New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The weak financial health of Indian telecom service providers will continue to impact the prospects of acquiring new spectrum and the subsequent launch of 5G network in the country, said a report by the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
The 'Market study on the telecom sector in India' noted that spectrum ownership creates a competitive advantage for operators providing wireless access services and access to a larger quantum of the contiguous spectrum can increase operational efficiency.
"With the average spectrum holding for an Indian operator lower (31 MHz) than the global average of 50 MHz, the battered financial health will continue to impact operators' ability to acquire new spectrum and the subsequent launch of 5G in India," it said.
In terms of spectrum, the report observed that India has evolved towards a market-based approach, through licensed auction, though other regimes such as command and control models as well as generic licensing or common use models continue to prevail in other countries.
Since 2010, the Department of Telecommunications has applied the auction-based method for spectrum allocation. Over the six auctions held during the period 2010 to 2016, the government has auctioned only subsets of the total frequencies and the average reserve price in every subsequent auction has witnessed an upward revision.
In the upcoming auctions, the regulator has proposed a steep cut in the reserve price of the 700 MHz band, which saw no demand in the previous auctions and has also recommended making the entire spectrum available for auctions, it said.
The report also said that survival of all the three players is important for the market.
Technology-led convergence has made services less distinguishable, raising new challenges in defining relevant markets and establishing a level playing field.
"With the rule of three to prevail for maintaining competition in the industry (in light of the current financial distress that the industry faces), any exit would mean a virtual duopoly," it said.
In the long-term interest of competition and to reap spillover benefits that telecom affords for other sectors, survival is necessary, as per the CCI report.
"A strong and competitive sector augurs well for the deployment of new technology such as 5G, a weak sector will dull the incentives to innovate and compete."
Refreshing its successful series, Oppo has launched the much-anticipated Reno 5 Pro 5G as successor to Reno 4 Pro that made headlines amid impressive sales last year.
Priced at Rs 35,990 for the single 8GB RAM+128GB storage variant, the Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G comes with a great design, a quad-camera setup and Mediatek Dimensity 1000+ chip.
The phone comes in astral blue and starry black colour options. We used the astral blue colour variant.
The smartphone looks beautiful thanks to the glittery visual effect with a matte finish on the glass back cover.
The device is slim and light, measuring 7.6mm in thickness and weighing just 173g.
The volume and power buttons are placed on the right side of the phone and are easy to reach.
On the left, it has the volume buttons and on the bottom, usual components including a speaker, Type-C port for charging, followed by a mic and the SIM Tray.
On the top, there is a mic and a strip made of different glassy texture which says 'Designed For Reno' that actually looks good.
The smartphone features a 6.55-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) OLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, 92.1 percent screen-to-body ratio, and 402ppi of pixel density.
The 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate ensured a silky-smooth feel whether watching videos, playing games, or switching between apps.
The phone comes with the quad rear camera setup that carries a 64MP primary sensor with an f/1.7 lens and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 lens.
The camera setup also includes a 2MP macro shooter and a 2MP monochrome sensor. For selfies and videos, there is a 32MP camera sensor at the front — with an f/2.4 lens.
With the above combination, the smartphone will definitely impress you with clear pictures and videos.
The triple rear camera setup comes with a list of artificial intelligence (AI) features that include an AI Highlight Video, AI Scene Enhancement, Night Flare Portrait, and an Ultra-clear 108MP Image.
The phone also includes Dual View Video that simultaneously captures videos from both front and rear cameras.
In addition, the front camera also offered good colours and details.
Powered by the ‘FDF Portrait Video System', OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G takes portrait video quality to the next level with an industry-first AI Highlight Video feature on both front and rear cameras.
The device also features an excellent Ultra Steady Video 3.0 for upgraded image stabilisation for a broader range of scenarios, be it running, jumping or extreme sports.
OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is the first device in India powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ which offers an unrivalled combination of 5G connectivity, multimedia, videography, and imaging innovations.
The processor is paired with the ARM G77 MC9 GPU for the graphical needs. It comes with 8GB of RAM alone with 128GB of internal storage.
During the review, the smartphone performed smoothly, regardless of whether for a casual use or heavy ones. The games like Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9 were easily playable at max graphics.
The brand-new ColorOS 11.1 empowers OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G users with more creativity.
It maintains the beloved stock Android 11 features while also providing the rich UI customisation, greater efficiency, unparalleled smoothness, and strengthened privacy sought by OPPO user.
The phone packs a 4,350mAh battery that supports 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging, lasted longer. The battery also supports other fast-charging protocols including SuperVOOC, VOOC 3.0, USB Power Delivery (PD), and Quick Charge.
In addition, with the help of ‘Super-Power Saving Mode', the smartphone can also support WhatsApp text chatting for more than 1.5 hours with only 5 per cent battery — meaning you'll never run out of battery in critical situations.
Conclusion: The new mid-range Reno 5 Pro 5G is an impressive effort by the company to woo users in India.
However, despite being an ultimate smartphone with a mixture of mid-range and premium features like a thin and lightweight design and support for fast battery charging out-of-the-box, it will face stiff competition from OnePlus, Vivo as well as realme.
New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE could be potentially out of the game in India with the government set to begin formulating an action plan on the implementation of 'National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector' on Thursday.
With an aim to protect India's essential national security interests, a committee headed by the Deputy National Security Advisor (Dy NSA) will soon clear all equipment and gadgets, including 5G mobile networks and supply chains.
Top sources in the government told IANS that "a meeting of nodal officials of key ministries was called (on January 21) to formulate a strategy to secure India's paramount interest in the field of cyber and telecom security".
Key officials of the Telecom Ministry, Commerce Ministry and the DRDO, along with cyber security experts were called in the all important meeting, sources said, adding that "a meeting was called by the National Security Council Secretariat, but it was all too confidential. Nothing can be revealed further".
The security action plan aims to classify telecom products/equipment and their suppliers under the trusted and non-trusted categories. In simpler words, companies or suppliers not trusted by the experts committee would not be allowed to do business with Indian telecom service providers.
Once implemented, the action plan would make it very difficult for Chinese telecom equipment suppliers like Huawei or ZTE to procure supply orders from the Indian telecom players such as Jio, Airtel or Vodafone Idea.
In fact, Huawei and ZTE have been under global scrutiny for allegedly installing "backdoor" vulnerabilities in a desperate bid to do spying for the Chinese government. In the wake of the India-China border tensions, the government's action plan on telecom front seems much appreciated and awaited by the Central security and intelligence agencies.
The first meeting on the core issue had been called to discuss the methodology to classify trusted products and also to classify trusted contents. Telecom products which would be 'Made in India' and identified as trusted would be given incentives by the government.
There would be technology support for Indian companies which pioneer in the field of telecom equipment. The government wants that all Indian telecom service providers should procure such trusted products to ensure a fool proof mobile network operation.
Commenting on a need of 'trusted products', an official said that the purpose is to maintain integrity of the supply chain security and in order to discourage insecure equipment in the mobile networks.
"Cyber attacks or rather an espionage attack is generally perpetrated through networks and devices. They are also committed through compromised hardware and software components of telecom networks. With increasing use of internet on mobile phones, the risk continues to increase," said the official, adding, "That's why we quickly require a strong telecom security action plan".
Earlier last month, the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved the setting up of a new National Security Directive on the telecommunication sector with an aim to classify telecom products and their sources under the ‘trusted' and ‘non-trusted' categories.
Telecom and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said on December 17, 2020 that the methodology to designate trusted products will be devised by the designated authority, which is the National Cyber Security Coordinator. Under the new security directives of the government, the telecom service providers would be required to connect new devices which are designated trusted products. The designated authority will make its decision based on the approval of a committee headed by the Deputy NSA.
LG on Thursday launched its new ultrafine display Ergo 4K monitor 'LG 32UN880' for Rs 59,999 in the Indian market.
The new monitor comes with an innovative ergonomic stand with a c-clamp that allows full movement of display for a comfortable, more flexible desktop setup, which further helps to provide next-level efficiency while working for long hours.
"We are certain that Ergo will prove to be a welcome innovation for anyone who spends a significant time at their desk through its technologically and ergonomically advanced design and start-of-the-art features that helps to promote good posture through its high degree of adjustability and ton range of movement, enabling each user to create a perfectly customized workstation," Hak Hyun Kim, Director- Home Entertainment, LG Electronics said in a statement.
At 31.5-inch and 3840 x 2160 resolution, LG's new monitors with UHD 4K IPS display aims to offer good image quality, enhanced colour, contrast and clarity.
According to the company, the new Ergo monitor comes with HDR10 which helps in exceptional image quality and DCI P3 95 per cent for colour accuracy. Interestingly, its compact design takes up very little desk surface and offers easier installation.
Ergo's USB-C one cable solution provides fast data transfer and power for laptop charging through a single cable, helping users achieve a clutter-free working experience and environment.
The monitor was also an Innovation Awards Honoree in Computer Peripherals & Accessories category at CES 2020 Awards.
CRED Founder Kunal Shah on Thursday said he invested an undisclosed sum in OnePlus Co-founder Carl Pie's new venture announced last month.
The Swedish tech entrepreneur co-founded OnePlus in 2013 at the age of 24. After nearly seven years, he made the "difficult decision" of leaving the company in October 2020.
"Carl is working on a new consumer electronics company that I am sure will be a disruptor in the tech industry. I am excited to be part of this journey," said Shah on his investment.
Shah has invested in multiple sectors through his career and this investment is in his personal capacity.
He founded members-only credit card management and bill payments platform CRED in 2018.
Pie had already raised $7 million in seed financing round for his new venture from friends and private investors including Tony Fadell (Principal at Future Shape & Inventor of the iPod), Casey Neistat (YouTuber), Kevin Lin (Cofounder of Twitch), Steve Huffman (CEO of Reddit), Liam Casey (Founder and CEO, PCH), Paddy Cosgrave (Founder of Web Summit) and Josh Buckley (CEO of Product Hunt).
"Kunal is one of the sharpest people I know. I am proud and glad to have him as a friend, advisor and now also an investor," said Pei.
"We are in advanced stages of our vision and are excited to introduce it to the world soon."
Pie's new venture will be officially announced on January 27.
Samsung Display said on Thursday it will mass-produce organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays for laptops with a higher refresh rate in the first quarter of the year as the South Korean panel maker eyes increasing sales amid the pandemic.
Samsung Display said the mass production of its 90Hz OLED screen for laptops will begin in March.
The affiliate of Samsung Group said most laptops in the market currently come with a 60Hz refresh rate display, but its latest product will deliver a more seamless experience to users even though it requires more power and higher graphics card performance.
"Samsung Display is helping to introduce a major shift in the market as it collaborates closely with global manufacturers," the company said. "In rendering static images 90 times a second, they will make movements look much more lifelike, or snappier, from a colour perspective."
The company said OLED displays actually boast faster screen response times than LCD screens with the same refresh rate, reports Yonhap news agency.
"The 90Hz OLED display offers high-speed driving that is actually on par with that of 120Hz LCD screens," the company said after its test result showed that the image drag of 90Hz OLED and 120Hz high refresh rate LCD screens were 0.9 mm and 1 mm, respectively.
Samsung hopes its new display product can post brisk sales as demand for laptops is rising following increased remote working, distance learning and online entertainment activities amid the pandemic.
According to market researcher TrendForce, global notebook shipments in 2021 are projected to reach 216.8 million units, up 8.1 per cent from a year ago.
Smartphone brand realme is set to launch two new smartphones -- realme X7 and realme X7 Pro -- in India in the first week of February.
Industry sources told IANS on Wednesday that realme X7 and X7 Pro will be powered by MediaTek octacore Dimensity 800U processors and support 5G connectivity.
While X7 Pro features the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, the realme X7 will house the Dimensity 800U SoC.
The realme X7 series also offer punch-hole AMOLED display, 64MP quad-camera setup, among other exciting features.
The MediaTek SoC comes with MediaTek 5G UltraSave technology. The chipset can get 2.3Gbps download speeds and is built using a 7nm process.
It has an octa-core CPU with a dual cluster consisting of two Arm Cortex-A76 processors with a clock speed of 2.4GHz.
The company on Wednesday announced that it will also be one of the first brands to introduce a smartphone with MediaTek's new Dimensity 1200 flagship 5G smartphone chip, likely to be called X9, to build a dual flagship portfolio in 2021.
"We will continue to work closely with MediaTek to foster development, adoption and large-scale popularity of 5G around the world," Madhav Sheth, Vice President, Realme and CEO, Realme India and Europe said in a statement.
MediaTek launched the Dimensity 1200 flagship 5G smartphone chip that comes with a 6nm advanced production process, bringing powerful performance and lower power consumption.
Volkswagen AGs chief executive officer Herbert Diess made his debut on Twitter with light trolling of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
In his first tweet, he said that VW was coming after Tesla's market share and already winning the battle for buyers in Europe.
"Hello @Twitter! I'm here to make an impact with @VWGroup, especially on political issues. And, of course, to get some of your market shares, @elonmusk – after all, our ID.3 and e-tron have won the first markets in Europe. Looking forward to productive discussions," Diess said in his tweet on Wednesday.
The two have been friends with one another for years, with Tesla's CEO tweeting in September 2019 that Diess was "doing more than any big carmaker to go electric."
In September last year, after Musk paid a friendly visit to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess to get a special look at VW's new upcoming electric cars, Diess drove Tesla Model Y, saying it was a "reference" car for the German automaker.
The carmaker confirmed that there was no deal in the making between the two automakers and it was basically just Diess checking out Musk's latest electric car.
"Of course, I also tested a Tesla Model Y — with my colleague Frank Welsch. This car is for us in many aspects (not in all!) a reference: user experience, driving features, the performance of the top of the range models, charging network, range," Diess as said.
Diess has often praised Tesla and Musk's approach to electric vehicles and recently predicted that Tesla could become the most valuable company in the world.
Realme on Tuesday launched a new variant of its entry-level smartphone Realme C12 with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM for Rs 9,999 in India.
The new variant costs more than its entry-level sibling (3GB+32GB) by Rs 1,000. The other Realme C12 specifications remain the same as that of the original model.
"Observing the massive consumer demand in the sub Rs 10,000 segment, Realme has launched an upgraded version of the earlier 3GB+32GB variant to meet market requirements," the company said in a statement.
The Realme C12 price in India for the new 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant is set at Rs 9,999 and will be available in two colour variants, namely power blue as well as power silver.
The smartphone will be up for sale on January 19, from 12:00 am on realme.com, Flipkart, and from January 20 in mainline stores
The Realme C12 features a 6.5-inch LCD HD+ dew-drop notch display and a 20:9 aspect ratio.
Under the hood, MediaTek Helio G35 SoC powers the device paired with 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage.
The smartphone has a triple-camera layout with a 13MP main lens, a 2MP monochrome(B/W sensor), and a 2MP macro sensor.
There is a waterdrop-style notch on the screen that houses a 5MP selfie camera
Other features include a 6,000mAh battery with 10W charging, microSD card slot(for storage expansion), micro-USB and 3.5mm audio jack ports, rear fingerprint sensor, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 and GPS.
The total output value of the animation and mobile game industries in Beijing exceeded $15.43 billion in 2020, up 32 per cent year on year, according to Beijing Animation and Game Industry Alliance.
The output value accounted for 19.3 per cent of China's total, the alliance said.
In 2020, the number of mobile game users in Beijing hit 5.08 million, an increase of 166,000 over 2019.
The alliance noted residents' digital entertainment consumption demand was stimulated in 2020 due to the Covid-19 epidemic, which was the major factor driving the growth of the industries, reports Xinhua news agency.
Online game products independently developed by Beijing enterprises have covered more than 100 countries and regions worldwide.
Data shows that Beijing's total output value of game exports in 2020 was 41.93 billion yuan, up 30 per cent from 2019.
As Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes all-pervasive, a new report has forecast that technology would replace humans by 2031 in the field of cybersecurity, as hackers use more sophisticated tools.
Cloud security firm 'Trend Micro' in a new report said more than two-fifth (41 per cent) of IT leaders believe that AI would replace their role by 2030.
Just nine per cent of respondents said AI would not replace their job within the next decade.
Nearly a third (32 per cent) said AI would eventually work to completely automate all cybersecurity.
Nearly one in five (19 per cent) believe that attackers using AI to enhance their arsenal would be commonplace by 2025.
"The seismic events of 2020 have created long lasting changes in work environments across the globe and opened up new avenues that cybercriminals can abuse. Cybersecurity will help enterprises, governments and ordinary users adapt safely to these new conditions in 2021," said the report.
Nearly one in five of those surveyed said attackers using AI to enhance their goals would be commonplace by 2025.
Nearly a quarter of IT leaders also claimed that by 2030, data access would be tied to biometric or DNA data, making unauthorised access impossible.
When it comes to this year, telecommuting would continue in 2021 and hybrid environments where work and personal tasks co-mingle in one machine, would be challenging in terms of security.
"Organisations -- especially global enterprises -- will have less control over their data. Delineating where data is stored and processed will become more difficult. The decreased visibility into enterprise devices only gets more problematic when employees access personal apps from work devices," said the report titled "Turning the Tide".
Both users and enterprises would have to protect work-from-home setups from threats and IT teams would need to secure entire remote workforces and individual users would have to secure their virtual workspaces and endpoint devices in 2021.
The number of Covid-19-related spam emails and phishing attempts are increasing.
"Cybercriminals will continue to use the coronavirus, and other related incidents from the pandemic's fallout to lure in new victims."