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Nokia, Facebook Trial Undersea Spectral Efficiency With Amazing Success

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Nokia and Facebook have collaborated to do spectral efficiency test of their undersea fiber network and the results were very encouraging. During the field trials the team witnessed 2.5 times more capacity than the traditional optical transmission technology.

Both the companies conducted this trial over a 5,500 km submarine cable between New York and Ireland using new optical digital processing technologies.

To increase the capacity capabilities of subsea fiber, Nokia and Facebook tested Nokia Bell Labs’ new probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS) technology. The test showed an increase of almost 2.5x more capacity than the stated optical transmission capacity of the system, demonstrating the feasibility of the technology across a challenging real-world fiber-optic network.

PCS, an area of active Nokia Bell Labs research, is a novel technique that uses ‘shaped’ quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) formats to flexibly adjust transmission capacity to near the physical limits of a given fiber-optic link. In this first-of-its-kind experiment for an installed submarine link, conceived and planned by Facebook, PCS based on 64 QAM, combined with digital nonlinearity compensation and low-linewidth lasers, achieved a record spectral efficiency of 7.46 b/s/Hz, indicating the potential to upgrade this cable to 32 Tb/s per fiber in the future.

“Facebook wants to increase the pace of innovation and adoption of next-generation optical technologies. This field trial with Nokia demonstrates that the scalable optical technology of PCS together with narrow linewidth laser sources can achieve capacities extremely close to the Shannon limit. This ensures that we are both maximizing our investment in submarine cable systems, as well as continuing to drive the cost per bit of submarine transport lower,” said Dr. Stephen Grubb, global optical network architect at Facebook.

Transmission tests based on the commercially available Nokia Photonic Service Engine 2 (PSE-2) validated the successful transmission of 8-QAM wavelengths running at 200 Gb/s and 16-QAM wavelengths running at 250 Gb/s – a first for transatlantic transmission. 200G 8-QAM wavelengths supported a spectral efficiency of 4 b/s/Hz while exhibiting sufficient performance margin to support reliable, commercial operation.

“We are thrilled to partner with Facebook to promote our common commitment to accelerating innovation in optical transmission. By demonstrating promising areas of Nokia Bell Labs research such as PCS, as well as coherent technologies available today, we hope to chart a path forward for the industry towards higher capacities, greater reach, and more network flexibility,” said Sam Bucci, head of optical networking at Nokia.

The results of the trial will be presented in a post-deadline paper at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), March 21-23 in Los Angeles, CA.

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MWC 2017 : Avast Launches Personal Security Solutions For IoT Devices

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Digital security products and solutions provider Avast, Tuesday announced a new feature of the Avast Wi-Fi Finder app for Android that will help users secure their networks and protect their Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

In addition to helping users easily find secure Wi-Fi connections on-the-go, Avast Wi-Fi Finder also now automatically scans Wi-Fi networks for connected device vulnerabilities, allowing users to address identified security issues.

When an IoT device is connected to the internet, virtually anyone can identify its type, brand and software as well as its IP address to approximate its location. In Spain alone, millions of devices are connected to the internet and vulnerable.

Avast data shows that more than 40% of users worldwide have a vulnerable router. The Wi-Fi Finder allows users to take proactive measures to protect their devices. When connected to Wi-Fi, Avast Wi-Fi Finder determines which devices are on the network, evaluates the security of the router — the entry point to the network — and identifies any known vulnerabilities among these connected devices.

If vulnerabilities are identified, Avast Wi-Fi Finder guides users through remediation instructions, such as setting up a strong password, in order to secure both their network and devices.

“In recent months, we have seen an uptick in the number of attacks by large-scale botnets utilizing Internet of Things devices and unsecured routers,” said Gagan Singh, SVP & GM, Mobile at Avast. “It’s easier than ever for hackers to manipulate connected devices to spy on users, steal confidential information or use the device as a cyber-weapon in a larger attack. Users need to practice extreme caution when connecting their devices to any Wi-Fi network. We are now bringing Avast’s powerful Wi-Fi inspection technology for PCs to our Wi-Fi Finder app to make it easier for Android users to identify network vulnerabilities and protect their connected devices.”

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Indian Semiconductor Association IESA Opens Its Chennai Chapter

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India Electronics and Semiconductor Association or IESA, the trade body representing the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, today announced the launch of their Chennai Chapter. The key objectives of setting up an office in Chennai is to widen the eco-system, acquire new members and strengthen the supply chain in the region.

Chennai is known as the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) hub of India with the EMS Corridor stretching from Sriperumbudur to Oragadam. Being one of the fastest growing manufacturing metros, its accessibility as a seaport and having a significant share of manufacturing units for major technology companies with automotive and OEM’s being the core hub, was an obvious choice for IESA’s expansion. With this announcement, IESA has taken a step further towards achieving its objective of making India a global electronic manufacturing hub in order to boost the electronic manufacturing market in the country.

“With the commencement of our activities from Chennai, we will have greater opportunities to connect and collaborate with companies to help them create products and solutions to cater to the ever increasing electronics systems demand in India. With an already strong base of electronics manufacturing in the state with suburbs of Chennai and Coimbatore as the 2 major cities of innovation and product realization, we hope to partner with the companies in electronics design and manufacturing and services to put the Indian ESDM industry on the global radar. This is a part of the process of IESA further expanding its presence in the country to be able to promote the digital transformation and making India the global epicenter of electronics innovation,” said K. Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA.

“Today close to 40% of electronics for the automotive industry is supported from Tamil Nadu alone. IESA is highly inclined towards the achievement of this objective and is striving towards building support for the companies across the states like Tamil Nadu to promote conducive manufacturing of products for global markets,” said M.N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA.

Tamil Nadu is known as a global electronics equipment manufacturing and hub with Coimbatore being home to large number of auto electronic component industries. Companies like Flextronics, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson, Foxconn, Samsung, Cisco, Sanmina, and Dell have chosen Chennai as their manufacturing hub. Products manufactured include circuit boards and cellular phone handsets with Ericsson also has a Research and Development facility in Chennai. Big Electronic Product Code (EPC) companies have set up their engineering centres with the manufacturing sector growing at 3.53% which was higher than the country’s growth rate for the sector at 0.71% in the year in 2013-14.

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India’s Optiemus To Manufacture BlackBerry Phones

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Optiemus Infracom, an Indian company based out of New Delhi, will now manufacture your next set of BlackBerry smartphones in the country. Besides domestic consumption, the BlackBerry phones made by Optiemus will also be exported to other markets like Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Earlier the Canadian smartphone maker had announced the company will only focus on developing software and services for the phones and will not manufacture the hardware on its own. The manufacturing as well as distribution responsibility will be outsourced to third parties in various markets.

“This is an important milestone in our strategy to put ‘the smart in the phone’, providing state-of-the-art security and device software on a platform relevant to mobile customers, with more localization. With its infrastructure and experience in manufacturing, and proven success as our distribution partner, Optiemus Infracom is the ideal partner to design and manufacture trusted BlackBerry secure Android handsets for customers in India and neighboring markets,” said Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Mobility Solutions at the Canadian firm.

In December last year BlackBerry had handed over this job to TCL Communication of China to manufacture the smartphones for some markets, and in September the company had formed a joint venture PT BB Merah Putih to make the phones in Indonesia.

In India, under the terms of the agreement with Optiemus, BlackBerry will license its security software and services suite, as well as related brand assets to the Indian partner. The partner will design, manufacture, sell, promote and provide customer support for the mobile devices that offer the full BlackBerry experience, including the Android secure software, in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

However, the Ontario, Canada based firm will continue to control and develop its security and software solutions and maintain trusted BlackBerry security software, including regular Android security updates to the platform.

“This agreement will help us expand mobility choices by designing, manufacturing and offering secure BlackBerry devices which are made in India, for customers in India, as well as Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. With our strong end to end play in the mobile ecosystem in manufacturing, retail, distribution and support, we are confident that our journey with BlackBerry will be a long and successful one,” said Ashok Gupta, Chairman of Optiemus Infracom.

This is not Optiemus’ first association with the Canadian smartphone maker. In November last year the company had outsourced its sales and distribution of two of its latest smartphones – the BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60.

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Xiaomi’s Global VP Hugo Barra Joins Facebook To Lead Oculus VR

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Hugo Barra, a technology veteran and the true global face of Xiaomi, is joining Facebook to lead the social networking firm’s AR and VR activities including Oculus VR.

Both Barra as well as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted their respective messages on the social media platform informing about the development.

“I’m excited to share my next adventure as I return to Silicon Valley—in a couple of months I’ll be joining Facebook as VP of virtual reality (VPVR!) and lead the Oculus team,” said Barra.

He had quit Xiaomi early this week.

“Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform. They’ll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before,” said Zuckerberg in a Facebook post. “Hugo is going to help build that future, and I’m looking forward to having him on our team.”

However, Oculus is not going to be a smooth journey for Barra. The company, after being taken over by Facebook in 2014, has been struggling to bring out a mass product. Facebook is also working to bring out a standalone VR device that can work independent of a smartphone or computer but the days are yet to come.

So, Barra, at present stares at another startup, or an established firm with a startup like situation. He has his task cut out to make the team work.

“That will be my mission at Facebook and I look forward to building the future of immersive technology with Mark Zuckerberg, Brendan Trexler Iribe, Mike Schroepfer, and the visionaries in the Oculus team,” Barra wrote in his Facebook post.

Barra joined Chines smartphone startup Xiaomi in 2013 from Google where he worked in Android OS development team. And in this three years, next to CEO Lei Jun, Barra was the man people associated Xioami with, and he played crucial role in establishing the Chinese brand in competitive markets like India and the US. When he left Xiaomi, Barra along with its India team headed by Manu Jain made India the largest market for the company and touched revenue of $1 billion.

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Airtel Hits Back, Says Jio Itself Is To Be Blamed For QoS Issue

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Bharti Airtel has hit back hard at Jio saying the new 4G operator has itself to blame for the alleged call failures as the later has not  yet activated all the Points of Interconnect (PoI) provided.

Airtel said it has provided more PoIs to Jio than it has demanded but the sluggish pace of PoI activation from their part is creating all problems, if any at all, and has urged the new operator not to blame it for the call failures.

“About 60 Million customers of Jio are making calls into the Airtel network. To meet this requirement, we have provided 21,557 PoIs to them which is much higher than their demand of 14,164 E1s for catering to 100 Million customers,” Airtel said in a statement.

“Approximately 17,000 PoIs of the total POIs provided are dedicated to the outgoing traffic of Jio but it has yet to activate all the E1s we have provided to them,” it further added.

The RIL owned firm, in its part, early this evening has blamed large telcos, not exactly naming but subtly hinting at Airtel had said lots of calls are still failing as large telcos are not providing the required PoIs to it.

“Jio continues to face interconnection congestion issues with some of the large operators on account of inadequate provision of points of interconnection (POI) capacities even months after commencement of services by Jio. The POI capacity provided by these operators is still way below requirement and is falling short of the customer addition pace of Jio, resulting in quality of service issues for Indian customers,” a Jio statement had said.

Airtel, however, putting the onus back on the new operator, suggested the Mukesh Ambani owned firm needs to take corrective actions themselves to resolve the issues.

“While, their free traffic has been a cause of tsunami of asymmetric traffic towards Airtel’s network, Jio itself has been slow in activating the PoIs provided to them for the reasons best known to them,” it said.

“We hope that they will take immediate corrective actions, instead of blaming Airtel for issues being faced at their end,” it added.

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Jio Claims 72 Mn Users But Blames Big Telcos For Call Drops

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Reliance Jio today said it has acquired more than 72 million customers since launch and though the company is investing heavily in the network, calls are still failing because of the anti-competitive nature of big telcos who are not providing ample points of interconnect.

The company said by end of December 2016, there were 72.4 million registered subscribers on Jio network and the new operator achieved the feat of 50 million customers in just 83 days adding 6 lakh customers per day.

“This subscriber addition rate is the fastest achieved by any company in the world including the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype,” said Mukesh Ambani who was addressing RIL’s shareholders during the Q3 result announcement.

“This level of growth has been unprecedented on any mobile network anywhere in the world, and is a testimony to the comprehensive digital ecosystem that Jio has created and its promise of enabling millions of Indians to add value to their daily lives,” he added.

On the quality of services issue the company said according to data speed test  report by TRAI, Jio’s data speed is at 18.17 mbps which is twice that of its competitor service providers. However, the company claimed that, despite all efforts Jio is unable to provide the best possible service to its customers as it has not got the required number of PoIs.

“Jio continues to face interconnection congestion issues with some of the large operators on account of inadequate provision of points of interconnection (POI) capacities even months after commencement of services by Jio. The POI capacity provided by these operators is still way below requirement and is falling short of the customer addition pace of Jio, resulting in quality of service issues for Indian customers,” a company statement said.

“The resultant call failure rates continue to be of the order of 175 calls failing out of every 1,000 calls from Jio to Airtel network when the QoS regulations mandate that no more than 5 calls out of every 1,000 calls can fail. Indian customers are still being denied the benefits of superior voice technology on Jio’s state-of-the-art network,’ it added.

In order to offer completely flawless and world-class user experience to customers, Jio said it has continued to expand its network, both in terms of coverage as well as capacity. The company is also infusing Rs 30,000 in the network to improve the coverage and capacity.

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Airtel Upgrades Network In Delhi; Expect Less Call Drops

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You are set for less call drops and better indoor coverage in Delhi-NCR, provided you are an Airtel subscriber, as the country’s largest telco has upgraded and added more spectrum for its network in the region.

With this, the company claims, customers would get 4G like data speeds even on 3G, thanks to the dual carrier technology. This upgradation will add significant capacity for voice and data, enhance overall network experience through improved stability and coverage, Airtel today said in a statement.

As part of the network upgrade, a part of its Project Leap initiative, Airtel has deployed state of the art ‘Dual Carrier’ technology to combine the spectrum capacities of two 5MHz carriers in the 2100 MHz band. Airtel is the first mobile operator to deploy ‘Dual Carrier’ technology in Delhi NCR.

‘Dual Carrier’ technology significantly boosts network capacity through highly efficient usage, and delivers a superior mobile experience in the form of faster data speeds, better voice quality, and improved network coverage – indoors and outdoors.

The highlight of ‘Dual Carrier’ technology deployment is that customers will be able to enjoy 4G like data speeds even when they are on the 3G. The technology will also help in optimising the backend engagement between the network and mobile devices, enabling customers to enjoy extended battery life on their mobile devices. With this deployment, Airtel will now offer the widest 4G experience across Delhi-NCR.

“Airtel has consistently set the benchmark, when it comes to deployment of latest technology to improve customer experience. With ‘Dual Carrier’ technology, we will be able to deliver a seamless 4G experience across NCR. We would like to thank our customers for their cooperation during the network upgrade and invite them to experience our network,” said Ravindra Singh Negi, CEO – Delhi/NCR, Bharti Airtel.

Airtel is the largest mobile operator in Delhi NCR with 11.43 million customers and offers 4G, 3G and 2G services in the Capital city.

As part of Project Leap, Airtel has been deploying state-of-the-art technology solutions for better indoor coverage and network optimization; overhauling legacy networks with new equipment and making investments in additional spectrum and fiber to significantly improving its network capabilities across the country since last year. Airtel was also the first operator in the country to deploy ‘Carrier Aggregation’ technology that combines capacities of spectrum in 2300 MHz (TD-LTE) and 1800 MHz (FD-LTE) and delivers data speeds on up to 135 Mbps with compatible handsets.

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Gorilla Glass Maker Corning Appoints Amit Bansal As India MD

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Corning Incorporated, the makers of Gorilla Glass, that physically protects your smartphone,  has appointed Amit Bansal as its new managing director for its operations in India. Bansal will be based in Gurugram, Haryana and spearhead the US $10-billion company’s growth and operations while contributing to strategic planning for Corning in India.

“Amit has been an integral part of the organization and has contributed to the company’s growth in the country over the past several years,” said Thomas Appelt, president of Corning International Emerging Markets. “India is one of our priority markets and we aim to expand our business and deepen our business engagement in the core sector. Amit brings in immense experience and I am confident that he will drive company’s growth plans for India.”

Bansal will drive synergy across the various commercial organizations to grow Corning’s business in the country. Additionally, he will oversee Corning’s manufacturing operations in the country, business development efforts with the science and technology organization, and pursue new global supply management opportunities. Bansal has also been appointed to the Corning Finolex Board of Directors.

“I am excited to be a part of Corning’s journey in India and witness numerous growth avenues explored by the organization,” Bansal said. “Corning is an iconic global brand and the projected plans for growth in India seem very promising. I am committed to take the company’s vision forward and utilize all of my skills to ensure an accelerated growth trajectory for the company across verticals.”

Bansal brings almost two decades of extensive business experience both internationally and in India. Before joining Corning, Bansal played a key role in leading various commercial, merger, and acquisition initiatives at Axygen, a California-based life science company acquired by Corning in 2009. Additionally, Bansal is a qualified chartered accountant and holds degrees in finance and accounting.

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Gionee Claims 12 Mn Users, Hires Virat Kohli To Promote Brand

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Chinese smartphone brand Gionee today claimed that it has got a user base of 12 million or 1.20 crore in India since launch and has been growing at a very fast pace for last few years. To celebrate this the company has also appointed India cricket team captain Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador who will now promote Gionee in various platforms.

Earlier, the company had roped in actor Alia Bhatt as it’s brand ambassador a few months ago and Virat is joining her in helping the brand touch new heights.

The company said its business doubled in the last fiscal year and has similarly ambitious targets for this year as well when it expects a 2.5x growth. On expansion plans  the company said it will also be establishing 500 brand stores in India along with doubling their strength of retail representatives to 20,000.

It rolled out a global re-branding exercise with a new logo and tagline, “Make Smiles” along with signing on an MoU to put up it’s own manufacturing unit in India. Gionee, operating through its two manufacturing units in India and continuously beefing up its brand and marketing initiatives.

The association with Virat Kohli will further enable the brand to carry forward it’s high decibel visibility and connect.

“ India is one of the fastest growing young economies in the world and Gionee takes immense pride in having India’s biggest youth icons Virat Kohli and Alia Bhatt as its brand endorsers. With the two of the most loved icons in India our motto of Making Smiles is bound to create a new benchmark across billions of young hearts,” said Arvind.R Vohra, Country CEO & MD, Gionee India.

“I play my game with dignity and passion and apply the same rule in choosing my partnerships. Gionee comes across as a brand that is fueled by passion, determination and focus to innovate and perform and with all of this have it’s heart in the right place by giving back to society. Thus, I feel and believe that this association will go a long way. I am very excited to start this journey with Gionee,” said cricket star Virat Kohli.

Gionee has been ever expanding it’s visibility through leading Indian personalities and platforms that appeal to youth, be it Sports, Movies or Music. It has been steadily sponsoring IPL Cricket team Kolkata Night Riders, Football Club Shillong Lajong, and Pro Kabaddi League for the last few years. In 2016, Gionee tied up with Bollywood blockbusters Dilwale and Love You Zindagi. Music is also a stronghold of Gionee, given it’s sponsorship of Sunburn and Bollyland.

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