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Panasonic launches full-frame mirrorless live and cinema camera LUMIX BS1H in India



NEW DELHI: Taking the uncompromised imaging experience up a notch, Panasonic India, a leading diversified technology company, has announced the launch of a new full-frame box-style LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera BS1H in India.

The LUMIX BS1H is a perfect synergy of Panasonic’s most advanced technologies, combining the cinema-quality video performance of the LUMIX S1H into the easy-to-deploy box-style profile.

The camera features a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor with Dual Native ISO that captures 6K resolution, making it the perfect partner for professional film-makers, videographers and digital content creators. Priced at INR 3,39,990, LUMIX BS1H is available across all Panasonic brand shops in India.

Speaking about the launch, Fumiyasu Fujimori, Divisional Director, Consumer Sales Division at Panasonic India said, “At Panasonic, we are bullish about introducing consumers to cutting edge technologies through our diverse and future-proof range of products. Keeping the consumer requirement at the core, we have been relentlessly working towards upgrading the experience of our users through innovations, and the new LUMIX BS1H is a step ahead in this direction. With a surge in online content consumption, we have seen a rise in demand for high quality imaging solution to create superior content and LUMIX BS1H will cater to this growing need amongst the professional community and empower them with the best in class technology. Box-style cameras from LUMIX have proved their competency in applications as varied as Augmented Reality and 3D Video Production globally and we are confident that this model will do so in India as well.”

Panasonic’s new LUMIX BS1H is an advanced offering in the professional imaging industry designed to fulfill the requirements for cinema, live-streaming, and other multi-camera users. Equipped with features such as 6K video, multiple recording modes along with high connectivity and mobility, LUMIX BS1H promises the best of both worlds for filmmakers looking to customize their setup for higher-end productions, as well as a better continuous recording/streaming camera for live video and other longer-form video productions. Maximizing the use of the pixels in the full-frame image sensor, the LUMIX BS1H is capable of delivering 6K resolution that offers smooth and fine video quality along with the bouquet of recording modes that help users to capture stunning shots in all conditions. LUMIX BS1H is also well-equipped with heat management that ensures long-hour usability without having to worry about quick pack-ups during shoots.

Hardeep Sarna, Sales & Marketing Head, Imaging Business Group, Panasonic India added, “With the launch of LUMIX BS1H, we aim to fulfill the demand of the professionals who are on a lookout for new-age innovations which not only meet the varied requirements of videography but also prove to be a long term camera partner. Equipped with features for exceptional video recording, seamless production, options for live streaming, LUMIX BS1H is an extension of innovation in box-style cameras in Cinema and is an ideal solution for professionals across business segments. The versatility of this camera is evident in its applications ranging from wedding, documentary making, cinema and OTT platforms to usage on FPV drones and in medical and industrial settings, following the lead of the Lumix BGH1.”

LUMIX BS1H is a high-definition companion that is designed to provide accurate output with features such as HDMI/SDI Output, Genlock IN/ Timecode IN/OUT. To offer stable and robust connectivity, the camera comes with Double SD Card Slots, Φ3.5 Audio (in/out) jack, USB 3.1 Type-C, a 3G-SDI (BNC), HDMI Type-A, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, tally lamps (front/rear), XLR microphone compatibility have been embedded to offer excellent and hassle-free connectivity to users. In addition, retaining Panasonic’s V-Log format, the camera packs 14+ stops of V-Log/V-Gamut allowing users to capture images with more than 14 stops of dynamic range in a very wide color spectrum. The camera also features HDR recording with HLG, RAW Video Data Output (Apple ProRes RAW / Blackmagic RAW) enabling high-image-quality recording with less noise, even in low-light environments such as indoors or at night.


Key features:

Video Performances with Cinema Quality

24.2MP Full-frame Sensor
6K 24p / 5.9K 30p 10-bit Video Recording
C4K/4K 60p/50p 10-bit on APS-C Crop
C4K/4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit Full Frame Recording
RAW Video Data Output (ATOMOS Ninja V / Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR)
Dual Native ISO
14+ stops of V-Log/V-Gamut
ISO range of ISO 100-51200, extendable up to ISO 50 – 204800
HFR recording on FHD 120fps along with Sound and AutoFocus

Pursuing Usability in Video Production

Ethernet / PoE+ compatible
Remote Control upto 12 cameras with LUMIX Tether for Multicam
USB/LAN Tethering
IP Streaming with PC (RTP/RTSP protocol)
Simultaneous HDMI/SDI Output
Genlock IN / Timecode IN/OUT

Flexible Expandability

Ultra Compact & Lightweight
Unlimited Rec Time
SDK supported for Industrial usage and integration with customer’s applications.
Power Supply Options (AC Adaptor / Battery / PoE+)
Multiple Standard Mounts for rigging the camera

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Airtel appoints former Cabinet Secretary as independent director



NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel, India’s premier communications solutions provider, today announced the appointment of PK Sinha and Shyamal Mukherjee as Independent Directors on its Board of Directors. The appointments are subject to approval by shareholders at Airtel’s upcoming Annual General Meeting.

PK Sinha, IAS (Retd.), served as the Cabinet Secretary for more than 4 years before moving to the Prime Minister’s Office. He retired from there in March 2021 after 44 years of continuous service to the nation. He has been a Government nominee Director in numerous major Public Sector Undertakings and is well versed with the principles of healthy corporate governance.

Shyamal Mukherjee is the former Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC lndia and was at the forefront of making PwC a future-ready firm. Shyamal began his professional journey with PwC in 1984 and became a partner in 1993. He held several leadership roles at PwC India, including Brand & Strategy leader and Leader of India Tax practice. Shyamal also serves as an Independent Director on the board of ITC Ltd and a member of its Audit Committee.

The Company added that Manish Kejriwal, Lead Independent Director, would be retiring on September 25, 2022 on completion of his second tenure. Shishir Priyadarshi would be leaving the board with effect from October 31, 2022 to devote time towards his other professior,21 commitments. D. K. Mittal IAS (Retd.), would be designated as Lead Independent Director with effect from September 26, 2022.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel said: “Airtel takes pride in having one of the most distinguished Board of Directors that is committed to high standards of corporate governance. These appointments are made with a long term view – to make the board future-ready, address the long term requirements of the Company and ensure smooth transition in key board positions. On behalf of the Board, I welcome PK Sinha and Shyamal Mukherjee and their valuable experience will add immense value to Airtel’s growth journey. I also want to thank fv1ani:;h Kejriwal and Shishir Priyadarshi for their tremendous contribution to Airtel.”

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Narendra Modi inaugurates India’s first 5G testbed; says aims to roll out 6G end of decade



NEW DELHI: India is targeting the rollout of 6G telecom network, which will provide ultra high speed internet connectivity, by the end of the decade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

India currently has 3G and 4G telecom networks and companies are gearing up to launch 5G over the next few months.

Speaking at the silver jubilee event of telecom sector regulator TRAI here, he said it is estimated that the 5G network rollout will add USD 450 billion to the Indian economy.

“This is not just increasing internet speed but also the pace of development and creating jobs,” he said, adding the 5G technology will bring positive change in governance of the country, ease of living and ease of doing business.

It will boost growth in agriculture, health, education, infrastructure and logistics, he said.

Connectivity, Modi said, will decide the progress of the country in the 21st century and so modern day infrastructure needs to be rolled out.

According to the prime minister, a task force has started work on rolling out 6G network by the end of the decade.

Taking potshots at the previous Congress-led UPA government, Modi said the 2G era was symbolic of policy paralysis and corruption.

The country, under his government, has moved transparently to 4G and is now going to 5G.

Teledensity and internet users are fast expanding, he said, adding that mobile manufacturing units in India have expanded from 2 to over 200 and the country is now the world’s biggest mobile manufacturing hub.

The prime minister also said that his government has encouraged healthy competition that has led to India having one of the cheapest telecom data charges in the world.

Indigenous 5G test bed in telecom sector is an important step in India’s self-reliance, he added.

PM Modi virtually inaugurates India’s first 5G testbed costing Rs 220 crore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the country’s first 5G testbed to enable startups and industry players to test and validate their products locally and reduce dependence on foreign facilities.

The testbed has been set up at a cost of around Rs 220 crore. Speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the Prime Minister said the 5G testbed is an important step for self-reliance in the direction of critical and modern technologies.

“I invite youth friends, researchers and companies to utilise the testing facility for making 5G technology,” Modi said.

The 5G testbed has been developed as a multi-institute collaborative project by eight institutes led by IIT Madras.

In the absence of a 5G testbed, startups and other industry players were required to go abroad to test and validate their products for installation in a 5G network.

The other institutes that participated in the project are IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IISc Bangalore, Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER) and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT).

The testbed facility will be available at 5 different locations.

Source: Press Trust of India

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5G now in 1947 cities across 72 countries



NEW DELHI: Viavi Solutions said that it has released new industry data revealing that the number of cities with 5G networks now stands at 1,947 globally. Despite the pandemic, 5G cities came online at a rate of nearly two per day, with the addition of 635 new 5G cities in 2021, according to the new VIAVI report “The State of 5G,” now in its sixth year.

By the end of January 2022, 72 countries had 5G networks in place, with the newest crop of 5G countries comprising Argentina, Bhutan, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Malta and Mauritius, which all came online in the second half of 2021. Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) has overtaken Asia Pacific including Greater China (APAC) to become the region with the most 5G cities at 839. APAC has 689 5G cities and the Americas has 419.

Not surprisingly, the world’s two largest economies, the United States and China are the countries with the most 5G cities. China now has 356 5G cities and the United States has 296. The Philippines remained in the third spot globally with a total of 98 5G cities.

Currently, most 5G networks deployed are Non-Standalone (NSA) networks, meaning that 5G equipment is added to existing 4G network infrastructure. There are currently 24 Standalone (SA) 5G networks globally, meaning that they have been built using a new 5G core network. It is widely considered that many of the next-generation use cases and monetization models associated with 5G, beyond enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) will only be possible when Standalone 5G networks built on new 5G core networks are in place.

The State of 5G also highlights the growing Open RAN ecosystem, combining mobile operators as well as software and infrastructure vendors, seeking to develop an open, virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN) with embedded Artificial Intelligence (AI) control. As of March 2022, 64 operators have publicly announced their participation in the development of Open RAN networks. This breaks down to 23 live deployments of Open RAN networks, 34 in the trial phase with a further seven operators that have publicly announced they are in the pre-trial phase.

“5G continued to expand, despite the headwinds of a global pandemic,” said Sameh Yamany, CTO, VIAVI Solutions. “What comes next in 5G is the reinforcement of networks. This will take a couple of forms. Firstly, we expect to see more Standalone 5G networks, which will deliver on much of the promise of 5G, both for the operator and for the wider ecosystem of users. And secondly, we expect to see Open RAN continue its rapid development and start to become a de facto standard. VIAVI will continue to play a central role in testing those new networks as they are built and expanded.”

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