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Opera Software has signed up with seven Indian mobile original equipment manufacureres' (OEM)s to pre-install the Opera Mini mobile web browser on all the manufacturers' upcoming handsets, phablets and tablets based on the Android mobile OS.

Opera Mini will be the exclusive third-party browser to be pre-installed on all Android devices by Celkon, Karbonn, Lava and Intex. Opera Mini will also be pre-installed on select Android devices by Fly and Zen, as well as on HCL ME tablets.

"Of the 324 million users of Opera mobile browsers, worldwide, and their target is to achieve 500 million users in the coming year, with India being the largest market (in terms of volume and growth)," added Sunil Kamath, VP, South Aisha region at Opera Software.

Opera Mini compresses webpages by up to 90 per cent before sending them to the device, as a result webpages open faster and users save on data costs. Data compressed for an Android user is 127 per cent higher than the data compressed for an average user. Higher usage and compression rates clearly indicate that Opera Mini users on Android browse more and save more money than an average Opera Mini user.

It uses a server to pre-process and compress websites to as little as 10 per cent of their original size before sending them to the mobile device. Therefore, Opera Mini users get a remarkably faster and more cost effective browsing experience than other mobile browser users.

"The number of Indians accessing the web from mobile devices is growing at a much faster rate than those using a computer. This unique environment has made it essential for handset manufacturers to ensure their upcoming mobile devices are web enabled and are ready to deliver the best browsing experience," says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

WebNMS Launches Cell Tower Manager
WebNMS, a division of Zoho Corporation and a provider of network and element management solutions, has announced the launch of its Cell Tower Manager (CTM) product in the machine-to-machine (M2M) space, developed in India for global and Indian telecom tower companies. WebNMS CTM is an out-of-box intelligent and comprehensive solution designed to remotely monitor, control and manage telecom tower stations around-the-clock, providing real time information to telecom site managers.

With the long term experience in networking devices, WebNMS ventures into the fast growing M2M space with the most impressive remote cell tower monitoring solution. The massive growth in the telecom industry coupled with telecom tower sharing by multiple service providers increases the need for advanced remote monitoring solution for the thousands of cell tower sites in India.

The easy–to–use client interface coupled with big data analytics capabilities of WebNMS Cell Tower Manager provides a clear picture of the remote assets, their location, performance, energy consumption and alarm details of the telecom tower site, along with keeping continuous watch on the power input sources at the site, which is the major concern at any cell tower.

WebNMS CTM is a solution consisting of well integrated RTU (Remote Terminal Unit) and a central monitoring software. The WebNMS CTM enables telecom tower companies to specifically address the operational pain points like fuel and power pilferage, escalating operating costs and environmental concerns, and derive at a solution to optimize asset utilization and reduce carbon footprint. WebNMS CTM enables the operators to improve margin by efficient energy management, effective logistics, centralized control of passive assets, secured remote sites and by leveraging powerful big data analytics capabilities.

Ooredoo, Qatar Launches First Live IPX+ Enabled Network
Ooredoo, Qatar, formerly known as Qtel, has launched the first IPX+ enabled network in the Middle East using Tata Communications’ IPX+ platform. The implementation enables Ooredoo to capitalise on the latest technology innovations in mobile broadband service delivery and management.

Ooredoo, Qatar has initially launched voice over IPX+ as the first application, gaining access to Tata Communications’ broad community of IPX+ connected mobile destinations, and plans to consolidate its entire network to an IP-based backbone. Thanks to the scalability of Tata Communications’ IPX+ platform, Ooredoo is able to rapidly support a full suite of services such as signalling, data roaming (GRX and IPX) and LTE Roaming.

Global mobile data traffic is set to increase 13-fold between 2012 and 2017, reaching 11.2 exabytes per month by 2017. In line with this, mobile network operators are under pressure to address the delivery of data services beyond their networks. Tata Communications’ IPX+ connectivity platform offers Ooredoo global reach, improved quality of service (QoS) and enables transition to all IP-based services, including 4G, more cost-effectively.

Ooredoo’s on-going collaboration with Tata Communications is delivering significant benefits for the people of Qatar. The IPX+ platform ensures that Ooredoo can manage the ever-growing demand for wholesale voice, roaming and data services in Qatar, by introducing a cost-effective platform that adds greater capability and resilience to network infrastructure.

Zoho Launches Card Scanner App for iPhone
Zoho has announced the launch of Card Scanner, an online business card scanning application for Zoho CRM. Now, users can take a photo of a business card and Card Scanner intelligently converts the image to text that is automatically saved either as a new contact or lead in Zoho CRM or as a new contact in Card Scanner. Card Scanner currently supports the iPhone and will support iPad and Android devices going forward.

With the launch of Card Scanner app, Zoho users can now eliminate the process of manually entering data into their CRM module. The Card Scanner extracts names, company information, phone numbers, email addresses, Twitter handles and other card information — regardless of business card size, font and format.

Infosys Collaborates With SAP On Mobile Apps To Enhance Retail Sales
Infosys, a global consulting and technology leader, has announced it is collaborating with SAP on development of mobile applications for the retail industry. These efforts are focused on giving consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies anytime, anywhere access to sales representatives and merchandisers, enabling them to capture information from the field to make them more competitive and agile.

Rajesh Murthy, Global Head of SAP practice, Infosys: “SAP Retail Execution helps CPG companies boost return on brand and promotion investments by increasing promotional compliance and monitoring the success of new products. Our partnership with SAP creates new opportunities for organizations to maximize the data their systems generate, which improves the speed and confidence of their decision making.”

Specifically, Infosys has cooperated with SAP on development of the SAP® Retail Execution mobile application version 3.0. The application powers work Infosys does for CPG companies, along with their merchandisers and promotions planners. It streamlines sales forces by providing data via user-friendly mobile devices, instead of cumbersome laptops and user interfaces. The applications also provide critical business insights that help grow sales and more efficiently perform in-store activities like surveys, audits, order taking, promotion compliance and other functions. Infosys is continuing this cooperation on development of future versions of SAP Retail Execution.

The Infosys mobility practice has more than 2,600 core professionals and vast experience in developing and deploying mobile solutions across various industry vertical markets.

Siddharth Mehta Appointed CEO at DPSC
DPSC Limited, one of the oldest power utilities in India, has appointed Siddharth Mehta as its Chief Executive Officer – Distribution. Mr. Mehta will be heading the distribution business at DPSC Ltd and at its holding arm India Power Corporation Ltd (IPCL).

Mehta joins DPSC Ltd from the Essar Group, where he was serving as the CEO of Essar Power Distribution Company and Head and Vice President, Business Development (Transmission and Distribution). He has also been associated with Torrent Power & Tata Power in his over 30 years of rich experience in the sector.

A B.E. (Electrical) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, started his career with Tata Power and continued with the organisation for 24 years. A veteran in India’s Power sector, Mr. Mehta has expertise in the fields of power distribution and transmission and specialises in Public-Private Partnership in Power field, Strategy and Business Development, Project Coordination, Management & Execution; and Corporate Governance & Growth.

Land Rover India Celebrates Its 65th Anniversary
To celebrate its 65th Anniversary, Land Rover India has launched the Land Rover Experience programme to give existing and prospective customers an opportunity to experience the all-terrain capability of its products. The programme was started with an event near Mumbai where over 100 guests experienced a trail that involved driving Land Rover vehicles over terrain such as steep inclines, rocks, mud, ruts and through water.

Rohit Suri, Vice President, Jaguar Land Rover India said: “The aim of the Land Rover Experience events in India is to allow existing and potential customers to experience the breadth of capability of our vehicles. This trail was chosen for its wide range of challenging terrains, giving our guests an authentic off-road experience in ‘unmodified’ vehicles. The guests attending this event were overwhelmed with our vehicle capability and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”