Category — India Market Expansion

Panasonic Localizes Washing Machines for India

After two years of testing experiments, Japanese multinational electronics corporation Panasonic, headquartered in Kadoma, Osaka, has launched a washing machine especially for India’s consumers.

Panasonic said the introduction of a ‘curry’ button followed complaints from customers struggling to fully get curry stains off their clothes. Panasonic researchers analyzed what went into a typical Indian household’s curry dish, and then tried to establish the optimal time and water temperature required to remove the stains.The machine has five other cycles aimed at the Indian consumer, including one to remove traces of hair oil, reports BBC News.

Panasonic Washing Machine

5,000 ‘StainMaster’ machines priced at $330 were sold so far.  The company is planning similar machines for other Asian markets too, tackling stains specific to those countries.

March 20, 2017   No Comments

India’s Jio Hopes to Be World’s Fifth Largest Telecom Operator

Reliance Jio, which launched India’s first nationwide LTE network in September 2016, signed up more than 100 million 4G subscribers in less than six months. South Korea’s Samsung is Jio’s sole LTE network provider.

End February this year, Jio and Samsung extended their partnership, and announced plans to enhance the LTE network in rural areas to cover 90 percent of the population by the end of the year. Jyotindra Thacker, president of Jio, said, “We’ve taken the country from data shortage to data abundance,” adding that the company aims to be the fifth largest operator globally, reports Mobile World Live.

Reliance Jio

Jio and Samsung have plans to work together to improve “efficiency in the RAN as well as the core”. Jio’s senior vice president Tareq Amin recounted the company’s many achievements: the first in the world to offer LTE multicast services on a large scale; the first in the country to deploy TDD-FDD LTE carrier aggregation, and to offer LTE Cat 6. He also said that Jio’s network has the highest density of hetnets in the world.

March 20, 2017   No Comments

Blackberry Will Make Android Devices in India

Waterloo Canada-based Blackberry announced its partnership with New Delhi, India-based Optiemus Infracom, an existing distribution partner for BlackBerry devices in the country. Blackberry will license device software and brand assets to Optiemus, which will design, manufacture, sell, promote, and support BlackBerry-branded devices in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Alex Thurber, senior vice president, general manager, Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry said, “India is a very important market for BlackBerry, so we are delighted our latest licensing partnership will extend the BlackBerry software experience to more customers and support the Indian government’s ‘Make In India’ agenda. This is an important milestone in our strategy to put ‘the smart in the phone’, providing state-of-the-art security and device software on a platform relevant to mobile customers, with more localization.”

Blackberry Handset

BlackBerry will continue to control and develop its security and software solutions and maintain trusted BlackBerry security software, including regular Android security updates to the platform, reports telecomlead.

March 20, 2017   No Comments

Cisco Teams up with India’s Reliance Jio for Converged Networks

San Francisco-based Cisco will collaborate with India’s Reliance Jio to build an All-IP services platform.  Cisco’s Open Network Architecture and Cloud Scale Networking technologies featuring IP/MPLS, spanning areas, including data center, Wi-Fi, security and contact center solutions will form the base infrastructure of this concept.

Cisco will build a simplified, automated and virtualized network platform of the future on industry-leading software, systems, silicon and services. The platform will enable service providers, media and web companies worldwide to reduce costs, speed time-to-market, secure their networks and sustain profitable growth.

Digital Networking

With this network, Jio will offer a combination of high-speed data, mobile video, VoLTE, digital commerce, media, cloud and payment services, reports the Economic Times.

March 2, 2017   No Comments

Blackstone Puts Big Money in Indian Real Estate

New York City-based Blackstone Group is in advanced talks to acquire over 360,000 sq ft spread over six floors in the First International Financial Center (FIFC) Tower at Bandra-Kurla Complex, a business district in Mumbai, for over $125 million.

Real Estate

With rising income levels of India’s consumers, Blackstone has started focusing on retail spaces in India. The company has acquired properties across major markets in India in deals that are turning out to be benchmarks in the real estate sector. It owns India’s biggest portfolio of income producing office assets totaling over 30 million sq ft worth over a billion dollars across Noida, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore says ET Realty.


February 13, 2017   No Comments