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Comviva joins hands with Etisalat Misr to offer media rich Caller Ring Back Tone services

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NEW DELHI: Comviva, the global leader in digital solutions, has announced its strategic partnership with Etisalat Misr to offer media rich Caller Ring Back Tone (CRBT) services.

With this new service Etisalat subscribers can reflect their personality and emotions by playing different ring back tones for different callers. The new service will help Etisalat to drive next phase of growth with digital adoption being key for new digital services.

Comviva’s media rich CRBT platform brings in innovation in digital journey and will allow Etisalat to drive deeper customer engagement with personalized ring back tones. With this new service, subscribers can replace the ring tone that callers normally hear with a personal choice of music or audio and video content, bringing a more enjoyable calling experience to callers.

Music consumption has evolved to include use cases such as short videos and user-generated content. Comviva’s CRBT solution brings in elements for integration with music streaming, user’s self-recorded status and video ringback tone. It is a future ready solution supporting VoLTE/ViLTE ready software, innovative digital interfaces such as mobile app, OTT store-fronts, YouTube, Chatbot and integration with smart devices like Alexa.

The platform is an end-to-end offering, including product planning, partner management, storefront management, revenue management, and business analytics. CRBT software houses innovative features and interfaces, aimed at enhancing revenue across the customer lifecycle.

‘’We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with Comviva on one of our leading VAS services. The Comviva platform will allow us to digitalize the CRBT experience and enrich and enhance the user journey. Given that our community is evolving constantly, the options available on our new platform will surely be able to satisfy all customer needs through the countless personalization and customization options.’’ Ahmed Yahia, Chief Commercial Officer at Etisalat

Speaking on the partnership, Ramy Moselhy, Senior Vice President and Head of MENA region at Comviva said, “We are committed to bringing innovative digital services that enrich the lives of people across markets globally. We are excited to partner with Etisalat in their long term vision and strategy focused on digitalization. These new and exciting infotainment services will enable new experiences for their rapidly growing customer base. CRBT has enjoyed enormous success with operators across the globe and we are confident of replicating our success with Etisalat Misr.”

“Our new partnership with Comviva as this service will bring a livelier call experience to our customers’ at Etisalat Misr. Adopting new and exciting technologies and offering them to our customers has always been a core focus at Etisalat Misr, and that is why we are introducing this new service where the callers can change their ring back tone based on user mood and context, or use the diverse features to gift or copy a ring back tone. CRBT is yet another service that would elevate our calling experience to a whole new level,” explained Amr Fathy, IT Vice President, Etisalat Misr.

With Comviva’s CRBT footprint spanning across two dozen deployments across the globe, the company has seen the volume of caller tunes increase on its platform exponentially. CRBT Platform is powering one billion caller tunes in India every day, constituting 86 percent of all the CRBT traffic originating in the region. Globally, the company is powering personalized music ring back tone for 224 million mobile users, constituting 45 percent share in worldwide market.

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Prime Minister of India interacts with Startups

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NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Startups today via video conferencing. The Startups gave presentations to the Prime Minister on six themes viz. Growing from Roots; Nudging the DNA; From Local to Global; Technology of Future; Building Champions in Manufacturing; and Sustainable Development.

More than 150 startups were divided into six working groups for the purpose of these presentations. For each theme, there were presentations by two Startup representatives, who spoke on behalf of all the startups selected for that particular theme.

During their presentation, the startup representatives thanked the Prime Minister for the opportunity to provide such a platform to share their ideas, and praised his vision and support to the startup ecosystem. They shared ideas and inputs on a variety of sectors and areas including robust data collection mechanism in agriculture; making India preferred agri business hub; boosting healthcare through use of technology; tackling issue of mental health; promoting travel and tourism through innovations like virtual tours; ed-tech and job identification; space sector; connecting offline retail market with digital commerce; increasing manufacturing efficiency; defence exports; promoting green sustainable products and sustainable means of transport, among others.

Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Ashwini Vaisnaw, Sarbananda Sonowal,Parshottam Rupala, G. Kishan Reddy, Pashupati Kumar Paras, Dr Jitendra Singh, Som Parkash were among those present on the occasion.

Speaking after the presentations, the Prime Minister said that organization of this Start Up India Innovation week is all the more important in this year of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav as the role of the Start Ups will be critical when Indian freedom reaches its centenary year. “I congratulate all the start-ups of the country, all the innovative youth, who are raising the flag of India in the world of start-ups. For this culture of start-ups to reach the far-flung parts of the country, it has been decided to celebrate January 16 as National Start-up Day”, the Prime Minister announced.

Recalling the concept of the current decade as the ‘techade’ of India, the Prime Minister listed three important aspects of the massive changes that the government is making in this decade to strengthen the innovation, entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem. First, to liberate entrepreneurship and innovation from the web of government processes, bureaucratic silos. Second, creating an institutional mechanism to promote innovation. And third, handholding of young innovators and young enterprises.

He listed programmes like Startup India and Standup India as part of the efforts. Measures like removing problems of ‘angel tax’, simplification of tax procedure, arranging for government funding, allowing self certification of 9 labour and 3 environment laws and removal of more than 25 thousand compliances have taken the process further. Startup runway on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) platform is facilitating the provision of startup services to the government.

The Prime Minister said the Government’s effort is to institutionalize innovation in the country by creating attraction for innovation among students since childhood. More than 9000 Atal Tinkering Labs are giving children a chance to innovate in schools and work on new ideas. He added that whether it is new drone rules, or new space policy, the priority of the government is to provide opportunities for innovation to as many youth as possible. Our government has simplified the rules related to IPR registration too, he added.

The Prime Minister noted the exponential rise in the indicators of innovation. He said that in the year 2013-14, 4000 patents were approved, last year, more than 28 thousand patents were granted. In the year 2013-14, where about 70000 trademarks were registered, in 2020-21 more than 2.5 lakh trademarks have been registered. In the year 2013-14, where only 4000 copyrights were granted, last year their number has crossed 16000. The Prime Minister pointed out that India’s campaign for innovation has resulted in improvement of India’s ranking in Global innovation index where India stood at 81 rank but now India stands at 46 rank in the index.

Shri Modi informed that startups of India are working with 55 separate industries and the number of startups has increased from less than 500 five years ago to more than 60 thousand today.

The Prime Minister said “Our Start-ups are changing the rules of the game. That’s why I believe Start-ups are going to be the backbone of new India.” The Prime Minister noted that last year, 42 unicorns came up in the country. These companies worth thousands of crores of rupees are the hallmark of self-reliant and self-confident India. “Today India is rapidly moving towards hitting the century of the unicorns. I believe the golden era of India’s start-ups is starting now”, he added.

The Prime Minister underlined the role of empowerment by entrepreneurship in addressing the problems of development and regional-gender disparities. He mentioned that today, there is at least one startup in each of the 625 districts of the country and more than half of the startups are from tier 2 and tier 3 cities. These are converting ideas from ordinary poor families into businesses and lakhs of young Indians are getting employment.

Shri Narendra Modi singled out India’s diversity as a key strength and keystone of India’s global identity. He said that Indian unicorns and startups are the messenger of this diversity. The Prime Minister said start-ups from India can easily reach other countries of the world. So “don’t just keep your dreams local, make them global. Remember this mantra- let’s Innovate for India, innovate from India”, he exhorted the innovators.

The Prime Minister suggested many areas where the startup ecosystem can play a major role. He said that extra space on the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan can be used for EV charging infrastructure. Similarly, areas like defence manufacturing, chip manufacturing offer many possibilities. He dwelled on the drone sector and said that many investors have been investing in drone startups after the new drone policy. Army, Navy and Air Force have given 500 crore rupee worth orders to drone startups. In urban planning, the Prime Minister touched upon ‘walk to work concepts’, integrated industrial estates and smart mobility as potential areas.

The Prime Minister remarked that the millennials today are the cornerstone of both the prosperity of their families and the self-reliance of the nation. ‘From rural economy to Industry 4.0, both our needs and our potential are limitless. Investment on research and development related to future technology is the priority of the government today”, he said.

Referring to the future prospects, the Prime Minister said that as of now only half of our population is online, therefore future possibilities are immense and he appealed to the start- ups to move towards villages also. “Whether it is mobile internet, broadband connectivity or physical connectivity, aspirations of villages are rising and rural and semi-urban areas are waiting for a new wave of expansion”, he said.

The Prime Minister told the startups that this is a new era of innovation i.e. ideas, industry and investment and their labor, enterprise, wealth creation and job creation should be for India. “I am standing with you, the government is with you and the entire country is standing with you”, he concluded.

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Foxconn resumes operations at Tamil Nadu plant

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NEW DELHI: After a brief hiatus, iPhone supplier Foxconn on Wednesday reopened its manufacturing facility near here as the company decided to resume operations, government sources said.

The factory, located on the city outskirts of was opened after remaining shut for over three weeks following workers’ protests on the back of a mass-food poisoning incident at the offsite dormitory facility.

Private buses were seen ferrying employees wearing face masks, inside the Sriperumbudur campus, about 40 kms from here. “About 200 employees are joining today. We were told the plant will be operating in two shifts initially and later be scaled up..,” a government source told PTI.

Tamil Nadu Industries Minister Thangam Thennarasu said the government was happy as the facility resumed operations following the issue getting resolved.

“Based on the suggestions provided by the government for the welfare of the employees, the management agreed to implement them, particularly to enhance the amenities provided to the women workforce”, he said.

The management assured that it would implement all the suggestions following the direct involvement of Chief Minister M K Stalin in the matter, he told reporters at the Secretariat here.

“I am happy to note that the facility is resuming operations today. The facility will continue to take up all necessary steps to ramp up production without any hurdles (hereafter)”, he said.

On January 10, Foxconn Technology Group said it has implemented a range of corrective actions and would start bringing back team members gradually at the factory.

The facility was put on ‘probation’ by Apple following the protests by workers and an assessment revealed substandard living conditions at the dormitories and dining halls of the employees.

The unit has more than 15,000 people working on production of Apple products.

Source: Press Trust of India

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NCLAT disposes of DoT petition against Videocon resolution plan

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NEW DELHI: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Tuesday disposed of a petition filed by the Department of Telecommunications challenging the Rs 2,962-crore takeover bid by Anil Agarwal’s Twin Star Technologies for Videocon Industries.

A two-member bench observed that the appellate tribunal earlier this month had already set aside the June 8 order passed by the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approving Twin Star’s bid and remanded the matter back to the Committee of Creditors (CoC) of Videocon.

“Counsel for the parties agreed that this Appeal be also disposed off in terms of the judgment dated 05.01.2022. The Appeal is allowed in terms of the judgment dated 05.01.2022 ,” the NCLAT said.

Earlier on January 5, the NCLAT set aside the NCLT order after observing that the approval to the takeover plan was “not in accordance with” Section 31 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) and quashed “the approval of Resolution Plan by the Committee of Creditors (CoC) as well as Adjudicating Authority (NCLT)”.

NCLAT had asked the creditors to initiate fresh sale of Videocon, a consumer durables company manufacturing products ranging from air-conditioners to washing machines, for recovery of their unpaid dues of Rs 64,637.6 crore.

The appellate tribunal’s order had come over petitions filed by dissenting creditors Bank of Maharashtra, SIDBI and IFCI Ltd.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had also challenged the NCLT order before the appellate tribunal and submitted that defaulting telecom firms cannot be permitted to wriggle out of their liability by the triggering of the corporate insolvency resolution process.

One of the group firms, Videocon Telecommunications, in order to carry on business as per the licence agreement for Unified Licence (Access Services) had secured dues with as many as 131 bank guarantees from SBI in favour of DoT to the tune of Rs 881.92 crore.

The state-owned lender’s guarantees, however, have “illegally” not been allowed to be invoked due to pending proceedings before the NCLT, the DoT had submitted.

Source: Press Trust of India

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