Category — India Market Expansion

India’s Solar Rooftop Installations Grow 81% Y-o-Y

India added 678 MW of rooftop solar capacity in 2016-17, growing at 81 per cent over the last year, reaching total installed capacity of 1,396 MW as of March 2017. The southern state of Tamil Nadu continues to lead in rooftop solar projects in the country. With an installed capacity of 163 MW as of March this year, the state outperformed all its peers in rooftop solar installations according to a report by Bridge to India, a global renewable energy consulting firm.

Industries are major drivers for rooftop solar installations in the country, contributing 590 MW. In Tamil Nadu too, the industrial segment contributed about 124 MW. State-owned establishments are expected to show robust growth in the coming years because of strong support from the government combined with 25-30 percent capital subsidies.

Bridge to India expects India’s rooftop solar capacity to cross the 2 GW mark during this fiscal, partly driven by several ongoing and recently completed rooftop solar tenders. The state-owned segment is expected to grow at  205 percent during this fiscal year, reports BusinessLine. Total rooftop solar capacity is expected to reach of 13.2 GW by 2021.

The interactive map found here depicts the number of solar installs in India. If you zoom in on a small area you can actually see a photo and details of each installation.

July 26, 2017   No Comments

Reliance India Offers a 4G JioPhone for “Free”

India’s Reliance Industries‘ chairman Mukesh Ambani launched the 4G-enabled feature phone, the JioPhone at the company’s annual general meeting. This mobile phone is free for 3 years with a refundable deposit of $23.

4G VoLTE-enabled JioPhone

 

India.com reports that the 4G VoLTE-enabled JioPhone is packed with features such as:

  • Unlimited voice, data, and texts for a data plan of $2.50 per month
  • Support for all languages
  • It is pre-loaded with Jio apps, a flashlight, an expandable SD card slot, a headphone jack, microphone, speaker and 4-way navigation
  • An intelligent voice assistant command option that can help users make calls, use Jio apps, search the web, and more
  • It includes an SOS feature and also supports FM Radio
  • Its “Jio Phone TV-Cable” can be connected with any television, not just smart TV

The move by Reliance can prove to be the next disruptor in India’s telecom market.

 

July 21, 2017   No Comments

Softvision, CA, Inaugurates Studio in India

Developer of digital products, Oakland, California based Softvision expands its base in India by launching a digital studio in Bangalore. The company plans to hire 500 software engineers in niche skill areas such as mobility, iOS, Java Scala and Android over the next 12 months.

Andres Angelani, CEO, Softvision, said, “In the digital age, technology helps foster connections that improve how products and services are delivered, and they have further evolved to meet all needs. This facility will house young minds that would help evolve the foundations on which the new digital journeys are created and run.”

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 “Our strategy is to tackle problems of the future from this facility with technologies like digital designing, which will help speed up the delivery of solutions to firms at a fast pace. We partner all the way to improve our clients’ digital maturity and this facility will be the many of such facilities we plan to set up across states in the country,”said Girish Karunakaran, senior vice-president, APAC, Softvision.

The company already has a presence in India with 800 software developers and testers working out of Mysore, located 90 miles west of Bangalore, reports BusinessLine.

July 20, 2017   No Comments

SAP Labs India Gains in Strategic Importance

SAP Labs India, SAP’s largest research and development center outside its headquarters in Germany, is steadily growing in strategic importance, says Stefan Ries, chief human resources officer of the company.

In an interview with the Economic Times, Ries said, ” The India center is gaining in strategic importance for us: the Fashion Management solution, which is used by Armani and Gucci, has been built entirely out of here. Our India footprint is steadily growing, adding 800-1,000 people to the overall headcount annually.

We recently inaugurated a new addition to our Whitefield, [Bangalore] campus — the Gerhard Oswald Innovation Space — built with an investment of €50 million [$57.52 million]. We will continue to make strong investments in our India center.”
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SAP India recently improved its learning and development process with its SAP Success Factor program where learning is a one-stop digital experience with 1.3 million opportunities available in the system. Employees can register their learning need and find solutions. The company will invest €160 million [$184 million] in learning this year, adds Ries.

July 20, 2017   No Comments

India Has Highest Number of Facebook Users

As of July 13, Facebook reported a total “potential audience” of 241 million active users in India, compared to 240 million in the United States, making India the largest audience country for the social media company.

The Next Web says: Facebook has achieved impressive growth in both countries since the start of 2017, but new figures suggest that active users in India are growing more than twice as fast as they are in the United States. Active users in India are up 27 percent in the past six months alone (+50 million), compared to growth of 12 percent (+26 million) in the United States over the same period.

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Social media penetration in India remains relatively low, with just 19% of the country’s total population using Facebook in June, compared to 73% penetration in the U.S., and a global average of around 42%.

Men still represent three-quarters of India’s active Facebook profiles, and its gender imbalance in India is in stark contrast to its U.S. audience where 54% of the platform’s active users are women. Facebook’s active users in India also skew young, with more than half of the country’s users below the age of 25.

 

 

July 20, 2017   No Comments