Weekly Rewind: Top 10 Stories On CXO Today -(Mar 20-25)

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 24, 2017

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The week was pretty exciting, especially for India’s telecom industry that witnessed dramatic events such as buyouts, consolidations and bitter war over 4G speed, and many more. Early this week,  Idea-Vodafone announced the merger of their Indian operations to create the country’s biggest telecom in a bid to contest a brutal price war sparked by the new rival Reliance Jio. At the same time, RJio has said in its complaint to ASCI that Bharti Airtel’s claim of being “officially the fastest network” is “misleading” and done in “mala fide manner in collusion with” Ookla, a claim dismissed by Airtel. 

Meanwhile, India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel announced acquisition of Tikona Digital Networks’ 4G business to beat its competitors. Also, 4G is setting yet another revolution in the feature phone space, as, research points out that the integration of 4G in feature phones by some vendors is set to surge the demand of these phones in the coming years.

This week, Samsung launched its own payment service, Samsung Pay in India, racing ahead of Google and Apple, to launch its own payment service in India. 

The lack of women in the field of information security is a big setback to improve the cyber security skills gap, as the need of the hour is providing greater support and sponsorship to women. Plus, the new Forbes 2017 Billionaires List suggests that there are more tech billionaires than ever before this year and together they own $1 trillion of the world’s wealth.

Like every week, we also have for you interesting interviews, case studies, infographics, and expert columns on various emerging technology and market trends and challenges in the enterprise space. 

Here are some of the top stories of the week on CXOToday you would not want to miss.

Telecom War Intensifies As Airtel Buys Tikona’s 4G Biz

After the mega-deal announced by Vodafone and Aditya Birla’s Idea Cellular early this week, Bharti Airtel on Thursday said that it has acquired Mumbai-based network solution provider Tikona Digital Networks’ 4G business including the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum. This will make Airtel the second company, after Reliance Jio, to have a pan-India presence in the 2300Mhz band and further intensify the telecom battle in the country.

Why The Number Of Women In Cybersecurity Is So Low?

The lack of women in the field of information security is a big setback to improve the cyber security skills gap, globally as well as in India. The need of the hour is providing greater support and sponsorship to women. Experts believe companies must also use proven, positive techniques to encourage men to get involved in inclusive training, mentoring and recruitment efforts.

4G Feature Phones Set To Dominate India’s Mobile Landscape

India has witnessed a supernova of smartphones in the last few years, while at the same time, feature phones fizzled out in its race being considered redundant in this modern era. However, 4G is setting yet another revolution in the feature phone space after making smartphones smarter and creating waves in the telecom industry with its speed and efficiency. Now, the integration of 4G in feature phones by some vendors is giving a 360 degree surge in demand of feature phones.

Can Samsung Pay Boost Mobile Payments In India?

Samsung launched its own payment service, Samsung Pay in India that will be available on select Samsung Galaxy series devices. The launch makes Samsung the first smartphone company, ahead of Google and Apple, to launch its own payment service in India, which is seeing an exponential growth in mobile wallet apps and other e-payment solutions post demonetization. Can Samsung Pay further boost the country’s mobile payment scenario?

AI Can Play A Big Role In Smarter Decision Making

Artificial intelligence has introduced novel ideas such as real-time and interactive dashboards, improved end-user experience, etc. Combined with Predictive Analytics tools, which are basically extensions of data mining, AI is also aiding organizations forecast business opportunities as well as helping them understand products, partners, customers, and stakeholders.

Need For Speed: How The Airtel-Jio War Gets Bitter

In a fresh battle brewing between Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, the Mukesh-Ambani-led telco has countered the latter’s claims of being the fastest network based report by Ookla LLC, the company which owns Speedtest.net that conducted an online platform to test broadband speed of networks. Meanwhile, Airtel also started an online campaign defending its claims

Vodafone-Idea Merger: What’s Next In India’s Telecom Consolidation?

Ending months of speculation, the boards of Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone Group have approved a merger between Idea Cellular and Vodafone India Ltd. The combined entity would now become the country’s largest telecom operator, with almost 400 million customers, 35% customer market share and 41% revenue market share.  Analysts see the move as an outcome of the fierce competition and a phase of consolidation in the telecom sector, which has intensified after the entry of Reliance Jio in the. 

Chatbots To Usher In A New Era in Personal Advertising

Intelligent technology and machine learning, along with an innundation of data, has given rise to new generation of advertising. Bots and Chatbots are being integrated to different technologies and function of the Ad world taking personal advertising to an altogether new level.

Meet The Top Tech Billionaires Of 2017

The new Forbes 2017 Billionaires List suggests that there are more tech billionaires than ever before this year and together they own $1 trillion of the world’s wealth. Three of the world’s five richest people earned their fortunes in tech. Get to know who are the richest female billionaire with a tech fortune.

IoT Transforming Vehicle Operations & Insurance

The recent times are proving to be tenacious for India’s IT sector that is undergoing a strategic shift - whereby big companies continue to focus on delivering customer expectations rather than creating new capabilities or breakthroughs, while Indian startups are filling the void by redefining the technology landscape. In such a scenario, large services companies can build a mutually rewarding relationship with startups to reap benefits.