Wednesday, July 05, 2006

India IT News Capsule - July 2006, Issue 1

  • INSAT-4C ready for launch: Weighing 2180 kilograms, equipped with 12 high powered Ku band transponders and designed for a 10 year mission, the INSAT-4C, one of the heaviest Indian satellites is ready for launch the coming week from the Sriharikota launch base. The launch too would be carried out by the indigenous GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle).
  • WorldSpace turns attention to India: WorldSpace, the NASDAQ listed satellite radio service provider, aims to focus on India that has been responsible for $3.4 million revenue of its total $11.6 million worldwide last year. From a mere 21.000subscribers in 2005, the company has enlisted 1,10,000 subscribers in 2006. World Space currently offers 40 digital channels in India at the rate of Rs. 150 per month.
  • Wipro and PWC eye Mizoram: IT giants Wipro and PriceWorth Cooper are scanning the state of Mizoram in North East India to set up software development parks. The pollution free environment, cool climate and the fact that 70% of the youth in Aizwal, the capital are computer literate and English speaking has prompted interest from the companies.
  • Sun to set up next-gen lab in Bangalore: SUN Microsystems plans to invest in a showcase lab that would power the R&D centre through utility computing and grid technologies in Bangalore. Besides powering development work, the lab would also serve as a showcase for Sun's advanced technologies for prospective customers. The current Indian centre is doing work on various areas such as software and systems management, Java, NAS and SAN storage software, application server, web server, portal server and Solaris OS
  • India's desktop computer sales up by 27%: Sales of desktop personal computers in India grew 27 percent in the year to March to over 4.61 million units. Sales in the previous year stood at 3.63 million as revealed in the report by the Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology. Notebooks registered the fastest sales growth -- 144 percent to touch 431,834 units.

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