Archive for June, 2010

Booming Telecom Sector in India

June 22, 2010

The Indian telecom sector witnessed a total telephone subscriber base of 621.28 million and a wireless subscription of 584.32 million, according to Telecom Subscription Data released by TRAI as on 31st March 2010. The overall tele-density and Broadband subscription base in the telecom sector touched 52.74 and 8.75 million respectively, as on 31st March 2010.The Indian telecom sector saw number of telephone subscribers in India increase to 621.28 million at the end of March-2010 from 600.98 million in February-2010, thereby registering a growth rate of 3.38 per cent. With this, the overall Tele-density in India reaches 52.74.

Wireless subscriber base in the telecom sector increased from 564.02 million in February 2010 to 584.32 million at the end of March 2010, registering a growth of 3.60 per cent while the wireless tele-density stands at 49.60. Wireline subscriber base at the end of March 2010 remains at 36.96 million, same as in February 2010. The Indian telecom sector includes the presence of BSNL/MTNL, two PSU operators, which hold 84.77 per cent of the Wireline market share. Overall Wireline teledensity in the Indian telecom sector stands at 3.14.Total Broadband subscriber base in the telecom sector has increased from 8.59 million in February 2010 to 8.75 million in March 2010, there by showing a growth of 1.90 per cent.

According to the Union Finance Secretary, Mr Ashok Chawla, the fiscal situation is positive and encouraging, following the Government getting more than expected revenue from the auction of the spectrum for launching 3G mobile services in India’s telecom sector.The auction for the third generation (3G) spectrum in the telecom sector ended with the government garnering Rs 67,718 crore (US$ 14.53 billion). According to management consulting firm Zinnov, the service providers should be able to absorb the high costs and roll out cost-effective 3G services for the end consumer considering the market opportunity with the total mobile phone subscriber base of about 585 million and the expected increase in revenue per user in the Indian telecom sector.

As per analysts, the 3G technology is likely to have a positive impact on the stocks of winning bidders in the long-term. Meanwhile as per a recent release by the rating agency CRISIL, the availability of 3G spectrum will positively impact the business profiles of players in the telecom sector, enabling them to protect their current market positions, and offer value-added services.

Jajati Patro is a well-known Journalist, who collects and interprets data on the web for the global E-seva. These days he is working on Global Information Technology, Science and Technology and Indian Telecom Sector

IT Science & Technology

June 11, 2010

The value of information technology (IT) software exports from Tamil Nadu rose by 29 per cent in 2008-09 to Rs 36,680 crore in 2008-2009 from Rs 28,426 crore, a year ago. The employment opportunities generated by India’s information technology (IT) should be dispersed to all parts of the state, according to Tamil Nadu Finance Minister, Mr K Anbazhagan. Information technology parks are being established in Municipal corporations like Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy. ‘TIDEL’ information technology Park at Coimbatore will be completed by May 2010 and will be established at an estimated cost of Rs 380 crore.

Syntel, Inc is planning to invest around US$ 50 million in its recently inaugurated global development centre located in Sipcot’s information technology (IT) special economic zone at Siruseri in Tamil Nadu. The centre, upon completion in the next two years, will provide jobs for over 10,000 professionals.

Significantly, the government has relaxed employment visa norms for the over US$ 60 billion information technology (IT) industry, allowing companies to hire foreign nationals as per their requirements.

Furthermore, the Indian information technology (IT) industry’s revenue from Germany, Austria and Switzerland could increase four fold to US$ 10 billion by 2020, according to a recently released NASSCOM report.

Delhi-based HCL Technologies Ltd has signed a US$ 500 million (Rs 2,225 crore) strategic pact with pharmaceutical major Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (MSD) for a period of five years. HCL will offer software-led information technology solutions, remote infrastructure management, engineering and business and knowledge process services to MSD.

According to Ms K Ratna Prabha, Principal Secretary, Information Technology and Communications Department, Andhra Pradesh is targeting to achieve an export turnover of Rs 70,000 crore (US$ 15.8 billion) and create direct information technology (IT) employment for 125,000 people by 2015.The state level technical committee (STC), headed by the secretary, science and technology (S&T) department of the Government of Orissa, has cleared eight more solar power projects with an aggregate power generation of 230 mega watts (MW).

Significantly, the success rate of incubated companies in India is 60-70 per cent, comparable to that in America, according to ‘First Status Report on Technology Business Incubation’, the first such survey conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).Meanwhile, technology company IBM has tied up with Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Delhi and Roorkee to jointly promote research in areas of common interest, like green technologies, energy-efficient computing and data mining.

Jajati Patro is a well-known Journalist, who collects and interprets data on the web for the global E-seva. These days he is working on Global Information Technology