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5G Spectrum Services to Rollout in August-September: IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

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By Press Trust of India | Updated: 16 June 2022

India’s biggest spectrum auction, which will pave the way for high-speed 5G services, is likely to conclude by July-end and the rollout is expected by September this year, union Telecom and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Wednesday.

The Cabinet has approved 5G spectrum auction which is scheduled to begin from July 26.

“5G spectrum auction process has started today. We should see the auction process completing by end of July, which is what our scheduled target date was. Telecom companies are already working in parallel to set up the entire infrastructure,” Vaishnaw told PTI in an interview here.

The 5G services are expected to be rolled out by August-September.

“Auction is in time. July was the timeframe for auction. August-September was timeframe to begin rollout,” Vaishnaw added.

The minister is attending a technology event in Paris where he inaugurated the India pavilion which is hosting 65 startups from the country.

The minister at Vivatech signed an agreement with Lyra Network of France for acceptance of UPI and RuPay card in the European country.

“As part of our public digital platform strategy, UPI is one platform which has been widely recognised as a highly successful payments platform.

“Europe is interested in it and today an MoU has been signed between between UPI and a payment settlement organisation of France so that they can also utilise UPI protocol in Europe. In a sense, we in India are now exporting our soft power to the world,” Vaishnaw said.

Another agreement was signed between Vizag-based Medical Technology Park and FIEN (Federation Indo European Du Numerique) of France for promotion of investments in Indian MedTech startups, increasing market access to Indian MedTech products in European markets and joint work on advancement in augmented reality, synthetic biology and innovation.

Vaishnaw said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision is very clear that the figure of 100 unicorns in the country should now increase and India’s position as the third-largest startup ecosystem should now further consolidate.

“Our startups have started emerging from tier-two and tier-three cities. That process also has to go forward in a very big way. In future, the startups have to come more and more from smaller places,” he said.

The minister also said women’s participation in the Indian startup story is growing and needs to increase further.

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Apple Said to Be Exploring Moving Some iPad Production to India From China

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India and other countries such as Mexico and Vietnam are increasingly turning important to contract manufacturers supplying to US brands like Apple.
By Reuters | Updated: 6 December 2022

The government is exploring options to bring some of Apple’s iPad production to the country from China, CNBC reported on Monday, citing two sources close to the Indian government.

Apple is holding ongoing discussions with officials, according to the report.

The iPhone maker did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Last month, the Economic Times business daily reported that the Tata Group was in talks to buy Wistron’s only manufacturing facility in India for up to Rs. 5,000 crore, citing people familiar with the discussions.

Tata Electronics, a unit of salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group, already supplies components to Apple from its Hosur unit in Tamil Nadu, which neighbours Karnataka, according to the report.

India and other countries such as Mexico and Vietnam are increasingly turning important to contract manufacturers supplying to American brands amid COVID-related lockdowns in China and simmering tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Bloomberg had reported in September that Tata was in talks with Wistron to establish a joint venture to assemble iPhones in India.

Currently, iPhones are assembled in India by at least three of Apple’s global suppliers – Wistron in Karnataka, as well as Foxconn and Pegatron in Tamil Nadu.

In November, Apple’s Taiwanese contract manufacturer Pegatron reportedly began assembling the new iPhone 14 in India. Both Foxconn and Pegatron produce Apple’s latest iPhone 14 handset in India, the former began assembling the smartphone in September.

Cupertino, California-headquartered Apple has bet big on India since it began iPhone assembly in the country in 2017 via Wistron and later with Foxconn, in line with the Indian government’s push for local manufacturing.

J.P.Morgan analysts estimate Apple may make one out of four iPhones in India by 2025 as the tech giant moves some production away from China, amid mounting geopolitical tensions and strict COVID-19 lockdowns in the country.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 FE Tipped to Sport LCD Screen With Stylus Support

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By ANI | Updated: 22 November 2022

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 FE, the purported successor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, could be equipped with an LCD screen and offer stylus support, according to details shared by a tipster. A tablet with the model number SM-X506B was spotted on Geekbench back in September, hinting at a new Tab 8 ‘Fan Edition’ tablet, and now a leaker has shared details of the device’s display.

According to a report by GSMArena citing reliable tipster Roland Quandt, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 FE will sport an LCD screen, like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE that made its debut last year.

The tipster further claims that the upcoming tablet will feature a Wacom digitiser for stylus support. It is worth noting that the LCD screen on the Galaxy Tab S7 FE also offers support for using a stylus.

Back in September, a Geekbench listing for a tablet with the model number SM-X506B suggested that Samsung was working on a tablet that will be powered by a 6nm MediaTek Kompanio 900T SoC. The chipset is comparable to the MediaTek Dimensity 900 and comprises two Cortex-A78 (at 2.4GHz), six A55 (2.0GHz) and a Mali-G68 MC4 GPU, as per the report.

The report states that the tablet listed on Geekbench would be a variant of the purported Galaxy Tab S8 FE with support for 5G connectivity, while another Wi-Fi-only version with the model number SM-X500 could also make its debut.

The Geekbench listing also indicates that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 FE will be equipped with at least 4GB of RAM, and that the tablet runs on Android 13, which means it is likely to feature Samsung’s One UI 5 interface on top, which was introduced in October at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) 2022.

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