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5G spectrum trial begins next month for 3 months

The three equipment vendors who have got the green signal from the panel are Samsung, Nokia and Ericsson, sources said.

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New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) The much-awaited network trial for 5G services in the country is slated to start from June, with a Telecom Ministry panel recommending spectrum for the test run to the incumbent telcos for a three-month period.

The panel which deliberated on the quantum and duration of the spectrum trial has recommended 5G spectrum to Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio initially for three months, which can be scaled up to one year in case they need more time for network stabilisation.

The three equipment vendors who have got the green signal from the panel are Samsung, Nokia and Ericsson, sources said.

The allocation will take place in the next 15 days and telcos could start intial 5G run in June itself. The network trial licenses will be issued in a few days’ time.

As of now, Jio is likely to partner with Samsung, Nokia with Airtel and VIL with Ericsson for the trial. The Department of Telecom so far has not taken any call on Chinese company Huawei if it will be part of the trial for any telecom services company.

After 5G trial takes place, the spectrum auction comes up in October where telcos will be in better position to judge the network requirements and shortcomings.

By the time the telcos start the trial, it may be July-August, they said.

If this is the tentative timeline of 5G trial, then spectrum auction may take place September onwards, the sources added.

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73% of software developers willing to invest Rs 10,000-20,000 per year for upskilling: TechGig survey

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TechGig survey of 1,057 IT professionals reveals that most (73% IT professionals) willing to spend Rs 10,000-20,000 per year for upskilling.
Most (56% respondents) read about new tools and technologies regularly to stay updated about new developments.

New Delhi, Jan 23, 2020: With new-age skills gaining preference at the technology firms, Indian IT professionals are gearing up to spend on learning emerging technologies. TechGig’s latest survey reveals that about 87% of survey respondents are looking to learn or adopt a new software development technology in the Year 2020. Of these, about 73% of IT professionals are willing to pay Rs 10,000-20,000 per year for upskilling.

India’s largest technology community, TechGig surveyed 1,057 IT professionals to understand their preference for learning new-age software development technologies. Most respondents (57%) of this survey belonged to the 25-34 age group.

“This is a critical finding because it shows the seriousness of software developers towards staying relevant at work floors,” said Sanjay Goyal, Business Head, TimesJobs & TechGig. “In today’s disruptive work environment, especially in the IT domain, anyone who is serious about his career will consider learning as a long-term approach. As the TechGig survey says that most respondents are ready to spend Rs 10,000-20,000 per year for upskilling, this reveals that people are indeed very focussed on learning new tools to grow in their career,” he said.

Python most popular technology that IT professionals want to learn

TechGig’s survey asked the respondents to name the technology that they would like to learn for software development. Python emerged as the top choice for learning, with as many as 35% of respondents saying that they would learn the language. This was followed up by Java, as voted by 15% of respondents and C++ as voted by 12% of respondents.

Python preferred for ease of use

In another question, most respondents (26%) said that they already work on Python, in comparison to other languages as Java (voted by 21%), JavaScript (voted by 13%) and SQL (voted by 11%). When asked the reasons for working on Python, most IT professionals (41%) said that it is ‘user-friendly’. This was followed by other practical reasons such as ‘technological fit’, as stated by 17% of respondents and ‘ease of development and maintenance’ as voted by 13% of respondents.

Technology news sites most preferred medium to know about IT trends

About 56% of respondents said that they read about new tools and technologies regularly to stay updated about new developments, which hints that most technologists are keen on knowing about the trends that are impacting the IT domain.

Answering another question, the respondents said that technology websites sites like TechGig were their most preferred medium to get updates on the IT domain. About 21% of respondents voted for ‘technology sites’, followed by options as ‘reading tech blogs’ voted by 20% of people and ‘subscribe to tech Youtube channels’ as voted by 15% of respondents.

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Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite in India for Rs 38,999

Galaxy Note10 Lite packs a Dual Pixel OIS (optical image specialisation) 12MP wide camera along with an Ultra Wide 12MP sensor and a 12MP Tele lens at the rear.

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Gurugram, Jan 21 : Samsung India on Tuesday brought much-anticipated Galaxy Note10 Lite smartphone for a starting price of Rs 38,999 to India. It comes with 4500mAh battery, pro-grade camera and super-fast charging.

Galaxy Note10 Lite is priced at Rs 38,999 for the 6GB variant and Rs 40,999 for the 8GB variant. Both models come with 128GB internal memory.

With an upgrade offer of up to Rs 5,000, consumers can buy Galaxy Note10 Lite for Rs 33,999, the company said in a statement.

Pre-booking of Galaxy Note10 Lite will begin from later in the day at 2 p.m. and the device will go on sale from February 3 and will be available across major retail stores, online stores and Samsung.com.

The device supports expandable memory up to 1TB.

“With Galaxy Note10 Lite, consumers will get premium features at an accessible price point. Pro-Grade camera, Cinematic display, powerful processor and long-lasting battery make Galaxy Note10 Lite the most sought-after smartphone for the multitasking needs of millennials,” said Aditya Babbar, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India.

The device offers a wide 6.7-inch Super AMOLED, edge-to-edge Infinity-O display — designed to provide a cinematic experience with more screen and less interruptions.

Galaxy Note10 Lite packs a Dual Pixel OIS (optical image specialisation) 12MP wide camera along with an Ultra Wide 12MP sensor and a 12MP Tele lens at the rear.

The camera system comes with a Super Steady mode that enables you to record hi-motion videos without the motion blur.

The device has 32MP selfie camera which has been upgraded for better low-light shots.

The Bluetooth-enabled S Pen allows users to personalize photos and videos with dynamic drawings, effects and animations and instantly converts handwritten notes to digital text.

The ‘Air Command’ feature of the S Pen allows users to click pictures, navigate through presentations and even edit videos like a pro, all with a simple click.

“At Samsung, we believe in delivering meaningful innovations that improve the lives of our consumers. Galaxy Note series is known for its differentiated experience that empowers users to explore infinite possibilities,” said Babbar.

Like other premium Samsung smartphones, Galaxy Note10 Lite comes with Bixby virtual assistant, Samsung Pay, Samsung Health and defense-grade security platform Samsung Knox, Athat protects users’ data against any tampering.

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Airtel has liquidity, Vodafone to face challenge on AGR: Report

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New Delhi, Jan 20 : The dismissal of the review petition by the Supreme Court of Airtel and Vodafone poses a stiff challenge to Vodafone Idea’s survival while Airtel has prepared itself with funds to meet the payments on time, ICICI Securities Limited said.

Bharti Airtel has raised capital to meet the liability, but VIL remains challenged. Airtel last week raised capital of US $3 bn, which should help it meet its AGR liability with the help of additional debt.

VIL promoters, Vodafone Plc and Aditya Birla Group, have already mentioned that if the entire AGR liability has to be paid, they will have to shut shop.

“We don’t see the situation for VIL being salvaged without government intervention. Apart from other stakeholders in VIL, the government too could be one of the most impacted parties if the company shuts down as it is owed Rs 900bn in deferred spectrum dues, besides the AGR liability,” ICICI Securities noted.

“We also see indirect impact on PSU banks if VIL fails to cough up the money”, it noted.

The Supreme Court has dismissed the review petition filed by telcos on its AGR ruling, which means the October 24 order continues to hold good.

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (VIL) have disclosed their potential AGR liabilities at Rs 343 bn and Rs 442bn respectively, which have to be paid by January 23. Bharti Airtel has already raised capital of US $3 bn, which should help it meet the burden.

“But the same remains a herculean challenge for VIL –a challenge that cannot be resolved without government intervention, in our view. We continue to prefer Bharti Airtel in the telecom sector as it is better prepared for a worst-case scenario on the AGR front in addition to its superior operational execution”, I-Sec said.

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