Archive for April, 2010

Science and Technology and updates from IT and Telecom

April 20, 2010

The Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) will be established in about two month’s time in New Delhi, it has been stated by T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the German Parliamentary Secretary after the 8th Indo-German Committee on Science and Technology. It has been announced by the German President Horst Koehler that 2011-12 will be a German-Indian year that will showcase German politics, culture, art and science and technology.

India’s high status in the field of science and technology research came in for mention at the India Eco Summit where the panelists discussed whether the country had the potential to become a science and technology innovation hub in the near future. The Australian and Indian governments have jointly launched a US$ 100 million science and technology collaboration project that touches on the importance of green science and technology in tackling challenges in water, energy, health and environment.

The Indian telecom sector has added 170 million phone connections in 2009, taking the total subscriber base to 550 million. At present, the Indian telecom market is the fastest growing in the world with the lowest tariffs and market leaders in the Indian telecom sector. The Indian Telecom Analysis (2008-2012) report by RNCOS Industry Research Solutions shows that mobile telecom segment has surpassed all other segments in the Indian telecom sector. Meanwhile the view has been expressed that a considerable degree of consolidation is due to take place in the telecom sector with the end of the tariff war among players in the Indian telecom sector. In the mean time, a big player in the Indian telecom sector, Bharti Airtel, continues to work to make its presence in the African telecom sector with its pursuit of Kuwaiti telecom company, Zain.

In other updates, a international telecom company, Quippo Telecom Infrastructure and Wireless TT Info Services has acquired the tower business of telecom company, Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd. Simply North America accounts for nearly 60 per cent of India’s information technology export basket and top-tier information technology companies such as Infosys, Wipro and HCL Technologies appear to be aggressively ramping up their delivery capabilities in the region. While the information technology company Infosys Technologies has bought McCamish Systems based in Georgia, HCL Technologies has completed the acquisition and of a data centre in New Jersey.

Meanwhile the information technology (IT) and and ITeS Industry Association of AP has estimated a 20 per cent increase in exports from Andhra Pradesh in the next financial year. In other developments, California-based information technology company NComputing is looking at Tier II and III cities of Uttar Pradesh for growth. Information technology exports from the state of Gujarat are expected to grow by 15-20 per cent in the financial year end 2009-10, according to Ravi Saxena, principal secretary, Department, of Science and Technology (DST), Government of Gujarat (GoG).