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India to Take Big 5G Leap in 2020 but Mass Adoption Far Away




New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) With fifth-generation cellular network technology (5G) round the corner that allows data transfer at a 10 times faster rate than 4G, India is set to witness major disruptions across industries in 2020 — with greater adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and advances computing at the edge, leading industry experts said on Tuesday.

Although the 5G technology that is gaining momentum fast globally may take at least another 5-6 years to reach the masses in India — for the simple reason that even 5G spectrum allocation is yet to take place for full-fledged trials — the enterprises are bullish on more real-life use cases emerging from the country.

“With 5G around the corner, greater adoption of IoT devices, and a need for faster decision-making, advanced edge computing that converges AI, IoT and 5G will be the key to realizing business value from data,” said Prakash Mallya, VP, and MD – Sales and Marketing Group, Intel India.

In the past 12 months, the integration of AI and IoT at the Edge has rapidly increased, allowing businesses across industries to design automated and more predictive systems.

Coupled with 5G services, edge computing requirements will accelerate exponentially.

“Harnessing these growing opportunities requires products and tools that are interoperable, computer vision enabled for the unique demands of the edge, software that is open and easy to deploy, and investment in the next generation of talent that can build, operate and effectively leverage new technology,” Mallya elaborated.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), commercial 5G deployments have begun in many regions and while 2019 is very much an introductory year at best, 2020 looks to be the year where 5G begins to ramp up.

“Although technologies will continue to evolve and find application in business processes, the mixture of 5G and IoT can be expected to dominate the foreseeable future. Staying competitive will ultimately mean adapting, and there will be plenty in 2020 and beyond for companies to catch up with. So, it’s time to get started,” said Sameer Mahapatra, Country Sales Head — India and SAARC, Aeris Communications.

However, the entire 5G ecosystem, which involves original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), infrastructure, spectrum and edge devices, is currently missing in India and in such a scenario, various 5G-enabled devices that are now set to see the light of day are redundant for the Indian consumers.

“We expect 5G to reach mainstream in India in 2023 and mass market starting 2025 or so,” said Neil Shah, Research Director at Counterpoint Research.

“This will, however, be much earlier compared to 3G and 4G era which took at least seven to eight years in India since the first global commercialisation for each generation of tech curves,” Shah told IANS.

According to cybersecurity firm Forcepoint, While 5G appears to be a promising service for organisations, the more reliable connectivity and lower latency of 5G will also work in favour of determined employees wishing to transfer swathes of corporate data.

5G will also bring new cyber threat scenarios in place.

“With the roll-out of 5G continuing in 2020, cybersecurity stack needs to have visibility and control of such data movement else organizations risk being unable to identify data theft at the speed necessary,” the company said in a statement.

Seqrite, the Enterprise Security solutions brand of Quick Heal Technologies Ltd, expects the threat exposure to increase substantially.

“Cybercriminals will look to capitalise on the new potential entry points that will open up within enterprise networks as everything from internet cars to smart refrigerators connect with them.

“The increase in threats to confidentiality and privacy will be unprecedented, with organisations and institutions required to monitor a much larger landscape for attacks,” said Seqrite.


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NASA eyes new missions for Venus, moons of Jupiter, Neptune




Washington, Feb 15 (SocialNews.XYZ) NASA is funding studies that aim to understand more about Venus, Jupiter’s moon Io and a unique and highly active icy moon of Neptune, Triton.

These selected studies will develop concept studies for new missions.

Although they are not official missions yet and some ultimately may not be chosen to move forward, the selections focus on compelling targets and science that are not covered by NASA’s active missions or recent selections, the US space agency said on Friday.

“These selected missions have the potential to transform our understanding of some of the solar system’s most active and complex worlds,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

“Exploring any one of these celestial bodies will help unlock the secrets of how it, and others like it, came to be in the cosmos,” Zurbuchen added.

The four investigations were selected as part of NASA’s Discovery Programme that invites scientists and engineers to assemble a team to design exciting planetary science missions that deepen what we know about the solar system and our place in it.

Each of the four nine-month studies will receive $3 million to develop and mature concepts and will conclude with a concept study report, NASA said.

After evaluating the concept studies, NASA will continue development of up to two missions towards flight.

Two of these investigations target Venus.

Source: IANS

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Microsoft Opens Third India Research and Development Centre, in Noida




Microsoft is expanding its footprint in India with a new engineering hub in the National Capital Region. To further tap engineering talent in India, Microsoft on Monday announced the launch of its third India Development Centre (IDC) in Noida, after Bengaluru and Hyderabad and will build on its commitment to tapping India’s engineering talent to create solutions for global impact.

“We have built a strong engineering presence in India over the past two decades and we are excited to be expanding to Noida. Our deep commitment to the region will help us further Microsoft’s mission to empower every individual and every organisation on the planet to achieve more,” said Kurt DelBene, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Core Services Engineering and Operations, and the Chairman of the IDC Advisory Board.

The center will be home to Microsoft’s engineering teams across various technology groups, including Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Research Group, Cloud & Enterprise Group, and Experience & Devices Group, along with Core Services Engineering and Operations. It will also house Mixer, Microsoft’s live streaming gaming platform team, becoming the first center to host the gaming team outside the company headquarters in Redmond.

Rajiv Kumar, Managing Director, Microsoft India Research & Development Pvt. Ltd., said, “The launch of the new IDC center in NCR is a step towards realizing IDC’s vision to be a world class development center and source of innovation for the next billion users. This creates opportunities for engineers to do meaningful work that will have impact across the world. We are excited to tap into the engineering talent available in this part of the country to create a truly pioneering organization that will build innovative solutions for global impact.”

With this addition, the India Development Centre will have teams across all engineering divisions from Microsoft.

First set up in Hyderabad in 1998, the development centre drives Microsoft’s strategy of globally shared development to build products and services.

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Google Station Free Wi-Fi Service Being Wound Down Globally, Will Be Helmed by Partners Like RailTel




Google Station is being wound down, globally. To recall, the free Wi-Fi programme was launched in India again in 2015, and has since been expanded to a whole bunch of railway stations and 1000’s of different areas within the nation. It was launched in collaboration with RailTel, and was branded as powered by Google RailWire. Now that it’s winding down, the corporate shall be working with companions corresponding to RailTel to transition current websites – which implies the Wi-Fi service itself is not prone to shutdown.

In a blog post on Monday, Google cited the altering nature of the cellular knowledge panorama as its main cause for winding down its Google Station mission.

“As we glance to the subsequent section of enabling entry, it is clear that since we began 5 years in the past, getting on-line has develop into a lot easier and cheaper. Mobile knowledge plans have develop into extra inexpensive and cellular connectivity is bettering globally. India, particularly now has among the many least expensive cellular knowledge per GB on this planet, with cellular knowledge costs having diminished by 95 % within the final 5 years, as per TRAI in 2019. Today, Indian customers devour near 10GB of information, every month, on common. And much like what the Indian authorities did, a number of governments and native entities have kicked off their very own initiatives to offer simpler, cost-effective entry to the Internet for everybody,” the weblog submit reads.

Google additionally says that aside from the modified context of cellular knowledge, the “challenge of varying technical requirements and infrastructure among our partners across countries has also made it difficult for Station to scale and be sustainable, especially for our partners.” It reveals it’s working with its companions to “transition existing sites so they can remain useful resources for the community.”

As for what’s subsequent on Google’s radar, the corporate mentioned, “And when we evaluate where we can truly make an impact in the future, we see greater need and bigger opportunities in building products and features tailored to work better for the next billion user markets. “

Separately, Google additionally introduced the winding down of Google Station programme in South Africa, which had been launched simply three months in the past in partnership with Think WiFi.

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