matrix Partners and others. 4. Paytm has partnered with Zomato to enable food delivery through the application. 5. Financial services firm Aye Finance has raised $10 million in debt funding. 6. Baring Private Equity Asia Ltd is likely to acquire NIIT Technologies Ltd in a deal that may value the IT solutions company at ₹8,000-10,000 crore, reports DealStreetAsia. 7. Soft Bank Vision Fund has sought approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to acquire a 37.87% stake in Delhivery Pvt Ltd. 8. Now, angel tax applications for exemption, routed through the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), will be processed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes within 45 days. The earlier requirement of startup to su

Telecom News Jan 17

Allegations of scam in microwave allocation ‘unfounded’: Manoj Sinha. Slots on DD Free Dish to be e-auctioned to private channels TRAI asks Tata Sky to submit report on execution of new broadcast tariff order Mukesh Ambani in top Global Thinkers list of Foreign Policy RIL to raise Rs 2,500 crore via bonds issue to repay loans, fund capex Vodafone Idea Launches Campaign To Showcase Improved Network PayU India Hiving off Lending Business as a Separate Entity Ericsson SVP And CMO Helena Norrman Quits Nokia to cut jobs in multiple countries after Alcatel-Lucent deal, 5G shift Ericsson says willing to lower royalty rate for 5G smartphone to $2.50 per device. Smartphone-maker Yuho Mobiles eyeing 1.5-2% share by March 2020. Vivo India partners Cashify to allow exchange of old smartphones. Govt raises questions over CAG report on spectrum Another Xiaomi Stock Sale Adds to $31 Billion Rout Facebook advertising rules to become stricter for Lok Sabha election Google Fi now avail

Startup News Jan 16

1. Travel booking site EaseMyTrip plans to raise Rs 1,500 crore through an initial public offer. 2. Zoomtail Technologies, which runs a fashion focused e-commerce platform, has raised seed capital led by Matrix Partners India. 3. Bain Capital will buy majority stake in Brillio, a global digital technology consulting and solutions company. 4. The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) will soon be setting up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for FinTech at Software Technology Parks of India STPI-Chennai. 5. Japan's SoftBank plans to lead another $700M investment round in California-based Katerra at more than $4 billion valuation. 6. Agri-tech startup WayCool raises Rs 120 crore led by LGT Impact 7. Bike rental startup Vogo has raised $8.87M as part of its ongoing Series B funding round. 8. DSG and Blume lead $1.3M pre-Series A round in Leverage Edu. 9. Sequoia India’s Chief Marketing Officer Raja Ganapathy resigned his position to start an unconventional VC

Telecom News Jan 16

✓ Jio 4G download speed dips in Dec but still tops chart; Idea top in upload: TRAI ✓ Airtel launches 4G services in Andaman and Nicobar ✓ Mukesh Ambani features in Foreign Policy`s 2019 list of top `100 Global Thinkers`. ✓ Telcos may have to spend Rs 1.25 trn on court cases, stare at huge loss ✓ Digital payments: Small shops get banks’ backing for lower UPI charges ✓ Discredited over 5G equipment, Huawei founder affirms company would not share user data ✓ Telecom gear from Europe as safe or unsafe as China’s, says 5G panel head. ✓ Global smartphone market to shrink in 2019. ✓ I&B may Endorse Self-Regulation Code for Online Video Players ✓ Global CEOs worried about digital companies, customer loyalty in 2019: Protiviti report. ✓ Qualcomm`s business model is on trial over a $7.50 per-iPhone fee ✓ Bharti Infratel in Spat with Voda Idea Over Exit Penalty Govt may reconsider current model of free Wi-Fi scheme in Delhi Nokia to shed 350 jobs in Finland as part of cost cuts

Telecom News Jan 15

✓ No green signal from DoT for Trai’s Rs 3k-cr fine on 3 telcos ✓ 70,000-crore spectrum scam under Modi, says Cong, cites CAG report ✓ Airtel said to be in talks to buy Telkom Kenya ✓ Giant leap for Mukesh Ambani-led RJio: Share of rural subscribers base jumps to 32% from 4.25% in 2 years ✓ Government shunts out Sanjay Singh, appoints Ansuli Arya as USOF administrator. ✓ Vodafone Idea plans salary hikes after a gap of one year. ✓ Plugging loopholes: e-commerce firms like Amazon, Flipkart asked to store payments data in India ✓ Plea against WhatsApp Pay: NGO gets SC nod to make RBI a party ✓ Tejas sets up new telecom center in Kerala; proposes a 5G lab. ✓ Samsung to launch cheaper phones to lure millennials, fight Chinese rivals ✓ Airtel to deploy pre-5G mobile network tech for Kumbh this week ✓ DoT defers deadline for testing telecom equipment again ✓ Government plans to provide credit guarantee, interest subsidy on loans for electronic manufacturing companies. ✓ Payments

Telecom News Jan 14

✓ D2h Ahead of Other DTH Providers in Migrating Subscribers to New Trai Framework ✓ Trai Issues Reminder to Subscribers for Migrating to New Plans, Tata Sky Subscribers Still in the Dark. ✓ Paytm to Get into Content Space, Launch OTT Service. ✓ UPI`s value grew 700% in 2018 while total digital payments fell 1% ✓ Changing subscriber base to shape revenue growth for telecom firms. ✓ Data Localisation Can Hurt Industry: Qualcomm. ✓ iPhone shipments reduce as high prices hit sales. ✓Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals. ✓ Samsung Wants Crown Back, Seeks to Blunt Xiaomi’s Edge. ✓ Apple demanded $1 bn from Qualcomm for chance to win iPhone: Mollenkopf ✓ Myntra’s CEO Narayanan in Talks for Top Role at Hotstar. ✓ Hike takes U-turn, shifts to multi-app approach in quest for funds.

Telecom News Jan 12

• JioTV App Now Allows Users to Watch 626 Live TV Channels Across 11 Categories • Tata Sky Subscribers Might See Black Screens if Operator Fails to Implement Trai Rules: HC • Airtel Claims Aircel Putting Lenders Over Operational Creditors • Ashok Chawla resigns as NSE chairman over Aircel-Maxis charges • Bharti Airtel to give Tanzania bigger stake in Airtel Tanzania • Call Waiting: RCom, RJio get three weeks more to resolve DoT liability issue • RCom Asks TDSAT to Confirm Spectrum Dues Are Not Jio's • Airtel Claims Aircel Putting Lenders Over Operational Creditors • Ashok Chawla resigns as NSE chairman over Aircel-Maxis charges • Bharti Airtel to give Tanzania bigger stake in Airtel Tanzania • Call Waiting: RCom, RJio get three weeks more to resolve DoT liability issue • RCom Asks TDSAT to Confirm Spectrum Dues Are Not Jio's • Amazon Pay Gets 300 Cr from Parent • Ericsson books charge as it rethinks Digital Services strategy. • Huawei planning to ext

Telecom News Jan 11

✓ Indian Market to Move Towards Bundled Home Broadband and Television Services: ICRA ✓ HFCL bags Rs 500 cr orders for optical fibre cable; plans Rs 388 cr capex ✓ Airtel Says Released 453 cr, Aircel Says Got Only 341 Cr ✓ Reliance Jio takes first big step into fintech, enters PoS business. ✓ Say goodbye to mobile phone network issues on Delhi Metro! By February, chat all you want on metro trains ✓ Vodafone Idea senior marketing executive quits to join Facebook. ✓ After Paytm, Amazon starts physical KYC verification ✓ UPI 2.0 can turn into a mega citizen-scale pay system ✓ Minister denies CAG’s charge, says all spectrum allocated only via auctions ✓ Google wins round in fight against privacy right to be forgotten globally ✓ India needs to adopt middle path on data protection: NITI Aayog. ✓ Xiaomi loses $6 billion in three days as early holders flee ✓ New policy will make most telecom towers in Bengaluru illegal. ✓ Ericsson To Restructure Loss Making BSS Unit, Takes A Hit

Startup News Jan 10

1. Shreyas Shibulal, son of Infosys cofounder SD Shibulal, has started a fund 'Micelio Fund' dedicated to clean-energy startups. 2. Alibaba has acquired German data analysis firm Data Artisans in a deal reported to be worth around $103 million. 3. Israeli cybersecurity company Radware will reportedly acquire Bengaluru-based bot management ShieldSquare owned by Kaalbi Technologies in the first quarter of 2019. 4. Regional language publishing platform Pratilipi is in talks to raise $15-20 million in fresh capital from new and existing investors, reports DealStreetAsia. 5. Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), part of the diversified financial services company SVB Financial Group, which focuses on funding startups and innovators, has set up a delivery centre in Bengaluru to accelerate its digital transformation, reports ET. 6. Messaging platform WhatsApp has spent about Rs 120 crore on print, television and radio advertising in the past five months as it seeks to combat the circulation

Telecom News Jan 10

✓ 5 mn 5G smartphones to be delivered in 2019: Report. ✓ Ericsson banks on a high five, all set for the 5G battle in India. ✓ All major telcos fail to meet service quality norms in Jun-Sep 2018. ✓ Wireline broadband pricing likely to fall by 50% in India; segment to generate Rs 80,000 cr over five years. ✓ Trai Dismisses Rumours About Postponement of New Cable TV Tariff Implementation. ✓ Jio may Surpass Airtel’s India Mobile Revenue for First Time’. ✓ Government spend on telecom infra, service increase six fold between 2014-19 to Rs 60,000 crore. ✓ Making in India: Apple unlikely to get special package. ✓ Reliance Jio Allegedly Blocking Proxies and VPNs in India, Faces Backlash from Users. ✓ US team to visit India, lobby for roll-back of import duties on mobiles & ICT products. ✓ Payment Firms Look to Cash in on RBI’s Tokenisation Note ✓ Micromax sees 76% decline in profits ✓ AGC Networks completes acquisition of Black Box Corporation. ✓ Deadline for public comments on

Todays Startup News - Jan 9

1. Matrix Partners India raises $300M fund, plans to invest it in early-stage startups across sectors 2. Ola is in talks to invest in or acquire medicine delivery startup Myra Medicines. 3. Online pharmacy startup 1mg is raising $35M at $200M valuation led by new investor Corisol Holding AG, a Switzerland-based family office. Existing investor Kae Capital is likely to sell its entire stake, reports TechCircle. 4. Oracle founder Larry Ellison has disclosed a $1-billion stake in Tesla. 5. New York-headquartered shared workspace provider WeWork is holding talks to own at least 51% stake in its Indian operations, which is currently managed by billionaire property developer Jitu Virwani of Embassy Group through a licensing deal, reports ET. 6. The PremjiInvest Opportunities Fund has proposed to invest in MedPlus Health Services according to a CCI filing accessed by Inc42. 7. Edtech platform Talentedge has acquired a significant stake in Hyderabad-based GreyCampus for an undisclosed am

Todays Telecom News - JAN 9

✓ TRAI data: Government’s revenue from telecom companies continue to fall ✓ CES 2019: 5G in dominance as telcos place big gambles at world’s biggest tech show ✓ Chinese Huawei can carry out only 5G trials: Telecom secretary ✓ ZTE seeks government permission to showcase 5G technology ✓ At 525 million, broadband subscriber count grew slowest in 2018: TRAI data ✓ 2G GSM technology suitable for uncovered villages: HFCL`s Mahendra Nahata ✓ Aircel gets Rs. 751-cr relief; SC directs Airtel, DoT to pay up ✓ CAG finds shortcomings in spectrum management, losses to exchequer ✓ HFCL to expand optical fibre cable manufacturing with Rs 35 cr investment ✓ Jio topples Vodafone, leads in access services revenue ✓ Service quality issues plague Vodafone Idea Limited ✓ Shortcomings in execution behind stalled roll-out of 2G network in N-E: CAG ✓ Amazon starts closed user-group testing of UPI pay platform ✓ RBI appoints Nandan Nilekani as chairman of panel on digital payments ✓ Apple cu

Telecom News Jan 8

✓ Kumbh Jio Phone with unlimited free services on Kumbh Mela 2019 launched ✓ Reliance Jio inks gaming content deal for JioPhone. ✓ Reliance Jio GigaFiber Services to Commence in March 2019 Across Major Cities, Preview Offer Live Now. ✓ Mobile wallet transactions decline in November: RBI ✓ RBI KYC Deadline may Punch a Hole in Wallet Cos’ Plans. ✓ Proposed Duty Hike May Hit 100 Handset Units. ✓ Global Semiconductor Revenue Grows 13.4% In 2018. ✓ Huawei launches server chipset as it taps new growth channels. ✓ India Rushes to Connect with 4G, Qualcomm’s Revenue Grows 23% ✓ Apple inks deal with Samsung to distribute iTunes shows on TVs. ✓ Apple supplier AMS develops sensors that can be put behind phone’s screen. ✓ Qualcomm opposes blanket rule on data localisation. ✓ North East Requires Around 7,184 Mobile Towers for Improved Connectivity: Taipa. ✓ Samsung Electronics braces for profit drop as China slowdown chips away at demand.

Telecom & Startup News Jan 6

Telecom  & Startup News • BSNL Receives Previously Surrendered 4G Spectrum from Government in 2500MHz Band DoT’s • Request for Formula Irks TRAI • Govt refuses protection to Jio against RCom’s past liabilities • Reliance Jio may capture 51% revenue market share in 3 years: Analysts • Supreme Court admits Vodafone Idea’s appeal in tax matter • 700 MHz Spectrum: Railways, DoT, on a collision course over reservation • Apple to hold talks with Indian govt after battering in China market • Data Protection Bill Raises Security Alarm • Draft IT rules to curb freedom of speech on social media: Experts • Samsung, Huawei supply majority of own modem chips, Qualcomm says. • Xiaomi buys 0.5% stake in TCL as companies sign cooperation pact Startup News Startup News: • Co-living Startup Zolo Raises Series B Funding of $30M led by existing investor Nexus Venture Partners and IDFC Alternatives • Interior design & build startup, Flipspaces, has raised $3.5 million from Carpedie

Startup News - Jan week 1

*Startup News:* 1. Zomato is in talks to raise between $500 million and $1 billion in a new financing round to counter the recent mega fundraise by rival Swiggy, reports ET. 2. Flipkart founder Sachin Bansal has deposited Rs 699 crore as advance tax for the first quarter of 2018-19 on gains from Flipkart. 3. WeLive, a co living concept owned and operated by NY headquartered WeWork, is set to debut in India in 2019. 4. China-based handset maker Realme would partner with 20,000 retail outlets in India to expand its offline sales to 150 cities in 2019. 5. Amazon is planning to expand its Whole Foods Market portfolio by adding more stores to put more customers within its two-hour delivery service range, reports Wall Street Journal. 6. In December, Unified Payments Interface (UPI), an instant real-time payment system developed by NPCI facilitating inter-bank transactions, has reached 620.17 million transactions (for the first time since inception) amounting to Rs 1,02,594.82 crore. 7

Top 5 Smartphone trends to look out for in 2019!

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